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Porsche's GT2 RS MR is the fastest road-legal car around the Nordschleife

Porsche’s GT2 RS MR is the fastest road-legal car around the Nordschleife

Porsche has taken back the fastest lap record from Lamborghini

It’s been too long since we last discussed the matter of Nurburgring records. This time, it’s big. Porsche claims to have re-taken the outright lap record for a production car on the fabled track located in the Eifel mountains. A GT2 RS prepared for the challenge by Manthey Racing is now the car to beat.

Porsche is crazy about records, as you might’ve noticed. They built a special 919 Hybrid prototype, known as the 919 Evo, just to showcase their engineering prowess, and to smash the then-lap record at the Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix track and the all-time Nordschleife lap record. Now, they’ve returned to the ’Green Hell’ to claim the fastest time for a production car, which had been in the hands of Lamborghini since earlier this year.

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Video of the Day: Watch Laurens Vanthoor drive the Porsche 911 GT3 R to a Record Lap During the Nurburgring 24 Hours

Video of the Day: Watch Laurens Vanthoor drive the Porsche 911 GT3 R to a Record Lap During the Nurburgring 24 Hours

It’s fast, oh so fast

Being fast doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a win at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, but it could guarantee you a record-breaking lap. That’s exactly what happened to Laurens Vanthoor, who drove his No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R around the Nurburgring track in just 8:09.10. Eventually, Vanthoor went on to crash, so there was no chance for him to win the race, but at least he still made his way into the history books before that happened. The best part is that we have the in-car footage of his record-breaking lap. Check it out for yourself below!

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2018 ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring - Race Report

2018 ADAC 24 Hours of Nurburgring - Race Report

Porsche scores dramatic win against Mercedes-AMG

Looking down the packed start/finish stretch of the Nurburgring GP Track on Saturday afternoon, the sunbathing each and every one of the thousands present, you wouldn’t have thought that a deluge was just around the corner. But unpredictability is the name of the game up in the Eiffel Mountains for the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and it was the same this time around.

Every year since 1970, thousands upon thousands of racing fans line the mythical Northern Loop of the Nurburgring race track in Germany to attend one of the most grueling 24-hour-long races of them all. It involves the longest permanent road course in the world, the largest array of machinery, and the largest grid plus the always-enthralling weather that’s got enough curveballs for the race weekend to fill an entire F1 season.

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

It’s not the fastest production car around the track, but it is now the fastest SUV

Much of the attention and praise has been heaped down on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS for destroying the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. For those who still don’t know, the 911 GT2 RS clocked in a scintillating lap time of 6:47.3, destroying the previous lap time record of 6:52.01 set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The Porsche certainly deserves a lot of credit for being almost five seconds faster than the Huracan Performante, but it wasn’t the only car that set a Nurburgring lap time record. In the SUV segment, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also shot itself to the top of the record books with a lap time of 7:51.7, becoming the fastest ever production SUV to navigate the 12-mile Nordschleife section of the ‘Ring.

While it may not be as impressive as the 911 GT2 RS’ lap time, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was just as dominant in its run, posting a time that’s eight seconds faster than the previous record-holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which posted a fastest lap of 7:59.74 back in January 2013. To put the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time in perspective, the SUV posted a faster lap time than a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a 2014 BMW M4, both of which clocked in similar lap times of 7:52. As impressive as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time is, the real big winner here is Alfa Romeo, which now has two Nurburgring world records under its belt. Alfa boss Reid Bigland said as much when he said: “We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

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Is There A New King Of The 'Ring?

Is There A New King Of The ’Ring?

Rumor has it that a certain Porsche went under seven minutes at the Nürburgring

When you’re a car that holds the distinction of being the most powerful Porsche 911 ever built, there is an inherent pressure that comes with trying to live up to the claim. The new 911 GT2 RS knows this all too well because it is the most powerful 911 ever created. It has 690 horsepower on tap. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. And it has a top speed that can break 200 mph. All these numbers are rightfully impressive, but how do they help justify the GT2 RS’ billing? Bring it to the Nürburgring.

