Once again, we can enjoy the madness of an open day at the Nürburgring thanks to the wonders of the internet.
We mostly see the Nürburgring when a car manufacturer wants to test a new vehicle, or when one of them gets a bee in their bonnet and wants to go for a record. Porsche and Lamborghini are the current manufacturers to use the Nürburgring as their venue for a pissing match, but other carmakers also stake their claim on The Green Hell with ever more specific types of vehicle (Honda claims to be the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring, for example).
But it might surprise you to know that the Nürburgring isn’t just for billion dollar corporations. The average joe can also drive along Germany’s famous race track on one of their many open days, with assembled crowds to see what sort of madness will traverse the 14-mile Nordschleife next.
You can break down the type of vehicles on the Nürburgring into several different classes. First, there’s the supercars, the ones that are driven by old men with more money than sense. There’s always several million dollars worth of car driving along the Nürburgring, and 2019 is no exception.
Lamborghini represents with a pair of Aventadors--one with a massive rear wing that puts the new SVJ to shame, and the other a green Aventador SV Roadster. Then there is a trio of Ferraris, followed by a few McLarens and even a Senna.
Next are the tuner cars. Since it’s Germany, most of these tricked out rides are customized BMWs, but there’s a few others such as an older Nissan Skyline, a bizarrely modified Nissan Micra, and even a neon-colored Volkswagen van.
The third is classic cars. They might be slow and basically obstacles for the faster vehicles, but they’re here to show off in much the same way as the supercars. An ancient VW Bug convertible pairs with an even more ancient Trabant 601 limousine, which is a car that would never have been identified without Jalopnik’s help.
Fourth is the near misses. These are the cars driven by enthusiasts who demand speed above all things. The first car that almost wipes out is a BMW 1-series, and there are a few more BMWs that almost meet their end on the Nürburgring.
And finally, there are the cars that do actually wipe out. The Nissan Micra needed to be carted the way on the back of the Nürburgring’s orange truck, and a Porsche 911 meets a similar fate.
No matter which type is your favorite, there’s a little something for everyone in this video.