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.
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.