May 21st, 2009

24 Hours Nürburgring teaser

nurburg 24

It’s endurance race season and the maddest one of all is this weekend.24 Hours Nürburgring is argued to be one of the best  endurance races due to the fact that anyone can take part. For practice, 230 cars are allowed, 220 qualify for the race, driven by 800 or more drivers, as 2, 3 or 4 can share a car. But when it comes to the car you can choose to run anything as long as it’s in race condition and you have the cash. Over the 24 hours you will see Suzuki Swifts, loads of 911′s and companies testing new cars like Lexus’ LF-A.

Now imagine the scene. It is an overcast afternoon in west Germany, the air is moist and there is 15.2 miles of scarred asphalt wrapped around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg. Two automotive greats from opposite sides of the world step up to the challenge. A lime green Dodge Viper GT3 tails a Porsche GT3 and decides to go punch for punch round the treacherous course. They weave between the sprinkling of hatchbacks like a drugged motorcycle courier, overtake on the Caracciola Karussell “the carousel” and destroy a Lamborghini Gallado GT3 before heading down the main straight. They lock eyeball to eyeball out of their side window at the start/finish line. There is only one winner. 1…2…3… you are back in the room. Time to stop imagining and see that story for real in the video below. If this doesn’t convert you into a fan of endurance racing I don’t know what will.