As it has been widely reported, the Nurburgring is flat broke. The famous track is in such debt that they have been forced to file for bankruptcy. The only chance to avoid this is a bail-out by the E.U., but that is reportedly not going to happen.
Much of the money problems stem from a Rollercoaster that was deemed unsafe after being built and a shopping mall that hasn’t been much of a success. Because of this, the track will continue to operate normally until the end of the year, but after that who knows.
Recently, Porsche took over the Nardo Ring (you can read more about this here). This got me thinking, should Porsche (or the Volkswagen Group as the case may be) buy the Nurburgring if it doesn’t get bailed-out? Think about how important the Nurburgring is to Porsche for the development of their new cars. In fact the Nurburgring is very important to most automakers, so I think that it will be saved in some fashion and Porsche would be the most fitting steward in my opinion. If this does happen it will be interesting to see if people are still able to drive on the Nurburgring for a small fee, or if it will mainly be used by automotive manufactures.
We will just have to wait and see what happens, but I think it will probably be saved by Porsche (or the Volkswagen Group) if it comes to that (just my opinion). Let us know what you think about the future of the Nurburgring in the comments below.
The below video gives a sense of what it is like to drive the Nurburgring (in the case in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0).