The Nurburgring Nordschleife needs no introduction. Also know as the “green hell” this 73-turn 20.8 km ribbon of tarmac snakes through the Eiffel forest in Nurburg, Germany and is considered one of the most demanding—and dangerous—tracks in the world.
Nearly every car manufacturer tests their sports cars there, posting their “me too” lap times like a badge of honor. The current record holder is the barely legal Radical SR8LM, with a blisteringly fast time of 6:48. (That’s 6:48 to lap 20.8 km of winding road; you do the math)
The blind corners, devastatingly fast straights and drastic elevation changes all add up to a track where only the best race car drivers in the world are capable of posting fast times. Throw in some bad weather (which the region is famous for) and that “green hell” moniker seems most apt.
Regardless, the Nordschleife is one of the best places to hone your track skills, and is open to the public most days of the year. While fatalities are rare; there’s no shortage of crashes and near misses, and some of the trickiest corners often have a crowd gathered to witness the ensuing carnage.
The Green Hell Car Channel on Youtube has been compiling footage of these crashes and near misses for a while now. I’ve spent way too much time watching these guys crumple brand new 911’s as a result of their over exuberance, lack of skill or just plain ham-fistedness.
Still—I always say—better on a track than on public roads.
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