Nurburgring (nurburgring)

Nurburgring (nurburgring)

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McLaren P1

Apparently, the McLaren P1 ’s Nurburgring lap times is still a mystery, and we’re not sure why McLaren is still keeping it a secret. Back in October 2013, a video showed a P1 supercar lapping the ’Ring in 6 minutes and 47 seconds, but back in September, more rumors suggested that the 2014 McLaren P1 lapped the Nurburgring track in 7:04 .

Now, according to AutoCar, it looks like the P1 actually lapped the ’Ring in closer to the 6:30 mark. Apparently the British magazine got their info from a McLaren insider during a recent test drive of the supercar .

In talking about the car’s rumored 6:47 lap time, this McLaren insider said that the P1 is "a fair bit quicker than that." This likely means that it is faster than the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder, which lapped the same ring in 6:57 .

We just wish that McLaren would stop being so secretive about the official time and just come out with it already. We’re growing tired of the rumors...

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: Autocar
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Now this is the the type of video we expect to see from Chris Harris, as he went to the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit where he put the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 race car and its road-going brother, the R8 V10 head to head.

When compared to a standard R8 , the LMS GT3 version is equipped with an aggressive aero package with a newly designed rear diffuser, a new exhaust system with the tailpipes relocated to exit upwards. The model also gets new wheels, new suspension system and braking software. Of course, that all these changes raised the price to a total of $440,000, which is quite a lot, even for a race car. But then again, the R8 LMS already scored 18 championship titles, so it’s likely well worth it.

Check out the video to see if Harris finds the R8 LMS Ultra as cool as the street version.

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The Subaru WRX STI will make its first public appearance next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , so we still have to wait a few more days before we finally get to see it in person. Though we still haven’t seen the STI in person, Subaru has already released details on the racing version that Subaru will use in the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race set to take place from 19th to 22nd of June.

With the new WRX STI race car, Subaru will participation in the 24-hour race for the seventh consecutive time and hopes to obtain its third victory in the SP3T class. This year the race car is based on the new-generation WRX STI and features a more aggressive body kit, with a larger rear wing for improved downforce.

Just like in the previous years, Hideharu Tatsumi will be the team manager, while Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki will be listed as drivers along with two European drivers.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru WRX STI.

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When Mercedes unveiled the SLS Black Series , which so happens to be the most powerful SLS AMG ever, everyone wanted to know how fast the car was around the Nurburgring. Still, Mercedes decided to make us wait a few months until they will finally revealed a video showing the it lapping the famous track.

According to AMG , the driver was an AMG engineer who did a fine job navigating the windy track. AMG and Mercedes are remaining mum on the lap time, but if take a look at the video and time it yourself, you will get a time of a little under 7:30. By comparison, a standard SLS AMG lapped the ring in 7:40.

The SLS Black Series is powered by an improved version of the 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that now delivers a total of 622 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and a peak torque of 468 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.

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Only few hours ago, Nissan unveiled the official details on the new GT-R Nismo , which happens to be the most powerful GT-R ever, and now it’s time to see it in action at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. On the famed German circuit is where it managed to score a time of just 7:8.679. making it the world’s fastest volume-production car around the "Green Hell."

The lap time was recorded by Michael Krumm, a Nissan test-driver, who was impressed by the capacities of the new GT-R Nismo .

The model that established this amazing time was equipped with the track options package that includes aerodynamics tuning, weight reduction, and suspension tuning. Under the hood, there is the newly updated engine GT-R engine: a 3.8-liter, twin-boosted V-6 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Check out the video to see what Krumm thinks on the new car and hear his commentary as he laps the track. there’s also plenty of sweet in-car sounds to enjoy.

Video: 2014 Corvette Stingray Tested in Germany

The long, drawn-out saga surrounding the state of Germany’s famed Nurburgring may be finally close to its conclusion.

