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BMW 850i And M8 Roar During Track Testing 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, video on 11 17th, 2017


A pair of prototypes for the upcoming BMW 850i and M8 have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring. Of the duo, it is certainly the impending M8 that will leave BMW enthusiasts sweating and for good reason.

The car is expected to adopt the same running gear as the latest M5, meaning a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 hp and roughly 553 lb-ft of torque. Like the M5, the M8 should also receive an advanced all-wheel drive system with an option to turn the two-door into a tire-smoking, rear-wheel drive monster at the press of a button.

As for the second 8-Series prototype, it is reportedly the 850i but its identity is a little harder to verify. Nonetheless, it too should feature a V8 with forced-induction and somewhere in the region of 500 hp.

A reveal date for the 8-Series range, including the M8, can be expected for March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 17th, 2017


Taking a fast rear-wheel drive car to the track in slippery conditions might not always be a good idea, especially when talking about the Nurburgring, which has very little runoff space between the tarmac and its barriers.

This is probably one of the slowest and most unfortunate incidents you’ll see all year. The driver was clearly being careful with his speed, but was caught off-guard by the treacherous conditions upon exiting that right-hand corner.

Luckily, the M3 poked the barrier with little force, and as far as we can see, there wasn’t a lot of damage to the car. Still, after the repair bill comes in, it might be best to keep this 431 PS (425 HP) sports sedan away from cold and wet surfaces.

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Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 17th, 2017


Taking a fast rear-wheel drive car to the track in slippery conditions might not always be a good idea, especially when talking about the Nurburgring, which has very little runoff space between the tarmac and its barriers.

This is probably one of the slowest and most unfortunate incidents you’ll see all year. The driver was clearly being careful with his speed, but was caught off-guard by the treacherous conditions upon exiting that right-hand corner.

Luckily, the M3 poked the barrier with little force, and as far as we can see, there wasn’t a lot of damage to the car. Still, after the repair bill comes in, it might be best to keep this 431 PS (425 HP) sports sedan away from cold and wet surfaces.

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Rohrl Suggests Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Almost Too Fast For The ‘Ring 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 16th, 2017


Porsche development driver Walter Rohrl has suggested that the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is almost too fast for the Nurburgring.

During a recent interview with Drive, the rally legend said he requested not to be involved in the car’s lap record attempt, partially due to concerns about the risk of a high-speed crash.

“You have no room for mistakes, that’s the bad thing. On the speeds like in this car (GT2), you go Schwedenkreuz at 295km/h and Fuchsrohre at 270km/h, and I know all the accidents which have been on these places in the last 20 years.

“If you come to Fuchsrohre at 270, I always think one of the test drivers from Bridgestone, he broke the [wheel] rim…,” Rohrl said.

Rohrl cited the low downforce of most production cars as a reason why Nurburgring laps are becoming increasingly dangerous. The new GT2 RS has a respectable 416 kg of maximum downforce but compared to a racing car, that’s not much.

Despite the challenges presented by the circuit, Porsche’s head of motorsport and GT road cars development, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, said the German carmaker will continue pushing the limits of lap times at the circuit.

“Mankind developed all the time going faster. Why not keep the engineering challenge on? There’s no reason to stop the competition,” he said.

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Chevy Planning Sub-Seven Minute ‘Ring Lap With 2019 ZR1 15
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Corvette, Nurburgring, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Chevrolet’s 2019 Corvette ZR1 has finally arrived. However, no Nurburgring lap time for the car has been released. Don’t stress, it’s coming.

At the ZR1’s global debut at the Dubai Motor Show, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter told Road & Track that the automaker will attempt a flying lap next year in hopes of cracking the seven-minute barrier.

Although 2019 ZR1 prototypes have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring, they’ve never had a run at the production car lap record. In fact, Juecther revealed that Chevrolet only had a single day to set a flying lap during the German summer a few months ago. The firm opted to use the Camaro ZL1 1LE that day, as its development was more complete than the ZR1’s. It set a blistering 7:16.04 lap.

With all the advanced aero of the new ZR1, as well as its incredibly powerful 755 hp, supercharged V8, there’s no doubt it will be the fastest ever production Chevrolet around the circuit.

The previous-generation ZR1 set a best of 7:19.63 at the circuit in 2011 and beyond its power and aero improvements, the new ZR1 would benefit from Michelin’s sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. A sub-seven minute lap would also make it faster than the Dodge Viper ACR.

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Jaguar F-Pace SVR Gets Put Through Its Paces 14
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jaguar, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar Scoops, Jaguar Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, SUV, video on 11 14th, 2017


Eager to cash in on demand for its sleek F-Pace SUV, Jaguar is developing a performance-focused variant, expected to adopt the SVR badge.

Filmed during testing on a number of occasions throughout the past 12 months, the F-Pace SVR promises to scare rivals, including the Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

To do so, Jaguar Land Rover will install its familiar 5.0-liter supercharged V8, inevitably delivering over 500 hp and potentially as much as 550 hp. Such grunt should enable the SUV to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in roughly 4 seconds.

