Racer Ashwin and his wife Niveditha were charred to death after their BMW sweared out of control, hit a tree and caught fire. in Chennai.
The incident, which was caught on video and went viral on social media, happened at around 3:30 am on Saturday. Both Ashwin and his wife, a doctor at a private hospital in Chennai, died on the spot.
Both of them seemed to be trapped in the car without being able to open the doors of the burning car.
The bodies have since been sent to the Royapettah Government Hospital for a postmortem examination.
In 2008, the 27-year-old race driver signed a deal with German racing team Ma Con Motorsport and subsequently drove for the German Formula Volkswagen ADAC Championship.
He had said in an interview then that “I actually like riding bikes more. On two-wheelers, you get the real sense of speed, it feels more dangerous.”
The accident comes days after the Chennai police had seized ten luxury cars for racing on the East Coast Road, and arrested one person for allegedly driving over the foot of a police officer.