Porsche Cayman GT4 Nurburgring Crash Is an Oil Spill Nightmare

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Rumor has it that Porsche tested the Cayman GT4 with a PDK before releasing the car, but the lap times were too much of a threat to the 911. Well, despite its stick shift trading a bit of time for extra driving engagement, the Zuffenhausen special is nothing short of a blast on the track. So a Nurburgring adventure experienced from behind the wheel of a GT4 must be a dream come true, right?
Unfortunately, the Cayman GT4 track stint in the piece of footage at the bottom of the page has more to do with the German track's Green Hell nickname than anything else.

Yes, this accident feels like a nightmare - we're talking literally, since, if you pay attention to the driver of the Porscha, you'll notice the helpless state of the man as he does his best to avoid the situation.

However, when an oil/coolant spill has occurred on the track, there's not that much you can do. On its own, the GT4 would've simply gone wide, hitting the barrier on the side of the track and disintegrating its tail. But things weren't that simple.

That's because an E30 BMW had just set the accident pace moments before the Porsche. While the Bimmer's impact was negligible, its driver didn't follow the basic rule of moving away from the crash site.

And the consequences of that poor decision didn't fail to show up, with the GT4 soon plowing into the rear end of the 3er - the grass underneath and the front-engine configuration of the BMW meant the impact was a moderate one.

As those of you following our Ring crash stories know, we strive to turn these episodes into lessons that hopefully help other drivers complete their Nurburgring laps in one piece.

Alas, there's not too much the Porsche Cayman GT4 driver could've done to avoid the double impact. While it could be easy to point the finger at the guy and claim he should've seen that BMW on the side of the track, the otherwise normal rate of speed at which the Porscha entered the Arenberg corner meant that the mid-engined sportcar's slide couldn't be avoided.

Since this is the second weekend in a row when a fluid spill in the Arenberg section causes mayhem (remember last weekend's pedestrian near-crash?), here's to hoping the 2016 Touristenfahrten (Tourist Days) season won't end with such a series of bangs.

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