A fresh report from Bridge to Gantry confirmed the 911 GT2 RS did put in a few laps around the track recently. More importantly, though, the same source is reporting that the most powerful 911 actually did more than just go a few laps around the famous race track; it actually posted a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nordschleife. Granted, there’s no confirmation from Porsche or any other source that the 911 GT2 RS actually did this, but Bridge to Gantry believes that the sports car accomplished this, even going so far as to show two separate photos of the car on the same turn (Turn 13) with less than seven minutes between them, as shown by timestamps on both photos. So did the Porsche 911 GT2 RS really blitz the Nordschleife in scintillating fashion, or is there more to these claims than meets the eye? The evidence does look circumstantial at best, but still, I wouldn’t put it past the 911 GT2 RS to do it. After all, it is the same model that hit 209 mph at the ‘Ring last July.

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Goes Sub-7 Minutes At The ‘Ring: Video

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Goes Sub-7 Minutes At The ‘Ring: Video

Six-star speed at full throttle

While some have protested that a fast Nurburgring lap time is inconsequential in the grand scope of performance standards, it remains more or less the benchmark. And for good reason – with a mix of high-speed and low-speed corners, huge elevation changes, and plenty of opportunities to get it completely wrong, the Nurburgring is one of the most technically challenging and dangerous race tracks in the world. But that didn’t stop Subaru from building a race-ready WRX STI specifically for domination at this iconic track, and now, we’ve got some onboard footage of its record breaking run from the driver’s perspective, complete with data.

Subaru announced that it broke the ‘Ring record for sedans a few months back, besting the previous record set by the Porsche Panamera Turbo by a whopping 41 seconds. However, this is no ordinary STI – as you can see in the video, the interior is completely gutted with just a single race bucket, digital gauges, and a roll cage in place to keep it safe. Making the go is 2.0-liter turbo boxer four-cylinder at full WRC-spec, pumping out in excess of 600 horsepower. So it’s not exactly production status, but either way, watching this thing attack the ‘Ring from the hot seat is a delight all the same.

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Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video

Dodge Viper ACR Almost Breaks Seven Minutes At The Nürburgring: Video

7:01.3 lap time is still worthy of a standing ovation

It may not have succeeded in reclaiming the Nürburgring production car lap record from the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, but finally, the Dodge Viper got the proper send-off it so richly deserves, all thanks to the passion and determination of the Viper Owners Association. Relentless in their pursuit of Nürburgring glory, members of the group continued to bang in laps around the Nürburgring in an effort to unseat the Huracán Performante’s record lap time of 6:52.01. It failed to even get close, but that shouldn’t take away from the accomplishment of squeezing in a lap time of 7:01.3 around the 12.9-mile lap.

Yep. Against all odds, drivers Dominik and Mario Farnbacher and all the people involved in the endeavor managed to improve on its previous fastest lap of 7:03.23, coming a second over actually breaking the seven-minute barrier. The achievement is made even more impressive by the fact that these Viper owners had little to no help from Dodge or FCA to bring the Viper ACR to the famed German track. The collective relied on a fund-raising effort and a few sponsors to even come this far in their quest and while they did fall short of their ultimate goal (the Huracan was still nine seconds faster around the track) they have nothing to be ashamed about.

They did what FCA and Dodge should’ve done in the first place. They gave the Viper a proper tribute and had they not crashed out, who knows if they could’ve really broken that all-too precious seven-minute barrier. It doesn’t matter now, nor should it because the Viper Owners Association represented the Viper about as well as they could. Well done, guys.

