Archive for the ‘Manufacturer testing’ Category

BMW M3 ute: What the (green) hell!

Awesome has a new definition. And that comes in the form of this BMW M3 ute prototype lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Maybe BMW has taken inspiration from the equally awesome E39 M5 ute conversion by Australia’s own Stuart Appleby (yes, the pro golfer). Maybe it’s a crazy April Fool’s Day stunt in the making? Or […]

Positive news on the industry pool from Nürburgring GmbH

A modest tweet from the official Nürburgring GmbH account indicates a satisfactory resolution has been reached in regards to the manufacturer’s industry test pool. Translated to English the tweet reads: “Nürburgring GmbH and automotive industry pool reach agreement over the next 3 years.” Fears were raised about the future of the industry test pool, featuring […]

Manufacturers reported to have left industry test pool

Unconfirmed reports suggest that at least two manufacturers and one tyre company have opted out of the industry pool that use the Nürburgring as a test facility. If true, this would be the first tangible sign that concerns over the controversial plans by the Nürburgring’s private managers to increase costs have come to fruition. In […]

Audi R8 Spyder puts down a few laps

Official confirmation of a release date for Audi’s R8 Spyder is no closer to being locked away. However, the 5.2-litre V10 rag top is not shying away from Nürburgring testing, as this video shows. The sight and sound of the 525bhp V10 powered R8 is one well worth watching. According to autoblog, pencil in a […]

Golf GTI ‘R’ tested on the Nordschleife

Is this the new über Golf GTI ‘R’ being tested at the Ring? One thing is sure to be certain, it is unlikely to be a 2.0 TDI as the rear badges suggest. For one, the centre mount twin exhaust hint at a far more potent powerplant. While not likely to be final, the extended […]

Ford Focus RS chasing FWD record

Here’s some video footage of the Focus RS lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife courtesy of Rumour has it that Ford are chasing Renault’s FWD lap record set by the Megane R26.R and are hoping to announce a new time by April. The time to beat is 8 minutes 16.9 seconds, check out the cR26.R setting […]