BMW M5 crashes in Germany at 300 km/h (186 mph)

BMW M5 crash in Germany 20.4.2012
BMW M5 crash in Germany 20.4.2012

Driver and passenger sustained serious injuries

If you had any doubts about the safety of the BMW M5, you can rest assured as this horrific accident attests to the benefits of German engineering.

According to M5 Post, a 60-year old driver was traveling approximately 300 km/h (186 mph) when he lost control while swerving to avoid another motorist. The car bound off the divider and rolled several times before ending up on the grass alongside the Autobahn. Thankfully, the driver and passenger survived but both sustained serious injuries.

Thanks to Kevin and Kris for the tip!

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Source: M5 Post

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HurghiCristianGabriel HurghiCristianGabriel
Geschwindigkeit tötet
Apr 23rd, 2012 10:52pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
car weight nearly two tons flipping about from 300km/h, insane
Apr 23rd, 2012 7:14pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
At least the Car didn't burn up and managed to keep the driver and passengers alive long enough to be rescued...I just hope the 60 Year old driver and passenger recovers and gets back behind another M5...now that would be a true testament of safety and performance that the BMW Brand is famous for.
Apr 23rd, 2012 11:09am
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efithian efithian
I have driven on the US autobahn, Montana, when there was no speed limit. I noticed that most motorists drove with care, usually around 90-100 mph, and no left lane bandits. Perhaps this could work again, but the insurance companies are against it. We do need better driver training, road construction, and limitations on oversize vehicles. Very similar to the several times I have driven the German autobahn, always in a new BMW.
Apr 21st, 2012 9:17pm
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AlexandruMaftei AlexandruMaftei
nice :D
Apr 21st, 2012 8:54pm
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vilivo vilivo
1- awesome peace of mind, as far as safety goes, for those who have one. 2- The headlight is still workin- respect 2 that. I must say, one of my fave safety features on this car are the pop- locks, in case of an accident, they unlock the car, so no "trapped in burning crashed car" problems. I know many cars have that, im just sayin- if the car was locked afer this crash, he would have not been pulled out as fast and he may have died.
Apr 21st, 2012 1:56pm
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velsatis velsatis
I don´t have any doubts at bmw´s safety but at 300km, sorry but the safety of the car had nothing to do with it, it was pure luck
Apr 21st, 2012 12:53pm
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aditzah84 aditzah84
The M5 is limited to 250 km/h
Apr 21st, 2012 11:18am
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velsatis velsatis
it is opcional to disconect it
Apr 21st, 2012 12:54pm
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This is seriously impressive. If these people even had a chance at 300km/h, I know most people in the world will have a very good chance at +-120km/h due to the lack of restricted Autobahn.
Apr 21st, 2012 11:17am
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Impressive??!!...you cant be serious!!..if you think any mass production car is designed to survive an 'alleged' 300 KMH crash then you are delusional...this was a fluke...nothing more...and the occupants are in a serious condition, they will be lucky if they survive, let alone ever being normal again, how about brain injury?, para or quadriplegic?...something you never hear about after, but they would probably be better off dead. The driver is a moron driving at that speed with traffic.
Apr 21st, 2012 1:05pm
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3Iceman 3Iceman
We can do CSI here. As you can see M3 on the first picture, I'm quite sure these two show-offs were racing each other. Although M5 can probably reach 300 kph, I'm convinced the cars bumped at maybe around 250, M5 got sideways, decelerated to 170+/-, hit guard-rail backwards, and got thrown into the ditch going 130 kph. If that car collided at 300, it would most probably look like a Coca-Cola can. Last year in Germany 2 testdrivers crashed with SLR allegedly doing 300+. Both died and the car was completely destroyed. SLR is mostly carbon-fiber + aluminum whereas M5 is mostly steel, with some aluminum. Never believe BMW drivers and guys, be careful when you see the on the road!
Apr 21st, 2012 11:07am
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Ratt Ratt
That could make sense, cuz I saw on the other car site an M6 behind this M3 on the picture, maybe some stupid posers yes, this should be a lesson in any way