This particular prototype can be distinguished from others seen in the past as its hood has large air extractors and there’s a bespoke rear bumper and quad tailpipe setup. The V8 also sounds very familiar, although it doesn’t have all the cracks and pops provided by V8-powered F-Type models.

Expect to see the Jaguar F-Pace SVR in the first half of 2018.

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14 Cars Damaged In Crazy Chain Reaction Crash On The Nurburgring 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Accidents, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 13th, 2017


The Nürburgring has seen plenty of accidents over the years and a video recently uploaded to Facebook shows how quickly a minor incident can spiral out of control.

Road & Track reports the chain reaction crash occurred on November 1st when Porsche 911 GT3 RS blew a coolant line on the Hatzenbach section of the track.

As you can see in the video, the driver is rounding a corner when he suddenly sees smoke on the horizon. He pulls over to the side of the track and waits for a handful of cars to pass before exiting his vehicle. He then jumps the guard rail and attempts to warn oncoming cars about the danger.

This doesn’t exactly go as planned as the coolant has made the track pretty slick and a number of cars cannot stop in time. This is practically true of the Porsche 911 that slams into the car of the videographer. Unfortunately, the chaos doesn’t stop there as we can see and hear several other collisions involving an Audi TT and a BMW.

Bridge to Gantry notes 14 different vehicles were involved in the chain reaction crash and two divers had to be hospitalized with minor injuries.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R Chases Down Porsches On The ‘Ring 12
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Nurburgring, video on 11 12th, 2017


Even though the new Honda Civic Type R holds the front-wheel drive production car record at the Nurburgring, owners shouldn’t expect to match the car’s 7 min 43.8 sec lap just by jumping behind the wheel.

Nevertheless, French car magazine L’Argus recently took to the iconic German circuit and performed an extremely impressive lap, tackling the track’s most difficult sections with poise and control.

While we’ve yet to drive the new Type R, we’ve heard it is a significant improvement over the short-lived FK2-generation model, particularly because of its overhauled suspension system.

Thanks to the hot hatch’s balanced chassis and the absence of any torque steer, it looks right at home at ‘Green Hell’. In fact, the driver comfortably passes a Lotus Exige S, Porsche 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and a handful of Renault Sport models.

Powering the new Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine with 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a slick six-speed manual transmission.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 S Is The World’s Fastest Wagon On The ‘Ring At 7.45:19 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Nurburgring, Record, video on 11 10th, 2017


The family-friendly Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic+ became the fastest Estate car to ever lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife, recording a time of 7 min and 45.19 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz is among a select group of automakers that offer customers extremely fast wagons, able to fit the whole family, luggage plus the dog, while keeping up with just about any supercar out there.

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate is the very best Mercedes has to offer in this segment, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 putting down 612 PS (604 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. It’s so quick, it will get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds.

However, Sport Auto just proved that the E63 S Estate isn’t just fast in a straight line, setting a time of 7.45:19 seconds on the Nordschleife behind the wheel of this family-oriented E-Class, riding on factory tires.

Keep in mind that the E63 S Estate is heavier than its saloon counterpart, weighing just over 2 tonnes (4,400 lbs). So pretty much everything is impressive about this result, and seen as how this was an independent test, the car could actually be even quicker around the legendary circuit.

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New Toyota Supra Sounds Underwhelming In Latest Tests 8
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Scoops, Toyota Supra, Toyota Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017


If you’re a Toyota Supra enthusiast, you may want to block your ears for the video below. It is not encouraging.

Late last week, a prototype for the next-generation Supra was filmed accelerating near the streets of the Nurburgring sounding bland and no more exciting than a Toyota Camry or 86.

Later filmed at the German circuit itself, this prototype was even drowned out by the turbo four-cylinder of the Porsche 718 Cayman it was following. If you were hoping the new Supra would come with an engine as exciting as the famed 2JZ, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

According to our sources, not all hope is lost. While a four-cylinder engine with approximately 248 hp will be the most affordable powertrain option for the sports car, a 335 hp six-cylinder should also be made available to customers in the United States. If Toyota takes its duties seriously in developing a replacement to the fourth-gen Supra, it better ensure the inline-six version sounds much better than this prototype.

It remains to be seen when the new Supra will launch but a debut in the first half of 2018 is probable.

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Toyota Wants To Chase FWD ‘Ring Record With Modified C-HR 5
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota C-HR on 11 5th, 2017


Toyota’s customized C-HR on display at SEMA isn’t all show and no go. In fact, the tuning company behind the ‘world’s fastest CUV’ believes it could set a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring.

Built by Dan Gardner Spec and commissioned by Toyota, the bespoke C-HR is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 591 hp. Mated to that powerplant is a five-speed manual transmission and around Willow Springs, the car is reportedly quicker than a McLaren 650S Spider, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and a Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Discussing the crazy project with Autocar, Dan Gardner said he wanted to make a supercar killer with the bespoke C-HR and would love to take it to Germany.

