The Nürburgring and Top Gears Respect for Sabine Schmitz

top-gear-logoYou don’t have to watch the UK’s Top Gear motoring show for long to realise that beyond the all too typical male bravado, there is one person whom stands head and shoulders above the prideful presenters tgteamsmlof Clarkson, May and the Hamster. This person is their nemesis, more highly skilled than all of them put together and frankly they love and respect her. That person is Sabine Schmitz. The fastest drcropsaiver of the torturous Nürburgring in Germany.

And this is why; Sabine not only out drives just about everyone, she set the lap record at Nürburgring at the age of 19 at 8 minutes 16 seconds in a Ford Sierra Cosworth. In October 2008 she set a new lap record for a non-turbocharged car at 7 minutes 07 seconds in a Porsche 997 RSR (Frikadelli Racing Team).

 

Nürburgring History and F1:

gp-track-copyNürburgring is not the little track you may have seen and possibly will see later this year in Formula 1 – no, it’s huge!!  It’s 13 miles long, it’s a mountain race track and has 147 corners!

With steep inclines, descents and hairpin bends, it is not only a formidable test on the skill and stamina of any driver irrespective of skill level – but the car itself. Simply put, if the car is not in 100% top shape, it will not survive this assault.

Back in the 12th century Count Ulrich probably never imagined that one day, anurbergring-copy1t the foot of his time-honoured Nürburg, the queen of racing courses would attract people from all over the world. After the Ring opened on 18th June 1927 it soon became clear what a great economic force this early form of the leisure industry was going to become in the entire region. Restaurants with guest rooms turned into hotels, meadows into car parks and the races were a blessing for what was one of the poorest regions in Germany. The story of the Nürburgring goes back eight decades – a period in which it has produced many stories, has thrilled many generations of racing drivers and fans and has become the economic powerhouse of the Eifel region.

Part of the track called the ‘Nordschleife’, still in use today was nick named ‘The Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart. It is widely considered the toughest, most dangerous and most demanding purpose build race track in the world.

Sabine History:

Born to the neues-bild10local hotel and restaurant owning Schmitz family, Sabine and her two elder sisters grew up in the “Hotel am Tiergarten”  in Nürburg within the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Sabine came to mass public attention driving one of the two BMW M5 Ring Taxi around the 13 mile long race track in an entertaining manner. As she once put it “Anyone can drive fast on an Autobahn, but drifting a car sideways around a bend at 140 is different”.

Conservative estimates say that Sabine has driven around the Nürburgring no less than 20,000 times, and she has become known as both the “Queen of the Nürburgring” and “the fastest taxi driver in the world”.  Her company, Nürburgring - based Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, offers advanced driver training and a “Ring Taxi” service for passengers.img_0016

Her list of achievement is simply staggering by anyone’s account. She has raced for companies, driven all over the world and even put a Main Battle Tank through its paces. Furthermore she is an accomplished helicopter pilot. Ironically, Top Gear once raced an AH64 Apache Longbow, yet none of them could actually fly one – they might want to think about that.

Sabine is known worldwide, her Television career has brought heSabine Schmitz 8r global attention putting her all too familiar smile, style and highly entertaining skill into our homes.

Basically, if you ever wanted to see men put in their place, then not only can this lady do it – but the sheer intimidation of such an amazing race track, simply destroys them. And lets be honest, Clarkson deserves it.

First up, to explain what Sabine is all about The BMW M5 RingTaxi

Ok, you get the idea,  now lets see her with Top Gear (sadly the quality is low on these as the YouTube BBC page is yet to carry them.

Clarkson Diesel Jag Pt1

Clarkson Diesel Jag Pt2

Sabine Top Gear Ford Transit

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Nürburgring 2009

This Year will see massive investment into the Nürburgring, in fact they are turning it into an all year round leisure facility with major upgrades and expansion costing around 252 million Euros. The four main areas of investment are in Racing, Adventure, Business and Holiday. They will be working with existing tourism service providers to make, frankly, one awesome site. From Rock concerts to Formula One and the myriad of other functions from driver training to the grueling Nürburgring 24hr race – Nürburgring will be, and IS, a must for anyone interested in motor sport at any level.

