We’ve all seen eleven trillion billion laps of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but they’re all usually in the same direction. What does it look like in the other direction? Participants in a special stage of the Rallye Köln-Ahrweiler got a chance to find out.
Welcome to Onboard of the Week, a feature where we spend that pesky time between races looking at awesome footage from inside the car.
Here’s an onboard from driver Patrick Simon and codriver Olli Martini. The lap looks much like it does in the regular direction. Faster traffic passes on the left, and slower traffic signals to the right when they know they’re being approached. A broken down car sits on the side of the track.
That being said, it’s pretty freaky when you recognize a corner and see this car going the wrong way into it!
Several other bits give it away that this isn’t the usual direction, such as the openings in the wall that have the track’s service vehicles facing the drivers, not sitting angled into traffic in a more protected manner from oncoming cars.
There’s also a chicane added in the middle of a lengthy downhill section, as cars pick up more speed than usual taking the usually uphill portion in the opposite direction.
Most of all, it looks like these two are having a blast trying to keep their classic Porsche moving forward as quickly as possible. Who wouldn’t with the flat-six soundtrack of a 911SC?
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