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Driving The Nürburgring... In A Buick - Jalopnik
By Ben Wojdyla
May 4, 2010 03:00 PM

Germany's Nürburgring Nordschliefe is 12.9 miles of thick, close forest; 73 corners; and 1000 feet of elevation change. Jackie Stewart called it the Green ****. It's the world's most dangerous race track, and we drove it in a Buick Regal.
Full Disclosure: Get ready for the most ridiculous disclaimer we've ever had to write. This drive occurred during something called the Buick World Tour, during which GM flew us from Detroit to Beijing, China, put us up in the ridiculously posh Westin Beijing, and fed us crazy food like sea cucumber, which was a special kind of awful. They arranged our entry into the Beijing Motor Show and, following that, paid our way onto the Great Wall of China. They then flew us from Beijing to Frankfurt, Germany, put us up in a so-so hotel, fed us rich German food, gave us a factory tour, and then took us to the Nürburgring, which they had rented for the purpose. Following that, they rented a 900-year-old monastic winery for a wrap-up dinner. You want junket? This was a junket.
It's hard to properly describe the Nürburgring. It's exciting, exhausting, intimidating, and utterly, utterly addictive. Yes, we were driving a Buick on the Nürburging, but the first lap still ticked off at around eleven and a half minutes, the second in ten and a half. Despite the prickly back-of-the-neck sense of cheated death, the adrenaline overload means you must keep at it. Ten fifteen. Ten ten...

...By the second lap, you're mounting curbs to keep from scrubbing precious energy, and the Karrusel punishes your backside and the car in equal measure. Flat out on the back straight at 130 mph, the Regal is poised and planted over surprisingly bumpy pavement...

...yet, inside, we were held in place by well-bolstered and exceptionally comfortable leather seats, our hands kept cool by the dual zone air conditioning. If you were so inclined, you watch your track progress on the nav system, assuming that a break in concentration wouldn't end with the emergency crew scraping you off a wall...
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