The Nürburgring: feared by most and mastered by very few, is largely considered one of the most challenging feats of motorsport in the world. High up in the Eifel mountains in the village of Nürburg, Germany, lays the home of the infamous motorsport complex.
First built circa the 1920’s, the track has been altered and extended to feature four main configurations: the Nordschleife (northern loop), Südschleife (southern loop), Zielschleife (finish loop) and Gesamtstrecke (whole course). Between 1982 and 1983 the start-finish area was altered to feature the GP-Strecke, the holding ground for all major racing events. The (shortened) Nordschleife however remains in use for racing, testing and public access. The Nürburgring – Nordschleife, dubbed ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart, boasts 12.8 miles of deadly corners across a vertical fluctuation of 300m.
Yielding 72 racing driver and (up to) 12 public fatalities a year. The course, whilst extremely challenging, is also extremely dangerous to even the most skilled of drivers, and thus must be treated with respect. The current GP-Strecke record is held by no other than Michael Schumacher with a time of 1:29.468, however the record for the Nordschleife remains unchanged as of 1983, held by Stefan Bellof (driving a Porsche 956) with a time of 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds.
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