As the first vehicle to boast global road homologation, the Porsche 918 Spyder* has conquered the 20.6-kilometre lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sportscar equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous record. Wolfgang Hatz, member of the Porsche AG Board of Management in charge of Research and Development, had the following to say: “We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance. We have kept our word.”
It 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.
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”
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife (“north loop”) in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes. Therefore, the electric AMG super sports car is at the same time the first electrically-powered series production vehicle, which masters the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The record time of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive was notarially certified. Two weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the
24 Hours Nürburgring, a further member of the SLS AMG family impressively demonstrates its potential on the most difficult race track worldwide.
On September 18th, The product engineering team from Porsche have been testing the upcoming 918 Spyder on the “Nürburgring-Nordschleife”, Even though the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is far from final form it turned in a remarkable best time of just 07:14 minutes for the 20.6 km long circuit.
Continue reading Porsche 918 Spyder – 7:14 Laptime Nürburgring
Nearly two months ago we spied the Audi R8 E-Tron Lapping the Nürburgring, what we didnt realise is that they was not developing the handling on the track it was an attempt at the electric car record.
The result A world record for a production electric car with a 8:09 seconds lap no video has been released as of yet.
This is where it gets a bit silly and hence the press release delay you cannot buy an Audi R8 E-Tron yet but this is the final production model which will be in showrooms at the end of this year.
The only changes was the car’s 200kph limiter had been lifted to 250kph, and there is no mention of the charging time after the lap.
We hope to see the video footage of its timed run very soon.
After numerous days of making us wait the guys at SRT along with Tomball Dodge have released an epic video of the 7.12.13 record run on the Nurburgrings Northloop in Germany.
Dominik Farnbacher the veteran GT driver managed to shave more than 2 seconds of the Lexus LFA.
It looks like the 2013 dodge viper is going to have an hard act to follow.
Considering the recent record runs in the states and in the Germany.
Chevrolet & Jim Mero have taken the 2012 Corvette ZR1 to a GTR beating 7:19, With the help of the Michelins reborn Pilot Sport Cup Tyres which are the road legal type.
This has been born from some impressive track time and prototype testing by Chevrolet in 2010.
From watching this and noticing the brute power over the clinical handling on the Nissan GTR makes me wonder about transmission power loss in the GTR.
Be nice to see an application of the GTR engine in a purely RWD donor to see if it is just all handling.
The ZR1’s High Performance package is said to feature black cup-style aluminum wheels measuring 19-inches up front and 20-inches in the rear, as well as Michelin PS Cup tires and a six-speed manual transmission.
And will cost around £118k that is £12000 pound a second faster than the Nissan GTR.
I used to remember my days sat on the back of a stealth electric powered milk Float, Unaware that I was sat on the back of the future of automotive glory.
Now Peugeot has released a video showing the EX1 concept setting a new electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring.
Driven by Stéphane Caillet, the one-off prototype completed the 20.8 km Northloop in 9 minutes and 1.3 seconds at an average speed of 138.3 km/h (85.9 mph).
The sound is pretty bizarre coming from this car and is in need of some v8 forced induction to make the video complete, but the EX1 concept is powered by two electric motors that produce a combined output of 340 PS and immediately has 480 Nm torque.
Detailed performance specifications haven’t been announced, but the car previously set an unofficial EV acceleration record of 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds.