Any trip to the automotive mecca of Germany would not be complete without a visit to the famed Nürburgring, nor would a list called 1,001 Automotive Things To Do Before You Die. Thus, we've reached the whole point of Jessi and Patrick's trip to Germany: Drive the Nürburgring.

Many prior episodes of The List have prepared J and P for what's required of them to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife successfully without shunting the BMW M3 they picked up earlier, but we felt they needed a little more schooling. After having them read up on The Green Hell and memorize its corners in simulators, the final instruction came from the Queen of the 'Ring herself, Sabine Schmitz, who was gracious enough to give our hosts a tour of the track. Unfortunately, the M3 couldn't hold up to a single lap's worth of Sabine's driving skills, but don't fault the car: The Nürburgring has 73 turns, is 12.8-miles long and changes nearly 1,000 feet in elevation.

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      BK
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to love the criticisms on here. How many of us had ever seen any sustained speed above 100mph? How many of us have ever taken a turn hard enough to get some tire scrub? Or to overheat an M3's brakes? Give these people some slack. My last three cars were '03 A6 2.7T, '07 A8L, and currently '11 A8L. Yet I have seen triple digit speeds only a few times in my life. So yeah, I would have a seriously clenched sphincter rounding that track. Nice to see the video game experts critiquing the real world drivers.
        omgcool
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BK
        Well said. I agree completely. High fives, we had a 2003 A6 2.7t back in the day too. Nice car, but no way will I go back to a VW after that. Repairs are expensive and incredibly frequent. The two Cadillacs we've owned since then have been virtually as fun to drive, with all of the niceties and more, but none of the fuss. I drive upwards of 30k/yr, so I can't afford to buy a new luxury car every couple years.
        John Switzer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BK
        And don\'t forget that all that lovely Armco you see wasn\'t there when the track was first used and if you went off the track, you really went off the track. An amazing public works project!
        Aaron C
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BK
        um, i have seen all of those things and often, even a bit of full opposite lock at speed... that is why i felt i could add my opinion and stand up for the one person on the show that actually shows the potential of being a good driver and actually using good technique. Don't be so hasty with your accusations, growing up in northern California we have many empty mountain roads and a few tracks and having friends that are instructors is allays a plus as well.. So its difficult to watch someone on a car show that doesn't show good technique, and no im not talking about the girl.
      Bader
      • 2 Years Ago
      the chic knows how to shift gears, and the dude doesn't, wow. and he is giving her driving instructions. LOL
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two of my favorite women on the planet hanging out together, sweet!
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has been my favorite segment so far because it seems the most "real". I love how intimidated they both are by the track (and they should be). I can only hope that I will be able to experience this someday...
      • 1 Year Ago
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        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's a public toll road, seeing as you aren't actually racing it isn't required.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does Forza count?
      gls1152
      • 1 Year Ago
      wasnt there a video of a guy who works there driving a formula 1 on that track when it was covered with snow ?
      William Miller
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is cool)
      jcchang
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has long been my wish to drive on the Autobon. I hope I can do that one of these days!
      jawnath1n
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, an M3 couldn't finish just a single lap? I'd expect brake fade after back to back laps or on a non-M, but the inability for an M3 to finish a single lap on its 'home circuit' is pretty disappointing.
        Du K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jawnath1n
        I'm pretty sure it was a safety measure to accommodate those two in the video. The point of the long straight away is to cool down your brakes and i'm sure the m3 brakes could handle the whole nurb until that point.
        jawnath1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jawnath1n
        I understand the purpose of a cooldown lap (straight on this track), but the M3 was having braking issues far earlier than that. The inability to finish a single lap is what was disappointing. And yes, I agree, it was a safety measure, but if the car didn't have issues with fade, it wouldn't have been a safety issue to be concerned about.
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jawnath1n
        german engineering for you right there
        Oyvind Odegaard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jawnath1n
        I drove the track in 2010 and yes, the "standard" brakes can't take it, even on a M3. We needed to pit on every lap to cool it down. The original R8 is also just as bad! But the tracks layout and the elevation changes is the the killer. You really need to be there to understand how it is. We only saw GT3's and not a single standard 911, the rest was purpose built car's of all makes and sizes, roll cages and what not... Make the trip share your own experiences, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience, as you clearly can see on Patrick and Jesse's (I think Jesse did a good job, she is the real deal when it comes down do it) faces, utter fear utter happiness at the same time is the perfect cocktail. Remember that Sabine said she got her record lap with over 160 cars on the track, Nürn. it is like no other place on earth - go there and do your thing before it's too late.
      F_Monk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still doing this "The List" bullshat, huh? It's boring and the two hipsters are annoying. Rope it in already.
      kittenblu
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG, she drives like a girl.
        Aaron C
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kittenblu
        is that why she had the correct driving position and hand position on the wheel while Patrick had his hands and seat in the wrong place? you might want to take a second look at the video, shes definitely the better driver..
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