I visited the Nurburgring racetrack in early October with the intent of renting a race car from one of the 2 or 3 companies located at the track that rent race-prepared cars for use on the track. Note that you can NOT drive your regular rental car from Hertz, Avis etc. at the track. (Read the contract - its' usually in the small print.) When I arrived Nurburg, it was beginning to rain and the track was already wet. I decided that since I hadn't driven the track before, nor driven the available rentals before, and because the track places about a $10,000 hold on your credit-card until you bring back the undamaged car, it would be wiser for me to take the "ring taxi". (The Aston martin Co-Pilot ride was not available as it has to be reserved months in advance!!) The track offers two ring taxis, a BMW M3 Sedan and and a BMW M5 Sedan. They will soon also have a Porsche Panamera AWD Sedan! I choose the M-5 and paid the 250-Euro for one lap with a professional track driver ("Theo") who claimed to have over 1,000 laps under his belt. It was fantastic!!! Money well spent!!! The ~21-kilometer lap only lasted about 10-minutes (the track record is just over 6-minutes) and we hit 178mph on the final straightaway. We seldom saw the underside of 50-mph even in the 21 various turns. All this in the pouring rain. I never felt like we were going too fast, and was able to video most of it on my iPad the ride was so smooth. I can't wait to go back and do it again, although if the weather is good, I will drive one of the rental 200hp VW Siroccos next time for 4 or 5 laps.
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