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  • Therburgring.

  • If you've spent any time reading about cars,

  • you've probably heard the term.

  • What is it?

  • It's a merciless 13-mile track

  • with terrifying twists, turns, and dips,

  • and arguably the most dangerous race course in the world.

  • But it's become a sort of holy destination for drivers,

  • professional and amateur, who make the pilgrimage

  • to the small town ofrburg, Germany.

  • Since its construction in 1927,

  • the ring has tragically claimed the lives

  • of just under 70 motorsport heroes.

  • Legendary Formula One driver Jackie Stewart

  • famously crowned the track the "Green Hell,"

  • a nickname it holds to this day.

  • But just what makes therburgring so brutal?

  • Therburgring is actually composed

  • of two different courses,

  • but it's the site's northern loop, or Nordschleife,

  • that most associate with the track.

  • As the world's longest racetrack,

  • the Nordschleife remains the ultimate test of skill

  • amongst professional drivers competing in extreme races,

  • like the 24 Hours ofrburgring endurance race.

  • A closer look at the track reveals three things

  • that make it such a challenge,

  • even for the most skilled drivers:

  • the steep elevation changes,

  • blind corners, and the lack of runoff areas.

  • Let's start with the elevation changes.

  • For an idea of just how severe therburgring's are,

  • the total difference in altitude

  • from the track's highest point

  • to its lowest is a jaw-dropping 985 feet.

  • And it doesn't occur gradually, either.

  • The shifts in elevation are abrupt and spontaneous,

  • providing plenty of challenges

  • for those who don't know the track thoroughly,

  • and even those who do.

  • One of the best examples of this happens fairly early

  • in the track, at a section known as Fox Hole.

  • This section features five sweeping corners

  • that can be taken at full speed!

  • But it's at the last corner,

  • when the track goes into a steep downhill descent

  • then immediately elevates,

  • that you feel more g-forces than you've ever felt.

  • To better understand what driving through it is like,

  • we caught up with someone who circles the Ring

  • over 1,000 times every year.

  • Misha Charoudin is a race-car driver,

  • course instructor, and YouTuber

  • who knows every inch of the track like the back of his hand.

  • He's even managed to guide a driver around it

  • while completely blindfolded!

  • Misha Charoudin: You have Fox Hole.

  • It's a very, very downhill descent followed

  • by instant climb.

  • And what a lot of people do, they think,

  • like, "Oh, let me see what the top speed of my car is

  • because I'm going downhill now."

  • And then they brake at the lowest point.

  • The issue here is the weight transfer.

  • When you brake at the complete bottom,

  • you have the weight transfer ready

  • because the car will change direction

  • from going downhill to uphill,

  • and when you apply the brakes on that,

  • you will most likely end up in the barrier.

  • Narrator: But it's near the Ring's end

  • that drivers face one of the most daunting

  • sections of racetrack in the world

  • when it comes to elevation change.

  • Located 10.5 miles into the track

  • is a section called Pflanzgarten.

  • Known for its number of career-ending accidents,

  • there is zero room for error

  • on this series of jumps and turns

  • where drivers will find it nearly impossible

  • not to go airborne.

  • Misha: So, you actually, literally, your car will jump

  • three times over, I would say, a period of one minute.

  • Your car will be airborne one time straight

  • before the braking zone,

  • one time you will go a bit sideways maybe even

  • in the air as well, and one time you will be going

  • over 120 mph over a slight bump while changing direction.

  • So, when you have a mistake there it will usually end up

  • in a very, very...let's say track closure.

  • People will have to close the track,

  • how bad of an accident it's going to be.

  • Narrator: But it isn't simply jumps and drops

  • that cause so many accidents on therburgring.

  • On a 13-mile track made up

  • of around 170 different tight corners,

  • about 90% of them are blind.

  • The Ring's infamous turn they call Kallenhard,

  • about five miles into the track, is the perfect example

  • of just how blind these corners can be.

  • Misha: It's difficult because it's very blind

  • and it gets very tight.

  • It has a very, very, very late apex,

  • and people just don't expect that.

  • Because they think, well, the turn should be over now.

  • No, it gets tighter, tighter, tighter, and it's very blind.

  • And you see a lot of accidents happen there.

  • So you have to stay very slow, very much on the outside,

  • slow feet, fast hands, and get it right.

  • And this is something that people really mess up.

  • So this is, I would say in terms of the blind corner,

  • Kallenhard is definitely one of the most challenging ones.

  • Narrator: It's also the lack of sufficient runoff areas

  • that separates therburgring from the rest

  • of the world's professional racetracks.

  • While most courses feature plenty of zones for

  • out-of-control vehicles to safely depart from the track,

  • less than a handful of corners at therburgring

  • have what could even be considered runoff areas.

  • For the majority of the course,

  • drivers will find that there is less than a meter

  • separating the track from the barriers.

  • This means that even the slightest mistakes can result

  • in cars smashing into the walls.

  • But as intimidating a track like the Green Hell can be,

  • Misha has a few simple words of advice

  • for those everyday drivers looking

  • to tackle the Ring for the very first time.

  • Misha: I always say, you cannot impress here anyone

  • after 93 years of history,

  • but you can make everybody laugh.

  • So make sure to be the person that does not make us laugh

  • after ending up on YouTube for some bad crash video.

Therburgring.

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