The Nürburgring is generally perceived as perhaps the most famous circuit in the world. The fascination for the renowned Eifel race track, which opened in 1927, is unparalleled. Countless stories can be told, legends were born on this very track and we are more than proud to be part of this history. The division between the Grand Prix circuit and the ‘Nordschleife’ is just one of many special highlights this fascinating race track has to offer, though probably the most significant.
Tilke’s Key Role in Present-Day Nürburgring
Tilke became active for the first time at the Nürburgring through the construction of the Mercedes-Benz grandstand. Upon its completion in 1995, the grandstand quickly emerged into a prominent and popular “hotspot” of the Grand Prix circuit. Thanks to its location at the end of the start-finish straight, it can present itself as the perfect vantage point for all the brake-action prior to entering the Yokohama corner; where consequently aplenty of overtaking manoeuvres occur in the Mercedes-Arena.
Undoubtedly, it is the Mercedes-Arena depicting the main feature of the "new" Nürburgring. The left-left-right combination has been created to keep the cluster of drivers together after the start and thereby enhances the spectators’ experience with a direct view onto the action.
With completion of the Mercedes-Arena in 2001, the length of the racetrack increased from 4.5 to 5.1 km. Hence, a new timekeeping era was introduced at the Nürburgring in 2002. In addition, the track was widened in some sections and run-off areas were upgraded, allowing the current Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring to then properly cater for today’s motorsport safety requirements.
Even between the construction periods of the Mercedes-Benz grandstand (1995) and the Mercedes-Arena (2001) our team was active at the Nürburgring. In 1998 the Mercedes-Benz grandstand, also known as "T4", was extended due to higher spectator volumes; today up to 120.000 spectators can be seated at the Grand Prix circuit. In 1997 the new medical center was completed. In parallel to the construction of the Mercedes-Arena, the pit-building was subdivided into two phases (2001).
Tilke race track design pertaining to Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife
Events on the Grand Prix circuit such as Formula 1, DTM or ADAC GT Masters as well as those on the Nordschleife have benefited from Tilke’s developments at the Nürburgring. Also, the Grand Prix circuit is integrated within the Nordschleife, totaling altogether to 26 km, and will therefore be a venue for long-distance events such as the 24h-race or the VLN Long Distance Championship.