During the recent Sim Racing Expo event over in Germany, RaceDepartment had the opportunity to try out the Nordschleife with a very special driver… and it was spectacular!
Now let me get something out of the way up front. This is not a paid article, nor is it written in return for any kind of favour or with a hidden agenda. This is simply my rather poor attempt to covey to our readers the sheer euphoria, unbridled joy and absolute excitement that comes with a taxi lap ride around the beautiful Nordschleife with Ron Simons of RSRNurburg behind the wheel.
Because we were in attendance for the Sim Racing Expo this week, and the event was held very close to the famous old circuit thanks to the ties with the Blancpain Sprint Series round at the Nurburgring, we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get our out of shape behinds out on the circuit to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about.
Now when this was first proposed down in the RD staff area, I very firmly wanted to rent a race car and go drive myself, thinking that having a ride with another person behind the wheel couldn’t possibly be any kind of fun compared to doing the duty yourself. I was wrong. So very, very wrong.
Now before I go on to share the story (and video) of our ride, I just want to paraphrase something @Bram Hengeveld said once we got out of the car around 8 minutes and 10 seconds after setting off… I have never, every in my whole life pushed a car to even 1% of the performance Simons managed that day on the Green Hell. Literally he was that good.
No amount of experience in junior race cars / karts / sims or even motion rigs give you the feeling experienced in the BMW M4 we had on that day. Not even close. Now let me get something straight, I’m no fool and I’ve been around racing for pretty much all of my 33 years on this earth. I’ve raced a fair bit of different kit at different levels, I’ve attended countless races of all different kinds and I’ve sim racing pretty much everything the genre has to offer, so I feel fairly safe in the knowledge that I know what I’m talking about in racing terms, and surely I know what to expect when heading out on to a live race track. I don’t. I seriously had no idea just how good this experience would be. I’m trying hard not to swear here, as it feels like I can’t convey enough emotion in just words. Seriously, this lap was right up at the top of my person “awesomeness” list of life experiences. Absolutely amazing, and this is written several days after the actual lap, back in good old England and after all the fuss has died down. That’s how good it still feels, even now.
So before we get to the video (how many people have skipped the text already and gone straight to film?) let us tell you a bit about how we got to this point, who’s involved and how you can book some of this goodness for yourself (seriously, if you live outside of Germany it is worth just going for the day and doing a lap). That’s my plan, and taking the wife for good measure!
Curious to see for yourself? No worries, check out our lap below!
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