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Lexus Suits Up Widebody LC 500 For The 24h Of Nürburgring 12
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Gazoo, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Nurburgring, racing, TOYOTA on 01 12th, 2018

Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially found the vehicle that it will compete with in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen (the 24 Hours of Nürburgring) – a highly-customized Lexus LC.

This year’s grueling race is set to commence on Saturday, May 12 and marks the 46th time the race has been run at the iconic racetrack. Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the race for the 12th consecutive year, which it’s usually done in some kind of modified Toyota or Lexus.

The motorsport arm also points out that it usually competes in the event with a car that’s built by Toyota employees and races the vehicle with the help of mechanics and engineers from Toyota.

So, going with the LC was a no-brainer, especially as the coupe is an easily-distinguishable halo car for the automaker. Besides saying that the car has been “refined to race specifications” and that it will be powered by a modified version of the Lexus’ 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any specs on the vehicle.

Previously, Gazoo Racing has competed in the SP-PRO, SP8, and SP3. We expect the customized LC to race against other vehicles in the SP8 class. The four drivers that will be piloting the machine include Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, as well as Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

Competing in the race, according to the motorsport arm, will allow Toyota to introduce new technology in future vehicles. Things like body technology development, engine development, suspension technology, and aerodynamics development are things that Gazoo Racing will explore by competing in the 24-hour race.

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Green Ford Focus RS Mk2 In The Green Hell Makes Us Green With Envy 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Nurburgring, video on 01 12th, 2018

The new Ford Focus RS may have conquered the hearts of many motoring enthusiasts, but its predecessor, the Mk2, is still alive and kicking. Whenever it’s not listed for sale on the used car market, it continues to put lots of smiles on the faces of those that get to drive it.

Throw in a few laps on what is the most famous track in the world (yes, that would be Nurburgring), and you have the perfect recipe. At a first glance, this previous-gen hot hatch appears to be stock, but turn that volume up you’ll hear it crackling and backfiring – and if the clip’s description is correct, that’s due to the Milltek exhaust that has been fitted to it.

The 2.5-liter turbo’d inline-five engine had a nice soundtrack anyway, but the new exhaust simply turns up the volume to 11. As far as performance is concerned, its 305PS (301hp) and 440Nm (325lb-ft) of torque are more than enough, and despite the fact that it’s front-wheel drive, the second-gen Focus RS needs just 5.9sec to go from naught to 100km/h (62mph), and maxes out at 263km/h (163mph).


F1 Could Return To The Nürburgring Next Year 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, Nurburgring, racing, Reports on 01 7th, 2018

Races come and races go from the Formula One calendar, but next year the series could return to the Nürburgring.

Not to the Nordschleife, mind you – which hasn’t hosted a grand prix since 1976 – but to the adjoining GP-Strecke.

Those who’ve followed the status of the German Grand Prix will know that it had bounced between Hockenheim and the Nürburgring for years. But its place on the calendar fell into jeopardy recently as the more famous of the two fell on hard times financially.

While Hockenheim has held up its end, hosting the race in 2014 and 2016, the races that would have been held at the Nürburgring were canceled in 2015 and 2017. The last time F1 visited the Nürburgring was in 2013.

Hockenheim will host the race again this year, though. And now that the ‘Ring is under new management, talks have been taking place to bring the series back, which could happen as early as next year.

“We really would appreciate to have the Formula 1 back at the Nürburgring in 2019,” the circuit’s new CEO Mirco Markfort told Motorsport.com. “This will only be possible if we take meaningful economic surrounding conditions into consideration. We are able to confirm that there had been conversations with the owner of the Formula 1, Liberty Media.”

The Nürburgring may face some stiff competition, though. US-based Liberty Media is reportedly even more keen on holding another race in America than Bernie Ecclestone and CVC were, with Las Vegas, Miami, and New York said to be in contention. All told, Liberty is said to have received expressions of interest from as many as 40 potential new venues.

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Pro Racing Driver Shows Cayman GT4 Owner What His Car Can Do On The ‘Ring 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche Cayman GT4, Porsche Videos, video on 12 30th, 2017

No matter how skilled or experienced a driver you might be, riding shotgun with a professional racing driver will definitely be an eye-opening experience as far as your ride’s abilities are concerned.

Reddit user abe12345 opted for Porsche’s European delivery of his new Cayman GT4 as he wanted to combine the arrival of his new car with a visit at the Nurburgring through the track’s official driver education events.

His instructor for the event was an ex-DTM driver that also races in the European GT4 class with a GT4 Clubsport and the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. At the end of the day, the Cayman GT4 owner asked the instructor to take him with his car on a flying lap.

