Losing it at the Nurburgring is frighteningly expensive.
The Nurburgring is something of a Mecca for motorsport enthusiasts. Regardless of how invested you are in cars, the racetrack remains the benchmark for testing all of the abilities that a driver must perfect if they want to be fast on tarmac. The track's various camber, elevation, and surface changes are also a big part of why many cars are developed there, testing every part of a car's handling. However, not everyone who wants to can afford to drive a supercar there, which is why some companies offer sports cars and supercars and a driving instructor to help you experience the Ring's greatest thrills. But what happens when things go wrong? Well, nothing about a bad day at the Ring is cheap, as the below video shows.
The video comes from Misha Charoudin, who was instructing a client on the circuit in a Porsche 718 Cayman. The inexperienced driver lost his nerve and lifted off the throttle mid-bend at around 124 mph, inducing oversteer that he couldn't control. With the car spinning and scraping over curbs and against barriers, Misha ended up with whiplash and, naturally, a bit of a shock. But that shock got a lot worse when what looked to be minor surface damage turned out to be serious enough that the car has now been totaled.
Numerous parts on the surface were damaged, including a headlight, wheels, bumpers, fenders, and the driver's side door, but that shouldn't be enough to warrant scrapping the car, right? Wrong. The exhaust, rear diffuser, trailing arms, and front and rear suspension all need replacing. The front crash structure was also bent in four places, and replacing this part alone costs €25,000 (just under $30k) before labor and taxes.
Thanks to an independent evaluation, the total cost of the damage - including parts, paint, labor, and taxes - works out to €97,841.36, or almost $115,000 in our money. That's more than the car cost when it was bought two years ago, and as depreciation affects values, replacing the car would be cheaper than fixing it. The man who was behind the wheel at the time, despite being obliged to take out insurance beforehand, will still need to pay in a huge amount of money and has thus got a lawyer involved, fearing that the evaluation is severely inflated.
Sadly, the worst part of this whole story is that Misha suffered another crash while instructing a different driver in a Cayman GT4. As a result, he has now given up instructing and will stick only to activities that keep him in the driver's seat, like operating a Ring taxi. The lesson here is to listen to your instructors or risk a massive financial burden.