Porsche 918 Spyder Nurburgring

Nürburgring lap times BANNED by circuit bosses [UPDATED]

Porsche 918 Spyder NurburgringThe battle of the Nürburgring lap time may be over as news emerges that circuit chiefs have banned car manufacturers from undertaking timed lap record runs.

The news, first revealed by website Apex, is due to the imposition of safety-related speed limits in certain areas of the track.

The fastest road cars at theNürburgring – in pictures

These were set up following the death of a spectator after a crash earlier this year.

The Apex crew revealed they were contacted by circuit bosses this week informing them of the restrictions – just days before they were due to spend a week at the circuit filming a lap record attempt by the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar.

“Official word from Nürburgring management is that these restrictions will be reviewed at the end of the year,”say Apex, “but for the time being, manufacturers like Koenigsegg are banned from attempting lap-time runs — even if they’ve rented out the entire track for themselves.”

We contacted the Nürburgring team for comment.Carsten Schumacher, CEO of capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH, said: “Following the tragic accident on 28 March 2015, the German motorsport association (DMSB) introduced speed limits for races at the Nürburgring.”

These were imposed, successfully, during the 2015 Nürburgring 24-hour race.

“capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH has decided to extend these speed limits to other activities on the Nordschleife, which is why record drives are currently not permitted on the Nürburgring Nordschleife”.

So there we are: it seems our list of Nürburgring fastest lap times is set in stone until at least the end of the year.

But will the Radical SR8 LM now be the fastest road car around the Nürburgring for ever more? And will the Honda Civic Type R be the fastest hot hatch? Speaking of which, let’s enjoy the Civic’s record-run video one more time…

2 replies
  1. Rg
    Rg says:

    The p1 and lafarrari didnt beat the 918. I doubt the koenigsegg would have but I really wanted to see it. We’ll never know.

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  2. Gypsey1
    Gypsey1 says:

    Why ban manufacturers who buy exclusive use of the track using professional drivers from setting lap times? It’s the wannabe Alonso’s of various skill levels (all below that of a pro driver) who race their private cars on the track that are more likely to hurt themselves and others.
    I saw a Civic Type R the other day and was reminded of the Batmobile. Thank you, but I prefer a Seat Leon Cupra which will be 4 seconds slower around the ring and half a second slower on a normal length racetrack sans the boy racer looks.
    On a typical wet British B road neither car would know where a Golf R (or a Subaru if you like wings) had disappeared to with equal drivers.
    I’m sure that the Type R is an amazing car to drive, but surely the appeal is limited to youngsters who think that back-to-front baseball caps, pants exposing their undies and loud rap music is cool. I would be afraid of being laughed at if I pulled up in one of those.

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