Nurburgring – the best race track in the world
Nürburgring (Nürburgring, later – just Ring), without a doubt, is the most famous race track in the world.
Now the Ring has become a real Mecca for car lovers from all over the world. Not only Germans, Dutch and British come here on weekends, but also advanced car enthusiasts from far away countries. Finally, the Nürburgring became known in Russia and other CIS countries. We hope that our site will become a reliable and useful guide, both on the race track itself and in its surroundings with numerous rental offices, tuning studios and car services, hotels and restaurants.
Nordschleife and facts:
Built: 1925 – 1927
Open: June 18/19, 1927
Cost of sales: about 15 million German Marks
Length of the route: 20.8 kilometers
Number of turns: 73/33 left and 40 right
Height difference: about 300 meters
Highest location: 616.80 meters above sea level / plot Höhe Acht
Lowest point: 320 meters / plot Breidscheid
Maximum lift: 17%
The maximum descent: 11%
The cost of the circle / 20.8 km: 25 euro (Monday – Thursday) and 29 euro (Friday – Sunday)
Cost of living: from 50 euros per day / with breakfast
The cost of the tow truck: from 150 euros
The nearest airports are Frankfurt, Cologne / Bonn, Dusseldorf
Nurburgring bribes with its unique combination of greatness and democracy. In fact, the Germans somehow miraculously resisted imperial ambitions and made staying in the Ring accessible and enjoyable for everyone – from a British student with burning eyes and a 20-year-old VW Golf III to an old American millionaire owning a dozen collector’s Porsche 911.
Everything is very simple. At the Nürburgring you can come by car and just buy a card for a couple of laps, make the most exciting trip. If there is no car? Contact the companies that rent cars specifically for the race track. Nurburgring.ru will provide you with the full range of services. Also there are several German companies for renting sports cars, for example Rent Car Nürburgring. We have our own hangar, cars, service and transfer.
Now most automotive companies are testing prototypes of their future models on Nordschleife. It is believed that it is the classic North Nürburgring loop that consists of such an incredible set of twists and turns that literally from the very first round reveals the advantages and disadvantages of all the key parts of the car.
In the past, pre-production models were run mostly by German manufacturers on the Ring, giving preference to their top sports cars. But now, literally settled on Ring experienced mechanics and engineers of American, Japanese and English companies. It is felt that they came to the Ring seriously and for a long time, taking off or building from scratch huge hangars. Now the situation inside them turns out to be something middle between the boxes of a rich racing team and an all-powerful engineering complex with a very powerful research laboratory.
Were involved in the worship of Ring and PR departments of automobile concerns. At first they simply proudly noted that the new model was subjected to severe tests on Nordschleife. But now increasingly they point out the time of the circle, which the factory test pilot showed on the track, and at the same time reward the novelty with some sonorous, albeit unofficial title. For example, for more than a year the Cadillac CTS-V remained the fastest fully serial sedan on the Ring – until the advent of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S. Once on this site we will tell what tricks the factory engineers are using, helping their test pilot to achieve a better lap time at the wheel of the novelty. After all, even the right selection of a rubber compound seems to be quite normal looking tire allows you to win up to several seconds. What can we say about the more aggressive components of the brake mechanisms and even the slight increase in boost pressure …
A fairly objective source of information about the behavior of the sports car on Nordschleife is the German magazine Sport Auto. Its editor-in-chief, Horst von Saurma, has a huge downhill on Ring, trying to test cars in almost identical conditions – with honest factory settings and components. It is the time of the “von Shawarma” circle that is indicative of the academic comparison of sports car characteristics.
It’s hard to believe, but the Nurburgring was built in just 2 years. The project was approved in April 1925, and on June 19, 1927 the first race was held on a brand new track. The victory was then won by young Rudolf Caracciola in a Mercedes car. Since that time it was with the victories at the Nurburgring that the most talented racers were universally recognized. Throughout the 1930s, the Nürburgring became one of the main scenes for demonstrating the genius of German automotive designers and the omnipotence of their home concerns. It was in preparation for the next race at the Nurburgring that Mercedes mechanics cleaned the white paint from Mercedes cars, exposing the silvery aluminum parts. Rival at the time with silver arrows could only car Auto Union, the active participation in the creation of which hosted himself Ferdinand Porsche … Compressor engines Mercedes and Auto Union produced more than 500 forces, allowing for direct dial more than 300 km / h.
The race of the Nürburgring flourished in the 1950s and 1960s with the Grand Prix stages. Ascari and Fangio, Moss, Hill and Sertes, Clark and X were able to demonstrate their unique abilities at the Nurburgring, sometimes at the wheel of not the fastest cars. Legend was the victory of Fangio on the Maserati 250F in 1957. After an unscheduled pitstop, he went to the track only third, giving Ferrari pilots a whole minute. However, for the remaining 8 laps he was able to catch up with them and get around. Subsequently, Fangio himself noted that he would hardly ever want to fall on the track in a similar style.
The considerable growth of Formula 1 cars in the 1970s set completely new requirements for the safety of race tracks. In 1970, along the road, barriers were established – only trees and hedges stood on the sides … But in 1976, Niki Laudy’s famous accident happened with the fire of the car, which put an end to the performance of the Formula bolides on the North loop. However, already in 1984, in the neighborhood, a new relatively short GP Strecke racing ring was built, with a modern security complex. Here and now one of the F1 stages passes.
Thus, the complex at Nürburgring now includes several racing tracks: the legendary Nordschleife 20.8 km long and the more boring GP Strecke 5.1 km long. It is curious that during the cult race marathons of the VLN series these tracks are combined, forming, perhaps, the most unique configuration of the route on the Ring. For free trips on tourist days, most fans use only the Nordschleife route (20.8 km). GP-track can also be used for races, but much less often.
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