Because the weekend’s almost here and because I’ve got this weird fixation on Sabine Schmitz, I give you a lap of Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife at the hands of the world’s fastest taxi driver.
In case you don’t know who Schmitz is, she’s the ex-BMW factory racer who runs tours of the ‘ring, at speed, in a BMW M5. She’s faster than you are, smoother than you could ever hope to be and probably easier on the eyes. She also came damn close to breaking the ten minute barrier on the ‘ring in a Ford Transit van. No, that’s not a misprint; I did say Ford Transit van.
The Nürburgring is actually a public road, and anyone with the cost of admission (currently 16 Euros, or about $22) can drive a lap at speed. Don’t want to void your rental car contract? Afraid of how you’d explain wadding that E class Mercedes to Eurocar? That’s where the Ring Taxi comes in. At 195 Euros per car (about $266), it isn’t cheap and seats book a year or so in advance. Sadly, there’s no guarantee that Sabine will be your pilot.