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Nurburgring Nordschleife’s Management Pay Tribute To Stefan Bellof By Naming Corner the “Stefan Bellof S”

Stefan Bellof S - Nurburgring Nordschleife CornerIt looks like the new management at the Nurburgring is to name the chicane at pflantzgarten 2 to be called the “Steffan Bellof S” as a tribute to the lap record of 6:11.13 that was set 30 years ago on 28th of May 1983 by Stefan Bellof in a Group C Porsche 956 in training for the 1,000 km of Nurburgring 1983.

1000km 83 stefan bellof

On the 10th of August 2013 former colleagues and friends of Stefan Bellof will officially unveil the newly named section of track.

The incredible speed these Group C racing cars was able to achieve remains clear to this very day through a spectacular record set up by Porsche racing driver Stefan Bellof: Practising for the 1,000 Kilometre Race in 1983, Bellof reached an average speed on the Nordschleife of more than 200 km/h in a Porsche 956. And just one year later he brought home victory in the same race, together with Derek Bell who, in turn, repeated the same achievement with Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1985 at the wheel of a Porsche 962 C.

Born in Germany in 1957, Stefan Bellof began his racing career with karting in 1973, placing fourth in the Automobil club von Deutchsland’s Federal Junior Cup. It was only a few years later that Stefan took the championship in the 1976 International Karting Championship of Luxembourg.

Stefan entered the Junior Formula as a member of Walter Lechner’s Racing School, where he quickly achieved champion status. During this time, he also moved into the German Formula Three Championship on Bertram Schafer’s team. While he suffered poor point performance thanks to missing the first two opening races, Bellof made the claim that racing officials had “better watch my career because I’ll be back here next year and I’ll win my first Formula 2 race.”

He went on to fulfil that promise by signing up with Formula Two Championship team with a limited amount of BMW backing. Bellof won 21 seconds ahead of the second place driver, securing a firm victory. He quickly moved into a high-performing Formula One career, though his reputation was tested by numerous challenges, such as being disqualified from the 1984 season and missing numerous races.

He also set the record for the official fastest lap time of 6 minutes and 25.91 seconds, which remains a record to this day. Continue reading Nurburgring Nordschleife’s Management Pay Tribute To Stefan Bellof By Naming Corner the “Stefan Bellof S”

Ron Howard’s Rush : Official Movie Trailer

Ron Howard's Rush Official Trailer

After nearly two years of production and live footage of the 1976 season F1 cars racing on various tracks including the Nurburgring, Ron Howard has finally revealed the first trailer for his next film, Rush.

Based on the true story of the 1976 F1 racing season, the adrenaline-filled film stars Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, the cocky upstart British racer (and, later, commentator) and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, the established Austrian champion.

We’ve been following this film since we spied the production team filming on the Nordschleife in Germany. After nearly 2 years, we now get to watch some actual finished footage and it looks outstanding.
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Mercedes AMG SLS Black Series (On Fire!!)

AMG SLS Black-Series Fire
Here are the latest spyshot’s of the upcoming flagship version of the SLS dubbed the unmistakable AMG SLS Black-Series.

The Black Series has been spotted several times. But today we got it with the front totally without cammo and sporting a very large fixed wing.

And only the day after the new family of the AMG Black Series, caught fire on the Nordschleife while testing.

Initial reports this was simply an engine fire but after completing nearly a full lap, It looks like this could be from the rear brakes.

The driver escaped without any injuries,but the prototype has died a warriors death and gone up in flames.

The wide arches which are shrouding the tyres have more aggressive nature, and housing larger tyres than the standard SLS, rumored with a weight reduction of around 45 kg, and rumor has it that this will only be available as the gullwing.

The huge scoops on the front hint of the use of forced induction but this is unlikely the case, as the naturally aspirated 6.2 liter v-8 is hinted to have a few more tricks up its elongated sleeve and perhaps will be an engineered increased capacity of 6.4 along with improvements in weight and updated gearbox it is likely to exceed 600hp.
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Ferrari F40 Crash Canada

Video footage has surfaced showing the result of a Ferrari F40 that crashed in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

The cause of the crash is likely to be wet weather and looks a total loss as it bleeds its engine oil over the street, but with only 1300 models in existence it would be a shame if this wasn’t painstakingly restored to its former glory.

Both passengers escaped with minor injuries unlike the $500,000 F40, Get well Soon!

Huge Crash at Pikes Peak – Jeremy Foley’s Evo


On Sunday at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had to be red flagged due to a huge accident at the Devils Playground.

Hill Climb rookie Jeremy Foley’s Mitsubishi Evolution 8 veered off course near Mile 16, and rescue crews lifted both he and co-driver Yuri Kouznetsov to an area hospital. KRDO reportedly said Foley had a broken leg, but nothing was confirmed.

The news Article at the Colorado Springs Gazette, reported it rather like a small race incident.

On watching the video here we decided that the car was involved in a horrendous spin turning over nearly 10 times down a guesstimate 150ft drop.

It’s good that the safety equipment saved the driver and codriver from serious injury.

Lamborghini Aventador “Wipeout” Spyshots

Here are a set off pictures we don’t come across often it shows the current model Lamborghini Aventador testing in the extreme cold climates of Northern Sweden.

After our previous photographs of the Aventador Roadster we thought we had an opportunity in better light to snap the car.

As the car approached the intersection, at a speed that appeared faster than the posted speed limit, the driver lost control, skidded through the intersection and crashed into a large snow bank.

Then the red faced Italian test driver took offence from this rather legendary photo opportunity and approached in an aggressive manner apart from a comedy slippery advance.

The time he got to us he realised that this wasn’t the streets of Corleone and basically retreated back to the vehicle after a few mutterings.

By the time an Audi A6 allroad, equipped with a winch, came to pull the raging bull out of the snow, things had calmed down.

The driver scooped the snow out of the car, gave us a large smile and a big thumbs up, and got back to work! Not exactly the finger we were expecting to see.

Fortunately, the driver, and the car, came away from the mishap totally unharmed.

AC Cobra in 130mph Crash

I often wonder that as time goes on and car manufacturers make the cars heavier and introduce many safety systems, it tends to remove a lot of character from the car but results car insurance UK to be cheaper.

One of my favorite examples is the AC Cobra which is unlikely to ever be matched in style due to lack of safety systems, the fact that the roll bar behind the driver is leaving any passenger at risk from a severe perhaps fatal gravel rash.

However, the AC Cobra replica at a speed of more than 130mph suffered mechanical failure or an incorrectly fitted part caused an horrific crash.

The car skidded on track for more than 20 meters and then hooked itself in to a multiple flip as the 3 point harness and the roll bar saved the drivers life.

Luckily the driver walked away from the crash with light bruising and a sore knee but unfortunately the car was a Wreck.

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