The running of the 36TH ADAC ZURICH 24H RACE 2008 (official name) or 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring takes place this weekend. In our books this is one of the big ones! No, it is not Le Mans, but if something is named “The Green Hell” has 33 left turns and 40 right turns and is 25.359 km in length, it tops our charts!
If you have access to Forza 2 on XBOX360, have a go at this track!
The Nordschleife – 33 left turns and 40 right turns meander through the “Eifel” – is unique. The complete race track is 25.359 km (15.75 m) long and full of every driving challenge you can imagine: Some of them are well known all over the world, like „Karussell”, “Brünnchen” or the endless straight, Döttinger Höhe” with the tricky left turn at the end. Some Grand Prix drivers founded their reputation and fame by winning on the Nordschleife – like Jackie Stewart (1968) or Jacky Ickx (1969).
In 1953, the ADAC 1000km Nürburgring race was introduced, an Endurance race and Sports car racing event that counted towards the World Sportscar Championship for decades. The 24 Hours Nürburgring for touring car racing was added in 1970.
1925: Official start of construction of the circuit on September, 27th.
1927: Opening event: The GP of Deutschland at June, 19th.
1971: Modification of the Nordschleife, previously caused by a boycott of the grand prix drivers in 1970.
1977: The NBR-GmbH made their decision about the construction of a short track in addition.
20,832 km Nordschleife, 4,556 km grand prix circuit.