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Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents

In early November 2017, the Nürburgring Nordschleife fell witness to an epic accident between many vehicles. While cruising around the track, one driver witnesses an accident occur in front of them. Due to this, he pulls over on the side of the road to offer assistance. By flagging down passing vehicles, he hopes to diminish the risk of additional collisions and injuries. Unfortunately, other drivers were plowing through the turn and many of them ended up colliding with the cars already there. These Nürburgring Nordschleife accidents act as an alert that modern safety measures are necessary at this track.

Nürburgring Driving Regulations

First, to analyze the Nürburgring’s driving regulations, we will take a look at Section 2.4. This section states “The entire Nürburgring, including the hard shoulders, is an absolute no-stopping zone. Vehicles with technical defects are exempted from this rule. Turning back and reversing is also banned on the Nürburgring.” From this statement, stopping is against the rules, unless there are technical defects. But, in reality, this initial accident would’ve probably led to additional accidents regardless. The placement of the damaged vehicles on the track would limit the ability of many other drivers to pass safely.

Who’s To Blame?

So, many may rise the question, why did this man stop? Is he to blame for the additional collisions? In my view, he did the right thing. The current Nürburgring system requires a driver to call a phone number to report collisions. As you can tell, any response by those on the line would not have made it in time to provide proper warning to other drivers. Let alone the fact the track is quite long at 12.9 miles leading to longer response times. This driver made a decisive move to attempt to warn other drivers of the collision risk ahead.

Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and More Collide in Recent Event

In this accident, car after car fly by the cameraman colliding with the vehicles ahead. Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and more were involved in this major chain accident. At one point, an Audi TT can be seen slamming into a BMW that is parked on the side of the track. Even the guy filming had his car join in on this collision when a Porsche spins out and slams right into it. The most important thing in this event is that everyone is not severely injured. Human life is much more important than any of those cars as a car is replaceable, a life isn’t.

Modern Warning System Options

From this catastrophe, concerns about Nürburgring’s handling of accidents comes into play. If Nürburgring were to implement a modern warning system, drivers around the track could be alerted to the danger ahead. This could be handled through audible or visual alarms. An audible alarm could be a siren that blares warning drivers of a collision around the track. A visual alarm could be a light system that is green when safe, yellow when caution is necessary, and red when there is an accident.

Sequence of Collisions on Nürburgring are Avoidable


Overall, the sequence of collisions that occurred on Nürburgring Nordschleife were and are avoidable. Although the track has a set of regulations for drivers to follow to minimize accidents, it is time for a modern warning system. Whether the Nürburgring Nordschleife puts up lights or sirens, either would be beneficial to safety. Although, there is the fact they may never implement a more advanced safety system. In the end, driver safety is the highest requirement at a track and improving safety should be a top priority for this track.

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked Porsche 959 Sells for $467,500 at Monterey Auction

Wrecked? Still Worth $467,500!

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Rear Corner - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Rear Corner – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

During the Monterey Auction at Pebble Beach in 2018, a wrecked Porsche 959 sold for $467,500. The car, a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, is one of only 249 units produced by the manufacturer. Not surprisingly, many people are in shock as a smashed car racked up 6-digits in value. But, due to its exclusivity, this car is worth it. The Porsche 959 is a Porsche fans dream and wasn’t even legal to drive in the U.S. until 1999. Unfortunately, this car’s damage is from a series of unfortunate events.

The Story Behind the Damage

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Trailer Accident - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Trailer Accident – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

The wrecked Porsche 959 that sold for $467,500 at the Monterey auction was in an unlucky accident. The story begins with the car taking a journey in a trailer. From there, things so south quickly. While being hauled, the trailer disconnected from the vehicle. At this point, the car was simply in the grace of life itself. But, with a bang, the car hit a tree sustaining the damage seen in the pictures. Regardless, some people see hope in this car as a possible rebuild. And to that, EuroDrift approves!

The Porsche 959 is a “Thing of Beauty”

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort // Lot F109.1 // Mecum Monterey 2018 – Mecum Auctions – YouTube

Overall, the Porsche 959 is a “thing of beauty”. Worldwide, many Porsche fans hold high regards to this car, even favoring it so. At $467,500, wrecked, this car must hold a lot of value to collectors. Hopefully, one day, the car will be fixed up and ready to hit the road. This would be sure to be backed by applause by Porsche enthusiasts around the world. In conclusion, the wrecked Porsche 959 has a light of hope to become what it once was, or better. Regardless, at least the rear end seems to be running ok!

