The Nürburgring, also nicknamed ”The Green Hell” by Formula 1 driver, Jackie Stewart, is arguably one of the most dangerous racetracks to exist. Located in Germany, the track was constructed in 1927 and has sadly taken the lives of nearly 70 motorsport heroes.
The Nürburgring is looked upon by professional drivers as a challenge to overcome and test their skills. But why, might we ask is this particular racecourse so challenging?
The track covers just under 13 miles through the Eifel-forests, making it the longest racetrack in the world. It has steep elevations with the total difference between its highest and lowest point being a massive 985 ft. This on its own is dangerous enough, presenting challenges for those who do not know the track very well.
In Business Insider’s video, Misha Charourdin, a racecourse driver who knows the track like the back of his hand, gives a little more information about the elevations. He explains that there is a section of the course called ‘Fox Hole’ – “a very, very steep descent followed by instant climb” and if the brakes are applied at the very bottom then it becomes an issue as there is a weight transfer from going straight uphill after going downhill, “and when you apply the brakes on that, you most likely end up in the barrier.”
There are very few run-off areas around the Nürburgring – these are usually located around a circuit where racers are most likely to unintentionally come off track – without these, it leaves little room to make mistakes.
Originally created and published by Business Insider