This was also the instructor’s first time in the street-legal Cayman GT4, but that didn’t stop him from posting a 7min 42sec Bridge-to-Gantry lap with mild traffic on the track.

It goes without saying that having a proper racing driver showing you the correct lines and speed your car can achieve on a track like the Nurburgring is simply priceless, as the owner of the car clearly demonstrates during the whole lap.


2017 Nurburgring Crash Compilation Shows How Dangerous The Circuit Is 15
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 12 15th, 2017

Many people wrongly believe that they’re good drivers but when things start to go wrong, discover that they don’t have the skills to correct an out-of-control car.

On public roads, this overconfidence can be extremely dangerous, especially to drivers around you. For the most part, it’s safer to learn about these shortcomings in driving skill at a racetrack. Unless that racetrack is the Nurburgring, of course.

Arguably the most famous circuit of them all, the ‘Ring was famously dubbed ‘Green Hell’ by Sir Jackie Stewart and after watching the video below, you’ll begin to understand why.

Unlike most racetracks around the world, the Nurburgring is open to the public and as long as you have a valid driver’s license, you can explore the limits of a car without a care in the world. Sadly, things don’t always go smoothly.

This 10-minute video has gathered together some of the most horrifying crashes to have occurred at the circuit when it’s been open to the public. Many of the accidents are quite minor but there are a few serious crashes, and rollovers, exemplifying just how treacherous the ‘Ring can be when someone’s ambition outweighs their talent.


Watch Hyundai’s New i30 N Hot Hatch Reach 251km/h On The Autobahn 12
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Videos, Nurburgring, video on 12 12th, 2017

In a world where automakers are continually chasing higher and higher horsepower numbers for their hot hatches, the Hyundai i30 N comes as a welcome relief.

In range-topping Performance Package specification, the hatch delivers 271 hp. Compared to more expensive rivals like the Honda Civic Type R, VW Golf R, and Ford Focus RS, that’s not much. However, we’ve come to learn that the i30 N is about much more than numbers on a spec sheet, as any good hot hatch should be.

According to the South Korean automaker, the i30 N Performance reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 6.1 seconds. However, how fast will the car go on a stretch of Germany’s Autobahn?

Auto Test set about finding this out, taking an i30 N from a rolling start of 90 km/h, pinning the throttle, and seeing how high the speedometer would climb.

The top speed reached was 251 km/h (155 mph) but the video fails to provide any look at the road or weather conditions at the time of test. Either way, a top speed of 250 km/h is more than adequate for the vast majority of car owners and more than respectable for a car like this.


Lamborghini Urus Aims To Snag The Nurburgring SUV Lap Record 11
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Urus, Nurburgring, Reports on 12 11th, 2017

With a 0-62 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed quoted at 190 mph, the new Lamborghini Urus is not lacking for performance credentials. But before all’s said and done, it will go for at least one more.

Car reports that Lamborghini is already planning to take its new crossover to the Nürburgring in pursuit of the production-SUV lap record. And it’s fairly confident it will take it by a comfortable margin.

The current lap record belongs to the another high-performance Italian crossover – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – which set a time of 7:51.7 just a couple of months ago. That was enough to beat the 7:59.74 set by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and the 8:14 clocked by the Range Rover Sport SVR.

With far more power on tap, the boys in Sant’Agata Bolognese apparently view victory in this particular category as a foregone conclusion. “We will do it,” the company’s chief engineer Maurizio Reggiani smilingly told Car. “We need to wait for a warmer season with good weather. We will be back in the spring.”

The Raging Bull marque is no stranger to the procedure, standing (alongside sister brand Porsche) as one of the few automakers to have cracked the seven-minute barrier at the Nordschleife in road-going production vehicles: first with the Aventador SV (6:59.73 in 2015), then with the Huracan Performante (6:52.01 in 2016).

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It Took Two Porsches To Set This Latest Nurburgring Lap Record 10
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, Record, video on 12 10th, 2017

Another week, another Nürburgring lap record. This one has been set in a Porsche, but it comes with a larger qualification than just about any we’ve seen to date.

Though not (as far as we can tell) officially verified, this video posted by vehicle trailer manufacturer Moetefindt Fahrzeugbau shows a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo lapping the Nordschleife in 12:06 – while towing a trailer.

That time in and of itself wouldn’t be nearly enough to steal the wagon record from the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which lapped the circuit in 7:45.19 several weeks ago. But then the Benz wasn’t towing a trailer.

Behind the wheel, in case you were wondering, is one Patrick Simon. One of three German racing brothers, Patrick won the Formula Le Mans class championship in the 2011 Le Mans Series with Pegasus Racing.