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Crowdfunded Nürburgring Run Is A Fitting Send-Off For The Dodge Viper

Crowdfunded Nürburgring Run Is A Fitting Send-Off For The Dodge Viper

Donations helped make the Viper’s return to the ’Ring possible

Leave it to people power to get something done that an automaker of Dodge’s status wasn’t able to do. Most of you will probably remember a few months ago, a group of Dodge Viper enthusiasts started pooling their resources together to accomplish one goal: send the fifth-generation Dodge Viper to the Nürburgring to attempt a lap run. I didn’t think that it could happen, but I’m happy to have been proven wrong. The crowdfunding movement actually worked and a bone-stock Viper ACR found its way to the famed German race track. More importantly, it was able to set a lap time of 7:03.45, almost nine seconds quicker than the 7:12.13 lap time set by its predecessor back in 2011.

It’s true that the current-generation Viper ACR’s lap time is still a long ways away from the current production car lap record of 6:52.01 held by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante. But just because it’s still over 10 seconds away from the record, it doesn’t mean that the Viper ACR’s time at the ‘Ring was a complete waste. In fact, the lap time set by the American sports car placed it sixth-fastest of all time among production cars, faster than the Nismo-prepped Nissan GT-R, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, and the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06. More importantly, driver Dominik Farnbacher and the team behind the attempt will make a go at the track a few more times this week with the goal of besting the lap times of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce. Looks like the Dodge Viper ACR’s quest for Nürburgring glory isn’t done just yet.

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Is Now The Fastest Four-Door Sedan Around The Nürburgring

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special Is Now The Fastest Four-Door Sedan Around The Nürburgring

Race-version of the WRX STI Type RA owned the ’RIng

When Subaru revealed the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special back in June 2017, it brought a lot of attention back to the Japanese automaker’s resident performance crown jewel, the WRX STI. Not that it needed to because we all know what the WRX STI is capable of. Still, the Type RA NBR Special isn’t a standard race car even in the traditional sense. It’s capable of a lot more and it proved as much when it lapped the Nordschleife track at the Nürburgring in a staggering 6:57.5 minutes.

Not only did the 600-horsepower sedan racer go under the seven-minute barrier, it did so quite handily, turning in a time that easily eclipsed the previous lap time record held by the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio, which posted a lap time of 7:32 in the same course last year. For comparison’s sake, the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special’s pace is almost equivalent to the lap time posted by the Porsche 918 Spyder. The record-breaking lap time will probably not stick in the record books for the simple reason that the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special isn’t a production model the way the Giulia Quadrifoglio is, but let it be said that when talking about the fastest four-door sedan to ever lap the 12.9-mile Nordschleife track at the Green Hell, the Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special just made the Giulia Quarifoglio look like a tortoise.

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2017 24 Hours of Nurburgring

2017 24 Hours of Nurburgring

Audi wins, BMW takes second place

The Nordschleife remains the daunting challenge it has always been and last weekend’s 45th edition of the 24-hour-long race held on the world’s longest permanent race track underlined yet again the track’s infamous reputation. It was again a race between the Germans but with as dramatic a twist as they get – although it wouldn’t seem that way if you just read the results.

Sharing the weekend with Formula 1’s crown jewel, the Monaco Grand Prix, and one of the most amazing – if not the most amazing race in the world – the Indianapolis 500 means you will most obviously be outshined. But the Nurburgring 24 Hours is not just another endurance race and the 100+ entry list, amount of factory effort, 200,000+ fans that gather annually tend to prove it. But let’s delve even deeper and look at what the twice-around-the-clock race that takes drivers around the Eiffel Mountains had to offer.

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The Nurburgring's Production Car Lap Record Has Fallen Yet Again

The Nurburgring’s Production Car Lap Record Has Fallen Yet Again

All hail the McLaren P1 LM as the new King of the ’Ring!

The NIO EP9’s reign as the fastest production car in the Nurburgring is over. You might even say that it ended before it even began because in just a matter of weeks, the EP9 went from record-holder to runner-up. All thanks to Lanzante Motorsport and a tweaked version of the McLaren P1 LM. Yep, the super exclusive, track-prepped hypercar is now the new King of the ‘Ring after posting a lap time of 6:43.2, beating out the EP9’s reported time of 6:45.9 by almost three seconds. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough on its own merit, consider then that the same P1 LM left the track after posting the record lap time and drove all the way back to the United Kingdom like the boss that it is.

