There are many rules, both written and unwritten about high performance driving in general and I suspect even more about driving at the legendary Nurburgring, but I think we have a new one: keep your distance from any Renault Clios you might see.
For the second time in as many weeks, I’ve come across a video of an out of control Clio driver messing up someone else’s more expensive ride.
Today’s comes from YouTuber PeugeotBG, who was lapping the Green Hell in his Nissan GT-R, when an oblivious Clio driver collected him and then flipped. I’ll let the original poster take over from here:
Video account of the accident i had a few days ago in my Nissan GTR, during a sunday TF at the Nordschleife.
First lap of the day, still warming up the car, so luckily (or not?) so i wasn’t going anywhere near the usual pace. I let the 2 Porsches pass me and drove behind them for a while. Coming up to Metzgersfeld we caught up with some slower traffic, among them a while Clio rental. I usually give the rentals a wide berth as they are usually driven by people with limited Ring knowledge, who can sometimes get overwhelmed by the whole experience and become a little oblivious to what’s going on around them.
Coming up to the Spiegelkurve, Clio has moved completely to the right, so we all try to get past, still being very cautious of the traffic – we are obviously not racing or driving anywhere near the usual speed at that section. However, the Clio cuts straight across the track to the left – he either didn’t look or didn’t see me, although a big black GTR is hard to miss…I brake hard and move to the left as much as i could go without going off the track myself, but i’m left with nowhere to go. He hits my right wheel, his back end spins, Clio’s front wheels dig into the grass off the track and he flips on the roof. He slides for about 50m before coming to a stop.
Fortunately there were some people around to wave and warn the oncoming traffic, and the Streckesicherung arrived within seconds, literally. Occupants of the Clio were pretty banged up, got a few cuts from the broken glass, but fortunately that was that. Clio was a total loss. You drive your own conclusions as to who’s at fault here.
Point of the video is to show how dangerous the Ring can be. I’m hardly a novice there, but it doesn’t always depend on me if an accident will happen. If you ever drive a rental there, please keep in mind that people will drive past you with 100+ km/h of speed difference in some places. You simply can’t afford to rely on luck when turning into a bend and hoping that nobody will come charging hard from behind.
In any case, KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!
On the one hand, the Clio is in the wrong here, but, I am also a firm believer that it is up to the overtaking car to ensure it is safe to do so. It can’t be that unexpected for a newbie in a rental car to be flustered after being passed by a couple of Porsches. Then, he dives for the apex, clearly unaware that the Nissan is there. GT-R guy should have waited until he was sure the Clio driver saw him.