Capricorn Nurburgring GmbH (CNG), the company that owns the Nurburgring motorsports complex, has introduced 16 changes to improve the safety and preserve the “unique character” of the Nordschleife circuit including lifting the current speed limits.
These improvements have already been presented to the German motorsport association DMSB, the ADAC, the car industry, racing teams, race drivers and other interested bodies.
CNG will now pass over the list of improvements along with an application to renew Nordschleife’s circuit approval, which expires at the end of 2015, to the FIA via the DMSB. The work on the track will start from November 2015 and seven of the changes will be implemented by March 2016.
What comes as good news to many automobile companies and car enthusiasts is that the speed limits, which were put in place at the Nurburgring earlier this year after an incident on March 28 killed a spectator, will be removed. There were rumours that the speed restrictions may be scrapped in 2015 itself, but the claims were quickly downplayed by the management.
Nonetheless, come 2016 and companies will again be able to set lap records at Europe’s most popular race track. Meanwhile, CNG has also promised a safer Nurburgring for the spectators and the drivers.
“Safety on the Nordschleife during races, but also during test drives of the industry and during tourist ride sessions, is our highest priority,” Carsten Schumacher, Managing Director of CNG, was quoted as saying.
“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,” he added.
Additional safety fences will be constructed at several track sections and there will be a ‘restricted zone’ around Schwedenkreuz. Moreover, guardrails will be put up alongside the Dottinger Hohe straight as a public road runs adjacent to it and the track surface will be renewed at several sections, like the Flugplatz.
“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 stated.
18. August 2015
Greater safety on the Nordschleife
capricorn Nürburgring GmbH presents catalogue of measures
Objectives: greater safety, no speed limits, renewal of circuit approval
Unique character of the “Green Hell” will be preserved
Industry, associations, organisers and drivers: consent at round table
Next step: DMSB submits application to International Automobile Federation FIA
Nürburg. The Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife is to be made even safer, and speed limits are to become a thing of the past as of 2016. At a round table on “safety on the Nordschleife”, capricorn Nürburgring GmbH (CNG) presented a comprehensive set of measures to representatives of the German motor sport association DMSB, the ADAC, the automotive industry, the organisers, teams, drivers and the region, finding wide approval. In the next step, an official application for renewal of the circuit approval, which is set to expire according to schedule at the end of the year, will be submitted to the International Automobile Federation FIA via the DMSB.
A serious accident during this season’s first VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring race at the end of March, in which a spectator sustained fatal injuries, triggered discussions about safety, as well as the unusual move of introducing speed limits on a race track. .
After analysis: targeted measures
“Safety on the Nordschleife during races, but also during test drives of the industry and during tourist ride sessions, is our highest priority,” Carsten Schumacher, managing director of Nürburgring operator CNG said at the round table on Monday, 17 August at the Lindner Congress & Motorsport Hotel Nürburgring. “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 safety of spectators in particular is the focus of the planned installation of additional safety fences in several track sections and a restricted zone in the Schwedenkreuz area. In order to increase passive safety, lines of protection are to be optimised by installing additional guardrails and FIA safety fences, for instance along the Döttinger Höhe section to better protect the adjacent federal road.
The renewal of the track surface, as a first step in the track section Flugplatz, will serve to increase active safety on the Nordschleife, which was opened in 1927. “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,” Carsten Schumacher explains.
Starting from November until the beginning of the 2016 season, seven of the 16 measures planned are to be implemented. “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,” says Carsten Schumacher, who also banks on additional technical measures on the part of the carmakers.
Hans-Joachim Stuck: “Effective measures”
On behalf of the 22 experts at the round table hosted by the Nürburgring, DMSB president Hans-Joachim Stuck, who was unable to attend in person, explained: “All parties want to preserve the Nordschleife and its uniqueness. However, we all know that we will have to improve safety. To this end, the Nürburgring as track operator has worked hard to devise a set of effective measures in great detail which met with broad approval at this round table.” The participants also spoke in favour of successively implementing the measures in the next few years.
The Nürburgring will now submit the catalogue of measures presented to the German motor sport association DMSB in the form of an application, to be forwarded to the Circuit Commission of the International Automobile Federation FIA.