It was a terrible Tuesday for German automakers as two different prototypes crashed on the Nürburgring.
According to our spy photographers, the first crash occurred shortly before lunchtime as a BMW M3 prototype entered the Hatzenbach section of the Nordschleife.
As the car was traveling through the section, the driver hit some wet grass and apparently lost control of the vehicle. This caused the car to crash into a barrier. While the model was quickly covered, it reportedly suffered some front end damage.
The driver appeared to be okay, but was taken to the hospital for further examination. The car meet a similar fate as it was towed back to BMW’s technical center.
The second crash occurred a few hours later and involved a Porsche 911 GT3 prototype. Just like in the first crash, the car entered the Hatzenbach section and went into the grass. This sent the vehicle out of control and the model crashed into a barrier.
The airbags deployed and the driver was “ok” after the accident. The vehicle “wasn’t hurt too badly,” but the force the impact was so great that it blew out a section of a laptop that was mounted in the car. That’s pretty surprisingly since it was a Panasonic Toughbook which is designed to handle years of abuse.
As for the car themselves, the M3 is slated to have a 3.0-liter M TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that has outputs of 473 hp (353 kW / 480 PS) and 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS). All-wheel drive is also part of the package, but there have been rumors about a so-called Pure variant with a six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive.
The 911 GT3, on the other hand, is expected to use a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that could produce up to 542 hp (405 kW / 550 PS).