Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Rolls 10 Times During Nurburgring Crash

With so many safety developments in the motorsports world, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous racing can be. This incident serves as a stark reminder of how fast things can go wrong.

During the recent sixth race of the VLN endurance championship at the Nurburgring track in Germany, American racing driver John Shoffner from J2 Racing lost control of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup shortly after the Flugplatz straight.

In the video, Shoffner can be seen entering the corner sideways and slides across a patch of grass, kicking up dirt and sending him into an uncontrollable roll. Over the next five seconds, the GT3 rolls no less than 10 times before eventually coming to a rest on its roof on the side of the track.

Shoffner was taken to hospital immediately after the mind-blowing crash, but J2 Racing says he wasn’t in any pain. Remarkably, he didn’t even suffer any noteworthy injuries!

The fact that Shoffner wasn’t injured serves as a testament to how incredibly safe modern racing cars are. Despite viciously rolling over multiple times, the 911’s cockpit appears intact, thanks largely to the strong roll cage designed to mitigate the affects of crashes just like this.

In past decades, the car could have been torn to absolute shreds and the driver would have more than a few bruises to show for it. If, that is, he wasn’t very seriously injured – or worse…

 

  • pcurve

    man, how stiff are these cars?!

    • Will E Vormer

      Hard, stiff and ready.

  • TheBelltower

    That was brutal. Luckily the car was spinning so fast that it never landed hard on the roof until it came to rest.

  • Balcis

    I count 11.

    • ace_9

      It was 10. But the last one was not complete, so let’s call it 9.5.

      • annon

        9 if you count a full 360

  • sure he will have come out all dizzzzy and disorientated

    • ace_9

      Not necessarily. The centrifugal force during fast spinning means that the driver is mostly just being pressed tightly to the seat. It is different from standing up and just spinning around the axis of the body. And it also all happened too fast to be able to have a motion sickness from the scene outside of windows.

      • I did not know that Ace, thanks.. always good to learn something new, I never want to experience that though, nop!

        • ace_9

          Yeah, nobody would want to try that 🙂 I forgot to mention that every time the car crashes into something during rolling over (even if it might seem like just a small bump), it severely disturbs the rotational speed, which jerks the meaty occupant inside. So it’s like several crashes from different angles in rapid succession. But race cars are very stiff inside and they are hugging the driver really well (plus the helmet, which has also very limited movement), so unless the G forces during crashes are so high that organs can be torn off, the driver should always be more or less ok. That’s why there are very little fatalities in racing nowadays. And now I stop my lecture, because I’m starting to sound like a knowitall 😀

          • True, their structures are rigid, case in point is the F1 “Halo” which had a compelling case at the Belgian race during Leclerc’s crash.

  • benT

    BANG goes the picnic this Sunday.

  • Brad Landers

    That is *before* Flugplatz, not after.

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