Nürburgring in the snow is a formula for fun
- Jan 5th 2015 at 8:00PM
It’s been nearly four decades since Formula One abandoned racing on the Nürburgring Nordshleife, and over three since it came back to race on the newer grand prix circuit. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any formula racing cars since on the track which Jackie Stewart famously dubbed the Green Hell. Nick Heidfeld broke a 30-year dry spell when he took a BMW Sauber around the Nordschleife for a demonstration run in April 2007. Michael Schumacher repeated the feat in a Mercedes W02 in 2011. But this… this is something else.
In this multi-camera, onboard video clip, see instructor Andy Gülden take a formula racing car from the Nürburgring Driving Academy out on the circuit draped in a blanket of snow. The car, which appears to have belonged to the now-defunct Formula BMW series, is built around a carbon monocoque with a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine driving 140 horsepower through a six-speed Hewland sequential transmission. That puts it about on par with a Formula Ford racer, but its aggressive aero puts it more on pace with Formula Renault.
The academy usually confines its single-seaters to the grand prix circuit, but took it out onto the whitened Nordshleife just for a laugh. Needless to say, it didn’t set any lap records, but the footage is still worth a watch.