If you've been wondering what to do with that $165-million stack of pennies in your bedroom, we may have an idea for you. The Nürburgring is officially up for sale, including the arena, museum, Norschleife and even the defunct roller coaster. The government-owned motorsports complex fell into bankruptcy last July, and while we heard plenty of rumors on the topic of potential buyers, the list of serious parties interested in the complex has reportedly shrunk from somewhere around 50 to a more manageable five or 10. Jens Lieser, a state-appointed liquidator told BridgetoGantry.com that there isn't "a single Oligarch or Sheik amongst them."

That's good news for fans of the 'Ring who worried some impossibly wealthy individual would turn the track into their own personal playground. But those close to the fate of the facility say that doesn't mean the Nürburgring will necessarily continue on as fans know it right now. Any private company that looks to sink their teeth into the motorsports icon will undoubtedly start by looking into ways to reduce the track's losses, and that will likely start with cutting grassroots motorsports events and nixing public driving. While those two activities make the Nürburgring an icon the world over, they don't rake in cash.

Us? We can't help but wonder if it wouldn't be wise for automakers to pool their resources and set up a joint-venture of sorts. After all, many of them have dedicated skunkworks facilities near the track for testing purposes, and if the 'Ring falls into private hands, their ability to continue to operate may be drawn into question.



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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      165 mil is a drop in the bucket for many... It just needs to be someone that doesn't want/need to make it back.
        lostincake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @4gasem
        I'm sure 165 million is not a lot of money, but a race track isn't something you just buy. You also buy along with it a lot of maintenance and people that go with said maintenance. That probably adds up. Still. Can't see an automaker (someone massive like VW) not using this as an opportunity to block competitors from having access to the track.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @lostincake
          Actually as it stands the circuit MAKES money... just that it's been sunk under the weight of €500 million on loans to build the theme park that flopped, dragging it all down. If we bought it and did nothing but keep it running as it is, doing regular maintenance, paying the staff, etc., then it would still make money. When I get more details I'll post them here: www.ShareTheNurburgring.com
      Brian Rautio
      • 1 Year Ago
      $165 million in pennies would be 16.5 billion coins. Interestingly, there are over 200 billion pennies in circulation, so FWIW, the opening line is theoretically feasible. Though it might irritate the sellers to pay in this manner.
      jf.bouchard
      • 1 Year Ago
      New Autoblog post saying that Bernie Ecclestone is now the new owner of the 'Ring in 3..2..1...
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably cost you a hell of a lot more money just to maintain the track...
      DC Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remember folks... Buying this is like buying a big ass yacht or a mansion. Sure you can afford to buy it... but you also have to keep paying so that it doesn't fall down around your ankles.
      Malcolm
      • 1 Year Ago
      $165 million is cheap for that track, considering how famous it is and the history it's got.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota is suppose to be sitting on a couple of billion dollars in cash right now, I hope they will be more interested in buying "The Ring" than some track house builders looking to build condos and mini-malls.
      cypherxx666xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      i agree with some on here, Porsche should acquire this track, it´s a no-brainer. they have already bought the highspeed nardo track and this has always been their playground. If you think of the Ring you think of Porsche, it´s as simple as that.
      Mike Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wait a minute (re: the photo) . . . a cross next to the track? The GERMANS with a cross? Sorry, mein Fue..., but it just doesn\'t fit(!)
      vedi123
      • 1 Year Ago
      i don`t understand why Porsche isn`t buying this
        Rieku Ame
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vedi123
        From what I remember, Porsche just doesn't have that kind of money right now.
          vedi123
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rieku Ame
          what do you mean? Porsche is swimming in cash and their mothership VW even more. they can easily afford this: "In 2012, Porsche posted an operating profit of 2.44 billion euros ($3.17 billion), an increase of 19 percent from the year before." (http://europe.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130315/ANE/303159870/porsche-aims-for-flat-2013-profits#axzz2Nv6JYO69)
      Brandon Allen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who wants to go in on a Kickstarter campaign with me?
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brandon Allen
        Kickstarter won't let you fund a business like this... but we can still group together: www.ShareTheNurburgring.com
      Greg Wiatroski
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kickstarter!
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