Proof of the hypercar’s blistering run around the Nordschleife can even be seen in its entirety courtesy of a video prepared by McLaren. If there was ever any shroud of doubt about the legitimacy of the lap time, this video should serve as proof that the P1 LM’s record lap time was all real. It’s not that hard to imagine the car taking the record for itself. After all, it is powered by a bigger 4.0-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine — the “regular” P1 only has a 3.8-liter mill - that works in concert with an electric motor to produce a combined 1,000 horsepower. It’s also 132 pounds lighter than the P1 GTR, making it far more agile in the kind of racing environment the Nurburgring provides. So there you have it, folks. The McLaren P1 LM now reigns supreme at the Nurburgring, at least until another car beats its lap time.

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There's A New King Of The Nürburgring And It's Not Who You Think

There’s A New King Of The Nürburgring And It’s Not Who You Think

How about we get some proof that the EV supercar actually posted this lap time?

Setting the production car lap time record at the Nürburgring is a tremendous achievement for any automaker. Many of them take it very seriously. And for what it’s worth, it also makes for great debate among car enthusiasts. Get ready then for some heated discussion in the coming days because an unlikely supercar has reportedly set the production car lap record around the ‘Ring with a blistering time of 6:45.9. The car in question? The NIO EP9 electric supercar.

Yes, the neophyte electric supercar from Chinese automaker NextEV is now the supposed King of the ‘Ring. Not only did its lap time lay waste to the equally debated 6:52.01 lap time of the Lamborghini Huracán Performante, it’s also a little over two seconds faster than the 6:48 lap time set by the Radical SR8LM back in 2009. To be clear, NextEV hasn’t released a video of the NIO EP9’s record-setting lap time so like everything else that largely relies on actual proof to validate its claim, it might be important to take this record with a grain of salt until NextEV has the evidence to really stake its claim as the new production car lap time record-holder at the Nürburgring. For what it’s worth though, the NIO EP9 did set the EV lap record at the same track back in November 2016 when it posted a lap time of 7:05.12. Clocking in a lap time that’s 19 seconds faster than its previous time is beyond impressive. Now, all we need is the proof that it actually did it.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Is 12.3 Seconds Faster Than Its Predecessor On the Nurburgring

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Is 12.3 Seconds Faster Than Its Predecessor On the Nurburgring

Second-quickest Porsche on the German track

The previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3 became famous for many things, and one of them was its blistering quick Nurburgring lap. But sports cars have a come a long way since 2011, and the 911 that once was among the fastest vehicles around the "Green Hell" is far from impressive six years later. But come 2017 and Porsche upgraded the GT3’s "Ring lap with the latest iteration of the coupe, and it’s as impressive as they get.

Updated to 991.2 specs, the new 911 GT3 gained better aerodynamics, 25 horsepower, and 15 pound-feet of torque. As a result, Porsche was able to improve the nameplate’s Nurburgring time quite dramatically, shaving no fewer than 12.3 seconds off the previous GT3’s benchmark. Specifically, the track-ready 911 lapped the "Green Hell" in seven minutes and 12.7 seconds, which makes it the second-fastest Porsche on the track after the 918 Spyder supercar.

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Should Automakers Put So Much Stock On The Nurburgring Lap Record?

Should Automakers Put So Much Stock On The Nurburgring Lap Record?

It’s not just about fast lap times, people

The Nurburgring lap time record has been in the headlines recently now that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante has officially set the lap record around the track with a lap time of 6:52.01. That said, the achievement didn’t come without any controversy as a handful of people questioned the legitimacy of the lap record, which prompted a response from Lamborghini itself. This exchange leads me to this question: should automakers really put that much importance on the Nurburgring lap record?