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort - Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction - Engine Bay - Mecum Auctions - EuroDrift

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort – Sold for $467,500 at Monterey Auction – Engine Bay – Mecum Auctions – EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

A Limited Production of 20 Units

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Corner with View - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Corner with View – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

During the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT Zagato. The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a grand tourer (GT) coupe. Basically, the car begins as a DB4 GT. But, it receives alterations by the Zagato Factory in Italy, making it ever so greater. Thanks to Ercole Spada, this car became slightly smaller and more lightweight. From 1960 to 1963, Aston worked with Zagato to produce 20 total cars. Also, noteworthy, this car is to not be confused with its successor, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sports a 3.7-liter aluminum twin-spark DOHC straight-6 motor. This engine produces 314 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the motor is a David Brown all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. With a compression ratio of 9.7:1, this car can reach 60 mph in only 6.1 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the Zagato takes only 14.1 seconds. On the high end, this car can reach around 154 mph. For the time, this car was able to compete in Grand Prix and Le Mans racing events. Thankfully, due to the Zagato Factory, this car shed over 100 pounds from the base DB4 GT.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Interior - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Review of Parts & Specifications

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Front Fender - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Fender – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

As an older car, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato has some top-notch specs from back in the day. Firstly, there is a rack and pinion steering layout, which can be seen in modern race cars as well. Next, there are wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar in the front. As per the rear, there is a live axle on coil springs. Furthermore, the brakes are Girling discs all around with no servo and separate master cylinders. On the carburetor side, there are three Weber 45 DCOE4 carbs. Finally, the car finishes off with Borrani 16×5” wire spoked alloy rims with Avon Turbospeed Mark II tires.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Overhead - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Overhead – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 1 VEV - Front Bumper - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 1 VEV – Front Bumper – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

At Goodwood in 1961 during Eastertime, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato raced in its first outing. Surprisingly, the car was able to accomplish 3rd place while being driven by Stirling Moss. Next, the car made its own history by winning first place in the July 1961 British Grand Prix Support race. The model sporting “2 VEV” obtained the DB4 GT Zagato’s first victory under John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately, this car was crashed at Spa in 1962, requiring it to be rebuilt. This led to alterations which were later removed after another road accident. Finally, the DB4 GT Zagato Chassis 0200 participated in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, again, this car blew a piston after 9.5 hours of race time.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - 2 VEV - Rear - Silverstone 2009 - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 2 VEV – Rear – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight Is Much Stronger Than English Breakfast Tea – Petrolicious – YouTube

Overall, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is quite a spectacular vehicle. Initially, the MSRP of this car was $7,080 USD. At the time, this was enough money to buy a livable home. Not surprisingly, this car recently sold by RM Sotheby’s New York for $14,300,000. That is quite an increase in value for the car. Regardless, this car is worthy of its highly collectible status, especially due to 19 remaining. In conclusion, it is only right to tip a hat to the DB4 GT Zagato due to its unique history.

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato - Rear Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

How to Avoid Drunk Driving 101

How to Avoid Drunk Driving 101

Drunk Driving Is Never A Good Option

Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States today. Every day, 29 people die due to alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. This equates to one person every 50 minutes… wow. Fortunately, these numbers have fallen by a third in the last 3 decades. Regardless, this issue still takes the lives from over 10,000 people a year in the U.S. alone.

Overall, 28% of driving fatalities relate to alcohol. Sadly, 1,233 children were killed in 2016 alone due to alcohol-impairment while driving. These unfortunate statistics provided by the NHTSA for 2016 are utterly terrible. On top of the loss of life, the dilemma cost $44 billion USD in 2010. Now, it is time to make a change, starting with education. The purpose of this article is to provide 5 ways to reduce the risk of drunk driving.

1. Always Manage Alcohol Intake

Pouring Shots of Alcohol - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Pouring Shots of Alcohol – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Drunk driving is one of the worst decisions that one can make in life. It takes mere seconds for a driving accident to occur to anyone. This is why managing alcohol intake is very important. Alcohol can provide a fun experience to many, but it still needs to be used in moderation. Too much alcohol can lead to a hangover, and worse, even lead to disease or death.