For more information regarding activities and events at Nürburgring, go to there website HERE

Sabine – present work + website

frikadelli-racing-teamSabine Schmitz continues to expand her awesome career to date and is still a keen Professional Racing Driver. She presently races for Team Frikadelli Racing and while there is the Sabine Schmitz Motosport Website, Sabine is vespeedbee-beery much involved in a real hands on capacity with her ALL NEW website Speedbee.de . At present it is mainly in German Language format, but Sabine tells me the English version is coming very soon.

For further information about Sabine, her work (past and present) and what she’s doing in the future, please do not hesitate going to her websites.

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In conclusion; TWBrit, or moreover, I would like to take a moment to thank Ihre Meltem Yildiz at Dederichs Reinecke & Partner who are Nürburgring’s PR Team and special TWBrit gratitude to Sabine Schmitz for information and help with writing this article.

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19 Comments

  1. I know it’s not PC, but she is also very sexy.

    Wasn’t she going to take over from Clarkson while he was off with his back problem?

  2. Twbrit, this is awesome man. I had no idea you were working on this.
    I know you want to do the Nurburgring, but what a track and what a lady!
    What driving do you do now? You’ve done everything but race.

    Hello Sabine if you’re reading this :)

  3. I’d love to have done what she does when I was younger. But alas, I did not have the money or the confidence.
    I just watched some more videos on You Tube and that track is terrifying!

  4. Rockposer, I don’t think I should comment on that, but she would have made a fantastic addition to the Top Gear team. That said, she does TV and has her own company not mention, races.. So where would she find the time.

    DarkheartD; I can drive most things and having once driven at 148mph (no details) in a car designed for speed but certainly not set up for it and with the fact it’s a totally different style of driving – I simply don’t know if I have what something like the Nurburgring requires. When I was driving at that speed I was wondering about tyres, brakes, car balance and stopping. It was hard work.

    Patricia R; Yes, I watched many videos myself, especially one of someone setting the lap record in a Corvette at 7:26. There are faster, but that vid gives you a feel for what is required, and I simply don’t believe I have it.

  5. So how come you drive old, slow, battered cars? I never understood that.
    Would Sabine show you how to do it?

  6. Since when have you driven slow cars unless they were a LandRover?

  7. Okay, okay… I drive slower cars in order to keep my license. Over the last couple of years my license has been my income, so I needed to look after it. That said, I have still been caught speeding twice. And to be honest, for someone who use to pride himself on the fact I could spot a cop or a camera from miles away – I have obviously lost that knack.
    I once had an unquenchable thirst for driving, in the Off-Road stuff I was lucky – to me, I had the best job in the world back then. But the need to conquer new ground, terrain and environments was a serious addiction.
    My driving style was destroyed in Saudi Arabia, where you have to drive as badly as everyone else to survive – Road Death being the number cause of death in Saudi!
    I’m also not as fit as I was (at the moment) and you need to be fit.
    The only time I would ask Sabine to show me how to get around the Ring – is when I have enough money to pay for her time, skill and knowledge.

  8. …and of course she is/was the Clarkson of the German version of Top Gear, except with more skill, charm and panache.

    How in the world did you get access to Ms Schmitz?

  9. I approached both through official channels and they were very helpful indeed. I found it amazing really, considering just how busy everyone is – especially Sabine.
    I’m grateful for her direct contact and help with this as I simply wouldn’t have known things like she shattered the lap record yet again last year.

    Anyway, how are you? these new F1 rules are amazing aren’t they. Looks like this year is gonna be a good one.

  10. Other than a screwed up knee, I’m swell. And yes, F1 looks like it’ll be a classic this season. You really should come ’round The Pond once in a while, join in the madcap adventuring!

    Huh. So, like, you just… asked? Who would have thought that’d work?

  11. What did you do to the knee?
    Oddly enough I’d been planning a huge trip last year to spend a few months traveling around the US & Canada. Alas, the great plan fell flat on it’s face, but it’s not forgotten.

  12. wow Sabine makes me hot

  13. в конце концов: отлично!!

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  15. I would love to drive like that!! She’s a fantastic Role Modedl for me, as long as she keeps her clothes on unlike Danica –”

  16. I just want to take her out, Around the track or dinner, she can choose.
    Godfred Schütze, shes nearly as schon as meine auto

  17. somesay shes sexy some even say shes a great driver all i know is thats shes the new stig

  18. Danica is ……………………..what makes me upset, is that they’re both exditing talented women, but they’re not passing on a superior genes.

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