On September 4th, the Porsche 918 Spyder smashed the Nürburgring lap record for a production car with a time of 6 minutes, 57 seconds….
Up until now, the fastest lap around the Nordschleife by a KTM X-BOW was 8.10 minutes, set in 2009 with a 237bhp ‘Club Sport’. That’s slower than a big lardy Renault Megane 265 Trophy, so KTM decided to ‘correct’ this oversight and find out what their Austrian sports car could really achieve.
In the build up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race, Michelin has interviewed various members of the Audi Motorsport team to get an insight on what it takes to win at the world’s most prestigious endurance race, which takes place this weekend (16-17 June).
Although it never truly dissappeared, having been adopted by Europe’s historic rallying classes, Michelin is sponsoring a new event that aims to recreate the passion and atmosphere from the adrenaline fuelled 80s and 90s at the UK’s only multi-venue rally for Group B cars.
We’ve teamed up with Michelin in an exclusive competition to give three lucky winners a pair of VIP Hospitality tickets to watch all the action at Wales Rally GB on Saturday 12th November. Saturday will be Day 3 of the rally, which visits the famous Sweet Lamb stage, boasting one of the finest natural spectator areas in the World Rally Championship. With spectacular views, water splashes, jumps and hairpin bends it is bound to be a true crowd pleaser.
What would you do with 48 of the most exclusive high-performance sports cars, 1,150 fresh Michelin performance tyres and an empty race track at your disposal? Is there really any question to answer? No, of course not.
During the next few days I will be evaluating Michelin’s high-performance Pilot tyre range fitted to a variety of cars, with the aim of understanding the incremental benefit gained from each performance level and the differences in their behavior. The tyres under test will be the Pilot Sport 2, Pilot Super Sport, Pilot Sport Cup+ and Pilot slicks.
If you’re heading off to Le Mans this week for the 24 Heures du Mans race, then you’ll be needing one of these. It’s an essential guide for Les Ros Boeuf, especially useful for first-timers to the event since it tells you where to enjoy the best vantage points at the circuit and what to see whilst you’re there.
Apart from beautiful girls (a really common sight in this male dominated sector, honestly) and the jet set lifestyle (regularly taking in glamorous venues…