The most appropriate attitude when approaching the Nürburgring is to fear the legendary track. Being afraid of the “Green Hell” will make you give it the respect that it deserves, which in turn will maximize your chances of survival — both yours and your car’s.
Now, it goes without saying that the quicker your car is, the more attention you should pay. Some drivers are well aware of that and never get cocky when driving supercars at the Nordschleife, even though they have thousands of competitive kilometers under their belts on the German track.
Others, however, believe that merely driving a 500+ horsepower car is enough to turn them into masters of the ‘Ring. Obviously, that’s not the case, and a Corvette Z06 driver learned that the hard way on August 26. In the footage from of Auto Addiction, we see a Corvette Z06 with the Z07 Performance Package driving rather unremarkably — which is good if you’re an amateur driver in a 650-hp car and you have a passenger right beside you.
Going up a right-hand corner, though, the driver ran out of patience and stabbed the throttle too early, sending the car into a slide and then violently into the guardrails. Fortunately, no one was injured, which in this unforgiving track with no runaway areas whatsoever is very fortunate indeed. Judging by the violent way the car lost grip at the exit, we’re inclined to believe the driver had switched off the stability control system completely.
Unless you’re an ace of the “Green Hell,” we would advise against that in any car, least of all a Corvette Z06. That’s because its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine unleashes 650 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm)of torque to the rear wheels from 3,600 rpm. That’s a huge amount, but in the right hands, it can lead to spectacular results.