Chevrolet took the 2014 Corvette Stingray to Europe and put it through some extreme testing at the Test Center in Dudenhofen, Germany. Patrick Herrmann, technical manager at Chevrolet Europe, had the privilege to get behind the wheel for this round of testing, and he seemed to be pretty impressed with the car.
Herrman is actually the first person to have the chance to test the new Stingray in Europe. In fact, this testing session is a very important part in Chevrolet’s standard quality control program, and is required for any new model the GM sells in Europe.
In addition to hitting the Test Center, the Corvette also lapped Nürburgring to further test its ability to handle European roads. Jim Mero, GM vehicle dynamics engineer commented that "We are paying particular attention to the suspension set-up and the steering at Nürburgring. European roads are quite distinct and different from those in the U.S., and so are driving habits."
It looks as if the Corvette won’t have any issues getting approval for the European market, and it’s European release is scheduled for sometime in late 2013. There are no details yet on whether Europe will receive the full line of `Vettes or a limited lineup to see how well it sells.
Click past the jump to see the video featuring Herrmann testing the Stingray.
The new Porsche 918 Spyder made quite a debut on the market: during its official unveiling today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Porsche announced that the new hybrid supercar has already broken a record around Nurburgring. Equipped with the optional "Weissach package" the new 918 Spyder managed to lap the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, to be more precise in a time of exactly 6 minutes and 57 seconds, smashing the previous record for OEM-spec, road-going cars by 14 seconds.
Porsche achieved the feat on September 4th when three drivers — former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb — took the 918 Spyder to task on the `Ring. Lieb was the driver that managed to smash the record with a time of 6:57 and hitting an average speed of 179.5 km/h (111.5 mph).
Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 918 Spyder.
We’ve known about the existence of a Nismo version for the sporty Nissan GT-R for quite some time now, but we never had the luck of seeing it out there testing. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car cruising the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, where Nissan engineers were pushing it to the extreme.
Rumors suggest that the Nismo version of the GT-R will be powered by a heavily updated version of the V-6 twin-turbo engine with an output increased close to 600 horsepower. This amazing output will allow the sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 2 seconds, embarrassing even high-performance supercars , like the Bugatti Veyron . The GT-R Nismo’s top speed is rumored to be close to 190 mph.
The new GT-R Nismo is rumored to be unveiled in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Sales are expect to begin in early 2014.
For the second time in consecutive days, our spy shooters managed to catch this Lexus performance coupe out and about. There is a little confusion as to whether this is a production version of the RC F that Lexus filed a patent for earlier this year or a 2015 IS F Coupe .
Regardless of its name, it is very clear by the images that Lexus test drivers were pushing this coupe hard, which is evident by the amount of body lean the sporty coupe shows in the corner. There are no new details reveled in these new spy shots, but they are confirmation that the model is nearing production and is undergoing some intense training.
The powerplant driving the IS F is still a relative mystery, but rumors are pointing toward the deletion of the 5.0-liter V-8. The likely replacement would be a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with power reaching nearly 450 horsepower. This would put it right in line with its key competitor: the BMW M4.
Whether its named the RC F or IS F Coupe is up for argument, but what’s not up for debate is just how bad-ass this new coupe will be...
Holden just scored a new record at the famous Nϋrburgring racetrack. The company just wanted to see how fast the new SS V Ute is around the famous ring and it looks like the response is "very fast." With Holden Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani, at the wheel the SS V Ute was able to run the 20.8 km (12.92-mile) Nordschleife section in just 8:19.47, making it the fastest commercial or utility vehicle out there.
While most of you may think this time is not very impressive, keep in mind that a 2010 Camaro SS did the same lap in 8:22 and a Lexus IS-F in 8:18.
The vehicle that scored the result was a product-correct engineering test Ute that was being used in Europe for validation purposes before taking on the "Green Hell." The record-setting model is basically a stock car, except some negative camber dialed into the front wheels and the removal of the speed limiter. Before setting the record, the Ute ran flawlessly for seven days and 35 grueling laps in total. All it needed was a new set of tires and brakes.
