The Nurburgring Nordschleife in Western Germany is quite possibly the most famous race course in the world, and many call it the most difficult as well. With a storied, and sometimes tragic, car racing history, the Nurburgring dates all the way back to 1927, when it was completed for use in both cycling races and the German Gran Prix.
Nurburgring lap times are often published in sports car and auto racing car specs from both official and unofficial channels. In today’s supercar market, Nurburgring lap times for sports cars such as the Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR-1 are as coveted by the car manufacturers as any other automotive prize on earth.
The Nordschleife translates to “Northern Loop,” as opposed to the Nurburgring Sudschleife “Southern Loop” section, which is now used mainly for classic car racing. The Nurburgring Nordschleife has been nicknamed the Green Hell, or simply just “The Ring.” Today it is used year-round for many auto racing-related purposes. Nearly every automaker worldwide uses the Nurburgring, or more specifically the Nurburgring Nordschleife portion, as a test track for their new performance models.
The 24 Hours Nurburgring is one of the auto racing world’s most fiercely competitive, and eagerly anticipated, amateur races each year. It draws hundreds of private and sponsored teams driving everything from Hondas to Porsches and up.