Race car rentals at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Nürburgring Nordschleife opens regularly for public driving sesssions. Normally these are weekday evenings and all day on Sundays and holidays. Check out the published list of opening times here.

In addition to these public sessions for normal traffic, there are also private trackdays. These are private events, open to limited numbers. Typically you will find one or two events per month throughout the season.

IMPORTANT: 

  • If you can't see the day you want to drive in the list of public openings, then it's not open to the public on that day.
  • If you're looking for a date in a long time in advance and that whole month shows no opening times, then it hasn't been published yet.
  • Have patience. Rent4Ring does not control Nürburgring opening times and cannot guarantee any published times or take responsibility for short notice cancellations.

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We offer two rental packages:

  • All-inclusive is including fuel and lap tickets for the public sessions. There is no need to refuel the car before you return.
  • Basic is just for the car. It does not include any tickets, fuel or entry fees. You must refuel the car before you return it. This rate is best for experienced visitors who already have laptickets from a previous visit or a season pass.

Those are the only differences.

Our All-Inclusive-Packages are the easiest and most convenient way for your Nurburgring self drive experience. All you have to do is to come to our shop, sign the rental agreement and take the keys for your rental car. 

We will take care of that as well as for providing the Nordschleife lap tickets included in the chosen package. The prices for all our packages as well as all other rental tariffs are listed here.

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The timings should be given to you when you've finished booking your car. But normally it looks like this:

  • 60-90 minutes before track opens: Arrival at Rent4Ring, completion of paperwork and payment.
  • 30 minutes before track opens: Briefing begins. If you miss the start, you will have to wait for another briefing at our convenience. You may lose track time.
  • Nürburgring opens: If you've not arrived and not contacted us, we will rent your car to the first person walking through the door.

Always keep an eye on the opening times as they can often change with no warning. We don't control the opening times, but our website updates itself automatically here.

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We provide a map on our website.

Just type in this address to your GPS-device:
Burgstrasse 1, 53520 Nürburg.

We are located in the heart of the Nurburgring: In Nurburg, a bit less than one kilometer away from the main entrance to the Nordschleife (Doettinger Hoehe).

VERY IMPORTANT:

Nürburg or Nürnberg? Every month we deal with one or two customers who have gone to Nürnberg (Nuremberg). This is approximately 400kms and 4-hours of driving away from us. Nürburg is a small village with a massive track around it. Nürnberg is a massive city with a small street-circuit built at the old Nazi parade grounds. Don't be confused.

Public transportation. The trains will only get you as far as Ahrbruck (from the North) or Mayen (from the East). These stations are still over 20kms away and the bus services are sporadic at best. Ahrbruck is a very small station in a small village and it might be hours before you see a taxi. We always recommend hiring a rental car either from the airport or Köln main station.

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Let's be really honest; we know that the Eifel weather can be rubbish. We've seen snow falling in June, we've seen it sunny in December. But there's a normally a pattern, with August being the best month for the weather. April, May and June can all be quite wet with a chance of fog. Same to be said for September and October. From November to March it can snow at any time, or be clear. Or be frozen.

If you then consider the traffic conditions, the number of visitors driving the track and think about how many closures there will be on the average Sunday of public driving, you get a graph like this:

when to visit the nurburgring

  • The GREEN line is our guess at your chances of having the track open, clear and without closures and too much traffic.
  • The YELLOW line is our guess at the chances of having perfect weather; dry, sunny and clear
  • The RED line is our best guess at when to visit; an average of the green and yellow lines!

Important notes:

  1. Notice that we think the chances of the track being open are around 5% from December to February. The weather being drivable is also very unlikely. That's why we shut-down from December 1st to March 1st every year.
  2. If the weather is good enough to drive, the track is normally very quiet in March and November.
  3. There are exceptions to the average curve we've imagined above. BIG holidays like Easter and May Bank Holiday will always draw huge numbers. Opening the 'ring for full days of public driving for 2, 3 or even 4 days will pull in lots of visitors and concentrate them into one weekend.

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You can take passengers with you on the Nurburgring without registration and without any additional charge. All of our cars have two seats, one driver and one passenger.

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We don't sell extra laps in advance. If you drive extra laps you will be charged for them when you return the car. On a basic rental you would pay just for the extra kms. With an all-inclusive you will need to pay for the fuel and lap tickets as well.

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The best way to experience the Nürburgring is with a professional instructor on the passenger seat. Whether it's your lap #1 or lap #1000, we have instructors available who can help you get the most from your time on the Nordschleife.

Typical prices are €49 per lap or €149 per hour.

Coaching is not always possible during Touristenfahrten though. Please give us a call or send an email for further information on prices and available dates.

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Our rental prices include a comprehensive insurance with an excess. This excess is your liability, your responsibility.

