Niki Lauda’s Infamous ‘Ring Crash Recreated for ‘Rush’

Motorsport

Get ready for the story of one of the greatest F1 rivalries to hit the big screen.

For the past couple of months, we've been tracking the progress of award-winning director Ron Howard's latest film, "Rush". For those who don't already know, the upcoming feature film will go into detail about the lives of F1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the 1976 Formula 1 season. We've previously published some on set photos of vintage F1 cars and the cast complete with their 70s era costumes, but now we actually have some spy footage.

And this isn't just some random scene. It is in fact the filming of Lauda's horrific crash at the 1976 Nurburgring GP that left him permanently disfigured due to severe facial burns. Miraculously, he returned to racing just two months later, even after falling into a coma in the wake of his accident.

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He wouldn't have survived if it hadn't been for the likes of fellow drivers Brett Lunger and Guy Edwards who helped to pull him out of the burning cars. Otherwise, he would have been trapped in the 800 degree inferno.

We've also included a short video with Lauda himself going into detail about the accident along with the recreated scene. "Rush" is expected to arrive in theatres sometime in 2013.

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