As we all expect, Mercedes has been hard at work testing out its upcoming SLS AMG Black Series, making sure its 600-plus-horsepower engine, upgraded suspension, and brakes are up to the task of daily use and high speeds. One place that every supercar needs to test at is the Nürburgring. Well, with the Nürburgring comes some of the most spectacular wrecks ever.

This time around, the SLS Black Series prototype got the short end of the `Ring’s stick, as it was smashed up in a wreck on the Dӧttinger Hӧhe section of the track – one of the fastest sections – and went up in flames. Fortunately, the engineers in the car were unharmed, proving that Mercedes put some serious work into the SLS’s safety devices and that the `Ring has some fast safety crews.

Before everyone gets up in arms about a Benz burning, don’t get too worried, as a wreck of this nature is bound to cause some flames and likely has nothing to do with the quality of the prototype. It is rather unfortunate to see such an expensive piece of experimental metal and carbon fiber go up in smoke, but we are willing to bet that Mercedes has a few more of these in the stable and the funds to build a new one, if needed.

What’s even cooler is that we actually got our hands on a few spy shots of the aftermath from this wreck. On top of the carnage, you also get a good look at this upcoming model with most of its camo… well, burned off…


What do you think?
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  (422) posted on 10.11.2012

i guess a fraction of the price of the new SLS black will be to cover for this accident!

  (475) posted on 10.11.2012

i am sure that most serious super cars have lots of passive safety features. and a well made shell and chassis is one of them.

  (516) posted on 10.11.2012

otto is right. and it’s not like the designers and engineers do not consider the eventuality of a crush!

  (542) posted on 10.11.2012

tinur, i guess you would be amazed. remember that most of the super cars are carbon fiber, which is tougher than steel.

  (422) posted on 10.11.2012

i don’t know how many of the super cars could get crushed like that and have the driver safe and sound!

  (452) posted on 10.11.2012

the new live crush test for the SLS!

  (475) posted on 10.11.2012

that’s some serious weight shed for the new prototype! love the color too! just making fun of it, thank God no one got hurt.

  (509) posted on 10.11.2012

accidents are bound to happen when you go fast! thank god no one got hurt!

  (542) posted on 10.11.2012

remember that the engineers were not harmed. that’s something everyone should get out of this!

  (516) posted on 10.11.2012

that’s as black as it goes, for any car. leaving that aside, it’s a good car.

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