Watch a Range Rover Sport Suffer a Totally Unnecessary Crash on the Nurburgring

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On the list of vehicles that have no business being on the 'Ring, a Range Rover Sport - of the previous generation, very important mention - would sit somewhere in the middle, just below your average hatchbacks and sedans and above vans, MPVs (minivans), or most of the other SUVs.
The only thing sporty about the old Range Rover Sport was the fact that it was often bought by athletes or used by well-off soccer moms to take their kids to training. Other than that, it was a huge, heavy, brick-shaped machine that had more in common with the Land Rover Discovery then it wanted to admit. Not that there's anything wrong with that anywhere else outside a race track.

On the 'Ring, however, if you own an older Range Rover, then you're better off using some of that money you clearly possess to rent a more suitable car. You'll have a much larger dose of fun, and as the video below shows, you'll also probably be considerably safer while doing so. But, no, people get to the Nordschleife to drive their own cars, that's the whole point: you have to be able to go home and brag about old Betsy being on the 'Ring. Maybe even buy one of those stickers to spare you of having to tell everyone verbally.

You'd think, then, that having a go in your own car - as inappropriate as it might be - would at least mean you're in a vehicle you know inside out. It's got no secrets left, and even though you don't normally get the chance to push it to the limit during regular driving, you do know what to expect from it.

Sadly, this driver demonstrates that, at least in his case, the opposite applies. We can see him entering a long right-hand turn at speed, but as he's getting closer to the exit, his car's butt begins to slide out. No biggie, it's all under control. He glides smoothly, and just when you're ready to express your admiration for what you're seeing, he loses it. A bit of over-correction coupled with either braking or lifting off the gas sends the car's front end to the left, hitting the rails and performing a 360-degree spin.

And, just for comparison, this is how you save an FWD or AWD car from spinning (Jason Plato in BTCC):

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