In the passenger seat of a Mercedes-AMG GT R, we take a quick trip around the Nürburgring.

The question with any sit-next-to-an-expert experience is just how hard the hired hand is trying.

Mercedes-AMG GT R smashes rear-wheel drive Nürburgring record

The GT R I got to passenger around the ‘Ring was in completely standard form, without a roll cage or seat harnesses, and before setting off DTM veteran – and Nordschleife specialist - Thomas Jaeger said our two laps of the circuit were intended to show off the aptitude of the car’s various dynamic systems.

He certainly wasn’t hanging around – braking seemingly impossibly late, working the car hard in corners and carrying huge speed over some of the Nordschleife's stomach-dropping crests.

Timing from the bridge on the long Döttinger Höhe straight rather than the official start produced a flying lap time of 7:46, comfortably the fastest I’ve travelled around the ‘Ring and not bad for a demonstration lap carrying a sizeable chunk of ballast in the passenger seat.