• May 25, 2011
All four off at Flugplatz – Click above for high-res image gallery

Many areas of Germany's demanding 13-mile Nürburgring race track have became notorious in their own right, and have nicknames that hint at the challenge they present. One such section is called Flugplatz, which means "airport," and the name certainly fits because this crest is enough to send some cars skyward.

Our friendly spy photographers decided to take a break from the cat-mouse-camo-car game, and trained their lenses on Flugplatz. In the gallery below, we have airborne units from Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, all attacking the airport. Engineers like to use this lift-off point to check a variety of parameters. They also like to use Flugplatz to force suspension setups to reenact heavyweight prize fights.

We hear that drivers need to exceed 100 miles per hour at Flugplatz in order to play games with gravity. That makes the shots of the Panamera that much scarier, and the shots of the McLaren MP4-12C that much more amazing. Check out all of Flugplatz finest in our high-res image gallery.


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      bonehead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vehicles take flight* * McLaren not included
      weagle99
      • 3 Years Ago
      The rear tires on the ZR1 looks like steamrollers.
        weagle99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @weagle99
        *look* Where is the edit button AB?
          Tone
          • 3 Years Ago
          @weagle99
          Falling on deaf ears. :(
        Mr. O
        • 3 Years Ago
        @weagle99
        This is not a ZR1. Not even a Z06. Its a Grand Sport.
          Blakkar
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mr. O
          It's a Z06. Likely a Tuner car seeing the red badge on the fender.
          Aaron Anderson
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mr. O
          It's a ZO6 carbon, I believe. The Grand Sport has the big double vent aft of the front wheel. The ZR1, as you have correctly noticed, has the two small vents in the same spot.
      sengg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it is really not fair to judge the cars by pictures. As the car in the pic might not be at the maximum flight. So a video will provide a better judgement. Anyone agree?
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      so...the best suspension and chasis were from LFA and Mc12
      MechE
      • 3 Years Ago
      The General Lee, KITT and B.A. Baracus Van laugh at all those lame excuses for jumps. Pretty cool though.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was awesome until I saw the giant ugly watermarks.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      A real time Nürburgring commentary would sound a lot like a run through IKEA.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I stopped reading after you wrote "have became". Is this really what passes for journalism these days?
        'Vin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        I sincerely doubt you actually stopped reading at that point, but yeah - pretty solid error on the author's part.
      Amy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must be a slow day huh, AB...
      Sayeed Hasan
      • 3 Years Ago
      am I the only one or new mclaren does fly at all ?
      Sayeed Hasan
      • 3 Years Ago
      am I the only one or the mclaren doesnt know how to fly?
      dystroglycan
      • 3 Years Ago
      the mini looks like a pig on its toes
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