2014 Liabilities:

Suzuki Swift: €3500
Scirocco, 125i & Subaru BRZ: €8000
Artega GT: €15,000
BMW RS M3: €20,000

This means that you are liable for all car damages caused on and off the Nurburgring while you rented the car up to this amount. Nürburgring charges and recovery costs are not included. Furthermore, we reserve the right to ask for this amount up front, as a "kaution" or deposit. Normally this would be held on a credit card while you're driving, with the full amount being refunded when the car is successfully returned.

IMPORTANT: All of the following examples are based on the rules of the Nürburgring during Touristenfahrten (public driving)


EXAMPLE #1: Driving a Swift, you run wide on a corner, hit the grass and spin into the barrier at low speed.

You stop the car, get over the barrier and phone the emergency number provided in the briefing. The marshalls will arrive and assess the situation. If the car is lightly damaged, but they think it's safe to drive, you will be escorted off the circuit by the nearest exit. You will be taken to the office to pay for the marshalls time, €60/hour and any guardrail damage you might have caused. These are your responsibilities. When you return to Rent4Ring, we will work out how much the repair work will cost. The maximum you would pay for the Swift damage would be €3500.


EXAMPLE #2: You crash hard driving our Swift, and the damage to the car is €10,000. In the accident you also collide with another driver in a Porsche, and his car damages total another €10,000. After clean-up, the Nürburgring demand payment of €1800 to replace guardrail hit by your car and cover the costs of marshalling. The recovery truck driver will also require a sum of around €200 to take the car off the track.

In this example, first you'd pay the Nürburgring for the guardrail, clean-up and marshalls, then the recovery truck driver for returning your car to Rent4Ring. These are your responsibilities. You do not pay anything to the Porsche driver or for the guardrail hit by the Porsche. When you are recovered to Rent4Ring we will also need the €3500 excess payment. The insurance company will pay for the rest of the damage to both the Swift and the Porsche.


EXAMPLE #3: A BMW driver crashes into you while driving our Swift. Your Swift hits the guardrail, so does his BMW. Both cars need recovery. You believe that the other driver is 100% at fault and you tell the safety workers that. The track will be closed and the Police will be called to any serious accident where the fault is in question. What happens next?

The Nürburgring will demand you pay for the guardrail hit by your car. The BMW driver will have to pay for his guardrail. You and the BMW driver will each have to pay for your own recovery. You will need to pay for the damage to the Swift, up to €3500 maximum. If you feel the crash wasn't your fault, we can instruct our insurance company to attempt to recover the costs from the other driver. If the other driver has a German-registered car, and doesn't believe it was his fault, this process would probably result in a court date within the next 6 to 18 months. If you win, and your costs are paid by the BMW driver's insurance, then we will be able to refund your excess and costs. If you lose, there will be no refund and you might be liable for any extra costs incurred in this process. 


If that sounds harsh, consider the following points:

  • In your own car, or a regular airport rental you probably don't have any insurance at all!
  • Our excesses are lower than our competitors because we put a lot of time and thought in to your safety. Our briefings are extensive and we don't try and 'upsell' you into the fastest car possible.

Please check our general business agreement for further information.

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Yes, you can! We currently offer one right-hand drive Suzuki Swift Sport Stage 2 and one right-hand-drive Suzuki Swift Sport Stage 1 .

Please make sure to specify during the booking process that you wish to rent a right-hand drive car. Perfect for drivers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and more! (Right-hand-drive means the STEERING WHEEL is on the right side of the car)

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Stage 1 cars (Swift Sport Stage 1 and BMW 125i Stage 1)

These cars have normal seats, normal seatbelts and just a half-cage in the rear. Perfect for those drivers who might be intimidated by racing seats, roll cages, squeaking brake pads and noisy tyres. Quieter, but high-performance, street tyres and brake pads are used.

The Stage 1 cars are not for drivers who have already experienced track driving before. They are for beginners who will not be driving fast.

Stage 2 cars (Swifts, BMW 125i, BRZ, Scirocco, RS M3)

Stage 2 cars are fully prepared for lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap after lap with the best performance. The most obvious difference are the racing seats with full racing harnesses. Semi-slick, road-legal racing tyres like Toyo R888s or Dunlop Direzza 03Gs are used for the ultimate performance. Brake pads are typically the best money can buy for that car, usually by Endless Racing. These cars are perfect for both experienced racers and novices looking to experience a real race car!

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The minimum age for the Stage 1 and 2 Suzuki Swift is 21 years. Minimum age for the other cars is 25 years. Drivers must have held their license for 2 years.

Please note: The german road traffic regulations specify that the minimum age for children sitting on the co-driver seat is 12 years or a minimum hight of 1,50 meters. Our Nordschleife rental cars do not have rear seats.

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We do offer race taxi co-drives during Nurburgring Trackdays and even VLN practice. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the Nordschleife at race speed with a very experienced driver. Please contact us for available dates, prices and further info.

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We have created a list of recommendable Guest Houses and Hotels at the Nurburgring Nordschleife for you.

