• Aug 6, 2008
Back in April, fellow Autoblogger Chris Tutor caught the Veritas RS3 heading out onto the Nurburgring for a photoshoot. Today, Chris took a brief break from his day-job to see what he could spy on the 'Ring's webcam and found the same trio of lightweight, track-tools that dance in our minds when we hit REM sleep. A Lotus 211, a KTM X-Bow and an Ariel Atom were all getting ready for their close-ups at the entrance to the Green Hell, likely a feature story for a European buff. There's no way to tell who's doing the shooting, but don't be surprised if a video begins floating around YouTube of the three track toys in the next couple of months. We'll keep an eye out.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Drivers Republic already tested the 211, Ariel Atom and Caterham R500 against each other on a track. The 211 came out the fastest! Go Lotus!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Definitely looking forward to that video... if it comes out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it would be awesome if it was Top Gear doing this comparo. Put one presenter in each 'kart, and let them duke it out on the N'ring.

      Come to think of it, has Top Gear ever done a bit from the Nurburgring? I can't seem to recall them ever doing one...
        • 6 Years Ago
        My mistake, here's the a 'tube of the original Top Gear Tranny trip:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1pklvKKnd0
        • 6 Years Ago
        James - Thanks for the links. I'll have to check them out when I get home (work says "No YouTube," so I can't see them right now.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        They did a couple involving Jeremy Clarkson and Sabine Schmitz running laps on the 'Ring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Get yourself to Youtube, young man...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XVPmnomMME

        And that looks like a right hand drive 9-5 to me, so it could well be either Top Gear or Fifth Gear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sir Colin Chapman has gotta be in heaven now!


      oh wait.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least he isn't rolling in his grave :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      What ever happened with this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I caught it with the cameraman in frame:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/79476372@N00/2739473830/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ariel, not Arial.

      come on autoblog...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Saab behind will eat them all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn, it's so irritating when someone writes exactly what you were thinking before you can! :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      My bet is: KTM, Ariel, 211 in that order.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That KTM looks like frickin Decepticon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap...this will be interesting if theres a video put up.

      I'm waiting to see one thats like the Corvette vs GTR...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I had a dream like this once... Danica Patrick was there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ummm, why?

        I'd rather do the driving and have more appealing eye candy on hand. Besides, she would be complaining the whole time.

        not my cup o tea, atall.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You you got it wrong, it was a bunch of Danicas set up like pylons, and there was this push bar installed on the car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      hope the ariel has the supercharged K20 and not the ecotec.

      cant wait for the times.
      do you think any of them have the power to stretch their legs and turn times in the 7:30 range.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if its the european model it more than likely wouldn't have the ecotec option anyway. I think the ecotec would be better though, a little torque never hurt anyone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think there's anyway any of them post any time close to the 7:30 mark. Although they clearly have the handling (and then some), I don't think they have the legs to turn that kind of time. There would have to be a significant amount of time spent between 120mph and 170-180mph, and I don't know if any of those cars can get anywhere near that. The Nurburgring rewards cars with more top end than handling (see e.g., the ZR1 vs. GT-R). But the drivers will no doubt have a hell of a lot of fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I envision that Sam would be surprised how fast ~250 horsepower is when its tied to less than half the frontal surface area and mass of a road-going car.

        While horsepower only improves acceleration and top speed, lowering mass has the compound effect of improving acceleration, braking, and cornering speeds -- you are faster all over the place, as opposed to just on the straights. Even on the Ring, only about 1:00 is spent over 120, and all of these cars will reach that speed almost as quickly as a GT-R. These cars all probably have top speeds in the 160 mph area because their cross-section is so small.

        A GT-R does what, 0.96 Gs on a skid pad? These all do 1.1-1.4 Gs -- that's up to 40% faster through sustained turns. Meaning, if a GT-R can pull 60 mph through a turn, one of these cars will be going almost 90.

        And when it comes to complex turns, these cars are also better suited because their chassis are incredibly rigid. That means weight is able to transition across the car extremely quickly. This means that inputs can be sharper than in a normal car and the chassis won't become unsettled.

        They are also able to brake in about 30% less space.

        You have to realize these _are_ race-cars. KTM races stock X-Bows (with race safety gear and tires) in FIA GT4. They have tons of compromises to be as fast as they are, and thus they are ludicrously fast.
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