Extraordinary things happen on the Nürburgring every day, but on May 15, something truly special is happening. For the first time ever, the FIA World Touring Car Championship will race on the Nürburgring in full 15.5-mile VLN configuration, which combines the GP circuit and Nordschleife. This incredible video of Sébastian Loeb hustling his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC around the ‘Ring during a practice session shows just how fast these front-wheel-drive WTCC machines are in the hands of drivers like Loeb, Yvan Muller and Nürburgring regular Sabine Schmidt.

How fast? Series points leader José María López, also in a Citroën, topped the time sheets with an incredible lap of just 8 minutes 41 seconds at a pre-race practice session, only about 20 seconds of the pace of the GT3 monsters that compete in the Nürburgring 24 hour race and VLN series. Seriously impressive stuff, considering WTCC cars put down around 380 turbocharged horsepower through the just the front wheels.
This is some hair-raising footage.

Citroen C-Elysee WTCC

2014 Citroen C-Elysee WTCC High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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