The BTG calendar tells me that it’s only three weeks until we can drive the first touristenfahrten laps of 2016… who’s excited?
Rewind the clocks to a time before Playstation, and only the most dedicated petrolheads even knew what a Skyline GTR was. The year was 1989 and back then the Nürburgring was deep in slumber.
It was over a decade since F1 last raced here, and 6 years since the World Endurance Championship. The Nordschleife was old, unloved and off the radar.
But still the automotive elite knew the history, and the potential, of those 20.8kms… Continue reading VIDEO: It’s 1989 and the R32 Skyline GTR is looking good
So if there’s one question I get asked a lot about on my YouTube channel, it’s “WTF are you doing with the pedals?”
(Yes, I’m ignoring all the other questions that are very rude, obviously)
Mostly, I have to say, I’m double-clutching. To your Grandad and maybe even (depending on your age and his trade) your Dad, double-clutching was the norm. You used the clutch once to get out of gear and ‘in’ to neutral. Then again to get out of neutral and into the next gear. It sounds a lot longer than it takes.
But Engineering Explained have gone ahead and made this great video which explains what it is: Continue reading VIDEO: WTF is double-clutching, and why do you do it?
The Nordschleife is getting ready to show a new year’s worth of visitor just how difficult a racetrack can be. Yes, Youtubers rejoice, novices beware: Brünnchen has a new rumble-strip, and it’s not so easy.
As you can see from the following photos, it’s bigger, nastier and more aggressive than the much tamer blockwork it replaces.
It’s part of a series of upgrades and maintenance going on around the track right now. So I went down to investigate.
Sitting in my office yesterday lunchtime, considering food, watching the snowflakes swirling past the window, I hear the bark of a flat-six starting up. A mini-crescendo that tails off quickly to a fast idle as a Porsche race-car warms up.
Then another one. And another. And another….
Now that’s not too unusual when your office is next to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but this is February, remember? We’re nearly two months away from the first race. Like a nosey old woman, I poke my head out of the window to see what’s going on.
The Alzen brothers are a constant in the world of VLN racing. But interestingly enough, Jürgen and Uwe haven’t worked together on a full season since their Porsche 996 Turbo monster, the “Türbinchen”, broke all those lap records over 10 years ago.
VLN.de is reporting that for 2016 hot-shoe Uwe will scale up his contribution to Jürgen’s Ford GT by combining Uwe Alzen Automotive with Jürgen Alzen Motorsport. The combined company will be known as Alzen Racing, the name created and campaigned by their father Dieter in the ’70s.
German broadcaster RTL Nitro has signed a deal to stream the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour race in it’s entirety for the first time ever.
The official press release (in German) cites that the program will run for 26-hours and be available over the “Free TV’ services in Germany including Digital Satellite and Cable TV.