Category Archives: Ringtools

VIDEO: Manthey GT3RS 991 does a very real 7m09s lap of the Nürburgring 

Before the internet is set ablaze by the new 991 GT2RS doing a ridiculous laptime with a factory driver, and tyres hand-delivered from Clermont-Ferrand, I just wanted to share this latest SportAuto video.

It’s magazine road tester Christian Gebhardt going hell for leather in the Manthey-modded, ex-factory test mule 991 GT3RS.

And it’s awesome.

Now back to work you slackers, it’s still 8 hours ’til the weekend!

VIDEO: AC Schnitzer ACL2 is a ‘Show-Car’ with real Nürburgring “Go”

It’s called the ACL2, and it’s a heavily modified F22 BMW 235i built by German tuners AC Schnitzer. The Aachen-based firm has a long history of tuning BMWs, but still, this must be slightly irking for the guys behind the mega-bucks M4 GTS. Continue reading VIDEO: AC Schnitzer ACL2 is a ‘Show-Car’ with real Nürburgring “Go”

DN16: KTM X-Bow vs Pinderwagen Golf mk2

Nige’s plucky little Golf Mk2, the car I jokingly called ‘Das Pinderwagen’ back at DN12, is at it again. Continue reading DN16: KTM X-Bow vs Pinderwagen Golf mk2

VIDEO: Onboard the Nordschleife Backwards in the 300hp RingMini

Achim’s RingMini is a #RingTool that most regulars have already met. Generally it only emerges on to the Nordschleife when it’s wet and slippery. Continue reading VIDEO: Onboard the Nordschleife Backwards in the 300hp RingMini

VIDEO: 7m22s BTG in a BMW M2 by Laptime Performance

It’s no secret that earlier this week, we enjoyed a thoroughly awesome trackday with Schnelleschwaben. And the keen-eyed BTG Facebook fans might have spotted that Simon brought his latest creation along for a shake-down run. Continue reading VIDEO: 7m22s BTG in a BMW M2 by Laptime Performance

FLASHBACK: Caterham R620 at the ‘Ring

There’s something about driving a Caterham that just makes me smile. It’s real driving with all the ‘fluff’ cut out. No ABS, no power assistance, just you and the  machine. If you’re a bad driver, most Caterhams will just feel difficult or awkward. Like your actions are being tolerated, but at some point in the future the car might decide to do something else.

But the Caterham R620 is a bit more direct than that. It doesn’t whisper behind your back about bad steering input. It doesn’t leave snide notes pinned to the kitchen notice board about a wavering throttle position. It steps up toe-to-toe with its driver and then attempts to kill him. Continue reading FLASHBACK: Caterham R620 at the ‘Ring

VIDEO: Manthey Racing just tuned a Cayman GT4 and it did this 7m29s superlap

Manthey Racing, the Porsche-owned, semi-factory tuning and racing shop here at the ‘Ring just tuned a Cayman GT4.

Considering that these are the guys who helped develop and build the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, there was little doubt it was going to be fast. But did you ever think it would be THIS fast?

Continue reading VIDEO: Manthey Racing just tuned a Cayman GT4 and it did this 7m29s superlap

REVO just added more power to our VLN Fiesta

I’m so excited now, and relieved. And happy. With barely a week before the first race of the season, our MilltekFiesta just got a serious dose of Revo power.

As I write this blog post, Peter is driving back to the UK in the 300hp hybrid-turbo’d Revo Fiesta ST after two very hectic days. He’s left us with a car that’s not only faster, but one that’s hopefully more reliable too. Continue reading REVO just added more power to our VLN Fiesta

VIDEO: WTF is double-clutching, and why do you do it?

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?

FIRST LOOK: Cayman GT4 Clubsports ready for delivery!

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.

Continue reading FIRST LOOK: Cayman GT4 Clubsports ready for delivery!