There’s no doubt that it’s a tricky question to answer, in large part because a lot of the cars that make a run at the record are of the power and performance persuasions. Being the fastest around the Green Hell is proof of the car’s capabilities and, in some cases, it becomes a huge selling point in trying to literally sell the car to the consumers. Heck, even James Glickenhaus has gone out and proposed an actual competition to determine which car really is the fastest around the track, presumably doing so on claims that his new SCG 003S track car can lap the world famous track in just 6:30 and change. On these counts, the importance of the Nurburgring lap record is self-evident.

But are automakers putting too much importance on it and sacrificing other things about their cars just so these cars can claim to being the fastest around the track?

I can tell you personally that there are longer stretches of roads where these cars drive on when they’re not in the Nurburgring, so in those cases where power and performance take a back seat to handling and comfort, that Nurburgring lap time does not matter. And, for all the pomp and circumstance attributed to these record laps, automakers should be just as wary about making sure that these cars are as fun to drive on public roads.

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Two People Killed and Three Injured in Horrific Crash at Nurburgring

Two People Killed and Three Injured in Horrific Crash at Nurburgring

Sadly, the passenger didn’t even have a helmet

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Throughout the year, the Nurburgring has what is called touristenfahrten, which loosely translates to “tourist rides.” Basically, when there is nothing going on at the ‘Ring, the general public can apply and purchase tickets to drive their own vehicle on the Green Hell. Pricing ranges from 1 lap or 15 minutes for €29 (about $38) to 25 laps at 15 minutes per lap for €550 Euro or about $605. It sounds like a fun adventure and all – I would love to take a few laps in my 1993 Acura Legend myself – but this last weekend something went horribly wrong for one couple in what appears to be an early ‘90s Honda Civic Hatchback.

According to SWR Fernsehen, the car you see in the image above was occupied by a man and his girlfriend. As the driver came into a curve in the Kesselchen section of the track, his excessive speed combined with the wet roads, caused him to lose control of the car, sending it skidding sideways into a safety car that was tending to another accident. The driver and passenger of the Honda Civic were killed (assumingly on impact) while the two track marshals tending to the other accident were injured. A nearby tourist is reportedly suffering from shock but, like the track marshals, is expected to be okay.

Upon investigation of this story, I was able to find another image of the red Civic prior to the accident (not shown here.) Sadly, the driver’s girlfriend wasn’t even wearing a helmet. There was a warning light to advise those on the track to lower their speed in light of the accident that had already taken place, but the driver either didn’t see it or failed to heed the warning.

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Throwback: Epic Lap Around the Nürburgring by Sabine Schmitz

Throwback: Epic Lap Around the Nürburgring by Sabine Schmitz

Must watch in-car footage of Sabine in her Porsche 911 GT3 R from 2014

The Porsche 911 GT3 R is a wicked machine. In 2014, the car ran with a 4.0-liter flat-six that pumped out 500 horsepower, which is enough for it to hit the 60-mph threshold in just 3.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 195 mph. Take a car like this and put Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel and you’ve got one hell of a combination. Case in point: this in-car footage from 2014 with Schmitz doing what she does best.

First off, let’s just say that Schmitz is a damn good driver. And, to be honest, she’s made a few moves on the track that could make a risk-taker like myself shudder just a bit. In the video I present to you here, Schmitz makes one hell of a lap in her 911 GT3 R on the Nürburgring. This is one of those videos that I can’t really ruin because it’s so good to watch, but I won’t say too much else about it. I will say, however, that this girl is passing folks on the ‘ring like racing is going out of style. It’s a great throwback from a few years ago and an absolute blast to watch. And who doesn’t love in-car footage, right? With that said, click play and enjoy the video!

