After a three year renovation and expansion project, BMW has a new home at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit - also respectfully known as the "Green Hell" to many of the race drivers who have competed on it.

BMW has been using the Nordschleife circuit for roughly 40 years as an integral part of the product development and testing processes for its cars. The expanded, 12,440 square foot, high-tech workshop facility has been configured for expanded test and development work to be done at the Nurburgring for years to come.

This legendary former Formula One race circuit, built over a two year period from 1925 until 1927, strings together a total of 73 corners (33 lefts and 40 rights) and 300 metres (975ft) of elevation change into a 20.8 kilometre (12.9 miles) ribbon of ever changing road surface that is said to be the most challenging race circuit ever conceived.

BMW's workshop area has been significantly enlarged. Formerly with only four work bays, the premises now have 11 work bays, a new wash centre and a new wheel alignment facility.

A new leisure wing has been added for staff with a common room. Since test results and protocols need to be transmitted quickly and securely to the research centres in Munich and Garching, technicians and engineers now work in a generously sized office with 30 computer workplaces connected directly to the headquarters. Two exhibition and conference rooms have also been added.