BMW M5 E39 Driver Tries To Show Megane Who’s Boss, Crashes Big Time

The Nurburgring has claimed the well being of yet another BMW, the driver of which, who was having a blast putting an M5 E39 through its paces.

Everything was going smooth for the super sedan, until it encountered a previous-gen Renault Megane RS. That’s when the person behind the wheel decided that they have enough room to overtake it.

Bad decision, because laying two wheels on the grass made the M5 lose traction, and it was only a matter of seconds until it hit the guardrail on the right side. Luckily, the impact wasn’t brutal, so the BMW driver carried on.

Some might wonder why he didn’t stop to assess the damages, but doing so would have increased the risk of collision with another vehicle. The classic Bimmer eventually left the track a few hundreds of meters later to lick its wounds.

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The incident was filmed from inside the Renault Megane RS that the BMW M5 was overtaking when it lost traction, and it can be viewed below.

Before moving on to it, though, let’s remind ourselves why the E39 is still considered the greatest M5 by some, and one of the best BMW M cars ever. It combines a classic design, which is even better after the mid-cycle refresh, with superior handling for a vehicle of that era.

And most importantly, it has 400PS (395hp / 295kW) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque available on tap, from a naturally aspirated 4.9-liter V8 engine combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.

  • Jay

    Some people don’t know when to stay in their lane..

    • ace_9

      You sound like an intelligent and very experienced Nurburgring master with zero crashes in your entire racing career. Please, tell us more.

      • Jay

        Wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t actually referring to a physical lane either.

    • benT

      “…stay in their lane..”
      stay on the race line maybe??

      • Jay

        No just know what your capable of doing.

  • Christian

    I’m shock that he used the hazard indicator at the end? Never knew that a BMW had those equip?

    • ace_9

      They are automatically activated only in case of an accident.

      • Christian

        Always someone to ruin the joke…

        • ace_9

          No, I meant that there is no way to turn them on manually. No indicator stalk or button. That’s the explanation.

  • smartacus

    i thought it was physically impossible to make an E39 M5 look weak

  • Bo Hanan

    The driver forgot to put the ships shields up. I always have mine up and never have this problem.

  • pcurve

    He may have wrecked all the panels on the right, but that was a nice save..

    • ace_9

      Exactly. It was quite a bold maneuver and it almost made an entirely different video (stunning overtake), that clearly showed it was no newbie. And the handling of the crash was also very good. So anyone who says that it was some typical bmw ignorant clearly does not have a clue about what happened.

  • annon

    typical “beemer” driver…no brain, no gain 🙂

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