Nurburgring’s Luckiest Drivers Drift Out of Control, But Don’t Crash: Short Driving Lesson

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They say smart drivers learn from their mistakes behind the wheel, while geniuses use other people’s driving mistakes as lessons. The Nurburgring is the perfect classroom for such tuition, and we’re here to show you some of the luckiest drivers the Green Hell has seen recently.
The footage below brings us a series of drivers who took the Green Hell experience literally, with many of these ending up sliding on that thin edge that separates a memorable near-crash or a skilful save from a write-off episode.

The white-knuckle moments take us through a wide variety of cars. Basically, everyone has their change of exiting the track and risking an accidental encounter with the protection elements on the side of the circuit. Oh and the risk of collision between cars is not to be ignored either.

From hot hatches that fall for the classic understeer trap, to rear-wheel-drive machines that see their back ends going all over the place.

Pay close attention to these drivers’ mistakes

Still, we have plenty of situations to observe here. For instance, Porsches and BMWs alike are seen getting out of control, but the massive difference in their past-the-limit behavior tells a lot about these cars.

This is also an excellent occasion to notice how much steering angle and at what time you should apply it to catch the slide instead of turning it into a case of overcorrection that sends the car spinning the other way.

These tense moments take place during the Touristenfahrten, or tourist days, which might allow mortals to surf the Nordschleife but come with serious risks.

The number of cars on the track means that you should avoid becoming too slow at all costs, whether this is caused by spinning or by simply pulling to the side of the track after a tense moment. You should avoid both.

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