Ahead of the Nurburgring 24-hour race which takes place this weekend, Volkswagen Motorsport has released a unique video clip of part of the world's most difficult race track, aptly named the 'Green Hell'. The Nordschleife of the Nurburgring, which was inaugurated in 1927, meanders up and down through the Eifel landscape - a maze of turns that will make the hearts of fans and drivers beat faster at the 24-hour race.
The whole 'Green Hell' is shown on a unique video clip, shot by a camera attached to the spoiler lip of the Scirocco GT24, barely 10 centimeters above the Tarmac. It reveals the Nordschleife in low-level flight, just the race track, the woods, the blue Eifel sky, and nothing else - in other words, not your typical cockpit perspective.
The 16:9 video can be viewed at:
The driver of this lap was the Swede Jimmy Johansson, last year's winner of the 2.0-litre turbo class in the Scirocco GT24, who will contest the 24-hours on the Nurburgring this weekend in one of the five Scirocco cars again. A second version shows the lap with picture-in-picture superimpositions of the cockpit work of the Volkswagen drivers.
'This video conveys a lot of the Nordschleife fascination,' says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. 'Viewers receive a clear impression of how tough and long this race track is and the kind of work the drivers have to do lap by lap.'