Was debris or driver skill to blame in this Nissan GT-R crash at Tail of the Dragon?
Enthusiasts often gather at the Tail of the Dragon, an iconic 11-mile stretch of road between Tennessee and North Carolina renowned as one of the best US driving roads, to put cars through their paces. Think of it as the Nurburgring of US roads. Featuring momentous mountain passes, 318 turns and picturesque scenery, it looks like driving heaven. Like the Nurburgring, it has claimed its fair share of victims who may not have the necessary experience to tame a car at speed – just as the owner of this one-month old Nissan GT-R found out.
The incident was captured on video by an on-looker. Judging from the video, it seems that the driver approached the initial corner too fast. The GT-R starts to slide as they try to compensate, and they also appear to apply the brakes mid-slide, offsetting the sports car and sending it careering out of control into the trees.
According to a member of the GT-R Life forum who claims to know the driver, debris on the road caused the GT-R to lose traction - either that or overconfidence and a lack of experience could also be to blame. Photos posted on the forum show the extent of the damage, revealing a crumpled front-end and shattered windshield. Tragically, this GT-R had a very short life with only 2,000 miles on the clock. Still, the accident could have been far worse. The trees prevented the GT-R from tumbling down the embankment, and it was fortunate that the public road was clear of traffic when they lost control – this could easily have been a fatal head-on collision.