• May 4, 2007
We've seen plenty of great video shot at the world-renown Nurburgring, and this one ranks right up there. It all starts innocently enough, as a twin-turbo E30 M3 minds its own business through the turns, when a canary-yellow Porsche Cerrera GT just flies by the Bimmer's left flank. From there, the battle-royale insues.

The M3 held its own in the twisties against Porsche's fastest, but even with plenty of twice-turbo'd horsepower, in the straights the GT just blew the doors off the older BMW. It's interesting to note how many bugs met their demise at the hands of the Bimmer's windshield during the six-minute video. Maybe the bugs were attracted to that funky squeeze toy sound that popped up every time the BMW changed gears.

You can see the whole chase for yourself after the jump.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      All of the people commenting that the CGT driver was awful and didn't know the circuit would be well served to put down the PS2 controller and actually get some driving instruction on a real track. He was driving a very smooth line with nice, late apexes and leaving himself a bit of a safety margin in some of the corners. What lunatic is going to drive 10/10 in that car on that track, particularly when there's other traffic? Even Walter Rohrl decided to pack things up after setting the best time in a CGT around the Nurburgring rather than continuing to push to improve and creating a dangerous situation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "passing on the 'Ring is strictly done on the left side (same as traffic laws). His pass of the 2 bikers in the very fast Kesselchen section could have easily resulted in tragedy."

      This is not a rhetorical question, what happens if the other drivers stay on the left side?

      In the video, the bikers clearly should have moved to the right and allowed the vehicles to pass, but they did not. Are drivers required to wait it out?
      • 7 Years Ago
      My guess is that the GT wasn't even at 70% of its capacity. At some points you see him loose the BMW or let the BMW come back in un-twisty bits where it could lose the bmw easyly. And at the end the BMW driver just lifts it when the GT driver gives it a kick.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "funky squeeze toy sound"

      It's called a Blow-Off Valve..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with everyone who says the CGT was at like 50% and had a lot to lose with a spin. I know form everything I've watched on the CGT that everyone agrees its very finnicky. I know i'd be damn careful on the bumpy, narrow green hell!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Your comments: "This is not a rhetorical question, what happens if the other drivers stay on the left side? In the video, the bikers clearly should have
      moved to the right and allowed the vehicles to pass, but they did not. Are drivers required to wait it"

      Technically yes you have to wait it out. On very busy days there is sometimes a traffic chopper up
      above to keep an eye on things, and there are marshalls on fast bikes lapping to also report overly agressive drivers.
      If there is an accident, and a traffic law is determined to have been violated(the only one that REALLY applies - except in one speed restricted area at Breidscheid - is passing on the right) the police can and will throw the book at you. Police are called on the track for any accident requiring an ambulance (I've witnessed this firsthand), and treat the accident like any crash scene on the 'regular' roads.
      Rather than attempt a right-side pass (admitedly, this is riskier in the lower powered cars I've used than a big-motored one) I've sat behind cars or bikes with the left flasher on until they get the hint and move right, sometimes this takes a while. Could be a brits who's used to passing on the right, or someone who just plain doesn't bother to read the (very short list of) rules before going out. Yes it's annoying, but there will always be another lap. And I agree those particular bikers didn't move smartly right, but remember they could have been fairly new to the ring, so weren't concentrating on their (small, shaking) mirrors, and likely had no idea some lunatic was FLYING up behind them. If one or both had turned in just a bit more they'd have been toast. It's not worth putting others in danger so you can brag "I kept up with a XXX in my xxx!!!! blah blah blah"
      BTW - those in the know claim the CGT's driver has raced in some form at the Ring, so he should know his way around. I believe he was just (prudently) driving at 7/10, while the M3TT was at 9/10.

      some videos of my experiences in MUCH lower powered 'ring cars here BTW
      cheers
      Kurt
      http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=edelbach
      • 7 Years Ago
      Regarding the E30 M3, that car is truly amazing... Especially considering that the E30 was a car built between 1986 and 1996. But don't let me take any credit away from the driver!

      You can tell this guy has been around the 'Ring a few times, his lines are very good, and he shows no sign of being timid at all. Aggressive, actually, which contrasts the GT's driver, who seems to be quite cautious around the other vehicles on the track, allowing the M3 to close in.

      A fantastic video of a truly epic race. Nice work, both of you. I'd have to declare the 10-20 year old M3 the winner on this one, on style points alone!
      • 7 Years Ago
      forgot - for just about everything you ever wanted to know about driving the 'ring go to:
      http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/
      • 7 Years Ago
      they both seem to be playing.. i hhear no real engine revs..only a louud droum.... they make the carrera look really cool though
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think its fair to assume that the Porsche driver is incompetent; it just seems that the BMW driver knows the track much better. I have to imagine that 0 runoff room might temper my courage a bit too if it was my 400000 dollar baby.

      That said... that looks like way too much fun... i need to go to Germany.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the heck is that wierd blinking gauge on the left side of the middle 3 gauges on the Bimmer? Any thoughts?

      The Porsche driver probably didn't know the track as well. That guy in the M3 looked like he knew his stuff, and even if you know how to drive a racing line, you simply aren't that awesome the first time around. Or the second, for that matter. :)

      But what an incredible race track. Any footage of that place is good footage in my book.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm, methinks Herr Wanker was behind the wheel of that Carrera GT. I mean, we all know that the chassis of the M3 cars are race-bred designs, but seriously that GT is capable of pretty much losing any car, no matter what sort of tomfoolery is going on under the hood.
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