Focus, timing, vision, co-ordination, but above all balls of steel are needed to make the fastest lap at night around the Nurburgring.
The Nurburgring Nordschleife is a beast of a circuit. If one includes sections of the F1 circuit it spans 15.2 miles. Try and fathom what it takes to competently drive around the circuit at speed. Dozens of corners to memorize, some blind, elevation changes, narrow tracks that make overtaking a serious challenge. In daylight, getting a fast lap out of the circuit requires a tunnel-vision level of focus and precision timing. With the lights turned off, such skills need to be honed to an entirely new level.
Those who compete in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring are required to push themselves to the limit of their driving capabilities, and to get some perspective of how terrifying and exhilarating lapping a dark Nurburgring Nordschliefe really is, check out Niclas Kentenich doing the business in a Dorr Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.