Drinking responsibly is the best option for a happier, more fulfilling life. There are many views on how to accomplish this on the internet. Honestly, it seems the most reasonable option is one drink per hour with a bottle of water. This will help reduce hangover risk as well as help you manage intake. But, in reality, many people enjoy to down more than a few drinks a night. If this is the situation, be sure to thoroughly think about the 4 options below. The decision to drunk drive can cost you your life, or the rest of your life in expense and regret.

2. Choose a Designated Driver

Driving a Car - Designated Driver - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Driving a Car – Designated Driver – Pixabay – EuroDrift

Whenever planning to go out for a drink, it is a great choice to have a designated driver. Rather than drunk driving, pick a family member or friend to hold back on drinking that night. These people can still provide great company for the night. Even if they aren’t keeping up on the margaritas. Anyone that agrees to be a designated driver should plan to skip drinking that night. Or, only have 1-2 drinks over the course of a few hours. This way, impairment won’t be a concern for the ride home. But, do keep in mind, the weight of an individual does relate to blood alcohol content (BAC).

3. Lyft, Uber, or Taxi

Taxis in City - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Taxis in City – Pixabay – EuroDrift

In the United States, Lyft and Uber services are available pretty much everywhere. Drunk driving can be easily avoided in cities and surrounding areas by simply using these services. Lyft and Uber are transportation services in which a vehicle will pick-up and drop-off to specific locations. Taking a Lyft or Uber to the bar and back home is easy and safe. Although, it is always best to travel with friends, especially if impairment is high. Be sure to plan ahead as Lyft/Uber can handle multiple stops to drop everyone at home safely. A great idea is for the least impaired person to get home last, this way they can ensure everyone else makes it in safely. Worst case, if a Lyft or Uber isn’t available, a taxi can still be found on the streets in most cities.

4. Portable Breathalyzers

BACtrack Mobile Pro - Product to Scale with iPhone - BACtrack Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

BACtrack Mobile Pro – Product to Scale with iPhone – BACtrack Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

In modern years, portable breathalyzers have flooded the market. These devices, if used properly, can help avoid drunk driving. Although, it is best to be aware as the cheaper the product, the higher the chance that it will show incorrect data. If purchasing a portable breathalyzer is a though, be sure to do proper research to find the best options. For example, one well-known provider is BACtrack. Furthermore, be sure that the device is properly calibrated. This can be done by having a drink, waiting the specified time by the produce, and blowing into the mouthpiece. Sometimes, it may be hard to tell if the number is off, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.

5. Public Transportation

Metro Subway in Europe - Train Moving on Tracks - Pixabay - EuroDrift

Metro Subway in Europe – Train Moving on Tracks – Pixabay – EuroDrift

In 2018, public transportation on drinking night may not sound optimal. But, public transportation is safer than drunk driving. Public transportation includes buses, regional rail, and subway trains. These modes of transportation can offer safe means of travel. Firstly, buses run stops around designated pathways via the streets. Secondly, regional rail allows people to transport between long distance areas such as the far suburbs. Lastly, subway trains offer transport around the areas of the city. The best option is to plan ahead to understand where you’re going and how to accommodate it via the public transportation in your area.

Drunk Driving is Completely Avoidable

People Try A Drunk Driving Simulator – BuzzFeedBlue – YouTube

In conclusion, drunk driving is a completely avoidable scenario. Rather than drunk drive, consider drinking moderately, using transportation services, or designating a driver. Any of these options is a better choice than driving drunk. Be smart, it will reward you with life and less expenses and regret. This article absolutely doesn’t stand for giving up a good night out. Going out for a great time drinking can still be fun, just do it responsibly. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, it provides some insight into safer ways to handle nights on town.

Disclaimer: This article is written to provide ideas to the reader to avoid drunk driving. Any accident, incident, issue with ways above, or misunderstanding is at the risk of the reader. The company and website do not offer any guarantees on this content. This is written to bring awareness as these options are better than drunk driving.

Source of Data: NHTSA – https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving

Porsche 918 Spyder Hits 218 MPH on German Autobahn

Porsche 918 Spyder Hits 218 MPH on German Autobahn

The Beastly Porsche 918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a stunning feat of electrical engineering. Although it is now over 3 years after production, this car still reverberates with fans worldwide. From October 2013 to May 2015, the 918 Spyder was produced at Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen, Germany. There is only 918 units of the 918 Spyder… surprising, right? No… probably not. Either way, that number is no longer exact due to the 918s that were considered a total loss in accidents. Furthermore, the designer for the 918 Coupe and Spyder is Michael Mauer. Thanks to him, Porsche fans can melt in awe as the 918 accelerates to 218 MPH.

