Good news for Nürburgring fans, the speed limits imposed on the Nordschleife back in June are set to be lifted.
Of course, there’s a catch. The first being the limits, currently affecting all on-track activities, won’t be removed until 2016. The second being the track will undergo a series of modifications in order to increase safety standards for tourist laps, competitors and spectators.
“Safety on the Nordschleife during races, but also during test drives of the industry and during tourist ride sessions, is our highest priority,” explained Carsten Schumacher, managing director of Nürburgring operator CNG. “Together with all those involved, we responded to the accident by carrying out a detailed analysis of the situation and compiling targeted measures to further increase active and passive safety, and especially the safety of spectators along the Nordschleife.”
The Flugplatz section (pictured) will be resurfaced and new safety barriers and fencing will be added to the high-speed Schwedenkreuz and Döttinger Höhe sections of the Nordschleife.
“Based on detailed measurement, we will renew the track surface in the Flugplatz section over a length of about 500 metres, smoothing out five bumps which are the result of years of high utilisation and heavy use of the Nordschleife,” Schumacher added. “The unique character of the Nordschleife will be preserved. That’s not only important for motor racing but also for the industry, which has been testing its vehicles on this unique race track for decades.”
The modification work will commence in November and while it’s a shame to see the famed track modified it’s not the first time it’s happened and it may not be the last. Moreover, it’s said that a total of 16 measures have been listed for attention, but at this stage we’ve only been made aware of seven of those changes. What will the other nine bring?
Crucially, though, the most important thing to take away from this news is that the medium-long term future of the Nordschleife looks to be assured.