Apr 21st, 2012 1:11pm
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vilivo vilivo
Nope, all 3 Ms- the 5, 6 and 3 belong to the same family. His son pulled him outta the car, he drives the M3.
Apr 21st, 2012 1:52pm
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Supie_SA Supie_SA
CSI teaches us to implicate a car that has absolutely no sign of damage on it? What convinced you that the cars bumped? The fact that the M3 was there? What if he was someone that was driving along and, I don't know, stopped to help out someone that's clearly had a pretty serious accident?
Apr 29th, 2014 3:09pm
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archerm archerm
The speeds of these heavy sports cars are just ridiculous for the average driver. This is a big heavy car that has caused this accident. He would most probably have got away with this in a proper mid engined sports car. These car were not designed to change direction at these sorts of speed. Adding power to a big heavy four door saloons is playing very dangerous games. What if he had killed other people?? Stupid idiot.
Apr 21st, 2012 10:27am
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velsatis velsatis
Nothing to do with this car, we don´t really know what hapenned but at 300km be sure that even a veyron is dificut to manover in a emergency situation. Speed is nice and we love it, still we have to remember, speed is dengerous so u better respect it
Apr 21st, 2012 12:57pm
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benz_man benz_man
Really? You do know German cars are engineered for EXACTLY this purpose, right? What cave have you been in for the last two decades?
Apr 22nd, 2012 2:19am
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Supie_SA Supie_SA
You'd never be able to change direction at 300kph in a mid-engined sports car. The tail will wag and the dog will follow. The only thing that's more likely in that situation is that, in your mid-engined sports car, you'd lose control immediately rather than having a chance to try and correct it.
Apr 29th, 2014 3:12pm
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christodou christodou
The Universe has limits. Human stupidity NOT. "Einstein" German... It was pure luck not to get killed at 300km/h. NOT BMW engineering. And some respect for the environment will be wise. NOBODY has to drive at those speeds on a public road.
Apr 21st, 2012 10:16am
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sensei sensei
But luckily they live in a country with freedom to allow it.
Apr 21st, 2012 12:15pm
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afterace2 afterace2
will be fixed soon and for sale in Poland!
Apr 21st, 2012 10:04am
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nexuseven nexuseven
No, we have grown up from buying scrap and assembly, one car from three crashed cars. Verify your knowledge of Polish. We are no longer Mexico in Europe a long time!
May 24th, 2012 11:44pm
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afterace2 afterace2
I live in Poland and I am Polish so I know what I'm talking about! :)
Aug 3rd, 2012 5:58pm
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nexuseven nexuseven
Also I'm Polish and I'm surprised that you write such nonsense. In each country, reach the "super mechanics", thankfully now sells fewer of these "filed vehicles." People have learned to buy cars and learned to check before buying their origin. As you want to buy cheap "BMW" and you will see that the price is too low, and yet you buy, you then do not complain about that was damaged ...
Aug 3rd, 2012 7:14pm
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PawL PawL
i can imagine the M3 laughing in the background to the "hurting" M5: "you fat pig hehehe"
Apr 21st, 2012 1:11am
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bpab.ua bpab.ua
Maybe grandfather just wanted a graceful exit, but the car saved him)
Apr 21st, 2012 12:19am
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nexuseven nexuseven
The pictures show how much was damaged roof at the rear of the car. If someone would have stayed there probably would have lost his head. However, if it is true that the car was moving at around 300 km / h, it still looks good after a crash and the miracle is that the driver and passenger survived. Probably because that is how it ended, because if they hit the safety barriers or other vehicle, the images would probably be found on the site, with the remains of the accidents ...
Apr 20th, 2012 9:49pm
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Ratt Ratt
I heard there are no speed limits on German Autobahn, I dont know is that true but if it is it's not normal, it's pure luck they survived at this speed, anyway well build machine.
Apr 20th, 2012 9:48pm
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nexuseven nexuseven