4.6-Liter V8 with 2 Electric Motors

Porsche 918 Spyder - Engine Bay - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Porsche 918 Spyder – Engine Bay – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

The Porsche 918 Spyder sports a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine. Furthermore, there are two electric motors on the front and rear axles. The V8 itself produces 608 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. Next, the electric motors add 279 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque. So, overall, this vehicle produces a whopping 887 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque… phew! Not surprisingly, this allows the 918 Spyder to reach high speeds quickly:

  • 0 to 60 MPH: 2.5 Seconds
  • 0 to 124 MPH: 7.2 Seconds
  • 0 to 186 MPH: 19.9 Seconds

Finally, Porsche states the 918 Spyder’s top speed is 217 MPH, but the video below shatters this by 1 MPH (218 MPH).

Reaching 218 MPH with Technology

Porsche 918 Spyder - Rear Corner - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Porsche 918 Spyder – Rear Corner – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

As shown above, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a beast of a machine. This engine setup works in combo with a 7-speed PDF dual-clutch transmission. Furthermore, there is a 6.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with a 420-mile range built-in. All this tech allows the driver in the video to hit amazing speed. The German Autobahn has sections in which there is no speed limit, allowing cars like this to reach their full potential. Caution is still advised, but as seen, many people in Germany respect the rules of the left lane. In the video below, enjoy as this vehicle surpasses expectations and reaches high speed.

Does the Porsche 918 Spyder Have More Potential?

[50fps] Top speed Porsche 918 Spyder German Autobahn 218 mph / 350 km/h – GTBoard.com – YouTube

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a dream worthy car for many auto enthusiasts. From it’s overly powerful engine setup to its visual appearance, this car is of the new age. Electric cars are starting to take over the market, slowly, but steadily. In the future, it shouldn’t be a surprise when Ferrari decides to delve into the electric power realm. The Porsche 918 Spyder shows the world that electric cars can be the crème of the crop. In conclusion, the 918 Spyder can reach 218 mph… do you think it can go any higher?

Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

Young Driver with No License Crashes McLaren 720S into Audi R8

An Epic McLaren 720S Crash

From 0 to 60 mph is all it takes to reach a 5 to 6-digit repair bill during an epic McLaren 720S crash. In Toronto, a 19-year-old driver with no license crashed a McLaren 720S into a parked Audi R8. Yes, you are reading this correctly. Luckily for everyone, there is a low-quality video showing the accident occur on YouTube. Warning: This accident failure may cause shock, surprise, and disappointment.

The McLaren 720S Supercar

McLaren 720S - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

McLaren 720S – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Unfortunately, this McLaren 720S crash was avoidable and due to bad decision-making. Either way, the McLaren 720S is quite an amazing supercar. With a starting price of $288,845, this car can easily reach into the $300k price range. For that price, the buyer receives a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 710 horsepower. This works in combination with RWD and a 7-speed automatic transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, this car really takes only 2.7 seconds. But, from 0 to 60 mph, can also take 5 to 6-digits in repairs, as seen below.

The Crash into a Parked Audi R8

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro - Front Corner - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro – Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The story begins with a 19-year old driver who doesn’t have a driver’s license, but access to a McLaren 720S. The McLaren 720S crash begins with the driver accelerating on a back street near the city of Toronto. From here, things go terribly wrong. The first thought by spectators is that the driver turned off stability and traction controls. This can easily be disastrous without experience. While accelerating forward, the driver loses control and the timing is perfect for the 720S to veer into a parked Audi R8. Talk about bad luck, for both the 720S and R8 owners. Although this is the story, it may not be 100% accurate, so keep that in mind. The full details have yet to be 100% officially understood by anyone.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Inside The McLaren 720S That Crashed Into The R8! – WorldWide2025 – YouTube

The McLaren 720S crash into the Audi R8 is due to a series of unfortunate events. And no, not like the book series, movie, or TV seasons. One major lesson for everyone to learn here is that supercars are no joke. Even though, supercars are exciting and thrilling to drive, disasters aren’t a short step away. It only takes one mistake and a few seconds for a great day to turn into hell on earth. Especially, if you are a young driver with no license operating a vehicle illegally, and probably without insurance. In conclusion, the McLaren 720S crash will forever be the epitome of a gut-wrenching supercar disaster.

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