Spanish automaker Seat announced this morning at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show that it has shattered the front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record. Using the just-revealed Seat Leon Cupra 280 DSG, Seat pulled off a record 7:58.4 ‘Ring time, beating out the previous front-drive champ, the Renault Megane RS Trophy by almost 10 seconds. Essentially the Spanish automaker’s version of the Volkswagen Golf R, the front-drive Seat Leon Cupra 280 is powered by VW’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which makes (you guessed it) 280 metric horsepower in the Leon Cupra, or about 276 hp. Equipped with a DSG six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and equipped with the optional Performance package, which includes Brembo brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the Seat Leon Cupra is capable of rocketing from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and churning out stellar 7:58.4 Nürburgring lap times. Seat says driver Jordi Gené’s Leon Cupra 280 DSG … [Read more...] about Seat Leon Cupra 280 Shatters FWD Nurburgring Record W/ 7:58 time
The Volvo S60 Polestar apparently broke the lap record for a four-door cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife last year - but the manufacturer didn’t make tell anyone because it happened during a secret test. Cyan Racing, which runs Volvo’s FIA World Touring Car Championship team, conducted a private test with the all-wheel-drive, 350hp road car at the Nordschleife in May last year. Polestar is the Swedish firm's tuning and competition arm. Polestar says the test, which immediately followed the WTCC round at the track, was designed to improve the performance of both road and race cars by taking “the performance of the Volvo S60 Polestar road car as far as possible.” Nurburgring lap records - the definitive rundown In the build-up to this weekend’s WTCC race at the Nürburgring, Polestar has released a video from the test, in which it claims the S60 Polestar lapped the Nordschleife in 7m 51.11s. When set, that would have been a lap record for a … [Read more...] about Volvo S60 Polestar claims ‘secret’ Nurburgring record
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus founder Jim Glickenhaus reckons that the firm's new SCG003S road car is on course to set a Nürburgring production car lap record. SCG has entered two race-spec SCG003C cars in the upcoming 24 Hours of Nürburgring with its Chris Ruud Lightspeed Racing team, and the race version of the brand’s road car has already set a lap time of 6min 40sec; one of the fastest times ever recorded at the track. The car also set the fastest lap in a recent six-hour race at the circuit, and was leading the event in the closing stages before late brake troubles. Glickenhaus released a video of the SCG003C’s lap alongside those of the Porsche 918 Spyder and Lamborghini Huracan Performante; current second and fourth ‘Ring record holders for production cars. The Radical SR8 and SR8LM’s records – third and first respectively – were overlooked, but the SCG003S's time already beats the SR8LM's record time of 6min 48sec by … [Read more...] about Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus records preliminary Nurburgring record attempt in racer
The new Panamera Turbo features a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 that puts out 550 hp and 567 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to get the sedan from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds (with the optional Sport Chrono package) on the way a top speed of 180 mph. The new record proves that the Panamera Turbo is quick around a grueling race track, as well.The Panamera Turbo's time around the Nürburgring puts it in the same breath as the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lexus LFA, while being an impressive 14 seconds faster than the previous Panamera.Related video: … [Read more...] about Porsche Panamera Turbo sets new Nurburgring record
Cadillac’s new CTS-V has set a new production saloon lap record at the Nurburgring, the company claims. It reports the 2009 CTS-V lapped the 13-and-a-bit mile circuit in an impressive 7min 59.32sec.Nissan to Lexus have been having a go recently, leading us to worry (yet again) that car makers are focusing too much on headline-grabbing PR stunts at the world-famous race circuit rather than making cars that drive and handle on real roads driven by real people. Click here to see video footage of the Nurburgring lap Are we right to worry about the growing trend for Nurburgring lap record attempts? Click ‘Add your comment’ and let us know … [Read more...] about Cadillac CTS-V ‘sets saloon Nurburgring record’
