That the Nürburgring is in trouble should come as no surprise. The famed German circuit went bankrupt over a year ago, although it has remained open while the government bodies that own it have entertained bids from prospective new owners. That didn't seem to be going anywhere, particularly considering the massive debt which the circuit (and activities surrounding it) have accrued, but the latest reports suggest that one of Germany's major automakers could come to the rescue.

Although there is no intel on which carmaker – Daimler, BMW or the Volkswagen Group – might be most interested, whichever company would step up would be required to keep it open to both the public and other automakers, many of which use the 13-mile Nordschleife and its 73 varying corners as a test track.

The move would not be unprecedented, as many world-class racing circuits are owned by automakers. Suzuka and Motegi belong to Honda, Fuji to Toyota, Ferrari owns Mugello and the Nardo test track in Italy was recently bought by Porsche, to name just a few.

ADAC (Germany's automobile club) is also said to be a potential bidder on the complex, which includes the Norschleife, the grand prix circuit and a motorsport-themed amusement park whose opening has been delayed for four years now.


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      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      the troubles of the Ring are government selfmade.... if handicaped noobs called politicans try to run a win based comany it always end in a desaster, best example is this useless amusment park and shopping mal near the Ring their they burned the money the Ring needs...
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        sadly true
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        No, say it isn't so. The government bankrupt something? That could never happen. Or that's what these here comment forums tell me. /end sarcasm This really doesn't surprise me. Sadly, it's car guys that end up paying for governments ineptness.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be a great idea, let MB, BMW and VAG buy it and maintain it. It makes for the best cars in the world so why not? Great, great idea....long as they don't keep other makers from using it...but of course they would have now pay for the privilege of using it. M
      Kendahl Selkow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fine as long as who ever buys it doesn't **** the bed and keep other auto makers from utilizing this great performance sales tool...just a thought from someone who benefits from gm dropping down hot ring times
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      EZen
      • 1 Year Ago
      That 918 livery is amazing. *drool*
      TangoR34
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or invest together to pour in as much money as possible
      brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the major OEM's should pool their resources (since they all do use it) and buy it as a collective. More or less like stock in the track.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      About time!
      creamwobbly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since Porsche owns Nardo, I think that makes it less likely that VW would be pitching to buy the Ring.
        Andrew Ramos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @creamwobbly
        Testing at Nardo would be completely different from 'ring testing. Although I understand your point. That would be a lot of high profile testing facilities under the VAG umbrella. I'm still betting on that outcome anyway.
        DooMMasteR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @creamwobbly
        have you seen ehra? Carmakers bring cars to the ring to be seen :) Ehra Lessin in VW secret testing center and offers more than enough track, but Nardo and the Ring are prestige :) so why not :P
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