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."
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.
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.
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?
Spending the day at the Nurburgring race track can be a dream come true and if you get the chance to see the coolest cars together as they whip around the track, then that dream intensifies to another level. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Just take a look at this video.
A very lucky Youtube member, SpotterGijs, was at the right place at the right time. More precisely, he was at the Nurburgring race track on a day when a ton of Porsche models decided to meet for a "little" reunion. This gave him the opportunity to catch all of them creating an amazing engine symphony in one amazing video. The list of cars includes: 964 Carrera RS, 996 GT2 ,996 GT3 RS , Carrera GT , Cayman R , 997 GT3 RS , 997 GT2 , and lots more. We hope you’ll enjoy the video!
A few months ago, we caught wind of a new auto channel being developed on YouTube called DRIVE. The channel, which features some fascinating auto segments, is the brainchild of some of the most prominent auto journalists in the industry, including Chris Harris, Matt Farah, and Leo Parente.
A few days ago - actually, it was on the 1st of January - the channel finally went live with a debut episode focusing on one of the most famous races in the world - the 24 Hours of Nurburgring - and the overall experience behind it, particularly taken from the point of view of the people who have spent their lives devoted to the thrills of endurance racing.
The video is 13 minutes long, but rest assured, it’s worth every second, especially if you fancy knowing the history and esteem behind arguably the greatest 24-hour endurance race in history.
Get your popcorn ready, fellas; this video is a must-watch.
Once the new year begins, it’s good to look back and remember all of the good things that occurred during the previous year. That is exactly what Youtube user, cvdzijden, did when he created this video, which brings forth multiple Nissan GT-R models he caught on the Nurburgring throughout the past year. The video is appropriately described as an "invasion campaign of the Nurburgring ring," and one look at it will illustrate exactly why.
As a reminder, the Nissan GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine that delivers a total 530 HP at 6,400rpm and a peak torque of 451 lbs-ft delivered between 3,200 to 6,000rpm. This engine is then coupled to a 6 speed dual clutch transmission hat, together, allow the sports car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 3 seconds.