There is no doubt that in the dry, the Nurburgring Nordschleife can be quite a challenge to tame safely. However, it is not uncommon to see 24-hour races at the ‘Ring where it can rain, hail, snow and even dry on different parts of the track. While it was only raining today, Shmee went to the ring in a BMW M8 competition.
Right from the start, the M8’s all-wheel drive system is extremely useful in wet conditions. While we don’t know exactly how much Shmee throttle is used, the vehicle looks very composed even under heavy acceleration. That said, straight line performance is far from the biggest advantage around green hell. During one of Shmee’s laps, he was overtaken by a Mini Cooper racing car.
As Shmee said, the course of action changes completely once it starts to rain. Although the rubber that settles on the racing line is incredibly adherent in dry weather, it is a friend in good weather. When the rain falls, the running line becomes very slippery and will slow you down. Sometimes called the go-kart line, drivers need to be creative and avoid rubber on a wet track.
Unfortunately, with the rules against tourist stopwatches, Shmee couldn’t really compare how much the conditions were slowing him down. During tourist periods, the track is treated as a public road, which means that lap times and drift are not allowed. When you see manufacturers in Green Hell lap times, it is very likely during a private track session.
Although the video is not a Misha Charoudin driving clinic, it shows how accessible the tourist experience is. Anyone can participate in any vehicle they bring provided they respect the rules. The jury does not know if we will endanger our personal cars, but it is good to know that we can.