Oh, and inside the trailer? Another Porsche, of course! Specifically, a vintage Porsche Junior 108 farming tractor – which would likely take a lot longer to mow the Green Hell under its own power than it took to get around with the Panamera doing the heavy work. Now if we could just see Zuffenhausen’s turbo wagon repeat the feat without the tractor/trailer, Mercedes might have a real challenger on its hands.


Rare VW Beetle RSi V6 Thrashed Around The ‘Ring 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, video, VW, VW Beetle, VW Videos on 12 1st, 2017

When it comes to unicorns from within the Volkswagen Group, the exceptionally rare Beetle RSi is unquestionably one of the most intriguing.

Built for just two years between 2001 and 2003 and restricted to 250 examples worldwide, the Beetle RSi has a 3.2-liter VR6 engine shoehorned under the hood. Delivering a total of 221 hp, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission sending power to the ground through all four wheels.

Just in case the engine note wasn’t enough of a giveaway that the vehicle isn’t just an ordinary Beetle, VW designed a custom bodykit for the car, including revised front and rear fascias, new side skirts, wheel arches, and a large rear wing.

A few days ago, one of these rare Beetle’s was taken out of hibernation by its owner and brought to the famous Nurburgring.

The driver took the track quite gingerly but that’s no surprise because when new, the Beetle RSi sold for roughly $80,000 in Europe!


2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Prototype Not Done Stretching Its Wings 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes GLE, Mercedes Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 12 1st, 2017

Aimed at the likes of BMW’s X5 M or Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S, the all-new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 definitely has some big shoes to fill.

Part of its training regimen is of course the Nurburgring, which is THE place to calibrate your car while in prototype phase, even if we’re talking about a mid-size SUV like the GLE.

So what does this latest batch of images tell us? Even though the car is just as well camouflaged as before, we can still observe certain styling details like the GLE 63’s Panamericana grille or its wider than usual fenders.

Also, while these images don’t provide us with a look inside, we’ve already seen the next-gen GLE’s partially covered cabin, and the AMG model should feature the same dual-screen setup, console handles and quad-vents in the middle of the dashboard. Expect the boys from Affalterbach to add their own touch though, meaning a sportier steering wheel and inserts, perhaps even some Alcantara and carbon fiber here and there.

Like the current model, the all-new GLE 63 will also be available with two different power outputs, specifically 571 PS (563 HP) for the “entry-level” version, and 612 PS (603 HP) for the GLE 63 S – both via a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. And yes, you’re looking at a larger power gap than before.

Since the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE will be unveiled sometime next year, the AMG models should follow soon after.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Sets Nurburgring Sedan Record Of 7min 23sec 29
Posted by Brad Anderson in Jaguar, Jaguar Videos, Jaguar XE, Nurburgring, Record, video on 11 29th, 2017

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has become the fastest sedan to ever lap the Nurburgring, recording a blistering time of 7 minutes and 23 seconds.

The previous record was a 7 min 32 sec set by the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio but Jaguar managed to slashed a full nine seconds off that record with the hardcore XE SV Project 8 in production-intent specification.

Unlike the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is sold throughout the world and in large numbers, Jaguar will only build 300 examples of the Project 8. Nevertheless, it shows the Germans and Italians that they can’t have the high-performance sedan market all to themselves.

Speaking about the Nurburgring record, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations managing director John Edwards said, “SVO exists to push the boundaries of performance, luxury and all-terrain capability. The hand-assembled XE SV Project 8 takes that principle to the limit, extracting supercar-beating performance from Jaguar’s most compact four-door sedan. The Nürburgring Nordschleife record underlines our commitment to deliver the most extreme Jaguar ever to Project 8 clients, who will soon experience this sensational sedan for themselves.”

Sitting at the heart of the XE SV Project 8 is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine with 600 PS. Connected exclusively to an eight-speed transmission, the super sedan can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).



Ford Focus RS Filmed Drifting Again And Again On The Ring 28
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in drifting, Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 28th, 2017

The Ford Focus RS has a special ‘Drift’ mode that makes it easier to control it when going sideways, but how often have you seen it in action during a track day at the Nurburgring?

It’s safe to assume that the driver of this compact hot hatch had a lot of fun in the famous German circuit, as he was filmed pushing that rear end out a few times and tried to keep it for as long as he could.

Still, despite almost losing it once, no cars were damaged during these tail-shaking laps, as we have seen it happen before to drivers that believed the special ‘Drift’ mode would turn them into professional drifters. After all, even your mom can drift it, can’t she?

Despite the Nordschleife being notorious for its unforgiving nature, we have to give some credit to the driver of this Focus RS not just for his skills, but also for doing his antics with the 345 HP super hatch on the track and not on public roads.


BMW 850i And M8 Roar During Track Testing 17
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.


Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
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.


Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
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.