Smoke’n the Tires Ignites Mercedes CLK-DTM

How embarrassing is this? During a recent DTM presentation in Düsseldorf, a 2002 Mercedes CLK-DTM race car outfitted with a 2008 C-Class body went up in flames. The driver, Bruno Spengler, decided to thrill the crowd with a few burning hot doughnuts – and thrill the crowd he did. The incident was so embarrassing in fact that DaimlerChrylser published an official press release to explain the incident.

Here's an excerpt of the press release. You can read the full press release over at CARSCOOP.

DaimlerChrysler: An incident, in which nobody got injured, occurred during the DTM presentation programme at Düsseldorf’s Königsallee. The rear of a former DTM race car (Mercedes-Benz CLK-DTM from the year 2002), driven by Bruno Spengler, caught fire due to an overheated brake. The car was a five-year-old race car that had been fitted with the bodywork of the new C-Class for demonstration runs.

Here's the video from YouTube (Warning: the video includes an MP3/music overlay that's not rated G; turn your sound off if you prefer):

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