• Two Mercedes-Benz test drivers killed in SLR crash

Some test drivers spend all day testing high-performance cars, so their skills are simply bar none. This, unfortunately, does not prevent accidents from happening and sometimes these accidents prove fatal. This is the case with two Mercedes-Benz test drivers who were killed in a terrible accident involving a McLaren SLR.

According to the German magazine, Bild.de, the two drivers were evaluating a four-year-old Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren when things got a little out of control. The two drivers were testing the supercar on the German Autobahn and during the five mile stretch of road that has zero speed limits, the car was pushed to its limits. According to the police officers, the drivers hit a top speed of about 186 mph before catapulting to a height of 10 meters, then hitting a tree and sailing an additional 35 meters, crashing down a steep slope. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the car and died instantly.

This is a sad day for the automotive world, but even more so for the young families left behind. Our condolences go out to them.


Source: Bild.de

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  (434) posted on 02.23.2012

They were a big loss in their respective company. The two drivers might be a victim of the machine failure, and that’s why this thing got out of control. smiley

  (248) posted on 09.16.2011

This is one of the saddest day in the world of automotive. Lesson for this accident is to secure your safety belt and check the car if have a problem.

  (448) posted on 09.8.2011

This is just a one of the few accident that we heard all over the news. These accident ends in a very fatal end. Well, I hope this will serve as a big lesson that we need to learn that safety is important.

  (256) posted on 09.8.2011

At my first glance in the crashed vehicle, I have thought the whoever drove was definitely doesn’t leave its driver breathless. That’s quite a tragic incident. I want to give my sincere condolences for the left family. 

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