The Nurburgring needs no introductions – but, just to get you up to speed, it has no less than 154 corners and takes lots of talent, and time, to master.
One man known for his knowledge of the circuit is Misha Charoudin, who doubles as a driving instructor at the track and claims to lap the circuit almost 1,000 times per year.
Eager to see just how well he knows the track, Charoudin decided to jump into the passenger seat of a Mercedes-AMG GT R with a blindfold and direct Andy Gueldon from the Nurburgring Driving Academy around the circuit.
It sure makes for a pretty exciting video. Not only is Charoudin able to immediately orient himself once he heads out onto the circuit, he is also able to identify every corner as the driver enters it, calling out the ideal driving lines, including which curbs the driver should aim to hit. Additionally, he perfectly times the correct moment to apply the brakes and calls out the various signs and marks on the side of certain sections of the track.
Handing out all of these instructions wouldn’t be easy, particularly in the passenger seat of a vehicle as fast as the Mercedes-AMG GT R, yet Charoudin obviously knows it like the back of his hand.
Mercedes-AMG first unveiled the track-focused variant of the AMG GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2016. It is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 577 HP and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque and has posted a blistering 7:10.92 around the ‘Ring.