Category Archives: Nurburgring

Porsche 918 Spyder: First Look


Porsche 918 Spyder

Think hybrids are only for bookish, latte-sipping, liberal librarians from the People’s Republic of San Francisco? That may have been true before the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has redefined the word “hybrid” with the announcement of their visionary Porsche 918 Spyder. In our humble opinion, the only way this green machine could get more supreme is if they slathered some Stuttgart sour cream over the hood. Continue reading

Lexus LF-A Hits the Ring, Initial Impressions are Impressive!


Although no details have been released concerning the official lap time of the LF-A, several automotive journalists are offering up some serious praise for Lexus’ first venture into the world of super cars. Here’s a short interview with Thomas Bangma at the Ring.  Tune back in on October 21st for the next round of LF-A news!

Mercedes SLS AMG Runs the ‘Ring


2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

A car that has been largely shrouded in secrecy has just been put to the test on the Nurburgring. The SLS AMG is the next generation of the SLR, featuring aggressive styling cues, gull wing doors, and a brute of an engine. Listen to it roar as it roams the ‘Ring for the full 13 miles. Keep in mind this isn’t the “official” time, this was a preview day. The final production car with a more experienced ‘Ring driver and no co-pilot should yield much faster results.

Speaking of Godzilla


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The Nurburgring recently opened back up, inviting auto manufacturers to test out their latest and greatest. The first super car of the year to run around the track is none other that the 2010 Nissan GTR. Last year it, the GTR ran a 7 minute and 29 second lap around the Ring, besting a slew of other super cars, including every car that Porsche makes. This is an amazing lap time which not only sparked a super car war, but it even had Porsche investigate the claim, purchase a GTR, fail at driving it and issue press releases saying it was a hoax.

Well Nissan has lapped the Ring again, this time in a 2010 GTR that has a revised double-clutch transmission, bigger fuel tank, 5 more ponies and some shoes borrowed from the optional Nissan Spec-V wheel/tire setup. Their official lap time of the day; 7:27.56.  That’s quite a lot faster, but still a full second short of the ZR-1 and 5 seconds behind the Viper ACR. Nissan engineers say the track has some dust and sand on it today which limitted the grip. They will be testing out the J-Spec GTR tomorrow with the hopes of claiming the second fastest production car lap time on the ‘Ring.  Stay tuned, more Godzilla drama to follow.

Wallpaper of the Week – Pagani Zonda R


This is the latest from Pagani. It’s been in development for two years. It is both longer and wider than its predecessor, yet thanks to its carbon-monocoque body, it weighs almost 300 pounds less. It’s also more powerful than the F; using a Mercedes-Benz sourced 6-liter V12 engine, Pagani says the R has 750 horses at its disposal, which is more that 150 more horsepower than the F.

This is a recipe for pure insanity! The Zonda F can run the ‘Ring in 7:27, one of the fastest times ever recorded by a road car. Although that may be the catch; in the Zonda F, you could take it out on the street and pick up some groceries if you had to. The R, on the other hand, is anything but street legal. It is a race-bred machine. So if you ever see 1 of the 10 that Pagani is making, it’s likely to be in a garage, museum, on the track, or according to the press release, in someone’s living room.

Enjoy the pics, the press release is after the jump.

Edit: Updated with bigger, better pics!

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Video: Dodge Viper ACR vs. Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring


Much like the GTR vs. ZR1 video, this split-screen compares the two fastest production cars to ever run the Nurburgring. Listen to the sounds of these two super cars FLY down the straights and hear their air intakes gulp in huge quantites of air as they tear through the corners. 

Unofficial: Dodge Viper ACR is the new King of the Nurburgring


The Dodge Viper ACR has gotten a lot of press from car magazines and blogs lately, and for good reason.  The Viper ACR is a wolf in sheeps clothing, a street-legal racecar that was built for pure speed.  It looks like all of Dodge’s hard work has paid off because it ran around the Ring in 7.22:1!  Motor Trend has a video to prove the run, however, the time is still considered “unofficial” because it was only timed by the manufacturer and not any of the lap officials.  Enjoy the video!

