There was good news for fans of terrifyingly claustrophobic and dangerous racing circuits this week, as details of the Nürburgring’s official sale were made public.
Yep, following months of uncertainty and a cloud looming over the car industry’s favourite place to destroy tyres and suspension, it was revealed that German-based automotive firm Capricorn Group had bought the fabled track for the princely sum of €100 million. That’s around £83.6m, which in anyone’s book, is a lot of penny sweets.
We’re told that €25 million of that is earmarked into redeveloping and upgrading the ol’ girl, including binning the ring-card system and rollercoaster. There is no mention of making it less scary, however.
And don’t forget, it is a scary place. Those forested walls provide scant run-off area if you get it wrong, and believe us; many have got it wrong. But many get it right, and today, with news of the ‘Ring’s future settled and the track safe, TopGear.com has decided to celebrate with some of the best laps we’ve ever seen. Not necessarily the fastest, but just the ones that stick in the memory.
So have a click through, and because this is a forum for debate, rational discussion and uncapitalised musings, feel free to pop some of your own suggestions in the space below.