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Every Car Enthusiast Should Be Going to Nürburgring

by Natasha Christopher

Located in Germany, Nurburgring is a 150,000 person capacity motorsports complex that was founded in the year of 2012. Let’s see what’s amazing about this place. Car lovers, beware of the awesomeness about to hit you!

Solemnly opened in 1927, the racetrack, steeped in tradition, has become a year-round experience destination with a colourful past that continues to fascinate today. The Nürburgring is a fixture in German motorsport history and is considered one of the most famous national monuments in Germany.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Nürburgring took place in the summer of 1925. Within just two years, the engineers designed a 28.3-kilometer circuit with various route variants, including the then 22.8-kilometer Nordschleife. The track cost 14.1 million reichsmarks to build, about $40 million in today’s money were provided for the construction of the Nürburgring, and at times more than 2,500 people were working on their completion.  

Today, close to two million people visit the numerous events on offer or take advantage of the numerous recreational opportunities involving the Nürburgring.  The best-known event today is the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race, which is held on both the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit and which for four days transforms the entire circuit into a huge spectacle. Up to 800 amateurs and professionals in up to 200 cars take part in this race. 

The stands at the Nürburgring along the 5.148 kilometres long Grand Prix circuit offer motorsport action up close. Whether in the VLN, 24h race or the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) – best view and a motorsport goosebumps are guaranteed. A “racetastic” adventure for the whole family.

Nordschleife Info:

Official opening: 19 June 1927  

Cost: about 15 million Reichsmark

Length: 20.832 km

Turns: 73 (33 left, 40 right)

Grand Prix Circuit Info:

Length: 10 and 25m wide

Turns: 17 (7 left, 10 right)

Track Surface Height (627.75m above sea level)

The Nordschleife is a toll road open to the public with a valid driving license. It’s closed only during testing events and races. A lap costs 23 euros (about $35). However, there are some speed limits on certain sections and overtaking on the right is not allowed.

P.S. One source puts the toll of fatalities to 73; others say that between two and 12 persons die every year. If you have an accident and damage the Armco barriers, you (or a non-dead relative of yours) will end up paying. And if your accident closes the track for an extended period, that’ll cost your estate, too.

Here are some of the top 10 fastest road-legal laps around Nürburgring

1. Nio EP9 – 6mins: 45.90 seconds
nio e9
The Chinese supercar is a limited-run 1360bhp all-wheel drive two-seater. It has a top speed of 194mph.

2. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6: 47.30

3. Radical SR8LM – 6: 48.00

4. Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 6: 52.01

5. Radical SR8 – 6: 56.08

6. Porsche 918 Spyder – 6: 57.00

Lamborghini Aventador SV

Lamborghini Aventador SV

7. Lamborghini Aventador SV – 6: 59.73

8. Nissan GT-R Nismo – 7: 08.68

9. Mercedes-AMG GT R – 7: 10.92

10. Gumpert Apollo Speed – 7: 11.57

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