You can drive (or ride) just about anything on the grueling Nürburgring Nordschliefe. If you search for 'strangest things on the nurburgring', you'll know exactly what we mean. Hearses, limousines, full-size SUVs, and even vans have lapped the demanding 20.81 kilometer long race track. But just when you've thought you've seen it all, the Green Hell has another surprise.
Lapping the Nordschliefe (North Loop) was a tuk-tuk. Yes, a vehicle known for ferrying commuters around Thailand has somehow found its way to Germany. It ended up there thanks to two Swedes, Björn Lagercrantz and Peter Ternström. In fact, they brought it in three years ago just for this very purpose.
The pair tried to lap the Nürburgring last year but the tuk-tuk broke down not even five-kilometers in the first attempt. This time around, they employed an 'un-named mystery driver' and finished the lap. As a result, they are the first to lap the humble machine and, thus, bagged the lap record for it.
So you're now probably wondering how much time it took for the three-wheeled contraption to do that lap. While it is, indeed, a record run, we doubt Ferrari or Porsche will be losing sleep over the time. With three people on board, the tuk-tuk crossed the finish line after 31:49.46. For comparison basis, the current production car record belongs to the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ with a time of 6:44.97. To put that into perspective, the Italian supercar could have lapped the tuk-tuk about four times if they were on track at the same time.
But that's not to say the run was serene. In fact, it was anything but calm. According to team, there were moments they were up on two wheels, making the ride a scary experience. One section known as the Fuchsröhre terrified Lagercrantz and Ternström, jokingly saying that the moment will haunt them forever.
As amusing as it was, this now has us thinking, what can we bring to the Nürburgring Nordschliefe? Surely, the Green Hell has yet to be graced by the presence of our public transport vehicles. Can you imagine a trike, jeepney, or even UV Express van (complete with decals) doing a lap? That will certainly be a sight for us.