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.
We offer two rental packages:
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.
The timings should be given to you when you've finished booking your car. But normally it looks like this:
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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 distance. With an all-inclusive you will need to pay for the fuel and lap tickets as well.
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 €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.
Our rental prices include a comprehensive insurance with an excess. This excess is your liability, your responsibility.
2015 Liabilities w/o insurance package:
Suzuki Swift: €5000
Scirocco, 125i & Subaru BRZ: €8000
BMW 335i: €20,000
2015 Liabilities with insurance package:
Suzuki Swift: €2500
Scirocco, 125i & Subaru BRZ: €4000
BMW 335i: €10,000
The insurance package costs extra, but also covers third party damage.
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 in the basic insurance coverage. 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 €5000.
EXAMPLE #2: You crash hard driving our Swift, and the damage to the car is €12000. In the accident you also collide with another driver in a Porsche, and his car damages total another €30000. 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 €5000 excess payment. Our company will take care 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 €5000 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:
Please check our general business agreement for further information.
Yes, you can! We currently offer one right-hand drive Suzuki Swift Sport Stage 2.
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)
The minimum age is 21 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.
We have created a list of recommendable Guest Houses and Hotels at the Nurburgring Nordschleife for you.
There are three very different situations to talk about here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The rental is not time dependent anymore. You book a car always per day, regardless of how long the advertised opening time is. This way, you never loose anything and you will never be stressed while renting our car.
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:
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.
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.
It´s mandatory for trackdays though.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, AmEx, Maestro and Electronic Cash as well as cash payment.
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!
Please bring your own camera!
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.
Yes. We want to make sure, each customer gets a healthy car. The engine in the Swift has prooved to be very solid, but there is a limit somewhere. We have seen RPM´s of 10.000 and higher on a car with a 7000 RPM redline. No wonder, the engine went buzz.
We needed to change the engine, but the driver at fault only paid his fine, which is € 150,00 to 300,00 maximum. This way, all our customers can rely on a car that is 100% in shape and will NOT let you down.
Let us give you another example: You rent our car, drive off and in you first lap, the engine let´s you down. We can see in the datalogger, you did not make any mistakes, like putting the wrong gear in. You will get a new car right away and you can keep driving without even worring about the broken engine.
Important note: If you have no daily experience with manual gearboxes, please don´t try to learn it on a racetrack. We offer also cars with automatic gearboxes, this lets you focus on the road rather than the car itself.