Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

VIDEO: Fuchsröhre bites hard

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Honda Civic crash at Fuchsrohre

Before I went to the Nürburgring I remember watching videos and thinking the downhill run into Fuchsröhre, and its subsequent climb towards Adenauer Forst, would easily be my favourite section of the Nordschleife. However, when I was faced with that stretch of tarmac for the first time I was not prepared for the narrowness of the track of the sharpness of its decline.

Thankfully, I managed to negotiate the Nordshcleife without incident, but this video of a Honda Civic crashing at Fuchsröhre recently pretty much illustrates what I thought could happen if I got it wrong there.

We’re pleased to report that nobody was hurt in the incident and this video serves as a telling reminder to all of the respect that must be paid when driving this track.

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2013 N24h: Chasing the dream

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Stereoscreen

Tim Hahne from Stereoscreen is back, this time with a beautifully crafted highlights package from the 2013 Nürburgring 24 hour race. Get yourself comfortable and enjoy the next 12 minutes.

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VIDEO: Mercedes F1 W02 around the Nordschleife

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Michael Schumacher drives Mercedes F1 W02 around the Nurburgring

When we saw how Mercedes-Benz squandered the opportunity of running an F1 car around the Nordschleife we were pretty unhappy. Michael Schumacher barely got out of first gear it seemed.

In this new video, showing Michael’s lap from a worm’s eye view, we can tell that, at times, he did give the Mercedes F1 W02 a bit of a squirt now and then. But he also spent too much time dawdling along. Oh well.

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2013 N24h: Onboard with Falken Motorsports

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Martin Ragginger in the Falken Motorsports Porsche 911

This is an eye-opening onboard lap of the Nürburgring filmed during Friday qualifying. At the wheel of the #44 Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 is Martin Ragginger.

The sights, the sounds, the closing speeds. There is only one Nordschleife. There is only one 24 hour race!

As the lap nears its completion the fog and mist grows heavier. In the dead of night, in heavy rain and fog, the Nordschleife would be a scary, scary place.

[Source: Ferdinand Magazine]

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VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz F1 W02 on the Nordschleife

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Michael Schumacher on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Mercedes F1 W02

When we heard that Michael Schumacher would be driving a modern day F1 car around the Nordschleife we were excited. We should have known better. It promised so much and delivered so little.

Cruelled by F1’s in season testing restrictions, which limited the speed Michael could do, and coupled with a marketing exercise from Mercedes-Benz it was a total fizzer.

Such a shame, because it could have been so good. Just as well Mercedes ended up winning the main show, the Nürburgring 24 hour race, so that it could walk way from the Ring with some dignity in tact.

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A touristenfahrten lap to treasure

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Nissan GT-R

Colin Alton, take a bow. We’re not too sure of Colin’s background but he’s clearly a half decent steerer as this video posted to YouTube shows. And he’s obviously completed many laps around the Nürburgring. Behind the wheel of his Nissan GT-R Colin has posted a bridge-to-gantry lap time of 7 minute 30 seconds.

The time was set a couple of days back during a regular public open day. Luckily for him the track was near empty and he pretty much had the 20.832km of Nordschleife to himself. Lucky guy.

To put this lap time in perspective a 7 minute 20 lap is around the mark for Nissan’s hero lap around the Ring. If you add an extra 20–30 seconds lost by not being able to complete a full v-max run down the main Döttinger Hohe straight we’re talking a 7 minute 50 lap, or thereabouts, if Alton was able to do the full circuit. That’s not too shabby at all.

[via Bridge to Gantry]

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VIDEO: Fast as hell

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Timo Kluck drives the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 around the Nurburgring

It’s not very often that we get to see quality on board footage from inside a Porsche. Here, racer Timo Kluck is lucky enough to find himself at the wheel of a 911 GT3 RS 4.0 as a guest of Dunlop, running a set of Sport Maxx Race tyres. An empty Nordschleife awaits, so let’s get into it!

By our rough calculations Timo completes the bridge to gantry lap in 7 minutes 23 seconds. That includes a reported 250km/h through the fearsome Füchsrohre. Not too shabby!

[Thanks to James for the tip]

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Toyota TMG EV P002 laps Nordschleife in 7:22.329

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Toyota TMG EV P002

This plucky little Toyota TMG EV P002 has knocked an astonishing 25 seconds from its own Nürburgring lap record. The new benchmark for electric powered vehicles now sits at a blindingly quick 7 minutes 22.329 seconds.

Jochen Krumbach was at the wheel again for this new record and the TMG crew are just a little bit pleased with themselves.

Ludwig Zeller, TMG General Manager Electrics and Electronics said: “Since our Nürburgring record last year, we have developed our electric powertrain to deliver more power, more consistently, over a longer distance by managing the temperature of batteries, motors and inverter.”

But it’s the advancements made in the recharging that Zeller is most pleased with. In fact the Radical-based P002 can be recharged from a unit in the back of the team’s Hiace van.

“This achievement is not only about on-track performance; we are also very proud of the DC Quick Charger which again provided a reliable power supply in a remote location,” said Zeller. “This is an aspect of electric motorsport which has not been discussed at length but it is very significant; electric race cars need to be charged and it is a challenge to have the right infrastructure at race tracks, particularly temporary street circuits.

“Together with our partners at Schneider Electric, we have developed a solution to charge a race car literally anywhere in the world. This, along with the TMG EV P002 powertrain, represents a major step forward for electric motorsport.”

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Augusto and Liri Farfus drive the Nordschleife

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus and wife Liri at the Nurburgring

BMW DTM driver Augusto Farfus recently took his wife, Liri, for a drive around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a company M3. For our amusement BMW fitted the car with a few cameras to make sure we didn’t miss any of the action.

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VIDEO: Audi R8 e-tron lap record

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Audi R8 etron

Audi has released onboard video of the R8 e-tron setting its Nürburgring lap record for an electric powered production car. Markus Winkelhock was at the wheel and he managed to pedal the eerily quiet R8 around the Ring in 8 minutes 9.09 seconds.

While the lap time is impressive enough you can see from the grab above that Winkelhock had a bit of a brown trouser moment early in the lap. We’re not sure if it’s the lack of engine sound, but the view inside the cabin, coupled with the squealing tyres, leads us to believe the e-tron suffers from more than enough understeer.

Watch the lap in full after the break and judge for yourself.

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VIDEO: Porsche Carrera Cup battle

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Porsche Carrera Cup battle

Here, from a worm’s eye view, is an awesome battle for position during a Porsche Carrera Cup event held over the 24 hour race weekend. The video takes us on a white knuckle ride for a full lap of the Nordschleife. We know you’re gonna like this one, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

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2012 N24h: Let’s get ready to rumble

Friday, May 18th, 2012

This video is the perfect way to get yourself in the mood for a weekend of endurance racing. It was produced after the 2011 24 hour race and features Mal Rose at the wheel of his Holden Commodore V8 Supercar and Darren Turner in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.

You’re taken for a full lap of the Grand Prix track and Nordschleife, with the view alternating between the two cars. There’s some great racing action to be seen.

Now that Mal Rose has secured a drive with Aston Martin for this year’s race, it’s quite appropriate to see these two cars in the same video.