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2012 Audi RS1 Spied On The ‘Ring

2012 Audi RS1

These would have to be the first spy photos with the upcoming Audi RS1 which will be out sometime next year. The photographers from WCF have managed to grab a few shots with the hottest A1 in Audi’s range and we can see that it will come with a huge rear roof spoiler. However, the big question is what’s hiding under that hood.

2012 Audi RS1

A few months ago we’ve seen an S1 on the Nurburgring that will probably come with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that fires 217 hp (220 PS / 162 kW) and sends all of those ponies via the new quattro AWD system.

2012 Audi RS1

Since the RS1 will be the most powerful model in the A1 family, it will certainly have more muscles to offer than the S1. If you remember, at the Wörthersee Tour 2011, the Ingolstadt-based automaker revealed the A1 Clubsport quattro concept that was motivated by a heavily modified 5-cylinder 2.5-liter TFSI engine that developed 496 hp (503 PS / 370 kW) and a peak torque of 486 lb.-ft (660 Nm). However, the RS1 probably won’t be that powerful.

Source: WCF

Electric RaceAbout, Fastest Street-legal EV On The ‘Ring

Electric RaceAbout

It may not be the fastest electric vehicle that did a lap of the Nurburgring but it still is the quickest one you can take on the road today. The Electric RaceAbout was developed by the students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and managed to do the 12.9 mile long course in 8 minutes and 42.72 seconds.

Electric RaceAbout

The prototype was driven by Ralf Kelleners and although the time is not as good as the Toyota EV P001, it still is faster than the Peugeot EX1 which did it in 9 minutes and 1.3 seconds. This Electric RaceAbout prototype features a 33 kWh lithium-titanate battery that powers four electric motors that are capable of developing a total output of 402 hp (408 PS / 300 kW) and 2,360 lb.-ft (3,200 Nm).

With a curb weight of 3,747 lb (1,700 kg), the E-RA is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 6 seconds, en route to a maximum speed of 152 mph (244 km/h). On a single charge, this EV can be driven for a distance of up to 124 miles (200 km).

Source: RaceAbout via Inside Line

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR – Fourth Fastest Car On The ‘Ring

Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR

It was only a few weeks ago when Dodge brought its now defunct 2010 Viper SRT10 ACR to the Nurburgring where it managed to do a very fast lap. On August 31 the Japanese automaker Lexus took its LFA Nurburgring Edition and did a lap in 7:14.64 which at that time was the fourth fastest car on the ‘Ring, after the Radical SR8 LM that did a lap in 6:48, the Radical SR8 in 6:55 and the Gumpert Apollo Sport who managed to finish a lap in 7:11.57.

On September 14th Dodge decided to give it another try and they got two 2010 Viper ACR’s from the showroom floors of the Tomball Dodge team. Compared to the 2008MY which back in 2008 did its fastest lap in 7:22.10 (fifth fastest production car at that moment), the 2010MY had a shorter fifth gear ratio that improved high-speed acceleration as well as higher straightaway speeds, along with other modifications on the aero parts.

Behind the wheel of the 600-hp Viper SRT10 ACR was GT driver Dominik Farnbacher who did a lap of the ‘Ring in 7:12.13, which is more than 2 seconds quicker than the aforementioned Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition, placing the Viper on the fourth position in the production car category.

Source: Dodge via Carscoop

As Close As You Can Get To Driving A Speeding Kawasaki ZX-10R

Tim Rothig pulled off a 7:50 second lap on Nurburgring race track using Bridgestone tires and gave everyone a glimpse of how it feels.

Originally designed for car racing, the German track hosted Tim Rothig’s tires test plus something extra. The Gyrocam attached to the motorbike caught the whole lap in a video you can watch below. It doesn’t matter you’re sitting behind a desk. You’ll feel every turn and try to hit the breaks every time a corner is coming. Check it out.


Toyota Electrifies Nurburgring EV Lap Record

It was bound to happen sooner or later, Peugeot’s EX1 concept is not the fastest EV car on the Nurburgring as its record of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds has been taken down by Toyota. In fact, the car is a modified Radical by the name of EV P001 and was driven by Jochen Krumbach who managed to do the 12.9 miles (20.8 km) distance in 7 minutes and 47.794 seconds, way better than what the French were capable of.
The car comes with a 41.5 kWh lithium-ceramic battery pack that powers two electric motors that generate 375 hp (381 PS / 280 kW) and a torque of 590 Nm. With a curb weight of just 2,138 lb (970 kg), the P001 is able to zap to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, before it hits a maximum speed of 162 mph (260 km/h).

Source: Toyota Motorsport

Superb Victory For Hamilton At Nurburgring

It was a great day for F1 fans out there as the Germany GP was the most exciting race of the season. It was a fierce battle for the number one spot between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. The current world champion Sebastian Vettel had to settle for fourth place, followed by Felipe Massa.

