The Nürburgring. 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 of Nürburg, 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 the
Nürburgring so brutal? The Nürburgring 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 of
Nürburgring 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 the Nürburgring’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 the Nürburgring. 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 the
Nürburgring 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 the Nürburgring 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.

Why This German Race Track Is The Most Dangerous In The World
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83 thoughts on “Why This German Race Track Is The Most Dangerous In The World

  • September 24, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    JESUS CHRIST RETURNS, REPENT OF SIN AND CHANGE YO.U.R WAY OF LIVING

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    It said 1 comment for me so im 2nd lel

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    But there is no F1 race in Germany

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    A worthwhile video after a long time. Time to hit the Karousel.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Edit : i deleted the original comment so you wont know why this comment has so many likes

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    ْ
    👀،

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    Oh, James May favourite place ……

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    i once crashed my car there, pretty scary expierience.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:11 pm
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    Very well edited video…

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Since this track is in Europe, it would have been nice if you included METRIC units when comparing altitudes for ex.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    For the love of Jesus Christ, please use metric

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Coming in to see Sabine Schmitz and getting a dude instead. Thoroughly impressed but still disappointed.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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    But the end ist so cool. Around 3km Just straight

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    I want F1 races back here

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    Great video guys, very happy being a part of it!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:32 pm
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    0:56 World's longest track? Isle of Mann has entered the chat ( I know its not a track only road and its a street course but still)

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    Holy destination indeed

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  • September 24, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    How much do you know about the track?

    Misha: yes

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    I was expecting metric

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Anyone else triggered by how the german names were pronounced?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Most dangerous racetrack ??????
    Isle of man

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:29 pm
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    So, do each cars have guns or rocket launchers to destroy each other?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Now they should allow Auto Addiction back to the ring!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    now I know why Rimac won't take a challenge to race his cars on this track. #expensive_risk 😁

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Before you go there to drive yourself, download a racing simulation and drive 100 laps, even if it's just on your PlayStation.
    You need to know every single corner and bumps. Otherwise, it is going to be expensive.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    No wonder why it’s called green hell

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Everyone check out 'Auto Addiction' on YouTube he posts nurburgring crashes

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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    REAL RACING 3!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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    well when i look at this video at speed 2 it does look dangerous 😛

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  • September 24, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    Ksi

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  • September 24, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    985 ft = 300 meters

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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    3:05 bad arrow

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  • September 24, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    That’s what makes it exciting!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    2:15 one and only 45!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    The most dangerous GERMAN racetrack in the WORLD

    ?????

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    Is this track in any racing games?

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    It’s not the Track it’s Skills that you have as a Driver

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  • September 24, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    what about off-roading or motorbikes?
    when do we get the nuremberg rally or nuremberg trials?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    Best Gran Turismo track ever!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    If you drive slower you won't go airborne or take turns at 120 mph. This is assuming you're not trying to get the best time.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    Lauda 76

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    That track deserves "made in Germany 🇩🇪" label

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:52 am
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    My mom: What is your true passion

    Me a recent college dropout: driving fast

    My mom: hysterical laughter

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  • September 25, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    Always good to mix imperial & metric measurements in one video 😂

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  • September 25, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    Gran turismo test 4 benz

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    I go there all the time…….

    In Real Racing 3

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  • September 25, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    'more g forces than you've ever felt'

    astronaut laughs

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  • September 25, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    Where is queen of Nurburgring

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  • September 25, 2019 at 10:07 am
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    Speaking of what Misha last said in the video(a bad crash video), something terrible happened because @AutoAddiction in YouTube was banned by the track management coz it's bad publicity. Special mention for the poor channel.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    Nordschleife

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  • September 25, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    Where is Sabine Schmitz? The Queen of the Ring!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    LoLz…Nürburgring is kindergarten compared to the Isle of Man Mountain course

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    Nurburgring : Im super dangerous…..

    Isle of Man TT : Hold my beer weakling…..

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  • September 25, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    I heard the track's medical center has a chart showing where in the track people have crashed the most.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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    Finally, business insider appreciate d motorsports

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    what about the snaefell mountain course?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    AHEM…. Pescara?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    Definitely Niki Lauda.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    Legends know it as the nordschleife

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Still it’s my dream to drive there at least once

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Snaefell Mountain Course

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    Not meant for idiots with paddle gear cars. Meant for real drivers with skills.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    a video about nurburgring without mentioning niki lauda crash? ….ok

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Here before it gets reccomended to everybody

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:47 pm
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    That's sounds more of like "Nerve-Racking"!!!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Isle of Man?

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    The Nordschleife is pretty fun to race around online. Especially the section after the Karousel until the YouTube corner (forgot the actual name of that corner), you can literally flow well with the track and the car.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:21 pm
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    you guys should cover more tracks, please. 😀

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    Bikes and cars can race together on that track.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    The TT is the most dangerous race/ track

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    I'm surprised they didn't talk about Lauda's famous crash in 76

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Well I Guess They have never heard of Spa

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    BMW Legend once said:
    "You have to use the whole track"
    "notice how The Porsche is still behind us"

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    Wow 1000 times in a year damn

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Americans should never make videos about something european.
    This video looks like they made the Ring to look like it’s too bad to exist and it should be closed.

    They didn’t mentioned the passion of that track.
    If there is gonna be a video about Nürburgring, it should’ve been made from Europeans.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    Pls dont encourage dumb hated americans like ure self.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    I could only do 1 lap in the track in Gran Turismo

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm
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    Because IA-15

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    AKA Nürburgring for normies

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    James May’s favourite track

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    Reminds me of:
    #TopGear
    #GrandTour
    #BritishTrioJournalists
    Nostalgia…

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    1:Its long
    2:Its in germany

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    I've raced on this track in Grand Turismo 5, and yea, its extremely difficult

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