My wife bought me a Nurburgring rental - help!

My wife bought me a Nurburgring rental - help!

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LincolnLovin

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2,804 posts

219 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Hopefully this is the right place on PH.

So Father’s Day is here and my wonderful wife presented me with a ‘Rent4Ring’ voucher for a tricked out Suzuki Swift Sport turbo.

I don’t think she had quite realised how challenging the track was, I reminded her that the crash compilation videos I watch were all from the ‘ring hehe

How should I prepare? I can watch videos etc but are any sims (Xbox?) + wheel and pedals any good?

The plan is to go safe & slow but other than that what tips do you recommend to keep me out the Armco.

RSbandit

2,626 posts

133 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Get an instructor that'll make a huge difference as a beginner and helpful to have an extra set of eyes to watch for closing traffic. Watching youtube vids or playing it on a game helps with the flow of the circuit but certainly doesn't prepare you for the bumps, cambers and general undulations. Enjoy!

Arklight

891 posts

190 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Treat it as a two lane toll road, keep right until you are confident and keep and eye on your mirrors, sims etc will give you the knowledge of the layout of the track but little else in my opinion.

With the volume of cars and laps that are completed incidents really are fairly rare, I would recommend some instruction too.

Doogalman on here is a very good instructor at the ring or the chaps at Rent4Ring also do instruction as well.

most importantly, dont chase a time, just go for a great drive. Those swifts are fantastic cars.

LincolnLovin

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2,804 posts

219 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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I’ve just bought a steering wheel etc so I can try and “learn” the route. I have no desire to chase times, not crack and not die is the main objective here.

V8 Bob

272 posts

126 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Make sure you have the best insurance….damage to barriers is chargeable!

Voldemort

6,211 posts

279 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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If you see spectators slow down. They spectate at the best places to watch people crash.

LincolnLovin

Original Poster:

2,804 posts

219 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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How can I ensure the best insurance? For like max coverage?

LincolnLovin

Original Poster:

2,804 posts

219 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Also best game to use for practice?

wong

1,303 posts

217 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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She's a keeper.

Cambs_Stuart

2,914 posts

85 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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And I thought I was doing well after getting new oil and fliter for my birthday.
Sounds like an amazing present. Get insurance and an instructor and you'll be fine. Loads of people drive the ring without crashing. Some days it's almost 50%.

Arklight

891 posts

190 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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LincolnLovin said:
How can I ensure the best insurance? For like max coverage?
Rent4Ring will be able to offer you additional insurance, have look at the FAQ page on their site under "how does insurance work"

https://www.rent4ring.de/en/

Ice_blue_tvr

3,125 posts

165 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Can you redeem the voucher on a weekday?

First time I went we arrived on a Sunday and it was chaos. We simply didn't bother going OK with the weekend heroes. We waited till Monday and apart from the odd gt3 that comes out of nowhere, it was pretty much empty.

Also, it's quite easy to drive within your limits, ignore the crash videos other than to take note of the "famous" corners which you can allow extra space for.

Ryan_T

231 posts

106 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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Just drive it like a B road you’ve not driven before. Stay over to the right when you are able, keep your eyes on your mirrors and enjoy it. Easy.

doogalman

705 posts

246 months

Sunday 19th June 2022
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LincolnLovin said:
Hopefully this is the right place on PH.

So Father’s Day is here and my wonderful wife presented me with a ‘Rent4Ring’ voucher for a tricked out Suzuki Swift Sport turbo.

I don’t think she had quite realised how challenging the track was, I reminded her that the crash compilation videos I watch were all from the ‘ring hehe

How should I prepare? I can watch videos etc but are any sims (Xbox?) + wheel and pedals any good?

The plan is to go safe & slow but other than that what tips do you recommend to keep me out the Armco.
Hi, I am doogalman as recommended by a few people on here. I live and work at the track pretty much every day of the year that the track is open.
Lots of other things can help as suggested so watch some videos, play games and listen to carefully to the briefing you will get when you rent the car. Most people forget big chunks of their homework but it does help people in varied ways.
I've had first timers to instruct that have done sim racing and covered a 1000 laps or more in the virtual world, then once we have got on track they have forgotten almost all of where the track goes. Most people end up driving in an environment that feels sort of familiar. But the biggest issues are that a home rig or tv never will fully replicate reality. How many people drive with their mirrors in their bedroom as if there is a train of fast porsches about to bully past?
I have 25 years experience of the Ring as a rider and driver. I have instructed there as my job for over ten years.
You dont say when you are looking to visit but if you need help by al means ping me a message or email Track-lines@outlook.com and if I am free we could sort something.

Roy

LincolnLovin

Original Poster:

2,804 posts

219 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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Hi Roy!

I’d be looking at being in Germany in the middle of August. My steering wheel should arrive today if I’m lucky.

Dale Lomas

218 posts

156 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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Worry not, I'll chuck you a lap of coaching on top. Any of the Gran Turismo games will illustrate lefts from rights, but it's not totally necessary. Voucher is redeemable any time, but book in advance so as not to be disappointed!

Dale
(Rent4Ring)
((DMSB Nat. instructor, FIA Int C, VLN class champ, n24 class winner, once got wordle in two attempts)

take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey

5,317 posts

56 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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Dale Lomas said:
... once got wordle in two attempts)
yikes
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QBee

21,055 posts

145 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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Shame she didn't just book you some laps and suggest you take the Lincoln Town Car?
it would be fun to see the rear of the car arrive a quarter of an hour before the front for a change.

Yes, I did follow your Lincoln thread, just can't remember how it ended.

the-norseman

12,543 posts

172 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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Ryan_T said:
Just drive it like a B road you’ve not driven before. Stay over to the right when you are able, keep your eyes on your mirrors and enjoy it. Easy.
Agreed that is what I did the few times I've been there.

ridds

8,232 posts

245 months

Monday 20th June 2022
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LincolnLovin said:
Hopefully this is the right place on PH.

So Father’s Day is here and my wonderful wife presented me with a ‘Rent4Ring’ voucher for a tricked out Suzuki Swift Sport turbo.

I don’t think she had quite realised how challenging the track was, I reminded her that the crash compilation videos I watch were all from the ‘ring hehe

How should I prepare? I can watch videos etc but are any sims (Xbox?) + wheel and pedals any good?

The plan is to go safe & slow but other than that what tips do you recommend to keep me out the Armco.
Take their excess reducer insurance, reduces the financial pressure... laugh However if you go for their full package the Armco costs are also included.

Sim practice is good. Do lots and lots of laps so you remember where the track goes. That will reduce your brain loading when you're out there as there is a lot to take in.

Don't be intimidated by the track. Your first lap will make your heart race but just keep your cool, keep to the left, keep your eyes in your mirrors.

Watch some of the onboards on YouTube.

I rented one 3 weeks ago and had an absolute blast in it. Dale and the team are very professional and will give you a briefing before you go out.
The cars are very well maintained and well setup (and still have AC)

Keep away from the Armco.... I took some out a few years back, €200 tow fee and €1150 for the Armco. biglaugh

The main thing is enjoy it! But it is addictive....