BMW test driver dies in a 3-series hybrid prototype on the Autobahn

 BMW test driver dies in a 3-series hybrid prototype on the Autobahn
BMW 3-Series Hybrid prototype crash

Local authorities are conducting an investigation.


Today we bring you some sad news from Germany where the test driver of a BMW 3-Series hybrid prototype died on September 21 on the A92 near the automaker’s Dingolfing factory.

At that moment he was conducting some tests on a hybrid version of a 3-Series at high speeds while passing several trucks. One of those trucks in front of him pulled out and despite the driver’s quick reaction to swerve right in order to avoid the impact, he unfortunately ended under the rear trailer.

It seems that he died immediately on impact after this extremely violent crash. The only good news is that nobody else was inside that prototype so he was the only victim of this tragic accident. The A92 was closed for several hours due to the difficulties occurred when recovering the crashed BMW.

The result of the ongoing investigation will hopefully explain how this happened.


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It is no wonder that such accidents happen in the area of Munich, Regenburg or other regions there BMW & Audi use pubilc roads as test tracks for their prototypes. I notice very often "Werkswagen" with a recksless driving style and breaking the speed limit.This is a bad advertisement for these Companies.
Sep 26, 2012 8:35 am
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Condolences to his family. The BMW is trapped on the right (driver-side) looks like he swerved right and the truck driver freaked out and swerved right at the same time trapping the BMW.
Sep 25, 2012 5:04 am
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How can you possibly know what happened?
Sep 25, 2012 5:38 pm
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Read the article and look at the position where the two cars have come to a stop and the point of impact of the BMW and the truck. The article states the "BMW was passing several trucks when one pulled out...the driver swerved right..." Thus the BMW is on the right lane. BUT look at where the truck trapped the BMW...the truck too is on the right lane, but it struck him coming into the right lane from the left (passing lane) Clearly the point of impact shows the truck was ahead of the BMW (the BMW is trapped at the rear of the truck.) So you can conclude that this was the truck that pulled in front of the BMW into the passing lane the BMW swerved to the right and the truck saw te BMW speeding towards it and the too swerved right...but unfortunately the BMW had also swerved right (but traveling at a faster speed than the truck...thus the over lap into the right rear corner of the container) and the tragic accident was inevitable. But that's my deduction reading the contents of the article and examing the photos... But look at the po Both the BMW and the truck are on the right lane.
Sep 26, 2012 1:30 am
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Its sad that so many people dies this way
Sep 24, 2012 8:40 pm
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@Autoficianado: Dude, i just agreed to an observation made by another member about the kit on the 3 series. No need to get your panties in a twist. Bloody hell, there are deaths everyday everywhere. No need to get sensitive because i didnt put the "RIP" stamp on my message. It doesn't mean i didnt acknowledge that a human being has passed. The internet is very sensitive and a little mad these days. Two disagrees for my initial comment, whatever. You get disagree's nowadays if you say the sky is blue.
Sep 24, 2012 4:45 pm
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It is not safe to drive fast when there is much traffic and much trucks. You cannot truly say if there is a car or not changing line just in front of you. Yes I know they often use turning signals (obviously) but it doesn't help if you are coming 280 km/h from behind. Truck goes only 87-89 km/h to the limiter. This happened at the wrong place at the wrong time. Truck driver did stupidly (truck passing truck is insane on autobahn), maybe he didn't look at the mirror too carefully and test driver drove too fast. Still I am sad about test driver's death.
Sep 24, 2012 2:04 pm
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R.I.P ... sad to hear a couple comments about new aero kits considering a human being just died.
Sep 24, 2012 12:43 pm
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It's sad to hear that on a car forum people noticed something on the car?
Sep 24, 2012 4:52 pm
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So a death means that everyone should be blind? I do not follow your "logic".
Sep 25, 2012 7:05 am
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Good observation mzanetti. It does look like the bumper of the new M6. Must be a future M sports Kit for the 3 series.
Sep 24, 2012 12:32 pm
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I bet it was a truck from one of the former Soviet republics. They do it all the time (cutting off a fast going car on Autobahn.) Most of the time it looks like they do it on purpose...
Sep 24, 2012 12:20 pm
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They should not change lines, it is dangerous to others. Of course they drive many hundred kilometers and they try to keep in schedule, but is it necessary always?
Sep 24, 2012 2:17 pm
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RIP... BTW, anyone noticed that this might be a new aero-kit for the new 3-series?
Sep 24, 2012 11:00 am
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Sep 24, 2012 10:50 am
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I thought this high speed tests were done in closed circuits. Too bad.
Sep 24, 2012 10:47 am
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Have you ever heard about "Autobahns" in Germany?
Sep 24, 2012 12:16 pm
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Still, test driving usually means taking extreme actions in terms of maneuvering, braking, and it is supposed to be exercised on controlled grounds so our buddy Tomas has some point.
Sep 25, 2012 12:57 am
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Sep 24, 2012 10:04 am
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That is sad to hear. May he rest in peace.
Sep 24, 2012 9:47 am
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