The circuit gained popularity because of its fast, sweeping corners such as Scheivlak as well as the "Tarzanbocht" (Tarzan corner) hairpin at the end of the start/finish straight. Tarzanbocht is the most famous corner in the circuit. Since there is a camber in the corner, it provides excellent overtaking opportunities. It is possible to pass around the outside as well as the easier inside lane. This corner is reportedly named after a local character who had earned the nickname of Tarzan and only wanted to give up his vegetable garden in the dunes if the track's designers named a nearby corner after him. On the other hand, many different stories about Tarzan Corner are known.
The circuit design has been modified and altered several times:
- 1948-1971: length 4.193 kilometers (2.605 mi)
- 1972-1979: length 4.226 kilometers (2.626 mi)
- 1980-1989: length 4.252 kilometers (2.642 mi)
- 1990-1998: length 2.526 kilometers (1.570 mi)
- 1999–present: length 4.300 kilometers (2.672 mi)
The corners are named as follows (the numbers correspond to the image above, starting at the start/finish line):
- Tarzan corner (1)
- Gerlach corner (2)
- Hugenholtz corner (3)
- Hunzerug (4)
- Rob Slotemaker corner (5)
- Scheivlak (6)
- Masters corner (formerly Marlboro corner) (7)
- Renault corner (8)
- Vodafone (9)
- Audi S corner (10 + 11)
- Kumho corner (12)
- Arie Luyendyk (formerly Bosuit) (13)
The elevation difference is 15 meters (49 ft).
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