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Surprise rain at the Nürburgring turns into chaos

By Chris Thompson, 03 Aug 2017 News

BridgeToGantry captures the carnage that occurs on a wet day at the Green Hell

Nurburgring Chaos

BridgeToGantry is well known for its onboard lap videos of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, ususally with some informative commentary as an accompaniment.

We’ve seen him chase McLarens in a Caterham, and guide viewers around the ‘Ring in various conditions, and with various cars.

However, in some of those ‘various’ conditions, a lap of the Nordschleiefe can be perilous.

Nürburgring chaos heavy rainDuring a recorded lap of the Nürburgring, onboard a rental BMW 125i, Dale Lomas from BridgeToGantry talks his passenger through the track normally until they encounter a spot of rain.

Once the more intense conditions kick in (and a bit of hand-over-hand steering), so do the crashes.

After some sideways action from the Bimmer through the first few wet bends, the orange lights come on and everything slows down… a bit.

Safety car at NürburgringAlthough, even once slowed down, the last thing you want to hear from your Nürburgring tour guide is that he learned to drive from PlayStation games.

Thankfully, Lomas has provided his viewers with evidence that he can, in fact, control a car in the wet on the infamous track, using a Seat Leon Cupra and an E36 BMW in separate videos for front and rear-drive cars.

Though the RWD lap guide is newer (and something that would appeal to more rear-drive-loving MOTOR readers), the FWD guide has better sound quality, and corner-by-corner tips as the video plays out.

It might not be surprising to discover that a lap of the Nürburgring in a Seat Leon Cupra isn’t exactly exhilarating, but it’s a good way to get an idea of how the track behaves in different conditions.

Besides, who doesn’t want to drive the Nürburgring? Every bit of research helps!