Audi R8 V10 Plus Nurburgring Near-Crash Looks like Aquaplaning-Induced Drifting

Audi R8 V10 Plus Nurburgring drifting 5 photos
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Nowadays, drifting comes in all sorts of forms, but the sideways episode we're here to discuss, which took place on the Nurburgring, seems to belong to the oddball category.
The past weekend was the kind that saw the Nordschleife getting soaking wet at times, with the hefty rain obviously leading to more crashes then usual (here's an E39 BMW M5 example for you).

And it looks like the Audi R8 V10 Plus in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page could've been on the accident list. We can see the driver losing the rear end of the 602 hp (make that 610 PS, you metric system aficionados) supercar and it seems like we're dealing with the dreaded aquaplaning here.

The initial slip angle turns into an all-over-the-place sideways stunt, and, judging by the all-wheel-drive machine's movements and the brake lights, the driver wasn't the one in control. And the fact that everything happens quietly makes the event even more terrifying in our book.

In fact, it appears that the electronic nannies of the mid-engined Audi were the ones who brought the supercar back in line. And while the R8 didn't enter the slide at extreme speed, all the water on the track means the story could've resulted in a crash with serious consequences, at least as far as material damage goes.

Fortunately, it all ended well for the Lamborghini Huracan sibling and, if we put on the let's-ignore-imminent-danger glasses, we could even say the drifting that resulted from the process was rather entertaining to watch. However, it's not exactly easy to ignore the possibility of a crash when we're talking about a contraption that comes with an MSRP of $189,900.

Oh, and let's not forget that the Nurburgring seems to have an appetite for overly spectacular Audi R8 drift-crashes, as this unfortunate Arenberg section adventure demonstrates.

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