Nurburgring (nurburgring)

Nurburgring (nurburgring)

Models like the Volkswagen Sirocco R and the Ford Focus RS are hits on the European market, so it’s not surprising to see them get put next to each other on the Nurburgring race track for a little competitive action. The two cars provided quite a show tooas you will see in this video which is about eight minutes long. Take a seat and enjoy!

As a reminder, the Volkswagen Scirocco R is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter TSI engine that delivers 265 HP and 258 lbs-ft of torque. On the other side, the Ford Focus RS is powered by a 2.5 liter 20 V DOHC RS engine that delivers 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Volkswagen can hit a top speed of 155 mph, while the Ford goes up to 163 mph.

We get pretty excited when we see a plethora of supercars in the same video, so when we saw models like the Mclaren MP4-12C , the Koenigsegg CCXR , and Agera R all put together, we just had to take a look. Then we found out that the star of the show was actually the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 - and there wasn’t just one but a bunch of examples of this awesome sports car.

The cars were caught by Youtube user jorrie2 during a Nurburgring testing session and next to very impressive driving shots, the video also reveals just how cool this car’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

BMW just keeps on dangling the M135i three-door hatchback carrot right out of the reach of U.S. buyers and this time, it just may start a complete revolt in U.S. BMW dealers. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, or BMW to all of you un-cool people, decided to whip the new M135i hatchback around the Nürburgring and some savvy little filmmaker caught it. To make things even better, this is actually a really good video with awesome sound – it seems almost like a professional deal.

The sound of this 300+ horsepower 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine – “TwinPower” means one turbo with two scrolls, not two turbochargers – is music to our ears. It’s so nice that it may just take the place of all the songs on my MP3 player. Not only does this thing appear to scream when the driver puts the pedal to the proverbial “metal,” or posh carpeting in this case, but it also looks to handle like a dream.

The bad news in this whole situation is that BMW has still not decided to let U.S. buyers know if the M135i, let alone any three-door hatchback 1-series , will make its way across the pond and into showrooms at any time. There’s not even a European release date, as of yet, and we are already about to explode at the opportunity to get our grubby hands on them.

For now, all we have are the pictures from the Geneva Auto Show and the above video to keep our hopes alive. We are sure that if a large enough portion of US BMW customers start bombarding BMW with requests for this vehicle, the Bavarian car builder would eventually cave and bring this extremely hot hatch to the states.

Kick back, crank up the volume a tick, and enjoy the video of the M135i cruising the Nürburgring over and over and over again, just like we did.

The Toyota GT 86 , the Scion FR-S , and the Subaru BRZ may all be intertwined, but ever since they were all introduced late last year, each of the Japanese sports coupes have branched out into different fields of motor racing.

The BRZ , for one, has joined the ranks of the Japan’s Super GT300 series, while the Scion FR-S will soon be making its debut in the 2012 Formula Drift season. As for the Toyota GT 86, it appears to be heading over to Germany to compete in one of the world’s toughest endurance races, the 24 Hours of Nurburgring.

Toyota, together with its racing amigos over at Gazoo Racing, recently announced that they were bringing a specially modified GT 86 coupe to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Full details behind the race-spec GT 86 have yet to be announced, but the Japanese automaker did divulge the list of drivers that will be driving the car in the day-long endurance race, including Masahiko Kageyama, Hisami Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi, and Minoru Takaki.

In addition to the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, the GT 86 will also be entered in a number of other series races in Japan, particularly the Super Taikyu Endurance Series and the All-Japan Rally Championship.

Looks like the three sister sports cars are all set to begin their racing careers. Only time will tell which of these three will be most successful.

Nissan is headed to the 2012 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race and they’re bringing Godzilla along to join in on all the fun.

That’s right; the Japanese automaker will be fielding a Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition to compete in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race. According to Nissan, the standard production GT-R Club Track Edition is going to Nurburgring for a number of reasons, chief of which is their desire to collect much-needed data and information on how to help improve Godzilla’s overall mechanics in the coming years.

