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    Walter Röhrl had an accident in the Carrera GT

    He was hit on the head by the deployed airbag from his Carrera GT testcar on the Nuerburgring Nordschleife.
    Apparently nothing serious happened to him.

    BTW: at the beginning of dec. 2001, he was testdriving the Cayenne in Spain.

    If the name Walter Röhrl doesn't tell you much, check this link:
    A Testdrive with Walter Röhrl


    Re: Walter Röhrl had an accident in the Carrera GT

    I don't quite understand, were they testing the safety systems or did he crash the car causing the airbag deployment?

    Re: Walter Röhrl had an accident in the Carrera GT

    You're kidding, right?

    I wasn't, but perhaps you were!?!?

    Various statements just didn't make sense to me but it may just be a language issue. I've been in a crash (BMW 323is) where the airbag deployed and it always impacts you in the face/head; that's how it stops you from hitting the steering wheel or the windshield. That is not a problem, they deflate very quickly causing no impact injury to adults--what can be a problem depending on your seating and arm positions are burns from the propellant charge explosion when it deploys. It was like a having a shotgun go off in your face...

    Re: I wasn't, but perhaps you were!?!?

    Well, Walter Röhrl was wearing a helmet but considering the fact that he is a former Rallye driver, I bet the position of his driver's seat was pretty near to the steering wheel, despite the fact that he's a pretty tall guy with long legs.
    I use this "frog" position myself, it provides a better feeling for the car. At least I try to convince myself that it does.

     
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