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What Makes The Nürburgring Race Track So Dangerous?

What Makes The Nürburgring Race Track So Dangerous?

The three main reasons why Nürburgring’s Nordschleife is so dangerous

If you are an automotive enthusiast, there is a good chance you have, at least, heard of the Nürburgring racetrack. Located near the village of Nürburg, in Germany, the famous racetrack is home to many carmakers’ test facilities and serves as the ultimate proving ground for new vehicles. The challenging racetrack is also a favorite place of pilgrimage for many enthusiasts, who want to hone their skills. However, tackling the Nürburgring is no easy task, as the track is notoriously dangerous, for more than one reason.

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Racing Legend Bob Bondurant Passes Away At Age 88

Racing Legend Bob Bondurant Passes Away At Age 88

The American Racing Icon competed in several formats including F1 and his legacy in International Motorsports will live on forever

Bob Bondurant who left an indelible legacy in American and international motorsport, died last weekend on, Friday in Paradise Valley, Arizona, at the age of 88.

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Toyota Boss Shoots For Porsche's Overall Nürburgring-Nordschleife Record

Toyota Boss Shoots For Porsche’s Overall Nürburgring-Nordschleife Record

Rob Leupen, Toyota’s LMP1 Team Boss, reckons an unrestricted TS050 could smash the 919 Evo’s record of 5:19.55

Toyota and Porsche did battle in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship between 2014 and 2017 when Porsche abruptly decided to pull the plug on its LMP1 program as the whole VAG Group was looking at ways to reduce costs post-Dieselgate. Shortly thereafter, Porsche unveiled the 919 Evo, an unrestricted version of the company’s Le Mans-winning car that went on to better Porsche’s very own record around the Northern Loop of the Nürburgring circuit. Now, Porsche’s old rival, who’s still in the FIA WEC and has won Le Mans two times on the trot already reckons it could better the 919 Evo’s record around the Nordschleife through the voice of Rob Leupen, the LMP1 Team Boss. The sad part is that Toyota isn’t committing to a record attempt just yet.

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Days At The Races, The 2019 Edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours Proves You Need Luck To Win A Race On The "Green Hell"

Days At The Races, The 2019 Edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours Proves You Need Luck To Win A Race On The "Green Hell"

On Saturday, Audi acknowledged their cars were only the third fastest but an R8 LMS GT3 went on to win and it didn’t even rain

The Nurburgring-Nordschleife road course that sits hidden in the thick forest of the Eiffel Mountains in Germany is an automotive enthusiast’s heaven, and we were there to report from the 2019 Nurburgring 24 Hours race, the most important motorsport event that takes place annually on the old host of the German Grand Prix. The positives? Everything. The negatives? Only one: that the 2020 edition of the race is 12 months away.

When I started covering sports car endurance racing, some six years ago, I quickly established in my head that there are endurance races and there are endurance races. In the latter category, I’ve put the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours, the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours, the Bathurst 12 Hours, and the Nurburgring 24 Hours - all for obvious reasons. As a result, all of these events found their way to my bucket list and, now, I’ve ticked one of them, and I’m here to tell you what’s like to experience this twice-around-the-clock race for the first time - both from behind and in front of the fences.

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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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