VW Golf GTi Clubsport nearly ready for production?

It’s the 40th birthday of the VW Golf next year, and the Wolfsburg crew look like they’ll have an ‘ultimate’ version of the classic FWD platform to bring to the party.

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Special Ferrari-only event for Ferraris only.

Visitors to the Nürburgring Nordschleife today were treated to the spectacle of over 25 matching Ferrari caps, T-shirts, lanyards, driving shoes and an array of pretentious string-back driving gloves.

Also, there were some nice cars. Here are some of the photos of the latter (and only a few of the former).

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FREE trackwalk for BTGers on the Schnelleschwaben event

As you probably already know, you’ll find me driving, instructing and briefing at a lot of events on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And this July I’ll be at not one, but TWO double-day events. Continue reading FREE trackwalk for BTGers on the Schnelleschwaben event

Watch a 360-degree video onboard the GetSpeed Porsche

Tech-hungry anoraks might have already seen the 360-degree demo videos on YouTube (my favourite being this wingsuit jump). Of course, my first thought was “wouldn’t a lap of the Nordschleife be cool with this system?”… of course, it IS cool!

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VIDEO: Tractor chaos at the Nürburgring carpark

Sunday’s public session was rudely interrupted by a disgruntled tractor driver, who tried to drive on to the Nürburgring Nordschleife while alledgedly shouting all manner of obscenities…

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Excitement and insanity on the GetSpeed Trackday

For those fans dedicated (or rich) enough to hand over €990 for a single day, it’s hard to argue that GetSpeed didn’t deliver a perfect day. The idyllic weather might not have been guaranteed in the price, but the clear running and less than 20 cars per lap on a 20.8km certainly was.

Of course, this being Nürburgring, it wasn’t without its dramas (but more on that at the end).

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More personal thoughts on the Nürburgring speedlimit debacle.

If it’s a choice between lapping with speed limits and not lapping at all, I’ll take the speed limits. It’s a shame we are in this position, and it sucks that the suits and bean-counters can’t tell the difference between a freak, flying GT3 car and the rest of us. But let’s be honest… Practically the limits probably affect less than 10% of the traffic. I just hope that the management understand the severity of the PR situation and look for a better solution ASAP. Personally, I would lament track modifications such as levelling the jumps, but we have to accept that this has happened many times before. The 30s nordschleife was different to the 50s, was different to the 70s, was different to the 80s, etc… Let’s stay positive and try to support the ‘Ring. 👍🚗🏁

Full info graphic of the Nürburgring Nordschleife speedlimits here!

Official: lap record attempts banned at the Nürburgring until further notice

It feels like there’s nothing but bad news from the Nürburgring some weeks, and maybe that’s why this email didn’t arrive until the end of the working day on Friday…

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Nürburgring Speedlimits: Making sense of the mess

The words “speedlimit” and “racetrack” should never really come together. But since the tragic incident in VLN1, they’ve become an unwelcome reality in all DMSB racing events on the Nordschleife.

We hoped that they would be a temporary fix, a band-aid over the wound caused by just one car having a freak accident. But with speedtraps and redflags on a trackday this week, it looks like now they’re here for everybody.

In the latest print issue of Sport Auto, Marcus Schurig wrote an excellent column on the issue, but also admitted that Sport Autos famous ‘superlap’ laptimes are subject to the same (arguably ridiculous) rules.

What does that mean? Who will it affect? Let’s find out…

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VIDEO: 7m05s BTG in Luke’s stick-shift M3

In twenty years time we’ll all look back at three-pedal cars and wonder how we managed to drive them.

Or maybe we’ll just look back at videos like this and remember that driving cars is fun.

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