Report: Volkswagen Test Pilot Dies in Crash at Automaker’s Test Track

According to a just-released German police report, a driver died at a Volkswagen test track earlier this week. The man’s name was not released, but the report did say that we was a 42-year-old Brazilian. The accident occurred at VW’s Ehra-Lessien test track near the German automaker’s head offices in Wolfsburg. The track is an extensive facility with many different areas and 60 miles of paved roads, and is the location where Volkswagen’s Bugatti division recorded a top speed run of 253 mph in the Veyron supercar (pictured above).

According to the German police the unnamed test driver lost control of his vehicle during a sudden downpour. He managed to stop it without incident but was then hit by another out-of-control vehicle on the same track. The impact trapped the driver and he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The other driver, a 27-year-old, was taken to Wolfsburg hospital with serious injuries.

The German police and Volkswagen officials are investigating the incident.


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