One racing team’s Nürburgring endurance run ended in an insane rollover that got caught on video.
The most amazing thing about this video isn’t so much that the Porsche 911 GT3 rolled 10 times, or the fact that it shed its wheels like party favors at New Year’s Eve 1999. No, the craziest, most miraculous thing about this crash is that the driver survived at all.
We have the Eifeler888 YouTube channel to thank for this insane video of J2 Racing’s John Shoffner absolutely demolishing his Porsche 911 GT3 during an endurance race at Germany’s infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife track.
As you can see from the video, Shoffner took the curve just before the Flugplatz straight just a touch too early, slamming into the turf so that his left front wheel buried itself in the ground and provided a perfect level to catapult the Porsche skyward. From there it was all just straight physics as the Porsche rolled over, again and again, its momentum taking it right up against the Nordschleife’s perimeter fencing.
Eventually the GT3 slowed down to finally come to a rest on its roof.
It’s a testament to modern day safety technology that the driver was able to survive that crash without any lasting injuries. According to the J2 Racing Facebook page, John was recently moved from intensive care and will spend the next few days in the hospital for observation. However, he’s in no pain, and there doesn’t seem to be anything else wrong with him.
As pointed out by Autoblog and the Nürburgring fansite Bridge to Gantry, such things as roll cages and HANS restraints are the real reason that John is alive after such a spectacular crash. As for the car, it’s a complete write-off. Most of the internal components are a slurry of metal and oil, while the left-side wheels were torn off during the roll. We’re not even sure if they’ve been located--for all we know, they’re still rolling down the Autobahn somewhere.
Like they say: any crash you can walk away from.