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BMW M3 ute: What the (green) hell!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 Posted in BMW, Manufacturer testing | 1 Comment »

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, ...

Positive news on the industry pool from Nürburgring GmbH

Friday, February 11th, 2011 Posted in Manufacturer testing, Save the Ring | 1 Comment »

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 ...

Aston Martin still keen for Nürburgring industry test days

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 Posted in Aston Martin, Manufacturer testing, Save the Ring | 1 Comment »

Despite a strong rumour that Aston Martin had pulled out of the Nürburgring industry test pool we can reveal this is not the case. Speaking to AUSringers, Kim Palmer, Aston Martin Product and Motorsport, said, "It's not the case that Aston ...

Manufacturers reported to have left industry test pool

Monday, January 10th, 2011 Posted in Aston Martin, Manufacturer testing, Mercedes-Benz, Save the Ring | No Comments »

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 ...

Audi R8 Spyder puts down a few laps

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 Posted in Audi, Manufacturer testing | No Comments »

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 ...

Golf GTI ‘R’ tested on the Nordschleife

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 Posted in Manufacturer testing, Volkswagen | 2 Comments »

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 ...

Ford Focus RS chasing FWD record

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 Posted in Ford, Lap times, Manufacturer testing | No Comments »

Here's some video footage of the Focus RS lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife courtesy of BridgeToGantry.com. 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 ...