It’s no secret that almost every car manufacturer tests its cars at the Nürburgring. For some it’s a common-sense move to hone performance machinery to perfection, for others it would seem little more than a PR stunt to impart some sporty pretensions by being associated with the world’s most famous racetrack.

Whatever your opinions on manufacturer testing at the Nürburgring, there’s no doubting that the test mules really do get put through their paces.

It’s not just sports cars, either. As our picture special shows, even the most unlikely cars are taken to the limit (and to the skies) by insane test drivers determined to find the weak points, so you never have to. Enjoy.

Daljinder Nagra