Germany's famed Nürburgring racetrack has needed a new owner for some time. Under local government control, the Ring has fallen some 400 million euros into public debt, forcing it into bankruptcy while still keeping its gates open.

Last week we reported on the prospect that one of Germany's major automakers could take over the complex, and noted that ADAC - Europe's largest automobile club and one of the largest in the world - was also in contention. And now it seems that ADAC is preparing to take it over.

The news comes from Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, which reports that ADAC has submitted a non-binding offer to purchase the Nürburgring. The deal between ADAC and the Rhineland state government would see the club take over the circuit (presumably both the Nordschleife and the grand prix track) but not some of its associated facilities, like the amusement park and shopping mall.

Although most major racetracks are privately owned, the notion of an automobile club controlling one is not unprecedented - particularly in Europe. For example, the Silverstone circuit is owned by the British Racing Drivers' Club, and the Circuit de la Sarthe where Le Mans is held is owned by France's largest motorist association, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.


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      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      People who own and drive race cars are buying the Nurburgring? This is the best possible outcome, right?
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      funny how under govt control it loses money. who would've guessed that?
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      as an ADAC member I hope they offer us a free drive in case they succeed. at least we kinda payed for it.
      action3500
      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as I understand it's not technically a closed race course, but a public road. Hence, if you have accident there, your regular car insurance is supposed to cover the cost. How do you close a public road for public access?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @action3500
        no public road but available to the public unlike other racetracks.
        Hatzenbach
        • 1 Year Ago
        @action3500
        gates, guardingrails,barries and many kilometers of FIA fences
      Miguel Gomez
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really hope they A) make it still accessible to the public B) improve upon the logistics and C) evolve it.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Miguel Gomez
        If they removed any of those it would make the track even less profitable. I say they'll be adding public access, MFR rental slots and races.
      HH112233
      • 1 Year Ago
      I read a German article, I think it was Der Spiegel, they reported that ADAC is only interrested in the "moder circuit" part. It also mentioned that the offer was submitted to get information about the financial state of the facility.