SLS AMG Driver Loses Control on Spa-Francorchamps

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With a total stock power output that starts at 571 hp, 650 Nm (479 lb ft) of torque and rear-wheel drive but a front-mid engine layout with a transaxle transmission, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG isn't exactly prone to be known as a widow maker.
In fact, with a 48:52 weight distribution and all of the above, the modern Gullwing is one of the most easy to handle supercars out there, but the the waves of torque developed by its epic 6.2-liter engine are more than enough to give it a tail-happy nature in the spirit of most AMG models out there.

In other words, the SLS AMG is a very rewarding sports car but only if you treat it right, as the simplest mistake on a racing track can send the steering in a direction that no longer coincides with where you wanted it to be.

The exact same thing happened in the video below, where an awesome-sounding Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG snaps into terminal oversteer after exiting a corner into a mild drift.

The incident happened a few days ago at the famed Spa-Francorschamps, during the Gran Turismo events, and we have a slight hunch that the black SLS AMG is the same as one that we covered a while ago - twice, actually - thanks to its awesome-sounding Akrapovic exhaust system.

It has different license plates, but details like the color, type of aftermarket exhaust and the Nurburgring Nordschleife sticker underneath the rear logo coincide.

Either way, if you pause the video at the right moment you will see that it's not actually the driver's fault in full, as the car mounted the vibrator with its left wheels upon settling from the initial drift, which prompted the driver to over-correct the resulting slide.

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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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