“The car was built for SEMA and Toyota has no plans for it from now on. But it’s the real deal. Personally, it would be a dream to take it to the Nordschleife. I have no doubt it could set the front-wheel-drive record there,” he said.

As it stands, the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring is the Honda Civic Type R with a blistering 7 minutes and 43.8 second lap, achieved with a 316 hp 2.0-liter VTEC engine.

While the C-HR from SEMA has almost double the power, seamlessly sending that power to the front wheels at a track as treacherous as the Nurburgring wouldn’t be easy.

Nevertheless, we’d love to see Dan Gardner Spec try, especially if it had the backing of Toyota.

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Toyota Wants To Chase FWD ‘Ring Record With Modified C-HR 5
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, Reports, SEMA, SEMA show, TOYOTA, Toyota C-HR on 11 5th, 2017


Toyota’s customized C-HR on display at SEMA isn’t all show and no go. In fact, the tuning company behind the ‘world’s fastest CUV’ believes it could set a new front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring.

Built by Dan Gardner Spec and commissioned by Toyota, the bespoke C-HR is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering a total of 591 hp. Mated to that powerplant is a five-speed manual transmission and around Willow Springs, the car is reportedly quicker than a McLaren 650S Spider, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and a Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Discussing the crazy project with Autocar, Dan Gardner said he wanted to make a supercar killer with the bespoke C-HR and would love to take it to Germany.

“The car was built for SEMA and Toyota has no plans for it from now on. But it’s the real deal. Personally, it would be a dream to take it to the Nordschleife. I have no doubt it could set the front-wheel-drive record there,” he said.

As it stands, the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nurburgring is the Honda Civic Type R with a blistering 7 minutes and 43.8 second lap, achieved with a 316 hp 2.0-liter VTEC engine.

While the C-HR from SEMA has almost double the power, seamlessly sending that power to the front wheels at a track as treacherous as the Nurburgring wouldn’t be easy.

Nevertheless, we’d love to see Dan Gardner Spec try, especially if it had the backing of Toyota.

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Mercedes-AMG Continues To Test Mystery GT R Mule On The ‘Ring 4
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Scoops, Mercedes Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, video on 11 4th, 2017


Mercedes-AMG continues to test a mysterious GT R at the Nurburgring, widely believed to be an early Black Series prototype.

This AMG GT R, with the license plate ‘S GT 585’ has been filmed at the German circuit numerous times in the last couple of months and looks like any other GT R, except for a small strip of camouflage on the rear decklid.

If this prototype is indeed the upcoming AMG GT R Black Series it will have a lot to live up to and face stiff competition at the Nurburgring.

The ‘regular’ model has already lapped the circuit in a blistering 7 min 10.92 seconds and the brand will probably be chasing after a time closer to 7-minutes flat for the Black Series. To achieve this gain in performance, power from the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 can be expected to rise to over 600 hp.

Additionally, the finished GT R Black Series will inevitably receive some aerodynamic tweaks not featured on this prototype, all designed at increasing downforce and taking the sports car to an all-new level.

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New BMW M8’s Interior Spied For The First Time 3
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 11 3rd, 2017


Whether we’re talking about the regular 8-Series or the M8, this marks the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse of the interior as the car begins to near production.

While the overall cabin design is still very much an unknown, we can see the seats, the steering wheel and the center console (partly), which does indeed appear to have the same configuration of buttons and switches we saw on the 8-Series Concept, although a bit less extravagant.

The steering wheel is pretty similar to that of a 7-Series, but that could very well change once it’s all said and done. Also, the gauge cluster cover does resemble what we saw on the concept, clearly a positive.

The M8 remains extremely well camouflaged. We can tell it’s got the bigger intakes, quad exhaust system, bigger brakes and so on, although it’s not wearing its production headlights, which we already saw two months ago on a regular 8-Series prototype.

As for performance, we can expect plenty of muscle from its 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8, with around 600 HP and over 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) having their say under acceleration.

BMW’s all-new 8-Series range, which includes both the M8 and M8 Convertible, will arrive in showrooms sometime next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Lamborghini Urus Does The Rounds At The Nurburgring 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Scoops, Lamborghini Urus, Lamborghini Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, SUV, video on 11 3rd, 2017


Prior to the Lamborghini Urus debuting on December 4, a disguised prototype has been filmed undergoing tests at the Nurburgring.

As with other recent prototypes, the camoflage of this test car isn’t much more than a wrap, therefore offering us a decent look at some of the SUV’s key design elements.

As long expected, the design of the prototype model closely resembles the five-year-old concept but does include some changes, namely a revised front bumper, a slightly bulkier rear end, and new tailpipes.

Of more importance than the styling, however, is the sound of the Urus. Whereas both the Aventador and Huracan feature high-revving, naturally-aspirated engines, the Urus has a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. We know this engine will provide remarkable levels of horsepower and torque but, unfortunately, it doesn’t sound great. In fact, there’s a number of four-cylinder engines on the market which sound better.

Either way, we know the Urus will be fast and attempt to set a new SUV lap record at the Nurburgring.

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