BMW has just reopened one of its most important technical workshops after finishing a three-year remodel. The reason this facility is so important is that for some 40 years, it has been BMW's base of operations at the Nürburgring. The center has been expanded and reconfigured to allow Nordschleife testing well into the future.
The test facility at the Nürburgring Nordschleife has served as HQ for BMW Motorsports' efforts as well as production vehicle testing for four decades, but it was getting a bit cramped in there. The workshop area specifically needed to be enlarged, and so it has grown from four work bays to eleven. In the renovation, several areas of the complex were upgraded, but new areas also needed to be constructed. A new wash center, a wheel alignment facility, as well as a new leisure wing to keep employees comfortable has been added.
A computer center was also built to allow technicians to share data with Munich and Garching more quickly. Finally, exhibit and conference spaces have been created. No word on whether or not this will be open to the public, but we do know that the site serves as home of the popular BMW Ring Taxi program. And as we all know, that includes the one driven by Sabine Schmitz (formerly Sabine Reck). Some day, hopefully soon, we'll get the pleasure of the Ultimate Cab Ride.