Re: "but you'll need to speak German to appreciate it."
Automatic translation does exist but it is generally crap at dealing with even the basics of a technical subject, let alone this kind of text. I read a German motorsports site regularly and Google translate gets the order of words in the English translation wrong more often than not. Often it says the opposite of what the author meant. Fortunately I can usually tell by context when that happens and retranslate in my head.
Then there are those long German compound nouns that Google just refuses to translate.
Yup automatic translation does exist, but its crap.