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Just BMW Drivers Being BMW Drivers: Crashes and Fails on Video

Just BMW Drivers Being BMW Drivers: Crashes and Fails on Video

There’s nothing pleasurable about watching this video if you’re a safe-driving BMW owner

BMW drivers are known for being a tad too aggressive on the wheel. Look up “BMW driving fails” on the Internet or on YouTube, the perception hits judging by the sheer number of compilation videos that are available for your viewing pleasure. This video compilation, provided to us by the eponymously named Crash Car Channel on YouTube, is a non-stop, 10-minute run of BMWs crashing into trees, traffic posts, cars, and just about everything that gets in their way. This might not be the video for you in case you’re an upstanding BMW owner. But for the rest of us, this is the latest proof that a lot of BMW drivers take Bimmer’s “Sheer Driving Pleasure” tag line a little too far.

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Another One Bites the Dust: BMW Z4 Roadster Fails to Negotiate Curves at the ‘Ring

Another One Bites the Dust: BMW Z4 Roadster Fails to Negotiate Curves at the ‘Ring

The driver gets out okay, though

No matter who you are or what you drive, the Nürburgring is one of the most fearsome race tracks in the world. Combining high speeds, big elevation changes, blind corners, and all other manner of technical challenges, the ‘Ring is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous places in the world to get your speed fix. Despite this, amateurs regularly try their hand at playing race driver here, and as evidenced in the following video, it doesn’t always go as planned.

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Woman Dies After a BMW 8 Series Prototype Crashes at High Speed

Woman Dies After a BMW 8 Series Prototype Crashes at High Speed

Probably not a good day over at BMW HQ

A test driver from BMW took his girlfriend’s mother for a spin in a BMW 8 Series prototype, but things took a turn for the worst when he lost control and hit several trees, causing severe damage to the car and fatal injuries to the passenger. The crash happened around 10pm Sunday night and is still under investigation, but the cause of the accident is said to be “significantly excessive speed.”

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Video of the Day: Top 13 Hardest BMW Crashes on the Nurburgring

Video of the Day: Top 13 Hardest BMW Crashes on the Nurburgring

If you’re someone who just can’t stand seeing a BMW (I’m talking to you Mercedes fan boys) you’re going to find this video near orgasmic. If you’re a BMW fan, however, you might as well grab the tissues because you’re probably going to ball your eyes out. Go ahead and hit play, if you dare…

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Fire-Totaled BMW i8 For Sale On Craigslist

Fire-Totaled BMW i8 For Sale On Craigslist

The things one can find on a site like Craigslist never ceases to amaze me. A few days ago, I stumbled into a listing on the Nashville Craigslist of a seller trying to unload a badly burned BMW i8 for a whopping $13,000. The post has since been taken down, presumably because someone’s already bought it. Then again, the seller might not have wanted the attention he was receiving from news outlets.

In any case, the i8 in question is the same one in these photos and it’s pretty crispy. According to the seller, a short circuit in the headlights started the fire. The majority of the car’s front and mid sections are basically beyond repair. Fortunately, everything from the behind the doors is supposedly still in working condition, including the carbon fiber tub, the turbocharged engine, and the transmission. That’s probably why the i8 was priced at that amount, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to salvage these working parts and sell them separately.

At least that’s what I thought when I first saw the ad. Now that it’s been pulled down, it seems somebody has taken up the seller on his offer.

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Dead BMW M3s Leave "Mission: Impossible 5" Set

Dead BMW M3s Leave "Mission: Impossible 5" Set

Fans of BMW might want to look away. This car carrier is hauling off the smoldering heaps of badly bruised M3 sedans off the set of “MI:5,” the latest iteration of the “Mission: Impossible” series.

If you’re into car carnage, the images below depict what appears to be seven examples of Bavaria’s finest performance sedan heavily damaged, most notably on the front passenger side. Perhaps these cars fell victim to multiple takes of a single scene.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen BMW’s doing the unthinkable on set at “Mission: Impossible.” Cell phone video captured an identical M3 jumping down several flights of stairs in broad daylight along the streets of Casablanca, Morocco.

Also among the shots is a M3 fitted with an extensive camera rig. The hood-less car gives the film’s director the ability to shoot driving scenes with shots of Tom Cruise himself at the wheel. With all that extra weight, BMW or the prop designer likely beefed up the sedan’s suspension system. Looks like a skid plate was even added just aft of the front bumper.