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Mercedes Secures Legendary 1-2-3-4 Win At Nürburgring 24 Hours; Weather Strands 69 Cars Early On

Mercedes Secures Legendary 1-2-3-4 Win At Nürburgring 24 Hours; Weather Strands 69 Cars Early On

Mercedes celebrates an amazing win while others learn how fast weather conditions can change

This last weekend saw the 24 Nürburgring 24-Hour race for 2016, and boy was it one for the history books. The biggest highlight was, of course, Mercedes’ legendary 1-2-3-4 win, but the race also yielded the closest finish in the 44-year history of the race. In the end, Mercedes car No. 4 – driven by Bernd Schneider, Maro Engel, Adam Christodoulou, and Manuel Metzger – took first place, completing 134 laps in just over 24 hours. Right on No. 4’s rear bumper was No. 29, driven by Christian Vietoris, Marco Seefried, Christian Hohenadel, and Renger van der Zande, finishing just 5.697 seconds afterward.

Mercedes car No. 88, which was driven by UWE Alzen, Lance David Arnold, Maximilian Gotz, and Jan Seyffarth came in third, just one lap behind No. 4 and No. 29. The fourth Mercedes car, No. 9, was driven by Hubert Haupt, Yelmer Buurman, Maro Engel, and Dirk Muller and was also just one lap behind No. 4 and No. 29. BMW claimed a fifth place finish with its No. 23 car and Mercedes also placed sixth with its No. 75 car, finishing three laps after the No. 4 car.

It was a rough battle for first place in the last lap, as at the last second, Engel pulled a risky but effect move and passed Christian Vietoris to claim the first-place spot. Of course, Vietoris and HTP Motorsport filed a protest against Engel’s finishing move, but Race Director, Walter Hornung, declared there was no need for an investigation. This wasn’t all the drama that occurred, however, as weather definitely posed a major problem during the race as well. Keep reading to see what happened and to hear more about that.

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Driving Around The Nürburgring In The Snow Is Trickier Than It Looks: Video

Driving Around The Nürburgring In The Snow Is Trickier Than It Looks: Video

Lots of unintended wobbles and spins in this video

For those who haven’t had the chance to drive in snow, it can get really tricky if you’re not used it. Take it from somebody who’s spun out a few times in the stuff. However, I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to drive on a racetrack in the snow, especially if that racetrack is the Nürburgring.

To be fair, a lot of the drivers in this compilation video from the recently held Nordschleife tourist rides seem to be doing good jobs at it. Some actually look like pros navigating their cars around the slippery track. But then there are those that end up losing control of their cars similar to what I’d probably be doing if I were behind the wheel. It really doesn’t take a lot to get the cars to wobble considering how slippery the track is. Some of the cars did end up in that precarious situation but most of them managed to regain control of their cars quickly.

If anything, this video paints a pretty clear picture on how difficult it is to be drive at high speeds when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating. I get the excitement of doing it, but if it were up to me, I’d leave my car in the garage, even if it comes at the cost of what looks to be a fun event.

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Nürburgring Removes Speed Limits At Nordschleife

Nürburgring Removes Speed Limits At Nordschleife

New safety structures and resurfaced sections lead to lifted speed limits

Last year, during the VLN endurance race at the Nürburgring, a spectator was killed after the No. 23 Nissan GT-R GT3 went airborne at the Flugplatz portion of the track. This accident resulted in a speed limit being applied to the track for safety reason. Initially, the speed limits were only applied race cars, but it didn’t take long for the speed limits to be enforced against manufacturers too, ending all record lap attempts at the circuit.

As early as August of last year we learned that the speed limit would be removed for the 2016 season, but it wasn’t exactly a simple feat. To lift the speed limits, 1,500 feet worth of track has been completely resurfaced to remove bumps, new metallic fences have been installed, and a spectator-free zone has been implemented in the Schwedenkreuz section. The necessary work was completed, and the track was inspected by FIA and DMSB officials earlier this month.

The new safety measures passed with flying colors and track operator – Capricorn Nürburgring GmbH – has received new track licensing from the FIA and DMSB. The license from the FIA is a Grade 3 license and is good for three years while the BMSB license for national events is good for one year. The most important part, however, is that the track is now able to lift the speed limits on the track.

