Why Crashing At The Nurburgring Could Cost You More Than Just Pride
Dubbed the ‘Green Hell’ by F1 legend Jackie Stewart, this astonishing 12.9-mile racetrack continues to attract drivers from the world over
The Nurburgring is a track that holds a near-legendary status amongst petrolheads the world over. Dubbed the 'Green Hell' by F1 legend Jackie Stewart, this astonishing 12.9-mile leviathan of a racetrack continues to attract drivers from the world over.
Public driving sessions are open to anyone with a valid driving license and 30 euros to spend. But what many people don't know is that normal German road regulations apply while driving on the track, with some sections speed limited and overtaking on the right strictly forbidden.
The Nurburgring being, well, all very Nurburgring like means some drivers have a habit of running out of one vital element - which is, of course, skill. When this happens, everything quickly goes to shit for the driver concerned, resulting in an impact with another car or a barrier.
But what you may not be aware of is the high cost when your day at the Ring implodes. As if you lightly scrap five metres of single height armco, you will be on the hook for a minimum of 150 Euros. For this starting price, some men will come out in a truck to inspect the damage, before then adding 31 Euros to your bill for every additional metre of armco you've ruined.
As your car will be very broken after an impact as well, you will have to be recovered for a starting cost of 600 Euros. Adding a safety car to the mix as you'd expect is also reassuringly expensive at 82 Euros for every thirty minutes you need it.
The highest cost though is if you happen to ruin everyone else's day by closing the Nurburgring entirely. This will cost you 1,350 Euros per hour, which is not that bad compared to how much everyone will hate you.
Here is a full list of the potential cost of damaging and or closing the Nurburgring:
Base fee for attendance of armco truck – €150
Removing damaged armco – €10/metre (x2 or x3 or x4 for multiple-height sections)
Replacement armco – €31/metre (x2 or x3 for double/triple height)
Removing damaged armco posts – €5.10 each
Replacing armco post – €39 each
Safety car attendance – €82 per 30 mins (car and two people)
Circuit closure from – €1,350 per hour
Recovery truck from – €600 (inc VAT)
So remember, if you are going to tackle the Nurburgring, don’t bin it trying to be a track hero as it could cost you dearly.