Nürburgring, Eiffel Mountains, Germany

Nürburgring, Eiffel Mountains, Germany

The Green Hell


Affectionately known as the ‘Green Hell’, the circuit was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg, itself around 70 km south of Cologne. Originally the track featured four track configurations: the 30km long Gesamtstrecke (“Combined Loop”), which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km Nordschleife (“Northern Loop”), and the 7.747 km Südschleife (“Southern Loop”). It held regular F1 races until Nikki Lauda’s crash in 1976, which prompted a move to the Hockenheimring.

Now currently used as an unofficial test track for big gun manufacturers who regularly use ‘ring times as a benchmark for their performance models, and trying to claim the lap record. In addition to this you can just turn up and pay to go round in your own car, take the scenic bus tour or get a proper lap in the ‘ring taxi (BMW M5 V10) by one of the tame ‘ring-meisters. It is still widely considered the toughest and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world.

If you can’t make the pilgrimage in person, along with thousands of other fans and car clubs, then you simply must go round it virtually using a Playstation or Xbox. Compared to other more commonly used circuits you will quickly see why it got its nickname, so imagine going round flat tack in a 1960s Formula 1 car in the pouring rain, mist and virtually zero visibility. Balls of steel stuff, respect to Jackie Stewart.

http://www.nurburgring.org/

By Phil Clark

The Green Hell


Affectionately known as the ‘Green Hell’, the circuit was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg, itself around 70 km south of Cologne. Originally the track featured four track configurations: the 30km long Gesamtstrecke (“Combined Loop”), which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km Nordschleife (“Northern Loop”), and the 7.747 km Südschleife (“Southern Loop”). It held regular F1 races until Nikki Lauda’s crash in 1976, which prompted a move to the Hockenheimring.

Now currently used as an unofficial test track for big gun manufacturers who regularly use ‘ring times as a benchmark for their performance models, and trying to claim the lap record. In addition to this you can just turn up and pay to go round in your own car, take the scenic bus tour or get a proper lap in the ‘ring taxi (BMW M5 V10) by one of the tame ‘ring-meisters. It is still widely considered the toughest and most demanding purpose-built race track in the world.

If you can’t make the pilgrimage in person, along with thousands of other fans and car clubs, then you simply must go round it virtually using a Playstation or Xbox. Compared to other more commonly used circuits you will quickly see why it got its nickname, so imagine going round flat tack in a 1960s Formula 1 car in the pouring rain, mist and virtually zero visibility. Balls of steel stuff, respect to Jackie Stewart.

http://www.nurburgring.org/

By Phil Clark

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