The “Green Hell”

THE NÜRBURGRING

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THE FASCINATION AND THE MYTH OF THE NÜRBURGRING

The number 1 racetrack

The Nürburgring is one of the longest, most challenging and, not least, most beautiful race tracks in the world. Since its opening in 1927, breathtaking stories have taken place on this fascinating track. The Nürburgring asphalt is thus loaded with unique racing emotions – of a history that will never be forgotten worldwide. International motorsport legends were born there and extraordinary moments were experienced.

World premiere with Nürburgring asphalt

When almost 100 years of racing history from the Nürburgring meets consummate, top-class Swiss watchmaking art, this is so far unique in the watch industry. A world premiere for every racing fan and watch lover. For the first time, in a limited edition, a piece of original racing history can be worn up close. We are pleased to have developed the first asphalt watch in the world in cooperation with the Nürburgring.

Flood disaster in the Ahrtal

While we were working on our project, a terrible event occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Nürburgring. More than 100 people lost their lives in the flood disaster in the Ahrtal on July 14, 2021. Even today, many people are still struggling with the consequences of this catastrophe of the century. It is a great concern for us to support these people.

The most dangerous.
The most demanding.
The most historic.
The longest.

The most beautiful race track in the world.

Foto: Evers, Joost / Anefo, CC0, Wikimedia Commons

The “Green Hell”

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart referred to the racetrack, which is surrounded by woods and hedges, as the “Green Hell” because of its difficult layout. Whenever he left his house in Switzerland in the direction of the Nürburgring, he looked through the rearview mirror into the courtyard driveway. Because he didn’t know if he would return again. Not only Sir Jackie Stewart had respect for this magical place. For example, Germany’s first post-war idol, racing driver Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna or James Hunt, all loved to take up the challenge on the Nürburgring asphalt. Because their credo was, whoever passes on the Nürburgring can win anywhere.

Life-threatening asphalt layer

The Nürburgring is the place where the “Silver Arrow” and the Auto Union type were born. The tragic fire accident of Niki Lauda in 1976 also occurred on the Ring. It was the last race of the motorsport king class on the Nordschleife. The 89 left-hand and 84 right-hand corners of the original 28 km long asphalt section, were life-threatening for the drivers. The asphalt of the Nordschleife is loaded with emotion. Today, the Nordschleife has a length of 20.832 km.

Foto: kitchener.lord/Flickr.com

Foto: Edvvc from London, UK – 1985 Porsche 962, CC

The fastest lap on the Nürburgring

On May 28, 1983, racing driver Stefan Bellof became a legend. He clocked 6:11.13 minutes on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. That is the fastest lap driven in an official race to this day. With his Porsche 956 and an average speed of 194.33 km/h, he left a significant mark on the asphalt with this record.

DATES & FACTS

Official start of construction 27 September 1925

Official opening 18 June 1927

First event 19 June 1927 GP of Germany

First event new GP track 12 May 1984

First event with Mercedes Arena 12 April 2002 (Endurance Championship)

Original track length 22.8 km north loop + 7.7 km, south loop = 28 km, (89 left- 84 right turns)

Length Nordschleife 20.832 km

Length VLN 24,358 km (sprint track, with Mercedes-Arena, motorcycle chicane and Nordschleife)

Elevation profile Start Start-Finish Straight 620,00 m (highest point of the track)

Lowest point Nordschleife 320 m (Breidscheid)

Curves Nordschleife 73 (33 left, 40 right)

Gradient north loop maximum 17%

Gradient Nordschleife maximum 11%