Taking the best from some of the most challenging racetracks in the world, Leipzig is an FIA-certified fantasy land for road racers of all stripes. Designed by Hermann Tilke, a former racer best known for his creation of numerous circuits on the F1 calendar, Leipzig mimics some of the world’s most famous corners for a uniquely challenging experience.
The first of which is the high-speed Sunset Bend, as borrowed from Sebring. This bend requires commitment and accuracy. The next is modeled after the famous Loews Hairpin from Monte Carlo. Famously slow and tight, this bend is deceptively difficult and requires perfect braking—both in application and release.
Next comes the Victoria Turn, as based on a now-replaced corner at Rio de Janeiro. Tilke notes, “As you pass through the dip of the bend, you move from oversteering to understeering, which is what makes this bend so exciting.” Before the bend, Tilke recommends braking smoothly, reducing the vehicle speed and then moving into the turn with precision but without understeering.
The high-speed Mobil 1 S, as borrowed from the Nurburgring, follows. Careful usage of the curbs and a courage pay dividends here. The challenging Lesmo bend, as found originally at Monza, is long and difficult to plan; luring drivers to carry too much speed and run out of road come exit.
The rollercoaster descent of the Corkscrew comes next. With a 12% gradient, this corner mimics the Laguna Seca original and gives drivers the sensation that their stomach is coming up through their esophagus. Quite a sensation when approaching a blind corner with such a steep drop.
The Parabolica challenges drivers and car; it seems never-ending and rewards bravery and high entry speeds. The subsequent esses, as taken from Suzuka, require constant attitude changes and an incredibly precise application of the throttle to keep on-line. Impetuous, greedy driving will yield poor speeds.
These are only some of the great bends that make up Leipzig. With unique characters and specific challenges, these corners keep the driver constantly on their toes; supreme confidence is needed to master this involving track.
Hop onboard for a lap of the circuit in a 4.0-liter 997 RS.