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There are three very different situations to talk about here.

  • The Nordschleife doesn't open that day at all: If you arrive, pay in full and attend the briefing, but the track never opens then we will refund you 100%. This situation happens several times a year, normally due to snow, ice or fog. That's why it's our standard practice not to release the cars to customers until we know the track is open.
  • The Nürburgring changes the opening times: If the track opening hours are changed at short notice, you can ask to downgrade your booking to a package more suitable for the time available. For example, if a half-day session is rescheduled to an evening session on the same day. If you then drive more laps, just pay the extra lap charges at the end, or the original package price. Whichever is best value
  • You don't drive all of the laps in your package: This is why we only offer 12 laps for a full 11-hour day. Technically it's possible to drive over 50 laps, but we know that there will ALWAYS be closures and queues. Delayed starts for fog are common. If you can't drive all of your laps, you might be able to choose between rescheduling your laps for another day or getting a refund for any unused lap tickets in your package. At our discretion, we may offer you a voucher to return another day and add your undriven laps to another booking. In exceptional circumstances we might offer to refund the original booking, and charge for a downgraded package (a 4-lap instead of a 6-lap package, for example). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: We very often deal with situations where one customer is paying for extra laps, while another customer wants a refund because they didn't drive all of theirs. If there was time to drive the laps you bought, but you spent the that time in the restaurant, buying souvenirs, or waiting for the 'right moment' to drive, we will not offer a refund or voucher. Our advice is always to get out there and drive!

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Some first-time Nürburgring visitors might think that a 136hp Suzuki Swift is far too slow to have any fun on a race track. They're VERY wrong. The Swift is our most popular rental for very good reasons. It's both fast and fun to drive. Experienced 'Ringers and first-timers both love it.

And if that doesn't convince you, here are some more good reasons why you should start with a Suzuki Swift Stage 2 at the Nürburgring:

  • On your first 10 laps it doesn't matter if you have 100bhp or 1000bhp; you can only drive as fast as your track knowledge allows.
  • First-time Nürburgring visitors (of all skill levels, including pro racers) often have less fun in the fastest cars and will book the Swifts for their return visit!
  • Professional racers learning the track will normally take a Suzuki Swift for their first 20 to 30 laps, before stepping up to the bigger, faster cars. We're talking about international-level factory drivers who are racing LMP and GT cars.

If you're sensible, accept your own limitations and promise not to try and go too fast, then we might consider renting you a faster car for your first laps. But we'll always suggest the Swift first!

Unlike some other rental companies (with very high insurance excesses), it's not interesting for us to sell you a car that's too fast for you. 

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We provide helmets (with a €50 cash deposit against theft or damage) if you choose to wear one and didn´t bring your own.

It is not mandatory to wear a helmet during tourist sessions though. In fact the vast majority of public drivers do not wear a helmet.

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We accept VISA, MasterCard, Maestro and Electronic Cash as well as cash payment.

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The Nürburgring Nordschleife is a difficult track and it has lots of important rules during the public sessions. Customers driving our rentals will need to complete a 30-minute briefing before they are allowed to drive.
 
If you want to know more before you arrive, then here are just some of the basics:
  • During public hours the track is a public road.
  • Overtaking is only on the left side.
  • Slower traffic drives on the right.
  • The racing line is not a priority.
  • Yellow lights mean danger ahead. Yellow flags mean slow to 30kmh.
 
nurburgring safety and rules poster
 
Traffic is often very mixed during Touristenfahrten/tourist sessions. Aside from slower and also very fast cars, you will share the Nurburgring with motor bikes and bus or coaches. If you would like to be on the track with cars only, we recommend that you book on of the various Nurburgring Trackdays. A Trackday usually lasts from morning till late afternoon and allows you to drive as many laps on the Nordschleife as you wish. Check out our Nurburgring Trackday section for dates and more infos.
 

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As of 2013, videos cameras have been allowed for personal use. Cameras must be mounted inside the rental car, and we ask that they are mounted safely and professionally!

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This is one reason why we choose to run dataloggers on our cars. If the car breaks and it's not the driver's fault, then we will pay for the recovery and find a suitable replacement vehicle with no charges. If it's the driver's fault (for example mis-shifting and over-revving the engine, or damaging the car on a high kerb) then the driver would have to pay to repair the car, up to the maximum liability in the contract.

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We offer special discounted rates from Monday to Friday, from 17:00 to 19:30. We call these are 'After-work' specials, and they're only available when the track is open for these mid-week evening sessions.

These 2 and 4 lap packages are NOT available on days where the track is open for longer periods, such as weekends or holidays.

On 'full' days, holidays and Sundays the 'ring is too busy for these packages to function. The queues are too long and closures are too common. If you experience a 90-minute closure in a 6 or 10 hour rental, it's no drama. But if it's in your 60 or 120-minute rental, you'll be unable to experience the Nürburgring.

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