A fool and his AMG C63 are soon parted after he tries to drift his way around a corner and slams into a tree.
From CarSpotterQVS comes this latest account of dumb people driving powerful cars. In this case, the car in question is a Mercedes-AMG C63 S, a 500-hp sedan that can generally outperform any other four-door short of a Charger Hellcat or a BMW M4. It’s an RWD car with a 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters, making it a decent choice for amateur drift enthusiasts.
Amateurs should definitely learn the basics on a controlled test track and not on the open roads, however. This particular driver learned that lesson the hard way after losing control of his car and slamming into a tree.
So what happened? First, the car has a LOT of power going to the rear wheels, so it’s fairly easy to kick out its tail. Second, we know the driver was already a bit of a hotdog from the way it was leaving the 100% Auto Live event in Rotterdam, Netherlands. There are a lot of those types of drivers there as the show tends to attract all kinds of motorheads, even ones with more money than sense. Perhaps especially so.
Finally, we get to that fateful turn. From a standstill, the driver seems to think they can accelerate and drift their way around a corner--a maneuver that’s possible for a dedicated drifter with years of experience, but perhaps not something a novice should attempt. After kicking out its rear just a bit, the driver overcorrects on the return swing and winds up fishtailing instead. After a second, he hops the curb and slams into a tree with his rear quarter-panel.
There’s no telling what happened to his axles, but the car itself is mostly intact. Except for the rear passenger door, which is completely caved in.
A yellow flatbed takes the Merc away to its final fate. Here’s hoping it can be repaired and the driver learned a valuable lesson.