Yes, it is true that the most German motorways have no speed limits and probably surprise you that they have one of the lowest mortality rates in accidents and the number of accidents themselves.
Apr 20th, 2012 9:52pm
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sensei sensei
Germany proves that speed does not kill. untrained or poorly trained drivers combined with inferior engineering of vehicles and roads kill.
Apr 21st, 2012 12:14pm
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progressive progressive
I was terrified driving on German motorways. Drive 150km, and you're among the slowest, constantly have to turn on the slower lain to let someone fly by. Good fun anyway :)
Apr 20th, 2012 10:30pm
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Renyeo Renyeo
It looks like I will be a danger to others too on the Autobahn. :(
Apr 21st, 2012 2:52am
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w0bble w0bble
i am german and i lived in the states for 2 years i was terrified how bad and dangerous people drive there compared to germany.moving over so slower vehicles can pass is called sharing the road i know in the US you guys love to cruise next to each other at the same speed having no concern for other motorists who want to pass you. so instead of you pulling over to the right i have to wiggle past you doing a switching lanes manouver or passing on the right so please ignorant motorist pull over and let slower people pass especially in the US where you have several lanes.
Apr 21st, 2012 1:32pm
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progressive progressive
I am not saying that germans are bad drivers, just saying that some people drive very fast :)
Apr 21st, 2012 9:19pm
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RoadRunner RoadRunner
Yeh, Britsh motorways have a speed limit of 70mph and yet, we have more accidents!
Apr 20th, 2012 10:50pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
Yup, it's true. Unfortunately here in NYC the speed limit is 30 mph -___- on the highways and parkways they are around 55-65 mph depending on which one you take. If you even try driving in Manhattan alone, you are going at an average of 10-20 mph. Fortunately you can take the fun Taconic Parkway upstate and really see what your car has got!
Apr 20th, 2012 11:43pm
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Actually, it isn't true contrary to what those commentators said, not exactly. There are speeed limits along most of the Autobahn, with lanes controlled in terms of how fast you can go in that specific lane, though some have a high speed rating, or in some cases, an unlimited speed "limit". In fact, there is a rule that requires drivers who are being approached rapidly from behind in one of these lanes, to move aside of the driver behind them. So, when on the autobahn, take care as to not speed in the wrong portion, or lane, otherwise the fine is seriously high. The best part, is that they can electronically control the speed in each area to meet the traffic demands.
Apr 21st, 2012 2:20am
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sideskraper sideskraper
As well as those systems of control and rules, ne of the reasons why the speed limit is higher than most countries and unlimited in some portions is the actual road construction. The surface, underlay, size, barriers, routes, etc. Not to mention that German driver training specifically involves high speed training. Vehicle inspections for licensing are also more rigorous than in most places. It's an all encompassing system that allows these speeds to exist.
Apr 21st, 2012 11:46am
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Lou Lou
What you must not forget is the fact that most insurance companies won't pay for the damage on your car. They'll pay the damage done to others or to the road, but he will not get a new M5 from that money if they can prove that the crash would not have happened at lower speeds. Even most Germans don't know that they are walking on a thin line when exceeding 130 km/h. That speed limit is called "Richtgeschwindigkeit" which translates into "guideline speed". Everything above it is at your own risk.
Apr 21st, 2012 1:56pm
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JavierMaldonado JavierMaldonado
The Autobahn has speed limits of 170km/hr every time the road gets close to a town or village. That was the slowest (and only) speed limit I saw on those roads in the 1980s.
Mar 23rd, 2014 6:13pm
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adz911 adz911
Ouch! Thankfully the driver and passenger survived.
Apr 20th, 2012 9:33pm
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manual-trans manual-trans
Crashed at 300k an hour!!! and still in one piece! That is very impressive, I must say!
Apr 20th, 2012 11:05pm
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