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Koenigsegg One:1 Destroyed at Nurburgring

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When the Nurburgring removed its speed restrictions earlier this year, we were all prepared to see the Koenigsegg One:1 makes it official run at the quickest lap of the ring. Over the past few months, we’ve seen the Koenigsegg One:1 make some appearances on the track, but it was only for exhibition purposes. Recently, the company decided to have a go for the fastest lap, but unfortunately things didn’t end well. The ring claimed its one of only six One:1 in existence yesterday and it was a sad sad sight. News is that the driver did make it out of the crash alright which is the most important thing. Cars can always be replaced.

According to the automaker, the crash happened while they were working on vehicle development and preparing for a possible record run. Koenigsegg has not released any official word on what caused the crash, but just simply stated that any track testing with a high performance automobile carries with it some level of risk. However, as you view the video online of the crash site, you can tell the vehicle likely entered the corner carrying too much speed as the tire tracks go off in a straight line right off the track.

Despite the carnage shown by the pictures, Koenigsegg does plan to rebuild the vehicle and hopefully have it see track time once again.


Catching Pokemon on the Nurburgring

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Seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without being bombarded by Pokemon. I, personally, was too old to play with Pokemon. They don’t make any sense to me, but for those who did enjoy the characters growing up, the new Pokemon Go game is nothing less than addictive. Everywhere you go for the last couple of weeks, you see people trying to catch these darn Pokemon on their cell phones. People go to far lengths to catch these cartoon creatures, and for one player he decided to hope in a Ring Taxi and catch some Pokemon on a race lap around the historic track.

The game designers created an interactive game which required the player to physically go outside, walk around, and find Pokemons which have been spread all around the world. The goal of the game is to catch them all, and what more obscure yet fun place to catch some Pokemon than at the Nurburgring.

My thought? It’s blasphemy to go for a ride on the Nurburgring and do anything else other than sit tight and enjoy the historic track and all that the ring taxi driver has to offer in terms of speed and excitement as they fly through the race track. Focusing on finding Pokemons at the Nurburging just goes to show how addicted people are in the pursuit to find all the characters.


Audi R8 V10 Plus Selection 24H

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To celebrate the R8 LMS GT3’s victory at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Audi built a special edition R8 simply called the Audi R8 V10 Plus Selection 24H. Much of the design elements for the limited edition car is carried over from the race car including front splitters, wing mirrors, engine compartment cover, rear wing and rear diffuser all made up in light weight carbon fiber. The menacing looks of the car continues with all chrome trim being blacked out.

The race inspiration design continues into the cabin with ample amounts of carbon fiber being used. Interesting enough, through all of the performance oriented design, Audi can’t help themselves but to throw in some luxury element like the entry lights which project the R8 logo on the road surface.

The car will get some suspension tweaks in the form of adaptive damper control via magnetic shocks, and a dynamic steering system. The rest of the cars mechanics have been left pretty much as Audi intended.


Volkswagen’s GTI Clubsport Sets Nurburging Record

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Nurburging lap records is the bragging rights for all manufacturers. There’s a number of classes you can select to participate in, so Volkswagen brought out their all new Golf GTI Clubsport S to have their try at the front wheel drive production car record. Well, as the saying goes, they came, they saw, they conquered setting a blistering record lap time of 7 minutes, 49.21 seconds.

The GTI Clubsport S was designed with one purpose in mind, track time! The car is 66 pounds lighter than the regular GTI Clubsport thanks in part to a light weight battery, and light weight manual transmission. Unsprung weight at each corner is lightened by an additional 22 pounds with the use of aluminum brake covers. Light weight wheels at each corner continue the weight saving theme. The Clubsport S also packs a hefty 305hp and 280lb/ft of torque which helps around the track. Going fast also requires a balance to slow down when you need to and thanks to special brake pads the GTI Clubsport does that very well.

The Golf GTI Clubsport S will be produced in very limited numbers, 400 to be precise. So if you are lucky enough to get them in your country, Canada and the US are not among the lucky ones, you better grab one quick.


Nurburgring Gets Bought By Russian Billionaire

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What do you get when you mix racing with a Russian Billionaire? Well the purchase of a German race track of course. Viktor Kharitonin, a Russian business man, already owned a large stake in the historic Nurburgring race track, but recently he forked out some more cash and now has 99% ownership.

Kharitonin began acquiring stakes in the Nurburgring starting in 2014, purchasing large quantities of shares from a then failing German autoparts company Capricorn Group. The majority owner will likely bring about some changes. One of which is talks with a fellow billionaire Bernie Ecclestone on bringing Formula 1 back to the ring. The Nurburgring has played host to Formula 1 in the past, and has been a mainstay in motorsport history. It is only right for the sport to come back and entertain fans at undoubtedly one of the best courses in the world.


