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

 BMW M5 crashes in Germany at 300 km/h (186 mph)
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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Comments (43)

 HurghiCristianGabriel HurghiCristianGabriel
Geschwindigkeit tötet
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April 23, 2012 3:52 pm
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
car weight nearly two tons flipping about from 300km/h, insane
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April 23, 2012 12:14 pm
 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.
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April 23, 2012 4:09 am
 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.
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April 21, 2012 2:17 pm
 AlexandruMaftei AlexandruMaftei
nice :D
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April 21, 2012 1:54 pm
 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.
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April 21, 2012 6:56 am
 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
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April 21, 2012 5:53 am
 aditzah84 aditzah84
The M5 is limited to 250 km/h
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April 21, 2012 4:18 am
 DTM DTM
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.
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April 21, 2012 4:17 am
 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!
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April 21, 2012 4:07 am
 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.
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April 21, 2012 3:27 am
 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.
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April 21, 2012 3:16 am
 afterace2 afterace2
will be fixed soon and for sale in Poland!
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April 21, 2012 3:04 am
 PawL PawL
i can imagine the M3 laughing in the background to the "hurting" M5: "you fat pig hehehe"
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April 20, 2012 6:11 pm
 bpab.ua bpab.ua
Maybe grandfather just wanted a graceful exit, but the car saved him)
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April 20, 2012 5:19 pm
 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 ...
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April 20, 2012 2:49 pm
 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.
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April 20, 2012 2:48 pm
 adz911 adz911
Ouch! Thankfully the driver and passenger survived.
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April 20, 2012 2:33 pm