Hamilton led the race on four different occasions throughout the GP and he eventually managed to cross the finish line in first place, 3.9 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso while in third place came Webber. Vettel grabbed the fourth place during a last-lap pit stop battle with Massa who eventually finished 5th.

Despite the fact that Vettel was not on the podium this weekend, he still has a very relaxing 77-points lead over Mark Webber, 82 points more than Webber and 86 than Alonso so the chances of losing this year’s title are slim.

It was truly an epic race in which the battle for the first places did not include Vettel. Another surprise was seeing the world champion make a mistake on one of the corners when he spun onto the vast run-off area, losing several precious seconds. From that moment on, he struggled to keep up with the drivers in front but he never diminished the gap, on the contrary.

Ahead of Vettel was the trio Hamilton-Webber-Alonso. Right from the start of the race Hamilton went pass Webber and stayed there until the end of lap 12 when Webber grabbed the first place again. Hamilton remained focused and managed to snatch the first spot once again. When Webber went for a pitstop, Hamilton managed to stay in front and from this minor duel Alonso took all the benefits as he went pass both pilots. However, McLaren’s driver was on warmer tires and in the lap 50 he managed to reach the first place once again.

Here are the complete results of the 2011 German GP held at Nurburgring:

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 60 1h37m30.334
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 60 3.980
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 60 9.788
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 60 47.921
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 60 52.252
6. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 60 1m26.208
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 59 1 Lap
8. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP 59 1 Lap
9. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault 59 1 Lap
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
12. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
13. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 59 1 Lap
14. Pastor Moldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 59 1 Lap
15. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 58 2 Laps
17. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
18. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
19. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
20. Karun Chandhok India Lotus-Renault 56 4 Laps
R Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 37
R Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 35 Hydraulics
R Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 16 Engine
R Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault 9 Accident

And here’s how things look in the drivers’ standings after are ten races:

1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL Germany Red Bull-Renault 216
2. MARK WEBBER Australia Red Bull-Renault 139
3. LEWIS HAMILTON Britain McLaren-Mercedes 134
4. FERNANDO ALONSO Spain Ferrari 130
5. JENSON BUTTON Britain McLaren-Mercedes 109
6. FELIPE MASSA Brazil Ferrari 62
7. NICO ROSBERG Germany Mercedes GP 46
8. NICK HEIDFELD Germany Renault 34
9. VITALY PETROV Russia Renault 32
11. KAMUI KOBAYASHI Japan Sauber-Ferrari 27
12. ADRIAN SUTIL Germany Force India-Mercedes 18
13. JAIME ALGUERSUARI Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9
14. SERGIO PEREZ Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 8
SEBASTIEN BUEMI Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8
16. RUBENS BARRICHELLO Brazil Williams-Cosworth 4
17. PAUL DI RESTA Britain Force India-Mercedes 2


While in the constructors’ standings, the situation is:

3. FERRARI 192

Webber Takes Pole At Nurburgring

Saturday was an excellent day for Mark Webber who managed to overtake his teammate Sebastian Vettel so in today’s race he is going to start from the first place of the grid. Webber did his fastest lap in his second attempt during the Q3 when he ran a lap in 1m 30.079s. In second place came McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who did his fastest lap in 1m 30.134s while Vettel came in third with 1m 30.2016s.

In fourth came Fernando Alonso with a time of 1m 30.442s while behind him is Massa who did his fastest lap in 1m 30.901s, a little bit faster than Nico Rosberg’s 1m 31.263s. Jenson Button only made a single lap in Q3 and he did it in 1m 31.288s. In today’s race, from the eight place will start Adrian Sutil from Force India who managed a lap time of 1m 32.010s, followed by Renault’s Vitaly Petrov who did it in 1m 32.187s. The top 10 is finished by Michael Schumacher who completed his fastest lap in 1m 32.482s.

Here are the full results of the Nurburgring qualifying session:

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.079s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 30.134s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.216s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.442s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.910s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 31.263s
7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 31.288s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.010s
9. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 32.187s
10. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 32.482s
11. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault-Renault 1m 32.215s
12. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.560s
13. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 32.635s
14. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 33.043s
15. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 33.176s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.698s
17. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 33.786s
18. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 35.599s
19. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.400s
20. Karun Chandhok India Lotus-Renault 1m 36.422s
21. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.641s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 37.036s
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 37.011s
24. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.546s

Renault Megane RS Trophy, Fastest FWD Car On Nurburgring

Renault Megane RS Trophy

The Renault Megane RS Trophy has managed to become the fastest production-spec FWD car on the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife track. The driver who achieved the 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds time is Laurent Hurgon, who beat the 8 minutes and 17 seconds time achieved by the Renault Megane R26.R.

As a reminder, the car is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 261 hp (265 PS / 195 kW) and has a peak torque of 265 lb.-ft (360 Nm), which is 15 PS and 20 Nm more than the regular Megane RS version.

