Hatzenbach, Schwedenkreuz, Fuchsröhre, Kesselchen, Karussell, Schwalbenschwanz, Galgenkopf, Tiergarten – these are just some of the names describing the world’s most difficult race track: the “Green Hell”.
The Nordschleife of the Nürburgring, 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 next weekend (21–24 May).
The whole “Green Hell” is shown on a unique video clip by Volkswagen Motorsport. The footage shot by a camera attached directly to the spoiler lip of the Scirocco GT24, not even ten centimetres above the tarmac, is breathtaking. The Nordschleife in low-level flight, just the race track, the woods, the blue Eifel sky, and nothing else – in other words, images not showing the typical cockpit perspective.
Clear impression of the Nordschleife fascination
The driver of this fast, atypically free lap was the Swede Jimmy Johansson, last year’s winner of the two-litre turbo class in the Scirocco GT24, who will contest the 24 hours on the Nürburgring 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.”