GTR2 Conversion and revised by motorFX
release date : 4th May 2012
Track Infos from Wiki :
The Nürburgring is a 150,000 person capacity motorsports complex located in the town of Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It features a Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a much longer Nordschleife “North loop” track which was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel mountains. The north loop is 20.8 km (12.9 mi) long and has more than 300 metres (1,000 feet) of elevation change from its lowest to highest points. Jackie Stewart nicknamed the old track “The Green Hell”.
Originally, the track featured four configurations: the 28.265 km (17.563 mi)-long Gesamtstrecke (“Whole Course”), which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km (14.173 mi) Nordschleife (“North Loop”), and the 7.747 km (4.814 mi) Südschleife (“South Loop”). There also was a 2.281 km (1.417 mi) warm-up loop called Zielschleife (“Finish Loop”) or Betonschleife (“Concrete Loop”), around the pit area.
In accordance with the demands of the F1 drivers, the Nordschleife was reconstructed by taking out some bumps, smoothing out some sudden jumps (particularly at Brünnchen), and installing Armco safety barriers. The track was made straighter, following the race line, which reduced the number of corners. The German GP could be hosted at the Nürburgring again, and was for another six years from 1971 to 1976.
In 1973 the entrance into the dangerous and bumpy Kallenhard corner was made slower by adding another left-hand corner after the fast Metzgesfeld sweeping corner. Safety was improved again later on, e.g. by removing the jumps on the long main straight and widening it, and taking away the bushes right next to the track at the main straight, which had made that section of the Nürburgring dangerously narrow. A second series of three more F1 races was held until 1976. However, primarily due to its length of over 22 kilometres (14 mi), and the lack of space due to its situation on the sides of the mountains, increasing demands by the F1 drivers and the FIA’s CSI commission were too expensive or impossible to meet.
For instance, by the 1970s the German Grand Prix required five times the marshals and medical staff as a typical F1 race, something the German organizers were unwilling to provide. Additionally, even with the 1971 modifications it was still possible for cars to become airborne off the track. The Nürburgring was also unsuitable for the burgeoning television market; its vast expanse made it almost impossible to effectively cover a race there. As a result, early in the season it was decided that the 1976 race would be the last to be held on the old circuit.
Niki Lauda, the reigning world champion and only person ever to lap the full 22,835-metre (14.189 mi) Nordschleife in under seven minutes (6:58.6, 1975), proposed to the other drivers that they boycott the circuit in 1976. Lauda was not only concerned about the safety arrangements and the lack of marshals around the circuit, but did not like the prospect of running the race in another rainstorm. Usually when that happened, some parts of the circuit were wet and other parts were dry, which is what the conditions of the circuit were for that race. The other drivers voted against the idea and the race went ahead. Lauda crashed in his Ferrari coming out of the left-hand kink before Bergwerk, for causes that were never established. He was badly burned as his car was still loaded with fuel in lap 2. Lauda was saved by the combined actions of fellow drivers Arturo Merzario, Guy Edwards, Brett Lunger, and Harald Ertl, rather than by the ill-equipped track marshals
Virtual Track Infos :
This is a similar track to the earlier 70Nordschleife, but not only has it been heavily reworked to provide a version representing the how the track might have looked with the new safety requirements later in the 70s as used by the DRM cars, sports and F1.
I haved added the sunken Garage bays (see readme). this ’75 version came about after I was asked by a member “muzikant” for a later 70’s version for rfactor. he sent me some links to some images along with his msgs and emails. so I added all the barriers, including new type of pit barrier, (entrance slightly changed aswell) remade the hedges, curbs are now the familiar red and white, lots of long grasses scattered around the track, most banners retextured from adverts of the period, and some small fixes spotted when testing.. rain reflections added, animated marshals. gtr2 start/pit lights.
when cars leave the garages they will now drive out of pits, (this 75version uses the open air garage bays that were sunk below the track) – and all cars will leave through the tunnel and then come up and join the pit lane. instead of pulling in to pit spot, which are now only used by the cars returning or stopping for fuel etc…for those that wish to try it out, it installs in your tracks locations folder as “75Nordschleife”although layouts is 98% the same as 70’s. the 75 version of the aiw file included in this is will not work with earlier 70s’version. track will run without conflicting with the earlier 70’sNordschleife track.