12.9 miles really fast!
Motor racing fans, sports car aficionados, and weekend speed maniacs can thank unemployment in northwest Germany for the construction of this famed track. Between 1925 and 1927, 25,000 people were hired to build this piece of road art.
Anyone can drive on the track for about $35 per lap, and there are a zillion videos attesting to the same. In it’s original configuration, the track was the 14.2 mile Nordschleife and the 4.8 mile Südschleife. The Nordschleife was shortened to 12.9 miles and parts of the Südschleife became the Neue Nürburgring F1 track in the early 1980s.
German road regulations apply—there are some posted speed limits, and you can’t pass on the right.
The record for the fastest lap on the 12.9-mile track belongs to Stefan Bellof, who in 1983 drove a Porsche 956 around it in 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds, averaging 125.6 mph. In 1975, on the 14.2-mile track and F1 champ Niki Lauda lapped a Ferrari 312T in 6 minutes and 58.6 seconds, averaging 122 mph.
One of many videos below but this one is a great for the visceral sensation of an open car.