The 24 Hours of Nurburgring is one of the most challenging races of the year. It brings together more than 200 cars, and over 700 drivers who are all trying to fight the 15.5-mile lap length of the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring circuit. Just like the VLN series with its 4 hour races, the 24-hour race is mainly aimed at amateurs, making it even more interesting.
Just like every year, this year’s race brought together some of the most amazing supercars around the world. For those of you who missed the race, the above video offers a perfect overview of the race, as it presents the race, the fans, the teams in the pit lane and the award ceremony - pretty much everything.
The video brings you 12 minutes of sweet internal combustion noise on the famous track, so we are sure you’ll love it!
As promised earlier this year, Michael Schumacher ran a demonstration lap around Nürburgring behind the wheel of a 2011 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02.
For those of you who have missed the run, Mercedes has unveiled a video featuring Michael Schumacher, current Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Nico Rosberg, Bernd Schneider, Bernd Mayländer, and Karl Wendlinger driving some pretty cool Mercedes-AMG cars around the Nordschleife racetrack.
This was Schumacher way to say "Thank you!" to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career. We have to admit, it is a nice way to thank your fans, but it would have been even better if the demonstration lap would have turned into a new lap record around the `Ring. But even so, the video is a must see for all the racing fans out there, and not only!
e’re pretty sure Mercedes will release more video of the run in the future, so stay tuned for more info.
Just recently, we brought you the announcement and video of Revolution Motorstore’s Subaru Impreza STi that it dubbed "Project STi" becoming the fastest Impreza to ever lap Nürburgring. Well, a car like this is never safe from the poking prodding of the folks here at Topspeed. After a quick email exchange, we were able to get the information needed on this super Impreza to pass on to you.
After getting all of the juicy details from the UK, we quickly realized that this is no simple tuner throw-it-together-and-pray-it-works kind of car. Nope, Revolution took to this Suby to task, stripping it of the majority of its tunable parts and either tweaked or outright replaced the ones that were not absolutely perfect for this run around the `Ring.
From the engine all the way to the discrete tailpipes, Revolution’s engineers and builders racked their brains to figure out how to squeeze every bit of power and knock off every ounce of weight while still keeping the car relatively streetable – and we emphasize the word “relatively.”
Click past the jump to read all about this insane build
In 2011, a Subaru Impreza STi became the fastest road-legal sedan around the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. Not too fast, relatively speaking, but still, good enough to push it to the top of the model’s list of fastest times. This year a road-legal Subaru Impreza that was prepared by UK tuners, Revolution Motorstore, became the fastest Impreza around the `Ring with a lap time of 7.53.08.
This specially prepared Impreza is powered by a 2.2-liter Cosworth engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. However, the record was set on medium boost, meaning the engine delivered only about 400 horsepower.
Other changes to the Revolution Impreza include the removal of the rear doors, wider arches, a carbon-fiber hood, aluminum boot and thinner glass. The car sits on 19-inch OZ Superturismo LM alloy wheels combined and comes to a stop by way of Tarox 10-pot brake calipers.
Check out the above video to see the Impreza Project STi in action.
See more of the Impreza Project STi after the jump
In 1976, Nikki Lauda suffered a horrible crash on the Nordschleife and since then, the racetrack was declared too dangerous for Formula 1 racing. Still, in 2007 Nick Heidfeld had the courage to take a BMW Sauber on the track for a few laps. Now, after six years Michael Schumacher will do the same.
On the 19th of May, just before the start of the 24-hour race around Nürburgring, Schumacher will post a demonstration lap in a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W02. This is the way the seven-time F1 driver’s champ will say "thank you" to his fans for their years of loyal support during his F1 career.
In July 2011, Schumacher covered part of the Nordschleife while driving a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Stromlinie W196. If the name of the car sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was the one that brought Mercedes two world titles during the 1954 and the 1955 season. The car was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, who achieved eight wins in all.