There are few things I enjoy more than seeing strange things on a race track. Fortunately, there’s a new compilation of some of the most delightful oddities spotted on the Nürburgring’s infamous Nordschleife course, including trucks, the European version of the A-Team van, and even a car with a little car on top.
Any time someone sets a Nürburgring lap time, the Internet will want to see the receipts. Electric vehicle startup NIO claimed that their EP9 supercar set a new electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring, so they released the whole, uncut lap in its eerily quiet future-whirring glory to back that claim up.
Do you see that magical opening in the barriers? That light at the end of the forest tunnel, where the dirt path cedes to glorious go-fast tarmac? That’s the Nürburgring’s grueling Nordschleife course, and here’s a rally-prepped Porsche 911 SC driving it in a direction that’s usually verboten.
Just because it’s wet at the Nürburgring doesn’t mean the day is a wash-out. You won’t be setting any lap records on the slippery surface, but you can get delightfully sideways much easier.
A man just drove the entire 12.9 mile lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lightly modified Mini Cooper—on two wheels. Here’s the whole thing on video.
Bless us, each and every one, for it is time for one of the most hallowed of internet traditions: the annual Nürburgring wipe-out supercut. Behold, the most insane wrecks and fails of 2016 straight from the Green Hell.
The Nürburgring is on nearly every gearhead’s bucket list, but this man went to far more incredible lengths to do it than most do. Jae Yeong Lee rode his 110cc, eight horsepower Honda Super Cub scooter approximately 11,200 miles from Seoul, South Korea, to do two laps of the Nürburgring.
The Nürburgring’s unforgivingly old-school Nordschleife course is a roller coaster of tight turns, fast corners, crazy elevation changes and all that’s right with the world as a gearhead. That also makes it the last place you want to be when you’re sick.
The Nürburgring Nordschelife has close walls and no mercy. Tourist drives on the famed track are taken at your own risk, and that risk is “you might end up with a crumpled wad of metal after this!” This may be the world’s luckiest BMW owner after his car doesn’t become a giant green pinball after losing it on track.
Koenigsegg just released an exhaustive analysis of what went wrong when the One:1 they were preparing to set a record lap on the Nürburgring crashed in testing. After studying the onboard telemetry as well as the car itself, it was all caused by a fault in the front left anti-lock braking system wheel sensor signal.
One of the rarest, priciest cars in the world just crashed on the Nürburgring while testing in preparation for a lap record attempt. The $3.1 million, 1,341 hp, one-of-seven Koenigsegg Agera One:1 locked up its wheels and crashed into a barrier. Its skidmarks suggest a failure occurred under braking.
In response to the tragic incident this year where a GT3 car flipped and killed a spectator, the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund who governs racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife will institute a number of changes for 2016, including a 10 percent reduction in horsepower in the SP7, SP9/GT3, SP-Pro and SP-X classes.
We’ve got a late entry for Mom of the Year, folks. Bridge to Gantry reports that a Swiss mother-son duo who got busted doing 133 mph in an 80 mph zone on the way to the last open tourist drive day of the year at the Nürburgring, but she unleashed him alone for a few laps of ‘ring hoonage, where he binned the car.
It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, I’m not talking about Christmas — it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I’m talking about something way better. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. That’s right: it’s time for everyone to release their annual compilations of Nürburgring crashes. Enjoy!
Whenever anyone asks about the most legendary onboard lap footage, someone inevitably posts the Ruf CTR Yellowbird on the Nürburgring Nordschleife because it’s simply the right answer. Now the entire video of the laps — all 19 minutes and 21 seconds of it — has been posted to YouTube. Enjoy.
Here’s your occasional reminder why the Nürburgring Nordschleife is the most dangerous track in the world. This Renault lost it in the Schwedenkreuz section of the track, went airborne after hitting the wall, and then rolled several times to a stop. Miraculously, per Bridge to Gantry, the driver only has a very sore…
[We love racing series’ medical wagons, but the bright orange striped Bimmer that rules the Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the coolest ones I’ve seen—if for no other reason than the neon wrap. Here’s the Touring that tends to you if you stuff it on YouTube Corner.]
What, you thought I was talking about a Porsche Junior driver? No, no. I love Carrera Cup as much as the next 911 fanatic, but think older. I don’t know if it’s the jet lag or what, but there’s nothing funnier in the world right now than Walter Röhrl setting a Nordschleife lap with the Porsche Junior tractor.
This Honda Civic crash on the Nürburgring is one of the worst I've ever seen. Amazingly, the driver was fine.