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Hoonage Deluxe: Tricky Nürburgring Corner

Posted in driving by Kurt Ernst | March 25th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Adenauer Forst is a a S-curve section of Germany’s famed Nürburgring racetrack. While any S-curve will test the limits of your car’s suspension if you’re driving fast enough, the second apex at Adenauer Forst incorporates a downhill. What does this mean? At the very moment your right side suspension is fully weighted, the track falls away and unweights your suspension. In other words, you go from a nice, sedate four wheel drift to sphincter-clenching snap oversteer (or understeer, depending on you car’s balance) in about a millisecond. Public roads are designed with driver safety in mind. Racetracks, on the other hand, are designed to test the limits of a driver’s ability.

Follow the jump to see how modern cars fare in the same section.

To give you an idea of how much better cars are today compared to 1970, check out this second video. Plenty of off-track excursions, but none with the drama of rolling a 1960s Beetle or Fiat at speed.

Props to Jesse at Just A Car Guy for unearthing the first vid.

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2 Responses

  1. DaveMofo says:

    I wonder how long it took that guy on the motorcycle to unclench?

    It’s a testament to how well built the cars of today really are. In the first video, there are no helmets, and in a few rollovers actual ejections. Terrifying!

  2. Kurt says:

    Are you kidding me? That dude is still clenched, 40 years later.

    I learned to drive a stick in a ’67 Beetle, and there is no way in hell I can imagine driving one on the ‘Ring.