The production crew for Ron Howard's Rush recently stopped by the Nürburgring to recreate Niki Lauda's infamous Formula One crash during the 1976 Nürburgring GP. Lauda's car suffered a catastrophic failure on the second lap, launching him into the guardrail and placing his crumpled machine in the path of Brett Lunger's Surtees-Ford. The two collided and it wasn't long before Lauda was trapped in burning wreckage. Lunger and a handful of other racers fought to pull Lauda from the flames. Those on hand succeeded in rescuing the Austrian, and while he lapsed into a coma and suffered disfiguring burns, he was back in the cockpit within two months.

Just before the race, Lauda had pressed for a boycott of the dangerous race. The area in which the crash occurred is now known as Lauda Links.

Rush will follow the volatile 1976 F1 season and two of the primary characters that defined the year: Lauda and James Hunt. Hit the jump to see bystander video of the stuntmen in action.



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      bugvey41
      • 2 Years Ago
      During that scene I'll be sure to look for someone in the woods holding a camera =D Great idea for a film. Hope I get to watch it...
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
        LOL that was funny. now I'll be watching for him as well. Maybe it's Mr Bean!
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bugvey41
        They'll probably just erase the cameraman in the woods digitally.. hope not though.
      CB
      • 2 Years Ago
      First Senna, now this movie??! Awesome.
      Ken Arnold II
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ive been looking forward to seeing this movie for a long time, btw..that 911 sounded great.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man I cant wait for this to come out
      Drivesolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm REALLY looking forward to this movie. Grand Prix had some amazing camera views from that era (60's) but as far as a movie it was, ehhh.....
      JayP
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was hard to watch even knowing it was a controlled environment. I hope this film doesn't suck.
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      Until Ron stops wearing a hat and admits he's bald I am boycotting it!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ROBERT L
      • 2 Years Ago
      This goes with the new book out recently on the James Hunt Niki Lauda fight for the Championship.