Manfred Strack, the Head of Event Management for the Nürburgring, said, “With these safety measures and the two new licenses we have created the prerequisites for an exciting racing season that will hopefully see no accidents, and we are glad that the speed limits are finally a thing of the past.”

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Nurburgring Debuts New Layout For 2016 Racing Season

Nurburgring Debuts New Layout For 2016 Racing Season

More track and safety upgrades are expected to take place over the next three years

Changes to a race track’s layout are a common occurrence and it can happen for a variety of reasons. This happens to tracks of all shapes and sizes and the Nurburgring, arguably most famous race track in the world, is not exempt from it. It’s worth noting that the changes made to the ‘Ring were prompted by a horrific accident on the Nordschleife portion of the track during a VLN Endurance Championship race back in March 2015.

Officials of the race circuit released the full details of seven planned modifications for the track back in November 2015. Of those seven, only one was geared towards improving the track conditions, although the decision to drop the speed limit in certain sections of the track can also be tied into this. That change mainly involved smoothing out bumps along the Quiddelbacher Höhe and Flugplatz sections of the track. The other six improvements were made in the interest of beefing up fan safety. Most of these involve new safety fences, extended roads, and the creation of a restriction zone that will be closed to spectators.

Most of the upgrades have been completed, and ‘Ring aficionado and amateur racer “xthilox” took to the circuit to test out the improvements made on the track. If you’re familiar with the old layout of the Nurburgring, you’ll notice how the Leon Cupra DSG that was being used in the video managed to go through the Quiddelbacher and Flugplatz sections at greater speeds than before. The smoothing out of these sections also means the possibility that we won’t be seeing cars getting some air anymore. It might take away from the spectacle and mystique of the track, but from a safety standpoint, it was deemed important enough to warrant the modifications.

For now, these are the changes that have been made to the Nurburgring in time for the 2016 racing season. More upgrades are expected to be done as part of a three-stage plan that lasts through 2019. The thing is, neither the track’s owners, nor the FIA, have publicly announced what those changes are going to be.

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Top 10 Hardest Crashes on Nürburgring: Video

Top 10 Hardest Crashes on Nürburgring: Video

It may be the middle of winter, but odds are you remember the speed limits put in place at the ‘Ring over the summer. Implemented in response to a fatal accident during the VLN Endurance Championship, the restrictions were yet another reminder of just how dangerous the Nurburgring can be. High speeds, blind corners, and virtually zero run-off make this iconic track one of the most demanding circuits in the world, but year after year, experts and novices alike take up the challenge – with varying levels of success. As you can guess, this video highlights when things go wrong.

Luckily, no one was seriously hurt in the crashes you’ll see in this video, which is a miracle considering the force behind some of the impacts. Most of the crashes appear to be during events open to the public (unsurprising given the number of cars on track and variable speeds), but there are a few off-road excursions from the pros thrown in as well.

Each crash was filmed from a trackside perspective, giving you full view of the flying parts and twisted aftermath. Expect four and a half minutes of heart-stopping moments and slow-motion automotive destruction replays.

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Nurburgring To Lift Speed Limits

Nurburgring To Lift Speed Limits

A few months ago, an accident during the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring led to the death of a spectator. This is the sort of thing that motorsports organizations have made big advances in preventing, and officials at the ’Ring took immediate steps to keep it from happening again. That meant, among other things, the implementing of a speed limit until all factors that might affect safety on the course could be evaluated. That has now been done, and it was announced that Nurburgring officials now have a plan to lift the limit once the new safety measures are in place.

The bulk of the changes are to focus on spectator safety, which certainly makes sense given what motivated these changes. This will mostly mean new fences and guardrails, in accordance with FIA regulations governing such things. There will also be a section of the track that will be resurfaced; about 500 meters of particularly bumpy surface resulting from extensive wear. The fences and guardrails will theoretically better protect spectators in the even of a crash, but the resurfacing will hopefully keep the accidents from happening in the first place, which would ultimately be far preferable.
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