How To Drive A Wet Lap Of The Nurburgring In A Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Here's how to handle it like a pro.

Driving the Nurburgring in Germany is tough enough in perfect conditions. There's a reason they call it the Green Hell. The famous Nordschleife (North Loop) section measures a whopping 12.94 miles with 73 challenging corners and nearly 1,000 feet of elevation changes. The track is so long that it can be pouring rain in one section and sunny in another. That's why it's important to build up your skills as a driver before attempting to push a car to its limits on this daunting track.

We personally recommend purchasing a data recording tool like the Race Navigator, which can help analyze laps to improve your driving skills. In fact, this soaking wet Nurburgring lap in a 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was filmed using the RN. As the video shows, this driver knows how to handle themselves even when the Green Hell becomes the Rainy Hell.

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Kuba Giermaziak/YouTube
Kuba Giermaziak/YouTube
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The weather conditions at the Nurburgring can vary drastically from section to section within a single lap. This video shows several sections where the windshield wipers are constantly required and others where the track is a bit drier. Watching this lap, we can point out several key tips that will come in handy when driving on a wet race track.

Kuba Giermaziak, who drove professionally as a Porsche racing driver in the past, is behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a powerful, track-ready car with 520 horsepower going to the rear wheels. As the video and the data show, there are several instances where the driver gets on the throttle, and the car doesn't quite have enough traction yet. The 3:46 mark is a great example of this, where the driver needs to give a dab of opposite steering lock to catch the car as it gains traction.

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Race Navigator
Race Navigator

No matter how good of a driver you are, moments like this on a wet track are inevitable. But by rewatching the lap and analyzing the telemetry, these occasions can be minimized. Watching through the whole lap, it becomes apparent that this driver knows what they are doing in the rain. When the track is wet, it's important to roll onto the throttle, as sudden inputs will cause the car to lose control. Applying throttle when the wheel is turned is particularly bad, so as the wheel straightens out, apply the throttle almost as if the two are connected.

By following these tips, even the rain can't stop a fast lap.

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