Vijay Pattni22 July 2011

Watch a 911 tackle the ‘Ring at night

Video: footage of night lap from the Nurburgring 24hr race. Is very, very dark…

This is a video of Falken Motorsport driver Wolf Henzler on a hot lap of the Green Hell during the 24hr race last month. As you can correctly deduce, it's the middle of the night. And very, very dark.

So dark in fact, you need Jedi levels of foresight and control over the force to navigate its bends and avoid a very expensive and painful passage into the afterlife.

But this video is so much more than just another ‘Ring lap video. It is a treatise on the nature of dark and a fear of it, a thesis on nyctophobia, if you will.

To explain, we need to reference Sigmund Freud, who regarded a fear of the dark as a manifestation of separation anxiety disorder, a feeling of extreme stress when isolated from a source of warmth or comfort. And a symptom of SAD is recurrent nightmares. And crying.

We're not at all suggesting Wolf Henzler - a fine driver with years of experience - is afraid of the dark. But tell us you're not afraid of the ‘Ring, in the dark. Tell us you wouldn't cry.

TopGear.com at the 2011 Nurburgring 24hr race

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