Do you remember the blogpost 65 – the story of The Castiron’s first rendez-vous with the Nürburgring Nordschleife? It was the beginning of a great and ongoing love. Additionally came the realization and personal experience: this track is one of the greatest challenges for driver and vehicle, probably really the greatest.
From harm you get wisdom: this is today’s subject – for everyone testing vehicles in that place and The Castiron and others, too. Some time ago, he participated in a trackday with the sporty German limousine, mentioned in blogpost 58, bought as a used car shortly before this event.
The evening before, track open for the tourist traffic, little traffic; a good opportunity for a few additional laps! Everything well, the car runs without any problems. Then the trackday, the outer conditions are still good. The day begins as the last one ended. But all of a sudden rumbling noises from the rear suspension: it does not sound good! To continue driving is not a good idea – it must be worn-out rubber bearings (it was precisely this defect). Time to cease before noon instead of evening.
Racing tracks in general, Nordschleife in particular: even though your vehicle seems to be able to meet the daily demands, this track ruthlessly reveals weaknesses. Thus, do not forget: ignoring unusual responses from your vehicle is not recommendable; vigilant drivers are also needed here!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron