Say goodbye to Nurburgring lap records [UPDATE]
The days of manufacturers setting lap records around Germany's famed Nürburgring are over, following a March crash that saw a Nissan GT-R flip and fly into a spectator area during a VLN endurance race, killing a spectator and leading to a temporary ban for GT3-spec racers.
JF Musial, one of the key figures behind the Drive series, broke the news via the blog for his new film, Apex. The movie sees Musial and crew ship out to the 'Ring and join Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg as his company attempts to set a new lap record with the One:1 hypercar.
After booking helicopters for filming and making other travel arrangements, the team was informed by Nürburgring management that the speed limits put in place following the March GT-R crash would remain in effect.
So while there's not an outright ban, it's effectively impossible for cars like the One:1 to match the blistering pace set by rivals like the McLaren P1 (allegedly "6:30 something"), Porsche 918 Spyder (6:57), or the Lamborghini Aventador SV (6:59). To give an idea of just how hobbled the Koenigsegg would be on the speed-limited 'Ring, Musial wrote that von Koenigsegg estimated the One:1 could hit 186 miles per hour at Tiergarten, a straight following the left-hand kink after the long run through Döttinger Höhe – that same section is now limited to 124 mph.
Other speed limits around the track include 124-mph zones at Flugplatz, Schwedenkreuz, and Antoniusbuche, all of which are known for cars catching air. There's also the 155-mph limit along Döttinger Höhe, the long straight where Touristenfahrten cars enter and exit the track.
It's unclear if or when these limits will ever be relaxed. But for the time being, don't expect to hear much about sub-seven-minute Ring runs.
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