VIDEO: Playstation GT6 v VLN racecar

Toyota GT86, Playstation GT6 v VLN race

Ever wondered how close the virtual world of the Nürburgring on Playstation GT6 is to the real world? Thanks to Dale from Bridge to Gantry we can show you a driver’s eye view answer to that question.

And it’s pretty damn remarkable how close, in lap time, the lounge room Toyota GT86 is to the race-prepped Swiss Racing Toyota GT86. The real footage was filmed during a VLN free practice session.

It’s interesting to see how smooth the driver’s hands on the wheel are in the virtual world, compared with the real world where every little bump and undulation is transferred to the steering wheel.

Very cool!

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2014 N24: McLaren 12C GT3 record qualifying lap

Kevin Estre, Doerr Motorsport McLaren 12C GT3

Want to know how fast a GT car can lap the full Nürburgring 24 hour circuit? The answer, according to Kevin Estre at the wheel of the Doerr Motorsport McLaren 12C GT3 is 8 minutes 10.921 seconds.

Here’s the description from the YouTube clip, first published in September last year:

In the build up to the final Blancpain Endurance Series round of the 2014 season, the Nurburgring 100kms, we look back at the 12C GT3 around the fearsome Nordschleife circuit.

Earlier this year, McLaren GT factory driver Kevin Estre qualified the Doerr Motorsport 12C GT3 on pole position for the Nurburgring 24 Hours. The onboard footage shows the Frenchman’s blistering pace throughout the session, setting a record lap time of 8m 10.921s – more than 6 seconds quicker than the previous record, and 2.5s clear of his nearest rival.

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VIDEO: Ariel Atom v Mk2 Golf

Ariel Atom v Mk 2 Golf

In a little over one month from now I will be making Nürburgring trip #2. Given the last one was back in 2006 it’s not a great hit rate is it. Alas, being 15,000km+ away makes it difficult to pop over for a weekend visit!

So, once again, I find myself watching videos of cars driving around the Nordschleife. Thanks to Wayne Moore for bringing this video of Dale Lomas lapping in one very cool Ariel Atom.

After a bit of research on the video I discovered it has partner clip, filmed from Nigel Pinder’s rather special if ungainly looking Mk2 Golf.

Strap yourself in and enjoy these clips from two guys who their way around this most awesome of tracks!

[Thanks to Wayne for the tip]

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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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