Offical Spec’s: Nissan GT-R Spec V


Road & Track got the inside scoop on the Spec V’s offical numbers, so I figured I’d post them up for you all. Here’s what we’re looking at:

– Power increased to an advertised 520 bhp (at 6500 rpm) and 440 lb.-ft. of torque peaking from 3200–5200 rpm, but as we know, when a Spec V gets put on the dyno, it’ll probably turn out to be much more than that.

– Extensive use of carbon fiber will drop about 200 lbs, putting the curb weight at 3,615 lbs.

– It’s only going to have two seats, not four.

– Subtle exterior changes like different wheels and tweaked aero bits.

– Official acceleration stats haven’t been released, but it’ll get to 60mph faster that 3.5 seconds and should run a quarter mile around 11.0 seconds flat.

– Nurburgring times will be sub-7:29 seconds. Early estimates put it at the 7:25 mark.

– Purchase price approaching $130,000: Nearly twice what a standard GT-R costs.

GT-R V Spec Rendering

GT-R V Spec Rendering

Source: RoadandTrack.com

Audi Claims V-10 Powered R8 Will Set the Record on the ‘Ring – AutoAnything


The R8 was a big surprise for the Auto industry. It’s fast, handles supremely well, and has great looks to boot. But with all the recent challenges on the Nurburgring, Audi decided that the R8 wasn’t fast enough. Auto reporters have spotted the V10 R8 on the ‘Ring, noting the subtle changes in the air intake design, front grill, and larger side scoops. Although no official details have been released about the engine, chassis, and suspension changes, rumors on the net point to Audi using the 5.2 liter V10 that they put in the Lamborghini Gallardo to give the R8 the extra boost it needs to compete on the ‘Ring. Additional chassis reinforcement and bigger brakes are also expected to be included on the V10 model to help handle the extra grunt.

Audi is boasting that the V10-powered R8 will beat out Chevy’s current record-holding production car run on the ‘Ring of 7:26.4. This is a bold claim on Audi’s part considering that the V8-powered R8 ran the ‘Ring in 8:04. Hopefully Audi can pull this off as it’ll put even more pressure on other auto manufacturers to develop faster cars with more advanced chassis’s and more highly tuned engines.  To help wet your appetite, here’s a short video of the R8 doing test laps round the ‘Ring.

Source: MotorAuthority.com

Side by Side on the Ring: ZR1 vs. GTR


There has been some buzz on the car forums that the two car manufacturers, Chevy and Nissan, started the lap timer at different points on the track, thus giving room for error between the two run times. So Garage419 put the videos together and chose the pit lane exit sign as a marker to start the timer. Check out the video for the complete run down on who really is faster round the ring!

Here’s another look with a bigger view of what the camera’s captured….

Nissan GT-R vs. Corvette ZR1: The Battle Continues


Chevy finally got around to putting their all-mighty ZR1 to the ultimate test: Germany’s own Nurburgring.  If you haven’t been following the dual, Nissan’s GT-R surprised everyone with a lap time of 7 minutes, 29.03 seconds… a VERY fast time.  Chevy said that their ZR1 would beat it, and the new $103K Corvette followed through with a blazing time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds.  Not bad, not bad at all Chevy!  They say there was also a strong headwind on the longest straight, which might have slowed it down a bit.

They only thing Chevy is sweating over now, other than the dismal car market, is Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, the even more highly tuned and taught version of the already fast GT-R.  Unofficial times of the V-Spec put it somewhere near the 7:25 mark, and since the GT-R is already $30k less that the ZR1, Nissan has a lot of head room to play with to beat out the Vette.  Rest assured, when the official times are posted, you’ll find them here at the AutoAnything blog… this is one dog fight we’re not going to miss!

Nissan’s new GT-R is King of the ‘Ring, but for how long?


In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03.  If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.

Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers.  The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia.  But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06.  Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R.  Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds?  We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.

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