According to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, ADAC — one of Europe’s largest automobile clubs — is one step closer to acquiring the ’Ring after submitting non-binding offer to purchase the famous racetrack. As part of the deal between the auto club and the Rhineland state government, the former would be granted ownership of the circuit, which could include both the ’Ring and the Nordschleife, but not the other veritable neighboring attractions, including the shopping mall and the amusement park.

Should this transaction push through, it’s safe to say that the Nurburgring — if it were alive that is — could rest easy knowing that it’s in good hands. Besides, this isn’t the first time an auto club has owned a race track. Silverstone , for one, is controlled by the British Racing Drivers’ Club and last we checked, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, France’s biggest auto club, still owns the Circuit de la Sarthe where Le Mans is staged.

Here’s to hoping that the Nurburgring ’s bankruptcy saga can now be laid to rest for good.

Click past the jump for a quick history lesson on the Nurburgring.

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A few weeks ago, we let you know that a Camaro Z/28 lapped Nurburgring in 7:37.47 , making it the fastest Camaro at the `Ring.

With a Camaro achieving this feat, should we be surprised that Ford decided to release a video of its resident muscle car — the Shelby GT500 — lapping the ring in an impressive time? We think not, but this video has an interesting back story.

According to SVT Performance, this particular video hit their inbox after they asked Ford for some videos of the GT500 testing on various tracks. It looks like this video "accidentally" made its way into the email, as Ford has not revealed the GT500’s Nurburgring time.

The unofficial timer in the video shows that the GT500 lapped the `Ring in less than 7:40. Of course, this time does not make it faster than the Z/28, but it certainly makes it faster than the Camaro ZL1 , which lapped the same ring in 7 minutes and 41 seconds.

We’re sure that Ford will soon make an announcement regarding this video, but until then, enjoy the video!

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Jaguar XF

We’ve known for quite some time now that Jaguar has been hard at work on the next-gen XF . Despite the knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had the chance to catch a mule of the new XF — basically a current XF with the new drivetrain and chassis underneath — testing. Our spy photographers managed to catch this powertrain and chassis mule somewhere outside the Jaguar test center at Nürburgring .

The next XF will offer some major updates over the current model. First and foremost, it will move to a modular, aluminum platform that Jag is calling the iQ(Al) — the same platform also sees use under the BMW 3 Series . This change will make the new XF a lot lighter than the current model, which will make it more nimble and improve its fuel economy.

Under the hood, the engine lineup will range from a brand-new four-cylinder engine to a powerful V-8. The new platform is optimized for all-wheel drive, so we expect to see more AWD Jaguars in the future.

The new XF is expected to be revealed as a concept in 2015 with the production car to arrive in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Jaguar XF.

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Audi TT

Just yesterday, the first 2015 Audi TT prototypes were caught just outside the Nurburgring, and today Audi engineers decided to take the car on the track and see how it behaves. Lucky for us, our spy photographers were nearby and managed to take some new shots of the next TT .

The next-generation Audi TT will be built on Volkswagen Group ’s new MQB platform that is also used on the new-generation Audi TT. Thanks to this platform, the new TT will be lighter and will deliver increased performance. Rumors also suggested that the new TT’s design language will take inspiration from the latest E-tron concepts, and will mark a return to the original TT.

As for the engine lineup, the 2015 TT will receive a new engine lineup that will include a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter, four-cylider engines.

The Coupe version of the new Audi TT will be unveiled sometime in 2014, while the roadster version to follow a few months later.

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Just a few hours after the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , the company announced it broke the world-record lap time on Nurburgring . With a lap time of 6:57, the 918 Spyder became the fastest road-going car, beating the previous record by 14 seconds.

The model that established the record was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and now the tire company has revealed a video (above) that offers us a closer look at the new Nurburgring record. The video also includes interviews from the car’s project manager Frank Walliser, Michelin’s Cornelis Ter Braakm and Walter Rohrl, and the driver responsible for the record, Marc Lieb.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. This system generates a total of 887 horsepower and helps the 918 Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.


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