• Dec 29, 2010
It seems all the efforts to Save the Nürburgring aren't going all that well. According to eyewitness reports from Germany as relayed by the Axis of Oversteer clan, all those fancy debt-causing buildings and their roller coasters are sitting idle with nary a visitor in sight... still.

Apparently, there are apparel shops and a BMW dealership without any actual patrons doing any shopping, and the so-called Formula 1 Experience rollercoaster has had its speed cut from over 100 miles per hour to just around 40 due to some shoddy engineering and/or building techniques. Sounds rather un-F1, no?

All of this is bad, but what could be worse are potential plans from the developers to raise the costs of actually driving on the track. Other quick fixes may see the track being rented out for more non-racing events, which will undoubtedly make it more difficult for the true aficionados to actually lap the 'Ring. Read more about the Nordschliefe's woes here. Thanks to all for the tips!

[Source: Save the Nürburgring via Axis of Oversteer | Image: Walter Koch via CC 2.0]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I absolutely agree. Whichever manufacturers are using this track for testing need to start shelling out some more cash to keep it around. There must be a way to keep it going. Unfortunately, the maintenance and property costs would prevent any single manufacturer from buying it. This is the benchmark track for the WHOLE WORLD! Isn't there a billionaire out there who wants to own it? Can't the Sultan of Brunei buy it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny...

      1) There was at least one local based journalist that wrote about the "scheme", including "whistle blowing" articles about how megalomaniac investment is mostly done with public money, has no future and worse, it is done with "strange" (to use a light word) partnership. If you know German or you can read what Google translation delivers, www.motor-kritik.de is a good starting point. More, this year, he was sued, had his house searched, computer taken away for "search", etc...everything was tried just to make him shut up.

      2) Nordschleife, not "norschleife"...
      3) The automakers used the circuit just for the "name", there are a lot of others testing grounds in Europe or abroad that are better and cheaper (even when including transport, etc). Actually, it is cheaper for BMW (for ex) to test in Spain (flight, car shipment, etc) than send two engineers to Nurburgring by car for 2-3 days.
      Actually, Hr. Hahne (www.motor-kritik.de) has a very good article regarding exactly this issue.
      The automakers, faced with prices 10 times higher, will just go to Nardo, Spain, Portugal or south of France for testing. More, all of them have tons of data about the Nordschleife, so they can set-up rigs that can simulate 100% the "Ring".

      Sadly, a lot of people have no idea about what's going on, but think they know...or are just naive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the Nurburgring, and I want to help, but what exactly can we do about this? For all the talk about the Save the Ring effort, there has been very little information about how enthusiasts can actually help this situation. I'm willing to do my part, but I don't know how.
      • 4 Years Ago
      let it go away. big deal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +10
        • 4 Years Ago
        Worst. Troll. EVER.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...why are you even on this site???
      • 4 Years Ago
      let the whole thing go bankrupt and then someone will come and buy the Ring , screw the hotels and amusement parks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least it will be in Gran Turismo forever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I visited! Didn't intend to but thinking about it on the highway I randomly passed it with a bunch of friends and we had to stop by. Still use my key chain and I played their arcade racer cause we didn't have time to do laps in our rented Ford Focus (cause it only started at 6pm). I would have got a bunch of stuff in the gift shop if any of it was reasonably priced but hells no, stuff's ridiculously priced.

      Seriously, some corp will just buy this up. They don't need charity, that's a completely unsustainable finance strategy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is just shameful. The Ring survived WWII, and has been one of the most famous (and notorious) circuits the world has ever known.

      Nobody gives a damn about some overblown shopping mall nextdoor, but dammit, the Ring is part of gearhead and racer culture around the world. Without it, we're just that much closer to a World Without Fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Away with the GP circuit for all but GP cars. I want to see more Norschleife races besides the 24 every year. I wouldn't know about any bc speed channel wouldn't show them anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically the racetrack is fine but the [amusement] park next to it is a complete failure running on government life support?

      The Nurburgring is only an iconic name to auto enthusiasts - it means nothing in design or any other 'market', trying to have events or other things capitalizing on the name is a silly idea at best. Why can't they just let the damn place go into bankruptcy? If the track's still worth something as they claim it does (I'm willing to buy into that), wouldn't an investor (foreign or local) or any corporation buy the rights to it?

      I just don't get what's so hard about this - oh yeah, the two morons that got the gov't dosh in the first place want it for themselves.

      Sigh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is what I was thinking... I can't imagine someone deciding to plow the thing under...
        Several manufacturers have spent big money putting facilities up there so they can test cars/showoff their products.

        This strikes me as simply a power struggle for ownership... and someone is upset they are going to lose it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        (tl;dr: having events happen there, an amusement park, or having these two tards running either the track or the park is dumb - even with shows or stuff like that there there's no way you'll recoup the "investment" (public waste) the way I look at it, it's pretty much best to forget about the park and try to capitalize on what the place is best known for: the track)
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the hell kind of non-racing events can you host on a race track?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rock and heavy metal concerts, rock am ring, the largest music festival of germany is hosted on there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It should be named a historical site and protected. If the ring closes down, I will cry. It's as important a landmark as any building or statue. SAVE THE RING!!
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