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> Tüv Approval Required For Nürburgring Access From 2008, Listen up if you have a modified car.....
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post 22nd November 2007 17:24
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OK, this may be of interest for anyone who wants to take a modified car on the 'ring.......

There's a lengthy thread currently on the Ringers forum, detailing that from 2008, Nürburgring GmbH will be requring TÜV approval for all cars going out on track, during the public Touristenfahrten sessions (and no doubt, the private track days too).

From what I've read they're getting a bit concerned over the standard of some cars going out on track and are trying to sort it out. I suppose it does make sense, but it could be a right PITA for a lot of people!

Any unmodified, factory-standard cars, German-registered or not are automatically considered as TÜV-compliant, so they will be fine but you will encounter problems if you have any mods done.

Each and every modification carried out on a German-registered car has to be TÜV'd (in effect, an MOT every time you modify something) and evidence of the current TÜV is displayed on the number plates, but for foreign-registered cars, they have no idea whether any modifications are compliant, so by all accounts, unless you can prove the modification is TÜV compliant, they won't be letting you go out. ohmy.gif

Now this does kind of fly in the face of the 'public road' designation that the 'ring enjoys, as you don't have such issues driving on normal German roads, but it seems they're making a special 'house rule'!

This is going to have massive implications for the hundreds of Brits who go to the 'ring in their modded cars. If the marshalls pull you over, you will need to have all your paperwork for ANY modification and prove to them it's TÜV-compliant, or else you won't be allowed out.

I am quite sure they will be sticking to this rigidly, especially with Brits so.............you have been warned!


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post 22nd November 2007 22:27
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blink.gif I know some tuning products are now sold with TUV approval, but most aren't. TUV is oriented around safety iirc, so items would include brakes, suspension, wheels. I don't think TUV even covers some roll cages that comply to FIA standards! unsure.gif


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post 23rd November 2007 01:24
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Quite.

This is raising a big issue amongst hardcore Ringers, with rollcages, suspension, brakes etc!

It's a bit daft that for example, I could happily take my stock 240 Estate round for lap after lap without problem, whereas someone who's already done say 500 laps in a fully UK-legal caged E30 M3 might now be turned away! For that matter, my old QV may not now be 'compliant'!

I guess the 'ring has kind of become a victim of it's own success, particularly with the number of Brits that go over there and with the increasing pressure by the health and safety brigade, they've got to take steps.

Will be interesting to see how things pan out next year......


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post 23rd November 2007 08:29
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Will they be checking cars before they enter the barriers, or will they just tug cars that look unsafe (or they don't like their driving style)?


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Not sure, to be honest but I guess it's like the other 'rules' they have there - they can pick and choose if/when to enforce them! blink.gif

It's like the noise limits, there are some really really noisy cars and bikes that they let go out, then other times they pull them over in the car park/at the approach to the barriers. The police occasionally do random checks on vehicle roadworthiness and documents too.

I suppose it's going to be down to the discretion of the marshalls at the barriers - ie, on a sunny weekend they're going to be more vigilant, but as I've seen, on a soaking wet Thursday evening, they're probably going to stay dry and sit in the office!

I suspect you're right though, they're probably going to target potentially 'unsafe' cars or where the driver's are behaving like idiots - which is what they do now anyway.....I reckon if you drive an E30 M3 you're probably going to be let through without problem, but some chav in a Saxo with Lexus lights and a half-cage is probably stuffed!

Here's the post on the Ringers forum - http://forum.ringersforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=40190


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post 27th November 2007 19:14
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Bit more info and a precis of the changes, on Ben Lovejoy's site.....

http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/tuv/index.html


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I know this is an old thread but can i just add to this for anyone on here reading up wanting to go to the ring.

This never happened, no TUV checks were made on non german cars.

They have this year, been a little more keen on checking a lot of cars/bikes for general road worthiness but then no one who goes on there wants unroad worthy cars/cars leaking oil driving on there anyway.
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