While not the fastest way around a corner, this is probably the most exhilarating to end a day at the track.
Given the huge array of vehicles on the course, crashes are relatively common at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but they aren’t usually this spectacular. Here, a Honda Civic Type R loses its balance in a corner and rolls over. The hatchback then slides along its roof down the track. Both the driver and passenger walk away from the scene, and the YouTube description reports that neither of them have any serious injuries.
The camera is far away from the accident, so while we get a full view of the action, it’s hard to see exactly what goes wrong to start the destructive chain of events. A close look suggests that a front wheel might hit the curb. This might have upset the hot hatch’s balance enough for the vehicle to tip over.
The Civic Type R slides on its windshield and hood for quite a distance, and the car stops practically in the middle of the track. The other drivers react quickly, though, and no one hits the stricken Honda. The passenger is out of the vehicle fairly quickly. The driver seems dazed and a little stiff when exiting the Civic, though.
The Honda probably isn’t so lucky, though. The structural damage to the roof could be very difficult to repair, and the Civic Type R might not be rare enough for the work to make financial sense for the owner.
Maybe, the driver could replace his wrecked hatchback with a new Civic Type R. The latest iteration of the hot hatch is the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle ever around the Nordschleife. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder pumps out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox. Prices in the United Kingdom start at £30,995 (approx. $55,000 CAD), though the official starting cost in Canada isn’t available yet.
Video Source: Auto Addiction