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Nurburgring – Nordschleife Lap Times Analysis

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Everytime there is a lap record beaten it is always argued by the manufacturers to the legality of the attempt and the actual class of the Vehicle.

So last night I spent some time just going through the Historic and other controversial lap records, I wasnt really interested in the class of car nor the actual legality of it on the road.

I want to do this on the Technological achievements of engine development through the Years.

In the past couple of years here are the top 5 lap times:-

Manufacturer Model Laptime
Radical SR8 LM 6.55
Ferrari 599XX 6.58
Gumpert Apollo Speed 7.11
Donkervoort D8 270 RS 7.15
Dodge Viper 7.22

All the above times has caused stirs in the industry to the legality of the record arguing that for Example:-

  1. “The Radical SR8 LM would not pass a German TUV test so is not really a Road Legal Car.”
  2. “The Gumpert is not really a mass production  sportscar so doesnt count.”
  3. “Ferrari have made there own class and the only one in it.”

All in all we could spend hours arguing over the legality and validity of the above times and also non of the above cars was scrutineered to prove it’s as per production.

So what is the conclusion of the above nothing really, but the Radical SR8 is the fastest trackday weapon for relatively little cash.

I wasnt happy with that conclusion, So I went back to the wiki to compare competition Classes, two stood out:-

Manufacturer Model Driver + Laptime Laptime
Porsche 956  1983 – Stefan Bellof 6.11
Ferrari 312T 1975 – Niki Lauda 6.58

 So my conclusion is that the Radical SR8 LM is better than the Ferrari 312T built in 1975, and still chasing the Porsche’s 956 6.11 made in 1983.

So after years of development and manufacturers insistance to add electronics and safety cells in turn increased weight hasnt really achieved the same lap times as competition class cars from nearly 30 years ago.

And heres a tribute for the best ever Nordschleife Recorded Lap Record Stefan Bellof 6:11

So the next topic of debate has the track changed from past-present but I will save that for somebody else to address…..

Sources:- Wikipedia,Pistonspy

Mercedes GP Petronas Team Presentation Stuttgart

Today, the new Silver Arrows Formula One works team MERCEDES GP PETRONAS was presented at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Nico Rosberg and seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher along with team management Ross Brawn, Nick Fry and Norbert Haug were introduced to guests with a presentation and press conference.

Over 600 guests, including 200 media representatives and 200 Mercedes-Benz employees, visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum, one of the biggest and most famous car museums in the world, to see the launch of the team and the unveiling of the new Silver Arrows livery. Mercedes-Benz employees from the company’s manufacturing plants in Untertürkheim and Sindelfingen, 100 of whom were invited for their outstanding performances and 100 selected through a popular internal draw, also had the opportunity to take their first look at the new MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team.

The event opened with a welcome speech by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars before Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg presented the new Silver Arrows livery for the 2010 season on last year’s car. The team’s 2010 car, the MGP W01, will make its track debut at the first Formula One test in Valencia on Monday 1 February, with the 2010 Formula One season starting in Bahrain on 14 March.

The new silver and green livery creates a true marriage between the heritage of the Silver Arrows and the team’s title partner PETRONAS. The legacy of the Silver Arrows goes back to the 1934 Eifel Race when, on the evening before the event, the white paint was sanded off the Mercedes W25 race car to fulfil weight regulations (750kg formula) and the silver colour of the aluminium surface of the car appeared. This season, with the return of the Silver Arrows, the MGP W01 will shine in silver combined with a flow of iridescent silver shading. On the nose and on other parts of the car traces of black carbon fibre visible are visible – a reminder of the first Silver Arrow of 1934.

Audi R8 Promotional Video Released

Audi have been showing a promotional video on Audi TV, I spotted this car early in 2009 at the Nurburgring in the Eifel Valley and then again at the Frankfurt IAA in 2009.

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This R8 Spyder runs the 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the coupe. Maximum power is 386kW (518 PS) and peak torque is 530Nm (391 lb-ft). The 0 – 62mph sprint time is 4.1 seconds which is 0.2 seconds off the coupe due to the 100kg extra weight.

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Richard Branson Virgin Racing

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Virgin Racing, is set to compete with the smallest budget in Formula 1 when the team makes it debut in 2010.

The newcomers held a launch to hail its arrival in the sport overnight, presenting drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi to the media in addition to confirming its Virgin branding, which the team professed was F1’s worst kept secret.

Branson made a splash earlier this year when he inked a sponsorship deal with dual title winners Brawn GP, sparking his interest in F1.

While Brawn’s success subsequently priced Branson out, the world renowned entrepreneur leapt at the opportunity to partner Manor Grand Prix and become a naming rights sponsor.

See Attached Video pf the promo of the entry in to the 2010 Formula One Season.