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Nürburgring Article - Wheeling Your Way around Germany’s Nürburgring

on August 2014

While many visitors to Germany explore this beautiful country by a variety of transportation modes including river boats and trains, the automotive and racing enthusiast knows that there is only one mode of transportation that can deliver the thrills necessary to satisfy a lifelong dream. For hard core enthusiasts, the legendary Nürburgring requires no introduction. The dream of driving this famous racing circuit remains high on the bucket lists of driving and riding enthusiasts all over the world. With more than 1000 feet in elevation changes and 170 unique turns, it remains one of the longest and most challenging race courses of the world.

The thrills of this extensive track with its unique history and challenges set it apart as one of Germany’s top attractions. The lack of intersections and on-coming traffic make it unique from traditional roads while the absence of a blanket speed limit is a major draw for many. The original 20.8 kilometre ‘North Loop’ track built in the 1920’s takes visitors on a scenic trip around the village and the medieval castle of Nürburg. Located in the Eifel Mountains, the old track was nicknamed ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart as it has long been considered one of the most difficult and challenging purpose-built circuits in the world. In addition to the historic loop, there is also a Grand Prix race track that was constructed in 1984.

Choose Your Experience

A number of experiences and packages are available to drivers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Ron Simons Racing offers a range of affordable experiences designed to bring high quality instruction to visitors from all over the world as they select from a wide range of cars to experience one of the world’s most demanding race circuits. From hot taxi laps where you get to experience the full limits of a car as a passenger to introductory experiences where you get to experience driving the circuit first hand, Ron Simons Racing will ensure that car enthusiasts don’t just enjoy the best that the cars have to offer but the region as well.

Here are some of the most popular options:

Public Driving Session: Most people who come to drive the Nürburgring come to do so during public driving sessions available during evenings on most weekdays and all day on weekends. You will share the circuit with all sorts of traffic from motorcycles to buses and camper vans. Renting a racing vehicle is one of the most enjoyable ways to experience the circuit.
Racing on the Nürburgring: If you have ever dreamed of racing the Nurburg, this is your chance to rent your own race car complete with a fully equipped pit crew. Management of entries and logistics are also provided. There are a number of racing events to suit a variety of skill levels.

Hot Taxi Laps: Ever wanted to experience the full force of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS or a Lotus Exige 260 Cup? This is your chance to experience G-Force and extreme speeds as a passenger while your professional driver demonstrates the limits of the car. These experiences are available only on Track Days or during VLN Practice Sessions.
Introductory Package: If this is your first time to visit the Nürburgring, this is the ideal introduction to the circuit and the beauty of the surrounding region. This tour is designed especially for car enthusiasts combining all things cars including: driving amazing race cars, visiting the Nurburgring Museum, shopping for racing souvenirs, and dining with some of the best views of unique and exotic cars. You will find yourself in a paradise for car enthusiasts.

Autobahn Blast: A fun add-on to any Nurburgring weekend is the thrill of experiencing the famous German autobahn, the national motorway network of Germany. What makes these highways so special for car lovers is that there is absolutely no speed limit. The best way to appreciate the autobahn is to rent an incredibly fast and powerful car.
Classic Cars & Castles: If you want to combine a little bit of sightseeing with your weekend of cars, here is the opportunity to enjoy driving classic cars while taking in some of the region’s most popular sites. You’ll visit three different castles including the famous Nürburg Castle.

These are just some of the many experiences that Ron Simons Racing offers whether you are travelling individually or as a group. If you truly want to experience the life of luxury, the VIP package will offer the dream weekend of a lifetime for any car enthusiast!

Choose Your Car

The best part of this vacation is that the car you drive is completely up to you. Whatever your dream vehicle is, you can be assured that you will get to experience the best of it in a memorable action-packed holiday. However, the car you select should also be based on your driving experience and familiarity with race tracks. If you are inexperienced and want to drive a fast car, there are a number of training packages available to help prepare you for your dream vehicle. If you are a first time visitor, it is wise to remember that the circuit is incredibly challenging, dangerous, and difficult. Regardless of previous race track experience, this particular circuit is unlike any other. Both experienced and novice drivers often crash during the first few laps of the day. Therefore, it is generally recommended that you don’t select anything faster than 200-horsepower.

Prepare For Your Trip

The choice of when to visit the Nürburgring is entirely up to the visitor but the season generally runs from early March until late November. While it is possible to visit the track outside of these months, opening times are unpredictable due to weather variations. The track only closes during snow, fog, or an accident. The season is typically the busiest with weather at its warmest but this also means that you can expect the ring to be crowded with traffic as well. Although the beginning and end of the season tends to generate undesirable weather like rain, snow, or fog, visitors will benefit from far less crowds to share the ring with.

The sessions are sometimes cancelled due to accidents or crashes on the track. Regardless of how many cars may be waiting, it takes only one major crash to close the entire session and shut down the circuit. It is wise to allow yourself extra days to ensure that you get your chance on the circuit. Visitors should also ensure that they are adequately insured in the event of an accident. If you are travelling from a foreign country or plan to drive multiple vehicles during your holiday, you must ensure that you carry sufficient coverage as bad weather and high speed can always pose a major risk to drivers. Do extensive research before selecting an insurance coverage plan for your trip. Bear in mind that purchasing multi-car insurance may not be cheaper than buying individual policies for each of your vehicles. Websites like money.co.uk indicate that the more powerful the engine of a performance car, the more expensive it is to insure because it is likely to be driven at greater speeds that increase the risk of accidents. Travellers may face significant excess charges if they are in an accident with their rental vehicle so it is always important to be prepared to ensure a seamless dream vacation.

Whether you plan to experience the Nürburgring as a co-pilot alongside a professional driver or if you plan to take the wheel of a professional racing car yourself, a trip to the Nürburgring promises the ride of your life!

- Article by Melissa Fenton

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