An eight-car crash on the Nürburgring Nordschleife earlier today sent one driver to the hospital with serious injuries, claimed a rented Corvette Z06 and put one of the new BMW M3 "ring taxis" out of commission. It also caused more than $130,000 in property damage.
Yes, the Nürburgring is cool. Yes, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is cool. No, getting the Nürburgring embossed in leather on the center console of your V8 Vantage Roadster is not cool.
6:48 versus the ultimate record of 6:11 means a quasi-production car is now within 10% of the time set in the fastest Porsche sports prototype by a man who made Ayrton Senna look timid. Let’s dive into some numbers.
Do not adjust your screens: the world around this Pagani Zonda R lapping the Nurburgring in a record 6:47.5 is in fact blurry. You'll want to grab headphones and a jaw supporter, lest your chin hit the floor while watching.
This is Chris Amon in his Ferrari at the 1968 German Grand Prix, zooming under the bridge between Aremberg and Fuchsröhre corners. Taken with a 50mm lens. Yeah, those were the days. (Photo Credit: Jim Culp)
Germany's Nürburgring Nordschliefe is 12.9 miles of thick, close forest; 73 corners; and 1000 feet of elevation change. Jackie Stewart called it the Green Hell. It's the world's most dangerous race track, and we drove it in a Buick Regal.
Here's your daily Nordschleife diversion: nine minutes of professional footage from the dawn of aerodynamics.
Now that the 2009 Corvette ZR1 has set a lap time of 7:26.4, we've been trying to wrap our heads around just how fast that really is. Sure, it's faster than the GT-R, but we're wondering if there's anything that can make the ZR1 look slow. With the caveat that lap times vary depending on track conditions and driver…
There's a lot of buzz nowadays about secret prototypes testing their on-track capabilities on Germany's famed Nürburgring. But while most cars are easily identifiable despite their heavy camouflage, this silver roadster is just sitting around undisguised, and we still aren't exactly sure what it is. This clear shot…
Maybe Tochio Suzuki doesn't need a guide to the Nürburgring to pilot a Nissan GT-R to a 7:29 lap around the Nordschleife, but we do. How convenient for us BMW decided to publish a handy-dandy corner-to-corner guide to the legendary track. Available as an inconvenient PDF file, the guide provides apexing tips,…