VIDEO: Honda Civic Type R claims FWD record

Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic Type R has broken Renault’s strangehold on the unofficial lap record for a front-wheel drive car around the Nürburgring.

This video shows a development Type R lapping the Ring in 7 minutes 50.63 seconds. Interestingly, the claim was recorded in May 2014, around the same time as Renault took the record back from Seat.

It’s amazing that Honda has been able to keep that lap time quiet for so long. News of this lap has been published to coincide with the debut of the production-ready Civic Type R in Geneva this week.

Honda says it will send a production Civic Type R back to the Ring with a view to matching or bettering the time achieved by this development model.

In the meantime you can checkout the screechy lap record after the break.

Sub-8 minute lap times by FWD cars

  • 7:50.63 Honda Civic Type R
  • 7:54.36 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R
  • 7:58.44 Seat Lean Cupra 280

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Happy snow year!

Andy Gulden, Nurburgring Formula Race car

We love Nürburgring videos showing the track covered in snow, but still being driven on. This latest video, published to YouTube late last year, shows Nürburgring Driving Academy instructor Andy Gülden at the wheel of a Nürburgring Formula Race car.

It’s been attracting widespread attention, which is fair enough. It was even shown on the relatively mainstream Fox Sports News here in Australia.

What we want to know is, why didn’t Gülden’s exploits three years ago attract as much attention when he first took to a snowy Nordschleife in an open wheeler?

To be fair, at least this time we’re treated to a full lap, instead of selected highlights. Who knows, maybe it’s all the same footage?! Either way, settle in and enjoy the full video for yourself.

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Nürburgring “saved” by Russian billionaire

Porsche at the 2013 Nurburgring 24 hour race

Viktor Kharitonin is a name you may not have heard of before. He’s a Russian business tycoon with connections to Roman Abramovich and has made his cash in pharmaceuticals, among other things.

According to recent reports Kharitonin has stepped in to save the Nürbrgring by buying a controlling stake in the Capricorn consortium which won the rights to the Ring earlier this year. The new owners are set to take control of the famous track on 1 January 2015.

Capricorn teamed up with German-based Getspeed to form the winning bid back in March, with Capricorn comitting to around two-thirds of the required cash. It’s understood Getspeed is still in the frame for its one-third share and that Kharitonin has taken over Capricorn’s component.

German media has reported that Kharitonin’s business NH Holding came to the rescue by covering two payments owed by Capricorn, one due earlier this month and one due in December.

If those payments weren’t made there was a very real risk that the Ring could cease it’s daily operations with near immediate effect. So, on the one hand it’s great that the Nordschleife is safe; at least for now.

But what of Kharitonin and the longer term future and security of the Ring?

Well known Save The Ring campaigner Mike Frison had this to say: “It’s the worst case come true. So many times the administrators and politicians kept saying that the Ring would be taken care of. That it would never fall into the hands of some Russian oligarch. Never trust a politician, QED. For me it’s so sad to be right again.”

Hopefully, Mike’s worst case scenario doesn’t hold true and we can all look forward to enjoying the Nürburgring for many years to come.

[Source: Pistonheads]

Be careful out there!

MINI TF crash, September 2014

Here’s a stark reminder of the dangers of driving your own car on the Nürburgring, especially when the track is wet. This MINI driver didn’t do anything particularly bad, from what we can tell anyway, but the consequences were severe.

Based on the description from the YouTube clip we understand the passenger was taken to hospital. We hope he/she makes a full and speedy recovery and that the financial damage for the driver/owner can be overcome without too much difficulty.

The Nordschleife can bite hard, treat it with respect.

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