There was an accident at the Nurburgring over the weekend that involved eight vehicles. One driver was seriously hurt while the severely damaged cars include a rented Corvette Z06 and a BMW M3 Ring Taxi. At the Bergwek (mine) section of the track, near the site of Niki Lauda’s 1976 German Grand Prix accident, three cars braked to get to a road works section.
A British driver drove the fourth vehicle, which made an attempt to slow down but instead, it crashed into the car in front and then slid onto the grass and was back on the tarmac fifty meters (164ft) forward before bumping into the other two cars.
Three other drivers saw the accident and maintained their distance away. These cars were then hit by the eighth car, an M3 Ring Taxi. Another vehicle came crashing through and turned up on the track’s left side.
The heavily injured driver was brought to a Koblenz hospital while other two other drivers were examined by medics at the ‘Ring. Of the eight cars involved in the accident, seven had damages severe enough to make them undrivable. The property damage is estimated to be in excess of EUR100,000 ($130,000). A police investigation is ongoing.
With the launch of the 2008 BMW M3 Sedan, the carmaker raises the bar once again in terms of performance. The new BMW M3 Sedan has the same engine as the M3 Coupe: a 414-hp V8 engine. It also has the same balanced chassis. Clearly, this is the best performing and most powerful four-door M3 ever!
The M3 was first offered in the mid 1980s, as the German carmaker entered the German Touring Car Championship. Since then, the M3 became more and more popular and sales also steadily increased with each new model coming out. This encouraged BMW to continue developing the M3 with its unique mix of comfort, luxury and driving dynamics. With each new version, the S series featured new designs and features. The M3 sports sedan concept was first seen in the United States in 1988.
During the 1988 - 1991 model year run, the M3 had a 2.3 L four cylinder engine that produced 192 hp of power. American buyers back then appreciated the M concept with its use of natural aspiration and high RPM engine. The next generation was introduced in 1995 now having a 3.0-L inline six power plant that produced 240 horsepower. Then came the first M3 Sedan in 1997, followed shortly by the first M3 Convertible.
During the 2001 to 2006 run, you now have the most recent iteration with its six cylinder 3.2-L engine that produces 333 horsepower. This also used the Sequential Manual Gearbox, the first time that it was seen in the American market.
Now we have the new 2008 M3 Sedan and M3 Coupe that will be available in spring 2008. Both models will make use of the first V8 engine seen in a BMW M3. Other features include driver-adjustable settings to help improve dynamic controls such as damping, stability, and steering. It also features a luxurious interior that may be optimized to the buyer’s preferences, as well as the latest iDrive controller that controls the navigation and entertainment system.