I finally took my McLaren 675LT Spider around the Nurburgring Nordschleife! It’s been long overdue but with Misha from Apex alongside me on a Sky Limit Events trackday and a fairly empty circuit on which to drive, this made for a true recipe for fun. And before you ask, somewhere in the 8:30s but that’s not what this is about.
Driving the Green Hell is a particularly daunting task, to me it is a totally different level to Spa, Silverstone or any other F1 grade circuit. It’s narrow, unpredictable, long and has a deadly history. The run-off space is non-existant and if you get it wrong you will not only kiss goodbye to your car but can quite easily cause yourself a lot of pain and trouble. Ergo, number one is to ensure that somebody who knows the ropes can give you assistance and given this represents only my 7th, 8th and 9th laps ever on this 21km circuit – that was a must with Misha rejoining me after last year’s outing in my Focus RS.
Running under trackday format with Sky Limit Events, helmets are mandatory (unlike Touristenfahrten days), and the main straight is fully open for consecutive laps and very high top speeds – in my case up to 302km/h on the dashboard. It was the perfect environment in which to learn without putting either the car or myself at substantial risk.
What I do know though, is that I need (and want) a lot more time here and with my inbound Porsche 911 GT3 that is going to happen vastly more – bring it on!
Let’s discuss the Nurburgring Nordschleife here: https://www.qutee.com/q/the-green-hell-nurburgring-nordschleife/
Thumbnail and outro pictures with thanks to http://www.tourifotos.de
Thanks for watching, Tim