A BMW i8 prototype was crashed by one of the company's test drivers on the A 92 near Freising in Germany.

A BMW i8 prototype was crashed by one of the company's test drivers on the A 92 near Freising in Germany.

The local Police Chief Commissioner says the main reason as to why the accident occurred is related to excessive speed which combined with a slippery road caused the 30-year-old driver to lose control of the i8. Witnesses and investigators said the prototype hit the median barrier and eventually stopped on the right side of the road.

Chances are the vehicle is a complete write-off as a result of the extensive suspension and wheel damages. This particular BMW i8 prototype was said to be worth around 200,000 EUR since it had the full suite of testing equipment on-board.

As a side note, a BMW i3 was involved in a minor accident (see attached photos) several days ago in Aalsmeerderbrug, The Netherlands. It was rear-ended by a Seat Altea XL which sustained considerably bigger damages than the i3 which escaped only with a few minor scratches.

Thanks to Olivier Wauters for the clarifications!

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BMW test driver crashes an i8 prototype in Germany