Koenigsegg Heads to the Nurburgring

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Koenigsegg is a company that delivers direct and impactful statements with each and every one of their vehicles. Following with that mantra, the company decided to get ahead of the curve and spill the beans to the public about their planned Nurburgring appearance.

The company states that they “unfortunately won’t be recording any record times any time soon. We won’t be doing a lap record in the immediate term, but we will be there and because people will see us there and expect all sorts of things, we thought we’d get out ahead of the car-spotters and tell you what we’re up to.”

Koenigsegg last year had planned to have a go at recording the fastest time around the ring. However, due to new speed limits which were put in place at certain parts of the track after a spectator death last year the record attempt run was put on hold. Koenigsegg will be focusing their time and effort on preparing the One:1 for a record attempt over the next few months, but like all other automakers, Koenigsegg will have to wait their turn and line up things like track access/availability, driver schedules, and weather in order to get the optimum conditions to produce a record lap.


The Nurburgring Removes Speed Restrictions

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The world famous German race track has seen its fair share of records and accidents. Most drivers come out unscathed with their on track shunts, but sometimes the luck just catches up to us. An accident last year on track killed a bystander who was watching the on track excitement. Ever since that accident, Nurburgring officials have imposed speed restrictions on certain parts of the track to improve safety.

Clearly for safety reasons drivers understood why, however, that doesn’t take away the much diminished excitement that this infamous track offers. What more, by imposing speed restrictions, automakers could no longer take their flagship super or hypercars on track to do a time attack to make fastest lap of the ring.

The once imposed limits have now been lifted to everyone’s joy. Once again, drivers can take on the ring at the fastest pace they can handle and once again manufacturers can try to claim the title of fastest around the Nurburgring. Officials at the ring did manage to repave sections of the track and rebuild or add new protection around the track to increase safety.


One of a Kind Lexus LFA Priced at $7.16M

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When Lexus created the LFA, it really showed the world what the company was capable of when they put their mind to it. Trouble is many of their recent performance oriented cars just don’t stack up to the legend that is the LFA. But now, there’s something that’s one better…well sort of.

The Lexus Resenheim dealership in Germany has in their possession a Lexus LFA Nurburgring edition. This particular LFA has a 4.8L V8 which pumps out 562hp instead of the stock 552hp. The Nurburgring edition is limited to just 50 examples and features custom aero which helped it post a 7:20 laptime at the ring.

Of the 50 made, this is definitely a 1 of 1. Toyota president Akio Toyoda has personally left his signature on this car which has been clearcoated over for added protection. A rare LFA indeed, and it also commands a rare car price tag of $7.18 million.


Motor Monday: The Nurburgring Is Fine, Please Stop Crying

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[“Wait a minute, it’s not Monday!” … Shhhhhhh]

The internet is alight over the Nurburgring’s management company enforcing speed limits on a few of its sections for everyone, including sanctioned races and manufacturer testing, after the tragic death of a spectator when a vehicle lifted off the track and flew into stands. Artificial speed limits in motorsport pretty much defeat the purpose, negatively affecting the spectacle for fans and likely taking away from the drivers’ experience as well. Now, of course the German Motorsport Association had to work with Nurburgring management to do something. The only thing worse than a spectator death would be another spectator death caused by the exact same thing. There wasn’t enough time to either fix the course or remove the stands in that area, so they implemented a speed limit. Just about anything else would have been knee-jerk and likely executed without the necessary planning to make sure it’s the best course of action. They did the same thing any one of us would do at our own job. Band-aid it for now and fix it properly after thinking about it sans fire under our asses. Yes it sucks, but I think they made the right call.

Of course, my opinion hinges on the fact that this will be temporary. They’ve promised to revisit the speed limits at the end of the year and I’m banking on them saying “Yeah, this just won’t do”. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe management won’t like the cost of implementing a better solution and the speed limits will stay forever. Green Hell would turn into Green Gables and I’d be right there with you, having a good cry.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Debuts with Blistering Ring Time

Porsche unveiled the final production version of its new super sportscar plug-in hybrid in Frankfurt, the 918 Spyder, to news that it has lapped the famed Nurburgring with a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, a full 14 seconds off the previous record.

I wrote about the 918 Spyder during our Porsche IAA 2013 preview, so I’ll just copy and paste it here if you missed it:

The highly anticipated Porsche 918 Spyder, the first plug-in hybrid by the automaker, will be making its world debut. The 918 Spyder has made its rounds at auto shows already but this will be the final production version. A 4.6L V8 engine outputting over 600 horsepower will be paired up with a set of electric motors that produce 155 and 125 horsepower for a combined hybrid power output of over 887 horsepower! 100 km/h arrives from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds and all it’ll take is 3.0L / 100km. For short trips to the grocery store, the 918 Spyder can operate on pure electric power with a range of just over 30km.

See more 918 Spyder Pictures and Video of the ‘Ring Laptime


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