Hopefully these were just unlucky test mules or pre-production M3s meeting a fate that ended in a blaze of cinematic glory. It’s hard to stomach brand-new iron getting bashed so mercilessly. Then again, BMW will likely make a sweet return on its investment by having the new M3 in the movie.

“Mission: Impossible 5” is set to debut December 25, 2015.

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Video: Supercars on Trailer in Thailand go up in Flames

Video: Supercars on Trailer in Thailand go up in Flames

When it comes to cars, nothing breaks our hearts more than seeing a supercar go up in flames. So, imagine the depression in the room when we watched this video.

A trailer full of exotics - four of them, actually - all turned into scrap metal after a fire in a BMW eventually led to all four cars getting completely engulfed in a fiery blaze. According to news reports in Thailand, the cars were an unidentified BMW, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Ferrari F430 and a Bentley Continental.

The cars were being towed on a trailer with the driver saying he was transferring them from a showroom in Bangkok to a gas station in the Si Sa Ket province on the Thai-Cambodia border, where an "unknown person" would be there to pick them up. Sounds like a shady transaction, huh?

But all that changed when all four exotics caught fire, not only destroying some fine supercars but also costing a total of 100 million baht, which is about $3.3 million based on current exchange rates.

This isn’t the first time a supercar has unexpectedly gone up in flames. Click past the jump to see previous occasions where an exotic met a rather untimely and fiery demise.

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Usain Bolt crashes BMW M3 in Jamaica in Olympic lead up

Usain Bolt crashes BMW M3 in Jamaica in Olympic lead up

Based on past experiences, we know for sure that the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt has a soft spot for high-end performance cars as he was spotted back in 2008testing out the Ferrari F430 Spider at the famed Monte Carlo Formula One circuit.

Bolt also has quite a history with the BMW M3 because a couple of years ago, the Jamaican sprinter rolled his M3 - which was provided free of charge from his sponsor Puma – while a passenger was on board. Fortunately for Bolt and his passenger, they both walked away from that incident relatively uninjured while the M3 was a complete wreck.

And the curse of the BMW M3 has continued for Bolt, as images have just been released of yet another M3 which he crashed in his home country. As you can see, the damage is fairly minor when compared to the wreck which occurred in 2009, but nevertheless it does highlight the fact that the M3 may be a little too much for Bolt to handle.

Fortunately, it appears as though only the front end of the car was damaged meaning a fix should be simple, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Bolt was simply given another M3 to replace it rather than waiting for the lengthy repair to be conducted.

The former ‘world’s fastest man’ and fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell initially confirmed the incident on histwitter account although he was quick to point out that he was not in the car.

It’s yet to be confirmed how the crash occurred, although we suspect speed was involved.

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Russian BMW M-series drivers cause pile up in Moscow

Russian BMW M-series drivers cause pile up in Moscow

In what can only be described as a dream drive turning into a true nightmare, a recent BMW M club drive day in Moscow, Russia could have ended in tragedy. One driver made a small mistake that created a BMW pile up with a damage bill well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In a wicked turn of events, the incident was captured all on film and even though the drivers may hate to relive the crash, it at least gives us a chance to show you just how careful you have to be when driving on busy roads, no matter what country you live in.

As you’ll see from the following video, the event all started when a blue, E34 Sedan unknowingly merged into the right-hand lane while a champagne-colored E46 M3 was speeding up behind. As a result, the two cars side swiped each other, spearing the classic M3 into the camera car, said to be a blue E90 sedan, which was then just seconds later rear-ended by BMW’s latest M-series vehicle, the 1-Series M.

Despite the aforementioned cars involved in the crash being followed by an even bigger group of M-cars, only the four BMW’s were damaged in the crash, with a civilian’s Subaru Forester also reportedly being involved.

No serious injuries resulted and only one of the Beemer’s seems to be a confirmed write-off.

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2012 BMW M5 wrecked following horrific autobahn crash

2012 BMW M5 wrecked following horrific autobahn crash

Even though the autobahn is one of the most technologically-advanced highway systems in the world, the lack of speed limits do present a few problems. There are some unwritten rules in regards to the autobahn as drivers pushing their cars generally keep to the inside lane and leave their left indicators on as a warning to upcoming cars to move aside.

Just like any other highway system, accidents always occur and the latest involved a 2012 BMW M5 being driven at speeds in excess of 186. Reports claim that the crash occurred after the 60-year-old driver swerved to avoid a car which merged into his lane erratically, before spearing into the central divider, sliding across the road and flipping multiple times before coming to a rest on the grass bordering the road.