In a field of heavily modded vehicles, the idea that Nissan will bring a fresh GT-R with no performance enhancements to compete against those guys raises more than just one curious eyebrow from us. But hey, we’re not about to disagree with them on this matter. So in that vein, allow us to direct you to this video Nissan has prepared as they make preparations for the street-ready GT-R to race one of the most grueling endurance races in the world.

If you needed more proof as to how cool the new Koenigsegg Agera R is, here it is! During the recent Gran Turismo Events on the Nurburgring, the car was able to hit an impressive 401.6 km/h or 249 mph. According to the official statement: "when the awesome 1200 HP Koenigsegg Agera R passed the pit lane on Döttinger Höhe on Thursday everyone was amazed by the speed of the car."

And why shouldn’t they be; the Agera R used the whole 3.5 kilometer straight and hit an impressive 249 mph before braking at the bridge in Tiergarten.

The owner of the car, Bård Eker from Norway, said there were "no problems with stability under extreme speeds. The tarmac was a little bumpy while braking so It was quite exciting before the left turn."

Next to the Agera R, a total of 120 super cars attended the event, with the most popular being the Porsche GT3 , the Ferrari 458 , and the Lamborghini Gallardo .

Hit the jump for a video of the car in action on Gran Turismo Nurburgring.

If there was ever a concern about how cool a car may be, all one would have to do is check it out as it takes its turn around the Nurburgring. As of late, the trips around the Nurburgring have included the BMW M5 and the new generation Porsche 911 Carrera, which both clocked in at under eight minutes. Now, it’s time for a larger model to throw down. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 lapped the ’Ring in 8:49 at the hands of Sabine Schmitz.

This time isn’t too shabby, but it still doesn’t outrun the 8:24 lap time achieved by the BMW X6 M . Looks like the American SUV still has a few tweaks to be done to perform better than its German competition.

The new Grand Cherokee SRT8 was revealed at the 2011 New York Auto Show and Chrysler put extensive efforts into the model to make it a cut above the rest. It is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers an estimated 465 HP and 465 lb.-ft. of torque and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Top speed goes to 155 mph.

Source: Autoblog
Porsche Boxster

The new generation Porsche Boxster made its official debut last week at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but the car has already scored impressive results. The Boxster S model lapped the Nurburgring race track in an impressive 7:58 - or about 18 seconds shy of the new, more powerful Porsche 911 which scored an heart-racing time of 7:40.

This speedy lap time means the Boxster S is faster than models like the Corvette C6 (7:59), the Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and the C63 AMG Coupe (8:01) - which are far more powerful than the tiny Boxster. This result also makes the new generation better than the model it replaces which had a lap time of 8:10.

The new Boxster S is powered by a 3.4 liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 315 HP. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and will hit a top speed of 173 mph when equipped with a manual gearbox.


As we all patiently wait for the new generation SRT Viper to debut in April at the 212 New York Auto Show, the previous generation Viper ACR-X has just established a new record at the Nurburgring race track. The sports car managed to lap the ’Ring in an impressive 7:03.058. This is a 10-second advantage over its road-going sibling – the SRT Viper ACR .

The Viper ACR-X is powered by a 8.4 liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 640 HP - a 40 HP increase over the standard model. The model is also 160 lbs lighter than the standard. It comes equipped with a roll cage, a lone racing bucket, Momo Corse steering wheel, and self sealing fuel cell.

Enjoy the video and stay tuned for the official unveiling of the new generation Viper.

Source: DriveSRT

At this time of year, snow is definitely a problem in many parts of the world. Some wish they had some, and others wish all of the snow would just melt and disappear. But for some, snow can actually amount to a lot of fun, even behind the wheel of an F1 car, or especially behind the wheel of an F1 car.

Germany is one of the many countries that have seen plenty of snow this winter, and with the entire being blanketed in snow, the Nurburgring was not spared. Chief Instructor of the Nürburgring Driving Academy, Andy Gülden, decided to take full advantage by hopping in a Formula One car and gliding his way to the snow and ice on the Green Hell. He slapped on a different set of tires, strapped on some cameras, and put the pedal to the floor, skillfully gliding around the track.

Enjoy the video and let us know if snow driving doesn’t really look like fun?

Source: Complex

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