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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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.
We’ll let you know how fast this Golf on track is once it starts participating in some official races.
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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.
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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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A few weeks ago, we reported on a story that the stunning Pagani Zonda R had broken the last Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record, held by the equally breath taking Ferrari 599XX.
The ‘other’ Italian hypercar managed an impressive run of 6 minutes and 47 seconds, setting a new record for production models (even though the Zonda R isn’t exactly road-legal).
But no matter the technical details, the feat is extremely impressive.
In order to properly showcase the achievement, Pagani has finally released a video of the Nurburgring record-breaking run, so hit the jump and bask in the fastest lap of the Green Hell (for the moment, at least).
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The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit is definitely one of the most iconic tracks today, seeing both many motorsport competitions, but being also the premiere testing ground for high performance models.
Given the prestige of the track, you can be sure that many carmakers want to boast their impressive lap times as a testament to their model’s worth.
A few months ago, we were absolutely amazed by the Ferrari 599XX’s impressive lap time of 6 minutes 58 seconds, which became the first production model to break the 7 minute barrier.
Now, it seems that the record was supposedly broken, by the stunning Pagani Zonda R. According to a report, the Italian supercar managed an even more impressive time of 6 minutes 47 seconds.
While it’s not official just yet, considering the immense power of the Zonda R, 740 HP and 524 lb-ft of torque, coupled with its track-ready systems and its weight of just 2,358 pounds, such a Nurburgring record wouldn’t be too surprising.
Source: PistonHeads via Autoblog
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Subaru made a lot of fans extremely happy when it announced that the 2011 Impreza WRX STI will be offered not only in the new hatchback form, but also in the iconic sedan body style.
In order to really prove the worth of the refreshed model, the Japanese engineers fiddled a bit with some of its accessories, like the turbocharger on the 2.5-liter Boxer engine, but also added some lightweight equipment.
Afterwards, they handed the keys to this slightly better-than-average WRX STI to one of the guys in their parking lot, former WRC Champ Tommi Mäkinen.
The driver took the new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI onto the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife and achieved the best time ever for a Subaru, lapping the circuit in 7:55
Hit the jump to check out the in-car footage from the Nurburgring lap.
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Porsche really shocked everyone this year when it announced that its first ever hybrid race car, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, would be competing in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race.
The event was held a few weeks ago and the 911 hybrid proved to be a worthy adversary, leading the whole race for quite some time.
Now, for next year’s race, the Stuttgart supercar manufacturer is preparing an even bigger surprise: a race-ready version of the 918 Spyder hybrid concept we saw at the beginning of the year in Geneva.
For those who don’t remember, the 918 Spyder packed a combined output of 718 HP by mating a 3.4-liter V8 engine with three electric motors capable of a combined 218 HP. It’s electric only range was 16 miles, but it more than made up with the 78 mpg (US) average. 0 to 62 mph was achieved in 3.2 seconds and reached 200 mph.
While the stunning Porsche 918 Spyder concept doesn’t need any more hype around it, as it was welcomed with open arms by the media and enthusiasts, a race-ready version would further augment its popularity ahead of a possible production debut.
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Although the BMW M3 GTS has been revealed to the public late last year, not a lot was known about the Bavarian road-legal rocket, not even if it’s going to make it to production.
Now, BMW finally pulled the curtain, and confirmed that it will be making the M3 GTS, the fastest M3 ever made. The engine from the regular coupe has been enlarged, now displacing 4.36-liters and producing 444 HP together with 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque.
0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.4 seconds while the top speed of the BMW M3 GTS is 190 mph (205 km/h).
In case you’re interested, the M3 GTS starts at €136.850 in its native Germany (around $173,785) without taxes. Not worth it? Then hit the jump and check out a video of the Bavarian rocket lapping the Nurburgring.
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Porsche surprised a lot of people when it showcased the 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car. It then followed up with the announcement that the track car will be racing in the upcoming 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance event.
For those who believed the hybrid race car won’t be able to survive the ‘Green Hell’ that is the Nurbugring Nordschleife, the Stuttgart carmaker released a new video, with Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg at the helm of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.
The Williams F1 driver will also be the one who will lead the Porsche team at the endurance competition, alongside other drivers, between May 13 and 16.
If you want to check out a video of this green racer in the Green Hell, then hit the jump.
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Carmakers always want to one-up the competition and prove that their product is superior. In terms of supercar manufacturers, this instinct is even more aggressive, and doesn’t limit itself to the amount of HP, torque or 0 to 62 mph times.
For some time now, supercars have waged war on the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit, where many manufacturers choose to test out their prototypes. Seeing as how the models were pushed to their limits, some started flaunting their times in the media, as a sort of ultimate divider between sportscars.
Now, Ferrari has shut everyone up, as it has just posted a record-breaking time with its 599XX track car. The model, driven by test pilot Raffaele De Simone managed what many believed the impossible, lapping the 20.8 km (12.9 mile) circuit in just 6 minutes and 58 seconds.
Don’t believe us? Then hit the jump and check out the video below, with the Ferrari’s record breaking Nurburgring run.
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