Despite what Audi would have you believe, diesel-powered cars aren't generally the best track-day weapons. Similarly, Citroën's successful rally history does not mean all of its cars are tossable, gravel-spewing machines. That makes this maniacal, sub-10-minute lap of the Nürburgring in a woeful Citroën AX diesel all the more impressive.

The unidentified driver has spent seven years looking for what he calls the "perfect lap" of the Ring. That's meant 118 laps of the course spread across 10 different trips from his home in Bordeaux, France, which is nearly 700 miles from the track. And as you can see from the video, these are not conservative laps being run. Braking is optional, and as the driver freely admits, he tends to overdrive the car in some corners. That's because a loss of momentum in the 52-horsepower car could totally ruin the lap.

It shouldn't be a shock, but after all the trips to the Ring, the little Citroën has suffered, chewing through nine engines and five transmissions over the years. The saggy body has necessitated the addition of a strut-tower bar, as well as a new intake to accommodate the strut-tower bar. Ultra-sticky Yokohama Advan A048 tires have also been fitted on the front.

Take a look below for the impressive lap of the track, and let us know what you think in Comments.


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      elijah.rawee
      • 10 Months Ago
      This is awesome. Pure love for driving and getting the most out of a car. Hats off to this guy.
      Andy Grey
      • 10 Months Ago
      Read what the man says on the video description: Citroën AX 14D « Entreprise » -- 1993 -- 685.100 km -- 1,360 litre diesel engine 52 hp -- 720 kg The car is stock except: xenon lights, front tyres (A048), increased fuel pressure, strutbar (because of the mileage of the body) and an aluminum intake from 1.5D engine (because of the strutbar). This record lap was done on Saturday August 17th 2013 at 8:37am. It was the 118th Nordschleife lap for this car and my 10th attempt trip (1115 km away from Bordeaux in France). Lap timing equipment = mobile phone with Harry's Lap Timer and a XGPS150 Bluetooth receiver. It took me a lot of time and patience to achieve a "Bridge To Gantry" lap time under 10 minutes during the tourist drive sessions at the Nordschleife. This challenge was definitely for fun but also to prove it could be done with work, tenacity and a bit of madness too... I have been chasing the 'perfect lap' for 7 years with no traffic, no road works, fresh air, dry track, no driving mistakes and a reliable drivetrain. This TUD3 diesel engine is known for its poor reliability and I went through 9 engines and 5 gearboxes! Here I want to thank all the people who spent time to help me work on this little car. With such a non-powerful car, if you kill the momentum you're done, and in many corners I tend to overdrive the car trying to maximize momentum. For this reason, my video is not a driving lesson at all! During all these years I tried to be respectful of the Nürburgring tourist drive rules, the other users (faster and slower cars) and the people working on the track. Recording movies and lap times is not allowed, in theory...but I made this video to show you don't necessarily need a sport car and a lot of money to enjoy driving. Racing is a state of mind.
        Tone
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andy Grey
        Good show, sir! I'm nearly speechless...
        CoolWaters
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andy Grey
        There's got to be a better, low priced, car to do this with. One with a stronger engine, and better handling and braking. You should consider trying to find a better vehicle.
          zakgee
          • 10 Months Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Is that seriously all you got out of this?
      Michael Moran
      • 10 Months Ago
      Never has someone done so much with so little to achieve so much.
      boostedmx5
      • 10 Months Ago
      I give the driver props for not dubbing over the video with music. Listening to that little diesel work its way around the track was awesome. Bigger props for making it happen under 10-minutes. Amazing!
      Bernard
      • 10 Months Ago
      This guy deserves a medal, and a real track car. Maybe he'll get enough attention and someone will donate one.
      Tone
      • 10 Months Ago
      Boy... Maybe it's because my wife is carrying my first child, and I'm an emotional wreck, but something about the music at the end and the still photo montage just made me tear up a bit. I salute you, unidentified driver, for the effort and desire to reach your goals.
        Gorf
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Tone
        Its not just you... It is the realization of an individual's drive and determination to achieve a goal. It is the reflection on how much work and passion goes into achieving the goal and that, at whatever personal costs, the goal will be achieved. Many will not understand his logic but if you look deep enough you realize this is the essence of automotive passion, It is a beautiful commentary on what the true human spirit is. I salute you sir, and I hope many are inspired by your determination and the proof that you don't need a a large bank account to have the greatest track day of your life!
      kevin
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think this little white Citroen needs to be part of GT6s next DLC pack.
      Bassracerx
      • 10 Months Ago
      wow now get this guy a spot on the grid of the touring car champoinship because he obviously has what it takes.
      JB
      • 10 Months Ago
      Black smoke, meh.
      jeff
      • 10 Months Ago
      That is impressive. Look at all of that black smoke pouring out of the car...
      citroen_2cv
      • 10 Months Ago
      Then he left the track as silently as he arrived, leaving the other drivers unbeknown of his latest accomplishment. Glory to the " Ugly Ducks ".
      bobbylightbryant
      • 10 Months Ago
      Very cool!
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