December 6, 2001
9:15 AM   Subscribe

Got your new Segway and looking for a place to try it out? How about the Nurburgring? 22DM a lap and no speed limit. But before you go, heed this fellow's advice.
posted by skyscraper (7 comments total)
Take a bike on a track with not only no flaggers but cars on it at the same time? You couldn't pay me enough money to do it...
posted by jaek at 9:28 AM on December 6, 2001

I'd love to drive it -- but only after some time at racing school.
posted by brand-gnu at 10:55 AM on December 6, 2001

wow. Nice links, thanks. I was watching the history of BMW (ad) the other night. BMW has a Nurburging simulator to test their cars - this ain't no digital simulator. I can't find a link, but let me try to explain it.... They strap a bmw chassis down on this device, hydrolics and dyno-like drums spin under the tires. The forces applied to the car are the same as if the car was driving on Nurburging track. Very amazing... I wish I could find a link.
posted by tomplus2 at 10:57 AM on December 6, 2001

I want to see the Grand Prix there one day. I think it would be more fun to drive around tracks like Spa (have you seen Schumacher zip around on this track?), Monaco (it's insanely hard because of lack of run-off space) and any of the other tracks on the GP calendar.

Of course if you are a rich enough team like Ferrari you have your own testing tracks ala Fiorano and Mugello.
Fiorano @ Marnello
posted by riffola at 11:54 AM on December 6, 2001

Ferrari's parent, Fiat, has a cooler track, much admired by LeCorbusier. Endorsed by a pasta company, so it must be very Italian.

Although I found it startling that I could drive the Ring if I wanted to, the Enlishman's site was more interesting - talk about a one-track mind (sorry).
posted by skyscraper at 12:40 PM on December 6, 2001

One of my lifetime dreams is to drive a hi-po European sports sedan 1) on the Autobahn, and 2) on the Ring, some time before I die. True automotive heaven.
posted by jammer at 1:32 PM on December 6, 2001

Just get a fast PC, a copy of Grand Prix Legends and a steering wheel. A quick run round the simulated track should be enough to convince anybody not to try the real thing!

What were they thinking, racing on a 14 mile circuit!?
posted by salmacis at 1:59 AM on December 7, 2001

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