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VW ID. R in testing at the Nürburgring for EV record attempt [UPDATE]

First shakedown runs at the Green Hell have been done

First shakedown runs at the Green Hell have been done.

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Brit breaks Nürburgring record — in a rented VW van

Watch Rob Austin careen around the Ring in under 10 minutes

Lapping the Nürburgring in under 10 minutes is a big deal.

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Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo demolishes Nurburgring record — and the video is bonkers

Timo Bernhard's astonishing run looks like it's on fast-forward

Anyone trying to set a new record will have to get really close to five minutes.

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The 60-Euro Roadtrip: Driving a cheap VW back to the factory

A small car on a big adventure through Eastern Europe (and the Nurburgring).

Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Warsaw, Dresden, Nürburgring, Wolfsburg, Berlin: You can reach them all with just 54 horsepower.

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Honda will try to break FWD 'Ring record with 2017 Civic Type R

Currently, the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S is the record-meister.

Can Honda do it in less than 7.50 minutes?

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Porsche Panamera Turbo sets new Nurburgring record

The new 2017 Panamera is shaping out to be an impressive machine.

The 2017 Porsche Panamera beat the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio's previous Nürburgring record to become the fastest sedan around the iconic track.

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Koenigsegg goes after a Nürburgring lap record

The 1322hp One:1 needs to do it in less than seven minutes.

The 1322-horsepower One:1 has been spotted on the Nordschleife, and could take the Nurburgring lap time crown.

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Russian billionaire acquires 99 percent Nürburgring stake

The remaining one percent will stay with German Getspeed partner.

Could it be that Nürburgring is on the right track to a 2017 F1 Grand Prix?

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Nurburgring bought by Russian billionaire

The Nürburgring is among the greatest racetracks of the world, with decades of fantastic motorsports history born on the snaking course. However, it seems that running the place as a business is about as difficult as learning the 12.9 miles of corners on the Nordschleife. After a long bankruptcy sale, things appeared to be looking up for the track when a Düsseldorf-based business called Capricon bought the circuit for 77 million euros, plus the promise of future investment. However, ju

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Ford Mustang SVT caught looking fierce on the 'Ring [w/video]

The next-generation Ford Mustang SVT is one of the most anticipated performance cars of the moment. We've already seen it testing multiple times, but it has always been covered is some very heavy camouflage. However, Ford has just given us our best view yet of the new muscle car. According to our spy photographer, the Mustang was at the Nürburgring for high-speed testing, which meant that the Blue Oval had to remove most of the heavy obfuscation that the SVT has worn previously.

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Renault gunning for sub-8-minute Nürburgring lap time

UPDATE: A previous version of this article erroneously suggested Renault was aiming for a sub-8-second lap time. Clearly, this was a rather humorous typo, and it's been fixed. Thanks for all who pointed out the mistake in the Comments!

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Bugatti mules could signal Veyron successor in the works

The chances of a new product from Bugatti are getting closer. The tally of available Veyrons left keeps dropping, with only around 40 units to go to complete the stated 450-car production run. The supercar maker has reportedly begun development on a successor, and that is looking increasingly likely because a pair of test cars with some intriguing modifications have been spotted lapping the Nürburgring.

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What's up with this Bugatti Veyron spied at the Nürburgring?

It's been sixteen years since Volkswagen acquired the Bugatti name and started showing off successive concept cars to preview the Veyron that followed. It's been eleven years since the first Veyron prototype started testing, and nine years since it entered production. But soon – probably sometime next year – Bugatti will have sold the last of the Veyrons it will ever build. And considering that the Veyron is the only model it offers, it will need something else to take its place, les

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Audi's next R8 snapped running the 'Ring nearly naked

Following the debut of the Lamborghini Huracán, work is now well well under way on its cousin. That, of course, would be the next-generation Audi R8, the followup to the model that put Ingolstadt on the supercar map in 2006 and has been on the market ever since. That's an eight-year lifespan, though to be fair, for 2014 it has gotten a pretty meaningful update. Still, that's a long lifecycle, even if the Gallardo with which it shares its underpinnings was around even longer. In other word

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Nissan releases GT-R Nismo N-Attack Package workout video at Fuji

Nissan grabbed headlines last year when it debuted the GT-R Nismo and did a blistering 7:08.679 lap around the Nürburgring's Nordschleife. As it turns out, the GT-R that did that round made use of parts that lowered its weight and improved handling. Nissan calls the extras the N-Attack Package, which stands for Nürburgring Attack, and here is a video showing what its upcoming model can do.

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Nürburgring officially sold for 100M euros

The Nürburgring has been officially sold, and it wasn't to HIG Capital and its group of investors as we had previously expected. Instead, Düsseldorf-based Capricorn Development put in a last-minute bid to buy the track for 77 million euros ($106.8 million), and it's promising to invest a further 25 million euros ($34.7 million) into the historic racecourse. The company will take full ownership of the 'Ring on January 1, 2015.

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Felix Baumgartner parachutes into racing at Nürburgring 24

There are plenty of commonalities to be found between astronauts and racing drivers. Both are daredevils by definition (if not by trade), both subject themselves to unfathomable G forces and both face very real risks when strapped into machinery that makes the very best use of advanced propulsion, aerodynamics and composite construction technologies. Yet you don't find much crossover between the two. There was talk of Niki Lauda, himself an experienced pilot, training to go into space with Virgi

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Nürburgring about to be bought by American investor group

Roughly 18 months after going bankrupt, being put up for sale (which prompted rumors that Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone would buy it), the Nürburgring is finally very close to having a new owner. While the final contracts reportedly aren't signed yet, German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche indicates that American investment group HIG Capital, British investor Meyrick Cox and a German named Markus Graf Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff are buying the track for 60 million to 70 million euros ($

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Did Seat take FWD Nürburgring lap record with new Leon Cupra?

While Porsche and McLaren vie for sub-seven-minute lap records at the Nürburgring, there's another hotly contested category, and it's not for the fastest time of any vehicle. It applies specifically to front-wheel-drive cars, and is contested between European hot hatches.

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Embattled Ecclestone no longer trying to buy Nürburgring

The nearly year-long process to sell the Nürburgring has reportedly entered its final phases, with the historic track's liquidators closing bids on the track on February 17, according to the Rhein Zeitung newspaper. Interestingly, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is rumored not to be among the bidders, despite previous news to the contrary.

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