► It's the fastest VW Golf GTI yet► New Clubsport S marks 40 years► Unveiled at Wörthersee, new ’Ring record Volkswagen is marking four decades of Golf GTI with a special uprated version of the hot hatch - and it's only gone and blown the production FWD Nurburgring lap record wide open.The lightweight new 2016 VW Golf GTI Clubsport S has surpassed the Nordschleife laptime set by the Honda Civic Type R last year, with a blistering 7min 49.21sec flier. VW claims that, as a result, the Clubsport S is the quickest production FWD car yet to lap the Nordschleife.Driving the 165mph Golf was 28-year-old German racing driver Benny Leuchter, who was on hand at the announcement at the 2016 Wörthersee VW festival in Austria. Watch the video of the record 'Ring lap here.This is a track-ready two-seater Golf and just 400 will be made worldwide, all individually numbered. With its appetite for hot hatches, the UK will likely become … [Read more...] about VW Golf GTI Clubsport S blows out 40 candles with new Nurburgring record
► Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ring record► Fastest SUV round Nurburgring► Lap time of 7min 51.7sec Hold on to your hats! And your stomachs, and luggage... Alfa Romeo has claimed a new lap record of the Nurburgring in its new Stelvio crossover.Yes, the world must have gone mad when car manufacturers chase such niches - but that's what Turin has gone and done.The Stelvio Quadrifoglio set an eye-opening 7 minute 51.7 second laptime around the Nurburgring, making it the fastest production SUV ever around the 12.9-mile circuit.It was driven by Fabio Francia, the same racer who set another Ring record in the Giulia QF in a time of 7min 32sec. Yes, the SUV was only 20 seconds slower than its four-door brethren...The Stelvio beat the previous SUV record set by the Range Rover Sport SVR by eight seconds; thank the twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 developing 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque and the ceramic Brembo brakes, which must've taken quite a punishing hauling this 4x4 … [Read more...] about Watch: Alfa Romeo Stelvio flattens SUV Nurburgring record
What's ridiculously fast and a front-wheel drive? The Golf GTI Clubsport S. That's what. The bonkers hatchback has just shattered the record at the Nurburgring for front-wheel--drive cars, clocking a time of 7:49:21 at the green hell. The record was previously held by the Honda Civic Type R that clocked an equally impressive 7:50:63. Based on the standard Golf GTI, the Clubsport S is limited to 400 units. Power is rated at 310PS, making it the most powerful GTI built till date. The engine is borrowed from the GTI TCR race car that Volkswagen Motorsport uses in the TCR International Series. The 2.0-litre turbocharged motor makes 380Nm of torque that propels the Clubsport S from 0 to 100 in just 5.8 seconds. Delimited, the top speed is rated at 265km/h! What else is different? Well, it also features an extensively reworked chassis that lets it tackle the twisties at the 'ring. Modifications to the engine include a new engine control unit (ECU), a new fuel pump and a new exhaust … [Read more...] about New Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S Sets Nurburgring Record!
Pistonheads (PH) reveals that the Nissan GT-R that pushed aside Porsche's Nurburgring record is not– as previously reported— a current production car. Nissan's 'ring-er was a modified Japanese GT-R: a better-handling version GT-R that's headed for the U.S. and European markets. Allegedly. More specifically, PH says the record holder had a "number of tweaks that are intended for its European launch… Nissan is understood to be including three harder engine mounts and a stiffer transaxle mount for the US version, resulting in an even finer tuned suspension and powertrain. The European GT-R will be enhanced further with a recalibrated rear diff and slightly revised steering, although this will be signed off in September." Bottom line: it's unclear if the GT-R that lapped the Green Hell in 7:29 is/will be the exact same car that will go on sale… anywhere. Not that TTAC GT-R reviewer Stephan Wilkinson could give a shit. … [Read more...] about Did Nissan Cheat GT-R for Nurburgring Record?
Another month, another fresh batch of Burgerkingring-related stupidity. This time it’s the General Motors PR machine and its ever-reliable Southern California appendix stirring the hype for the new Camaro ZL1 1LE, which obtained a seven-minutes-and-change time when driven by an engineer around the course.Nine times out of 10 I ignore this stuff entirely, but insofar as I was at the Ring just two weeks before the Camaro crew got there I thought this would be a good time to remind everybody out there why these times are completely and utterly meaningless.Let’s start with the core, unspoken assumptions of publishing Ring times:1) The Nurburgring is the world’s greatest racetrack;2) Times set on the Nurburgring translate, in some degree, to a vehicle’s likely prowess on fast roads as well as on other racetracks.In my opinion, the first assumption is almost exclusively the province of people without a racing license. The Ring is hugely challenging, it is highly … [Read more...] about The Camaro’s Nurburgring Record Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That… Actually, It Don’t Mean a Thing, Period