• Dec 12, 2012
Rental cars get no respect. They're abused, misused and flogged mercilessly as athletes in Rental Car Olympics. And that's just at your everyday airport rental counter. The torture gets extreme for rental cars thrashed around Germany's infamous Nürburgring.

Rent4Ring expects its customers to drive its cars around the 'Ring with enthusiasm and, in some cases, less skill than the pros. Rent4Ring just recently retired its Suzuki Swift Sport from its fleet and shared the car's two-year-plus lifetime highlights.

The little hatchback made more than 2,800 laps of the 'Ring over three seasons amounting to more than 310,000 miles driven by 457 different drivers. "Some were fast, some were slow. Some were nice to the car, a few were frankly awful," says a Rent4Ring rep.

One of those drivers pegged the tachometer at a record (for this Swift, at least) 8761 rpm. The car did about 600 hours of spirited driving, and endured 168,000 gear changes for 180 million engine revolutions.

All that lead-foot levity came at the cost of only two clutches, 27 front brake pads, three brake fluid flushes, a new wheel bearing, a new alternator and battery, 52 Toyo 888 tires and four Goodyear Eagle F1s. About 1,847 gallons of 98-octane go juice.

To the Suzuki's credit, Rent4Ring says the car was never mechanically broken or crashed. Not only does it still drive like new, it still dyno's at 133bhp. The car isn't being scrapped or stuck on a used car lot somewhere but instead was bought by a Rent4Ring customer and should get several more Nürburgring laps before it goes to that big garage in the sky.


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      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      THAT is the Suzuki that we needed here. A friend in the UK has one, and it is an incredible little car to drive. Also, 36,000+ pure race miles and no serious failures? That's incredibly impressive. Who in the hell on Autoblogs staff made that big of an error, ~13 miles x 2,800 =/= 316K.
        Rayvan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        I wouldn't call them *all* "Pure Race" miles. They did say that some were slow.
      Maxim Fedorov
      • 2 Years Ago
      59000kms = 36600 miles, not 310,000 miles!!!
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's proof to counter the claim of those who think Suzuki's are junk cars. Cheap, yes, but not junk. The junk Suzuki's were the Daewoo's that GM badged as Suzuki's (Forenza, Verano, Reno). Now, the Daewoo's are Chevys. This is the Suzuki that should of come to the US instead of the SX4 or the Kizashi. They should have marketed it as rival to the Mini. Though not as stylish, the Suzuki is far more reliable and is a very good contender in performance. It is leagues better than compacts like the Yaris, Versa, Fit, Fiesta, etc. especially in the fun department.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        Couldn't agree more. Unfortunately, too many simple minded US consumers assume that if something doesn't sell well it's crap and vice versa.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          Oh spare us the "Americans are dumb because they dont like the same cars that other do" Why not blame Suzuki for not promoting their product better? Its not the fault of "dumb" Americans. The market did not support what they were selling, so the left....is anybody REALLY going to miss them?
      sheepszies
      • 2 Years Ago
      36,000 miles....310,000 miles. Close enough. You guys suck.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Elvis Dogman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Methinks there might be some wonkiness in the numbers here. If the Swift (which I wish Suzuki had imported!) was used almost exclusively for track rental, it would have averaged approximately 167 mpg. Also, the Green Hell is long, but each lap would have been about 110 miles long. The topper is this impressive feat - covering 310,000 miles in a mere 600 hours, which equates to 516 mph!!! Perhaps the mileage claim is just a tad exaggerated?
        Elvis Dogman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elvis Dogman
        Just looked up the original source, apparently someone at Autoblog is not very good at the "new" math. mileage - 59,000 km = 36,660 mi fuel - 8,400 ltr = 2,219 gal Don't feel too bad Autoblog, the original source couldn't calculate mpg either. It was 16.5 mpg not about 20 mpg.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elvis Dogman
        Its Autoblog.....that means that facts and figures are not worried about....only overwrought headlines.
        Hammie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Elvis Dogman
        I was actually thinking the same thing you were. I did the math and all as well. They may have slipped an extra 0 into the miles
      Jim R
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Kudos to the Suzuki Swift. Not many cars can take that kind of day to day pounding and survive with that small of a repair bill.
      JayP
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the M3 couldn't make one lap without killing the brakes?
      Justin L
      • 2 Years Ago
      I rented one of these cars this summer during my Le Mans trip. Absolute blast to drive. I cant wait to rent one again if I ever get the opportunity to go back. R4R FTW!!
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      On another note, Suzuki should have been selling this car in the USA, and they should have been using this as marketing fodder for selling it. Ugh, if I were a car manufacturer, I'd give cars to rental companies like this on the condition that we'd get to gather all data and use it for our own gain.
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      there is clearly a typo... 2800laps are ~36,400miles not 310,000miles 36,400miles : 600 = 60.6mph in average... sounds more realistic than 516mph if the car covered 310,000miles in 600hours..
        happyfunball
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Georg
        It would also mean that the 1,847 gallons used over 310,000 miles would give the car a 167 MPG average on the 'ring...I'm going with your assumption that the mileage number is off. Still, at the 36,400 number you estimated, that's a very respectable 19.7 MPG while being flogged.
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's pretty damn incredible. It's also nice to see a cool story on AB instead of politically charged stuff.
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