ROAD 35: Nürburgring 24 Hours

When you’ve experienced the Nürburgring 24-Hours – either as a mentalist endurance racer or a forest dwelling fan – no motorsport ever comes close to exciting in quite the same, paradigm-shifting way.

It’s the best circuit racing experience there is… end of story.

It’s a couple of years since we last went out, so we were thrilled when Falken Motorsport (plus Nick Bailey, Claire Dumbreck and Tiggy Atkinson of Propel Technology) invited us to sample the unique N24 delights again – and follow the fortunes of their all new Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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Our massive behind the scenes Falken feature in this N24 special of ROAD gives a true insight into what this unique racing challenge is all about.

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We also cover Aston Martin – in their 100th year – making history and breaking records with their Hybrid Hydrogen V12 twin turbo Rapide S and kicking ass in their Prodrive-built GT3 Vantage beast: Ground-breaking stuff.

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Then there’s the story of Mercedes-Benz’s first ever N24 win with the Black Falcon SLS and the other two top teams that made the final five in the biblical, bionic SLS AMG GT3. We also share the full top 20 N24 results.

Finally, we’ve got a round-up of some other items of special interest in the 41st ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24-Hours – including the sparkling debut of Peugeot’s 208 GTi, Manthey Racing and Sabine Schmitz’s 911’s, and the BMW Z4M GT3 beasts.

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We also speak to our pal Tim Schrick and rapper, Smudo in a biodiesel Scirocco plus the vast array of Toyota GT86s that took part in the ultimate endurance racing challenge.

Image Credits: Royle Media, Frozenspeed.