It’s unclear just how fast the M5 was travelling at the time of the crash, but based on the following pictures, the crash must have been fairly violent. Furthermore, when the car came to a rest the engine bay caught fire, but thankfully the driver’s sons were able to put out the blaze, who were following the M5 in an M6 and M3.

Thankfully all the passengers involved, including a dog, managed to escape the crash without serious injury but the M5 is definitely a write-off which is a real shame.

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2012 M5 Hits 186 mph on the Autobahn, then Loses Control

2012 M5 Hits 186 mph on the Autobahn, then Loses Control

We all love the BMW M lineup, and we are particularly fond of the brand new 2012 Ms, which punches 560 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from a TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine. According to our report in January, the 2012 M5 can hit a top speed of 190 mph, and a driver on the Autobahn decided to test this spec.

This 60-year-old man pushed his fresh-off-the-showroom-floor 2012 BMW M5 all the way up to an estimated 186 mph. As he approached a merging vehicle he swerved to avoid it, sending this machine into ping-pong ball, as it careened back and forth between the left and right guardrails. The M5 then flipped several times before coming to a rest in the grass to the side of the high-speed highway.

Miraculously, the driver, his 20-year-old passenger, and his dog all survived the crash, though severely injured. This clearly shows how advanced theBMW’s safety features are. Judging by the images (hat tip to Bimmerpost for the images) if this were any other car, the results would have been more tragic.

This just goes to show that just because you own a car that will do 190 mph and are on a section of the Bundesautobahn (Autobahn for short) that has an unregulated speed limit, does not mean you should push the car to its limits. By all means, stretch its legs when it’s safe, but don’t max the thing out. We should all use the tragic death of this brand-spankin’-new M5 as a lesson in how not to drive. Save that craziness for the racetrack.

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Al Thani Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce crashes in London

Al Thani Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce crashes in London

A few months ago, there was a turquoise Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce that was clamped just outside the high-end mall Harrods in London. You might also recall a Koenigsegg CCXR joining the Lambo in getting clamped by local authorities for parking in a no-parking zone.

Well, that special-edition Al-Thani Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce is back in the headlines, only this time, it’s in a lot worse condition from the last time we saw it with those bright yellow discs clamped on their wheels.

According to a recent report, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce was involved in a car accident with a BMW E60 M5 at Hyde Park in London. A witness who saw the crash said that the BMW lost control and hit the central reservation before bouncing off and slamming into the unfortunate Murcielago. Fortunately, no one was injured from the high-profile accident, although we’re quite certain that those two cars will merit some serious fixing with the distinct possibility that one or both may be beyond repairs at this point.

Very tough to see those vehicles, especially that special edition Lamborghini, get wasted just like that.

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BMW G-Power Hurricane crashes in Germany

BMW G-Power Hurricane crashes in Germany

What a waste of a perfectly awesome tuned up sports car. For the record, we’re glad that the driver – a 40-year old man – and his passenger walked away from the crash without any major injuries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for that tuned-up beast that was once a G-Power Hurricane.

The BMW M5-tuned beast was totaled beyond recognition after the driver, who appeared to have been driving under the influence during the time of the accident, lost control of the car as a result of some high-speed – and obscenely reckless – driving before crashing head-on into a tree while it was on its way to Autenzell, a small town in northern Germany.

We can’t determine whether this tuned-up BMW M5 comes with the RS or RR tuning kit, but either way, the damage on the car is about as bad as it gets. It’s highly unlikely that the car can be pieced back together, a pity considering that the G-Power Hurricane – whether it’s an RS or RR version – is one of the most desirable BMW tuning kits out on the market.

Way to go, moron!

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Video: Driver drifts BMW M6 straight into a ditch

Video: Driver drifts BMW M6 straight into a ditch

One thing you can always count on from people with fancy rides is that, somehow, they’re going to end up showing off their cars to anybody willing to take a look at them.

Of course, showing off your car requires that you at least have the right frame of mind when doing so. Basically, you have a clear idea of whatever it is you’re bound to do. Otherwise, you’re just going to end up like this dude.

Driving a spanking expensive BMW M6, the driver of the car, who we assume is also the owner, performs a drift for the camera only to have his risky daredevil attempt backfire on him as he overshoots his drift. This sends his M6 spiraling straight into a ditch. We don’t know the extent of the damage the car sustained, but with the way it fell through and with the abrupt stop shortly thereafter, we’re guessing that the owner of the car is going to have to spend more than he bargained for in repairs.

Lesson learned, folks. Unless you know what you’re getting yourself into, it’s best to keep the driving stunts to the professionals who get paid to do it.

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