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Nurburgring stats, facts, fastest lap times and curios

Published: 20 May 2009

Anoraks' ahoy! A few facts and figures about the Nurburgring (aka the Ring)

    1) It's no wonder the Nurburgring is so hard to learn. It's one of the world's longest circuits, at 12.7 miles and 73 bends. The number of corners is in fact disputed, so wiggly is the Nordschleife.

    2) The Ring was built in 1925. At a stroke, it helped alleviate local unemployment and served as a testing facility for the burgeoning German motor industry.

    3) The old Ring comprised of two circuits which could be used either together (producing a total of 172 corners!) or as separate entities. The Nordschleife (North Loop) measured 14.2 miles and the Sudschleife (South Loop) a ‘mere’ 4.8 miles. The pits and paddock were located at the intersection of the two layouts.

    4) The Nordschleife is still used today for a bonkers 24-hour touring car event, which regularly attracts 150 entrants.

    5) Jackie Stewart scored perhaps his most famous victory in the 1968 German Grand Prix, winning by over four minutes in driving rain and thick fog.

    6) A new track was built in 1984 and was christened with a race for Formula 1 drivers of various eras in identical Mercedes 190s. A young rookie by the name of Ayrton Senna upstaged a star-studded line-up that included Alain Prost, Keke Rosberg, Alan Jones, James Hunt, Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme and Jack Brabham.

     

    Top 10 fastest Nurburgring laps


    CAR

    Time

    Date

    Driver

    1

    Radical SR8

    Radical SR8

     

     

    6min 55sec

     

     

    September 2005

     

     

    Micheal Vergers

    2

    Dodge SRT-10

    Dodge SRT-10

     

     

    7min 22.1sec

     

     

    August 2008

     

     

    Tom Coronel

    3

    Maserati MC12

    Maserati MC12

     

     

    7min 24.3sec

     

     

    August 2008

     

     

    Mark Basseng

    4

    Pagani Zonda F Clubsport

    Pagani Zonda F Clubsport

     

     

    7min 24.7sec

     

     

    August 2008

     

     

    Mark Basseng

    5

    Ferrari Enzo

    Ferrari Enzo

     

     

    7min 25.3sec

     

     

    August 2008

     

     

    Mark Basseng

    6

    Corvette ZR1

    Corvette ZR1

     

     

    7min 26.4sec

     

     

    June 2008

     

     

    Jim Mero

    7

    Nissan GT-R

    Nissan GT-R

     

     

    7min 27.5sec

     

     

    April 2009

     

     

    Toshio Suzuki

    8

    Porsche Carerra GT

    Porsche Carrera GT

     

     

    7min 28sec

     

     

    July 2004

     

     

    Walter Rohrl

    9

    Porsche 911 GT2

    Porsche 911 GT2

     

     

    7min 32sec

     

     

    2007

     

     

    Walter Rohrl

    10

    Koenigsegg CCX

    Koenigsegg CCX

     

     

    7min 33.6sec

     

     

    August 2008

     

     

    Mark Basseng

     

    For more lap times click here

    Useful Nurburgring websites

    Official Nurburgring site: http://www.nuerburgring.de/

    Ben Lovejoy's fan site: http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/

    Ring Web Guides

    Northloop - http://www.northloop.co.uk/

    Racecar rental: http://www.rsrnurburg.com/

    Prices: http://www.nurburgring.org.uk/prices.html

    Calender of events: http://bridgetogantry.com/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=72

    Places to stay

    www.pension-diana.com

    www.dorint.com

    www.hotel-an-der-nordschleife.de

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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