Category Archives: Laptimes

Renaultsport just set a new FWD Production lap record on the Nordschleife… but the 2019 rules might need explaining!

Firstly, let me say that I’m thrilled to see the first lap record laps of 2019 beginning to land. Secondly, that the new Renaultsport Trophy-R looks incredible in this video. But I do feel the need to ‘set the scene’ a little bit, maybe give you BTG readers a little background information before we all go crazy with anticipation.

Oh bugger it, here’s the video. Complicated technical stuff can wait 7m40s can’t it?

So maybe the only thing more surprising than the final lap time, is the fact that it was set on Bridgestones! And they are STICKY… If the datalogger is to be believed, the Trophy-R is pulling a solid 1.5 G around the corners. That’s like a set of off-the-shelf slicks fitted to a well setup VLN race car! I don’t know which exact model of Bridgestone that they are, but I want to try some! Be happy! The laptime battles being waged by manufacturers to sell special cars are producing some of the stickiest road-legal rubber ever to be sold.

Combined with the 2019 Nordschleife circuit improvements, laptimes are doomed to fall throughout this year,

Next, let me quote the official video captions:

Aha, yes, at last. After nearly 30 years of letting manufacturers do WTF they ever want to, the circuit owners are finally (for a modest fee) policing, controlling and interacting with the new lap record clams. The first thing they’ve done is dispense with the confusing-but-normal-for-30-years industry laptime. The standard laptime has always been the SportAuto lap distance, from the end of T13 straight back to the start. This was simply a matter of logistics. Back in those days the T13 straight housed the TF ticket barrier, and in industry pool to this day, it’s coned off and limited to 50kmh.

Now Nürburgring are controlling the laptime records, they’ve quite sensibly took the view that it should be set on the entire 20,832m Nordschleife. So that’s your 5 seconds. In case you were wondering.

So the tyres just got faster, the circuit too, but the track also got “longer”.

Confused? Don’t worry. The majority of YouTube commenters on my channel can’t even appreciate that a 1.6km BTG time is 20-25 seconds faster than a full laptime either. That’s exactly why Renaultsport still ignored the new “standard” and used 7m40s in the headline.

Manthey-equipped GT2RS claims new street-legal Nürburgring record at 6m40s

Another day, another record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This time it’s Manthey Racing, acting together with their 51% owners Porsche. Continue reading Manthey-equipped GT2RS claims new street-legal Nürburgring record at 6m40s

Lamborghini claim new 6m45s Nürburgring lap record; Adenau LIDL sells out of popcorn

The battle for Nürburgring laptime supremacy is the gift that just keeps giving. This week it’s Lamborghini’s turn to wow the assembled internet crowds, by claiming a truly incredible 6m44.97s laptime for their new Aventador SVJ (the J is for Jota). Continue reading Lamborghini claim new 6m45s Nürburgring lap record; Adenau LIDL sells out of popcorn

[ONBOARD] 6m56s! Kévin Estre blasts Nordschleife in new GT3 RS

As reported on earlier in the week by BTG, Porsche’s amazing 520hp GT3 RS did indeed go sub-7 several times during Monday’s exclusive test session.

And strap in tight, get the swear-jar in front of you, ready to receive all of your pocket change, because here’s the video proof of just how loony-awesome Kévin can drive a Porsche:

Continue reading [ONBOARD] 6m56s! Kévin Estre blasts Nordschleife in new GT3 RS

Porsche 991.2 GT3RS laps ‘ring under 7mins, Corvette ZR1 “disappoints” with way-over-7mins

The battle for Nürburgring superiority continues unabated in 2018, with not one, but TWO manufacturers attempting to set new personal best Nordschleife laptimes today.

Continue reading Porsche 991.2 GT3RS laps ‘ring under 7mins, Corvette ZR1 “disappoints” with way-over-7mins

VIDEO: Did you know there’s a new Nordschleife TRAILER record?

Sit down, grab a coffee, and I’ll try to make this simple. There’s now a laptime benchmark for TOWING A TRAILER around the Nuerburgring Nordschleife. Continue reading VIDEO: Did you know there’s a new Nordschleife TRAILER record?

RANT: Why laptiming is killing Nürburgring TF

The irony of that headline isn’t lost on me. My rants are not totally crazy (yet). This website is called BridgeToGantry.com for many reasons, including the most obvious one. Continue reading RANT: Why laptiming is killing Nürburgring TF

UPDATED: Alfa Stelvio QV claims Nürburgring lap record using heavily cut video

They claim their new SUV did 7m51.7s. That’s nearly 25s quicker than a 600kg heavier Range Rover SVR.

But unfortunately, whoever edited the following video did a crappy job, so while the video adds up to exactly 7m51.7s of running, the car covers some sections twice and misses other sections completely.

In other words, it’s a fake video. Maybe, maybe the car did the laptime. But not on this video. So we have to trust a manufacturer that edits videos together.

Let me explain, click play and follow me down the rabbit hole… Continue reading UPDATED: Alfa Stelvio QV claims Nürburgring lap record using heavily cut video

LUDICROUS 6m47.25 Porsche GT2RS 991 onboard video online

This is the fastest street-legal, almost mass production car you’ve ever seen lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

It’s the Porsche GT2RS and not only does it hit ridiculous speeds (293kmh before SX, 313kmh on DH!) but it also corners like a demon rollercoaster on titanium rails.

You. Must. Watch. This. Video.

NOW Continue reading LUDICROUS 6m47.25 Porsche GT2RS 991 onboard video online

UPDATED VIDEO: Porsche 991 GT2RS goes sub-7

Standing at T13, the conditions tonight at the Nordschleife are perfect for a lap record. Cool air, dry surface, just a hint of sunshine peeking through the stormy clouds.

Porsche booked two full evenings just for laptiming this week; Tuesday and Wednesday. Yesterday the weather was much cooler, and the track a bit slippery. Locals reported laptimes of over 7-minutes. Continue reading UPDATED VIDEO: Porsche 991 GT2RS goes sub-7