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Nürburgring’s most famous corner goes (almost) gravel-free

It’s the star of a thousand internet videos, and has jokingly been renamed “YouTube Corner”. But now the Nürburgring’s famous Brünnchen 2 is going almost gravel-free.

Now don’t get your knickers in a twist. The old Nordschleife is a constantly changing beast, and track modifications happen every year. I’ll be talking about some more 2017 modifications soon.

But this change, while theoretically without consequence for any ‘normal’ track user, is bound to cause a bit of head-scratching for many regulars.

Why? Take a look for yourself…

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PHOTOS: Backwards around the Karussell with the RKA

This morning the Rally Köln Ahrweiler (RKA) hit the Nürburgring Nordschleife backwards. It’s something we’ve all been looking forward to the whole week.

And the drivers have probably been excited about all year! Continue reading PHOTOS: Backwards around the Karussell with the RKA

2017 Lamborghinis return to the ‘Ring

Lamborghini’s latest test-mules arrived back at the ‘Ring for the final testing session of 2016. The famous “Industrie Pool” sessions run for just another three weeks before winter arrives, and the teams move on to other test locations.

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Pagani Huayra BC pushing for Nürburgring lap record?

Let’s face facts. The Huayra doesn’t need any help to sell units. And the car that we can see testing, the Huayra BC is a total one-off. It’s sold-not-sold already, and merely serves as an advertisement for all the awesome things Pagani do.

So why is it here at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, running the latest Pirelli PZero tyres for a whole week?

Maybe we should ask the driver…

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SPOTTED: Five-door automatic Megane RS test mule

Ignore the GT badges on the front of this Megane, spotted testing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife this week. Instead look at the wheels, the brakes, and those bolt-on arches.

Looking from the rear, those tyres are at least a 235 size, maybe bigger.

Oh yes, that’s mostly like a test-mule for the Megane RS. A new RenaultSport machine, and (I’m told by those in the know) a strong contender for fastest-ever front-wheel-drive to ever hit the ‘Ring. Continue reading SPOTTED: Five-door automatic Megane RS test mule

This is the new BMW M4 GT4 testing on the Nordschleife

BMW aren’t wasting any more time in getting their customer-racing version of the M4 ready for the track. This week’s Industrie Pool session is playing home to a host of very fast cars, not surprising considering the glorious weather!

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More Porsche 991 GT2 photos

Porsche’s soon-to-be-officially-acknowledged 991-shaped GT2 is still pounding out the laps at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The weather is utterly fantastic right now, though with track temperatures hitting nearly 50ºC at times, laptimes are not exactly at the top of the priority list. Continue reading More Porsche 991 GT2 photos

GALLERY: When Oldtimers (and youngtimers) do TF

I won’t bother sticking too many words up amongst these photos. But suffice to say that I found a spare 30 minutes today to watch the exclusive “Oldtimer-only” driving session that happened between 8 and 12 this morning.

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This is the new Lamborghini Huracan Superleggara trying to set a laptime

During Industrie Pool weeks, it’s not unusual for the public sessions to be delayed ten minutes. When this happens it’s usually for one reason; a laptime.

Tonight it was the Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera…

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Chevy just went full-crazy with the 2017 Camaro Z28

The fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 was a 7-litre, dry-sumped beast of a race car that set a staggeringly fast lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife back in 2013. And now it looks like Chevy want to turn the volume knob to 11 for 2017… check this out:

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