Evo Has Silly Nurburgring Crash, a Quick AWD Performance Driving Lesson

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Mitsubishi may have retired the Evo in its quest to turn into a green automaker, but the all-wheel-drive assets of the beefed-up Lancer mean the machine will continue to deliver go-fast thrills for plenty of time.
Then again, no intelligent AWD system can save a car from its driver. Case in point with the Evo X in the video at the bottom of the page, which has a silly Nurburgring crash.

While many Green Hell crashes take place due to driving errors that break the balance of a car, sending it spinning into the guardrail, this Mitsu simply carried too much speed into a corner.

Once the man behind the wheel noticed the velocity excess and started backing down, the active yaw control of the Evo worked to sort things out, with the car entering an all-wheel-drift that seemed like the best compromise in the given situation.

Alas, the corner entry momentum couldn't simply be dismissed, so the Evo started sliding towards the protection element on the side of the track. At first, the rally-bred machine seemed like it had a decent chance of pulling through.

This is the part where everything went haywire

However, as the rear end of the sedan went off the track and onto the gravel, the driver panicked and hit the brakes, which only amplified the oversteer. And while stepping on the brakes did kill a bit of speed, it also shattered any hopes of recovery the driver might've had.

The Evolution ended up slamming its rear end into the Nurburgring guardrail, with the guy behind the wheel stepping out to assess the damage. Despite the shave posterior (read: no rear wing), the appearance of the Mitsubishi's rear end was anything but clean, with the luggage compartment lid telling the tale of the crash.

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