Nissan. Cadillac. Chevrolet. All brag about being the Lord of the ‘Ring, upsetting the German automakers to no end. Yet, one of them may still have the last laugh through the act of saving the Nürburgring from certain doom.
Back in 2012, the famed testing ground-cum-circuit entered into bankruptcy proceedings after the previous owners blew $500 million on a roller coaster to nowhere and a dead mall, then failed to turn any sort of profit to keep the track itself from going belly-up. Since then, the German government has entertained offers from various bidders with at least $161 million — the asking price for complete ownership of the historic landmark — to spare.
The latest word on the street is that either Volkswagen, Daimler or BMW may be the one to claim the ‘Ring as their precious jewel; Volkswagen’s Porsche already owns the Nardo testing facility in Italy. Another contender is ADAC, who has a long history with the track going back to 1927, when the track first opened.
Whomever does end up owning the circuit, they will have to promise to keep the track open to the public and (if purchased by one of the aforementioned automakers) competing automakers, and to maintain the infrastructure throughout the 13 miles that make up the Nürburgring.