A very important detail regarding the car is that it managed to achieve this time by running on Bridgestone RE050A high-performance tires.

Source: Renault via WCF

2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Does A Fast Lap At Nurburgring

2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet has brought its 2012 Corvette ZR1 model to the Nurburgring track in order to demonstrate the improvements brought over the old model. The car you see in this video is powered by a V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine that produces 638 hp (647 PS / 476 kW) and has a peak torque of 604 lb.-ft (818 Nm).
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It managed to do a lap of the epic Nordschleife in 7:19.63, which is 6 seconds faster than their previous record which was set three years ago. In order to shave off those seconds, the top-spec ZR1 model has been fitted with the PDE performance package that sports a full-width rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics, along with a brand new set of Pilot Sport Cup Zero Pressure rubbers from Michelin.

Source: Chevrolet via WCF

Peugeot EX1 – Fastest EV On Nurburgring

Peugeot EX1

Peugeot’s EX1 concept racer was able to beat the Nurburgring track record for an electric vehicle, managing to finish a lap of the 20.8 km track in 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds. Behind the wheel was Stephane Caillet who managed to clock an average speed of 85.9 mph (138,324 km/h). The previous record was beaten by more than 50 seconds.

The French automaker said that they will share a couple of photos and a video with this performance. Stay tuned.

Source: Peugeot via WCF

’08 Dodge Viper ACR – Fastest Production Car On The Nurburgring

2008 Dodge Viper ACR

You probably know by now that there is a continuous battle between almost all supercar makers to grab the title for the fastest car on the legendary Nurburgring track. Over the last few years there have been many claims to a lap record for a street-legal production model.

However, while some of these cars are considered street-legal anywhere in the world, others cars like the Ferrari 599XX, Ultima GTR, Gumpert Apollo and the Pagani Zonda R are not considered entirely legal in some parts of the world, which means that they are not eligible to go in the standings.

2012 Nissan GT-R Breaks Its Own Nurburgring Record

In this video you will be able to see the 2012 Nissan GT-R breaking its old record on the Nurburgring circuit. Although the clip is in Japanese, you can see all the 7 minutes and 24.22 seconds of the car’s track run from inside the cockpit. The time Nissan managed to do is just a little bit behind Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS that completed a lap in 7 minutes and 24 seconds.

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As a reminder, the 2012 Nissan GT-R packs a 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine that produces 530 hp (537 PS / 395 kW) and 488 lb.-ft (661 Nm) of torque. The car can sprint to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds, but in order to achieve that time, some may have to use the R-Mode Start Function.

The new model managed to beat the 2011’s circuit time of 7 minutes and 26.7 seconds by almost 2.5 seconds, which is quite a lot.

Source: Nissan via Motor Authority via WCF

Volkswagen Preparing Golf24 For Nurburgring Race

Volkswagen Golf24

The German automaker Volkswagen will be taking the Golf24 to this year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race. Under the hood of this Golf the engineers installed a 5-cylinder 2.4-liter turbo engine that produces 440 hp (324 kW) and 540 Nm.

Volkswagen Golf24

Other important modifications in comparison with the standard production model would have to be the permanent four-wheel drive and the sequential 6-speed gearbox with paddle shifters.

The race will be organized in June, and until then, this Golf24 will be thoroughly tested. Its racing debut will occur in the Endurance Championship on the famous Nurburgring-Nordschleife circuit.

Volkswagen Golf24

We’ll let you know how fast this Golf on track is once it starts participating in some official races.

Video: Cadillac CTS-V laps the Nurburgring in the new ‘Competition’ ad

Video: Cadillac CTS-V laps the Nurburgring in the new 'Competition' ad

Cadillac is extremely proud of its CTS-V lineup, and has released a brand new commercial highlighting the high performance these models can achieve.

In this ad, titled ‘The Competition’, the Cadillac CTS-V sedan is taken around the famed Nurbugring circuit. Also in the ad, Caddy gives credit to the two models that have inspired the development of the CTS-V, the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

For some stunning footage of the Cadillac CTS-V lapping the Nurburgring in 7:59.32, check out the commercial after the jump.

Video: Horacio Pagani shows off the Zonda R and its record breaking Nurburgring lap

Video: Horacio Pagani shows off the Zonda R and its record breaking Nurburgring lap

After hearing the rumor that the Pagani Zonda R broke the lap record at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, we saw the video confirmation of the amazing feat at the beginning of the week.

Now, the company’s founder, Horacio Pagani, stars in a brand new video, showcasing how important the Zonda R model is for the Italian supercar manufacturer.

We also see Marc Basseng, the German driver who drove the extreme supercar the record breaking 6:47 run.

If you want to indulge in more footage with the stunning Pagani Zonda R, then hit the jump and check it out.

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