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BMW M5 Ring-Taxi involved in high-speed crash at Nurburgring

The famous BMW M5 Ring-Taxi in Germany has crashed on the Nurburgring. Nobody was seriously injured during the crash, which smashed apart much of the rear end of the twin-turbo V8 M5.

BMW M5 Ring-Taxi crash-2013

Little details have been uncovered about the accident at this stage. It’s understood the highly experienced and professional driver behind the wheel simply lost control in the slippery conditions. It appears leaves scattered on the tarmac may have contributed as well.

As you can see by this image, first published by Nurburgring enthusiast website BridgeToGantry, the M5 has seen better days. The rear corner must have had a big impact with the guard railing, leaving a huge indent and tearing off the wheel, while the front looks as though it touched as well.

The curtain airbags were set off, which means this must have happened at a fairly high speed. Judging by the area of the circuit, it’s possible the car was travelling at 180km/h or more.

As for the passengers who paid for a ‘hot lap’, well, they were obviously taken for a ride of their life.

The BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 412kW and 680Nm. It’s able to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds using a rear-wheel drive driveline.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.