It Costs $5,300 To Crash Your Car At The Nüburgring

This Astra Nüburgring Edition ironically wiped out while racing around the Nürburgring. The cost? About $5,300. Of course that doesn't include the price of the air ambulance, a visit to the hospital and, of course, a new car.


Here are the steep prices for crashing your car at the 'Ring according to Ben Lovejoy's Nurburgring Site:

• Base fee for attendance of armco truck: €150
• Removing damaged armco: €10/metre (x2 or x3 or x4 for multiple-height sections)
• Replacement armco: €31/metre (x2 or x3 for double/triple height)
• Removing damaged armco posts: €5.10 each
• Replacing armco post: €39 each
• Safety car attendance: €82 per 30 mins (car + 2 people)
• Circuit closure: €1,350 per hour
• Recovery truck: €190 (inc VAT)
• Hospital stay & air ambulance: Let's just say, do NOT go there without travel insurance! (Though a European Health Card - which replaced the E111 - may cover the hospital bit.)
Everything except the recovery truck is then subject to 19% VAT.

With a bit of back-of-the-napkin math (and presuming a generous five meters of armco and an accident time of just an hour) you end up with a price of $5,300 before you factor in the aforementioned air ambulance. Ouch.
[PistonHeads, Nürburgring.co.uk]

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I've had the distinct pleasure of leaving my mark on the armco of the 'Ring. I was in the passenger seat of a "follow the leader" instruction session with RSR (located by the track entrance in Nürburg) when we lost radio communication, my buddy (on his first lap of the 'Ring) came into a corner too hot, put it sideways and we slid out to the interior of the track and kissed the wall (as shown in the picture).

Luckily, the track officials decided that we hadn't damaged the armco enough to warrant a replacement. We were told the minimum fee (using an example very similar to what was posted) would be ~ 1500 Euro. We got away with some frame welding and a bumper for 300 Euro. Could have been much worse.

Also - For you guys that dream of doing laps on the 'Ring, find a group that offers rentals with track insurance. I personally used RSR Nurburg ([www.rsrnurburg.com]). The max deductible of 4000 Euro might seem daunting, but an incident like this post shows how quickly costs on this track can run up.