I always overestimate how terrifying something I want to do is going to be before I actually do it. It’s probably for the best, but kind of annoying, nonetheless. These feelings of impending doom were a million times worse with the Nordschleife, given its reputation for eating n00bs. Guess what? It wasn’t that bad.
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.
“That’s really the team that got me into sportscar racing,” I said at dinner, pointing at Allan McNish’s table behind me with my fork. Then, of course, I realize that holy crap, I’m pointing at the Audi LMP1 team with a chunk of dead cow, and that’s exactly how surreal and amazing a trip to the Nürburgring really is.
A camouflaged 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia was spotted testing on the Nürburgring this week, and it looks good and sounds better. »
After a brutal crash at the Nürburgring last March resulted in the death of a spectator, track organizers had to step back and examine their safety situation. Speed limits were slapped on, feeding rumors that “The Green Hell” would lose its character. Don’t worry, the track will be running full noise again next year.… »
Just a couple French sport compacts whippin’ ‘round the ‘Ring. Traffic ahead is scrubbing speed and putting on flashers coming up on a corner. “Should we slow down or just scream around these pansies like– UH OH.” »
A lot of people bristle at the idea of ever changing the Nürburgring. Given its long and storied history as a kind of sacred place where machines and humans are put to the ultimate test, why would you want to change anything? That’s what I thought too, until I realized the ‘Ring has already changed a lot. And that’s… »
With the introduction of speed limits (and an outright ban on record runs) at our beloved Nürburgring, it seems the legendary circuit may have an increasingly dim future as the automotive industry’s standard for benchmarking, testing and speed-proving. Here are ten tracks that may be able to carry the torch for the… »
The news out of Germany is that the famed Nürburgring, one of the oldest race tracks in the world and also one of the deadliest, is ramping up its speed limits in certain segments. That means the days of the ‘Ring being the go-to track for insane lap records, especially for cars like the Koenigsegg One:1, may be over. »
No revving engine. No cracking exhaust noise. No flames. Just tire noise and displaced wind. This is what you get when you watch the electric Audi R8 E-Tron lap the Nürburgring. It’s a silent ghost that haunts the Green Hell. »
Planning a trip to the Nürburgring at some point in your life, but don’t want to end up in a compilation of YouTube fails? Listen to this wise advice from the folks at RSR Nürburg, a ringtool rental company which probably made this video in hopes of keeping some of their rentals out of the wall.
This clip of the 2016 Bentley Bentayga running ‘round the Nürburgring has been circulating with disparaging commentary. I thought, come on it’s a Bentley, how bad could it look? Then I watched it. »
Remember how Lamborghinis aren’t serious driver’s cars that can’t do anything well on a circuit at all? Remember? Yeah. The Aventador SV just lapped the Nurburgring in less than seven minutes. Craziness. »