This happens every winter for the benefit of all who use the track the rest of the year.
Construction work at the Nurburgring is underway, with construction workers toiling away to complete the renewal of asphalt on certain parts of the track.
The Nurburgring operator is spending €3 million (roughly $3.2 million) to repave the Fuchsrohre, a section considered one of the track's most dangerous and challenging parts. The extensive renovations will see nearly one kilometer (0.6 miles) receive a completely new asphalt surface and underlying layers.
A fresh stretch of asphalt has many benefits, including improved safety. New tarmac has excellent skid resistance, particularly in bad weather conditions. Water drainage should also be better than before, while road noise should also be reduced, much to the relief of nearby residents.
The famous Nurburgring isn't just a race track; it functions as a toll road, too. People can pay a fee and hop on the technical circuit during certain times.
Being under constant use, track operators must keep their hand on the 17.56-mile-long circuit to ensure it is safe and operating in top form. That is why, each year, approximately one kilometer of the track is refreshed with new asphalt. This year, however, new tarmac will be applied to a slightly longer distance.
Aside from this, the Grand Prix circuit will also receive a renewed pit lane, with work scheduled to start in the coming weeks. While there's lots of work to do, construction workers need to work quickly and efficiently, as the motorsport season begins in mid-March, with testing and set-up expected to kick off on March 16.
And this isn't the only work taking place on the Green Hell. Over the last year, the Nurburgring has undergone a digitalization upgrade that aims to improve safety, with the remaining 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) completed.
Much work is being carried out, from digging shafts for fiber optic cables to laying the foundation for 58 cameras. By doing this, officials aim to use artificial intelligence systems to detect any Nurburgring crashes or incidents that may occur sooner, allowing personnel to respond more rapidly. This also means other drivers can be warned of unattended crash scenes far sooner.
Because the circuit is almost constantly in use, it would be impossible for operators to carry out more extensive upgrades without affecting the circuit's calendar. It would also cost considerably more money, so it's easier to rake in the cash each year and then spend a portion on maintenance and upkeep.
Once the winter has passed, the Green Hell will be alive with the sounds of motorsport, tourism, and evermore Porsche 911 and BMW M test mules once again.