The infamous Nurbürgring track has been a thing of dreams for automakers and car enthusiasts, but things are about to change!
The German track has been used for years as a measuring gauge by leading automakers, putting to the test some of the world's rarest, most expensive and most powerful vehicles. Having the fastest Nürburgring lap time has long been considered an achievement to boast about in the automotive industry, with the track also becoming a popular attraction for members of the public and keen car enthusiasts.
However, what was once a ‘no-limits’ arena allowing drivers to really push their vehicles to the max, has recently been changed to a controlled track complete with speed restrictions and banned lap record attempts, according to online reports.
The news was broken by J.F. Musial, an Executive Producer who worked on the “APEX: The Story of a Hypercar” film – a documentary based on the highly coveted Koenigsegg Regera. Musial and his team had planned to document the 1800HP vehicle attempting to break the lap record at the notorious Nürbringring track as part of the automotive film. Musial has stated in a report that Christian Von Koenigsegg, the designer and maker of the Koenigsegg, was told by the management team at the track that timed record attempt runs were banned. Musial has also added that they had offered to rent out the entire track for the record to avoid any potential risks to the public, but that was also rejected.
Earlier this year the decision was made to introduce speed limits at the most dangerous sections of the course after a spectator was killed whilst watching the VLN Endurance Race. The individual was tragically struck by a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 which collided with the track's barrier. It now appears that the management at Nurburgring are taking further action to avoid future safety risks, resulting in this latest ban on timed lap record attempts.
Current fastest lap holder, the Radical SR8 LM with a time of 6.48.00 (2009)