Last year Toyota Motorsport GmbH set a new electric-powered lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, and the TS030 Hybrid will set out next week to conquer the Le Mans 24 Hours. But TMG’s ambitions are not limited to the race track.
With Audi, BMW, Lexus and Aston Martin competing for the limelight, you’d be forgiven for not realising that another premium brand – Jaguar, has a story to tell about last weekend’s Nurburgring 24 Hour race.
The 40th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race is well underway, with the BMW Z4 GT3 of Team Schubert currently in the lead after 23 laps. But just a few hours earlier, the front row was dominated by no less than six Bentleys.
GT Academy – it’s the automotive equivalent of X Factor or Britain’s Got Talent, but is proving rather more successful at finding ‘real’ talent. Inaugural champ, Lucas Ordoñez will drive for Nissan at Le Mans this year, whilst last year’s academy winner will start today’s British GT race from Nürburgring on pole position.
At 16:00 hours this Saturday (19th May), the most arduous endurance race of all will make its 40th start, and for seventh successive year Aston Martin will join the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours grid with no less than four factory and four customer team cars.
When the starting flag is lowered for the 40th running of the Nürburgring 24H next weekend, seven Audi R8 LMS ultra’s run by five teams will start their campaign to win Germany’s toughest endurance race.
With just over a week to go until the Nürburgring 24h-Race (May 17th to 20th), we’ve chosen to focus on some of the star attractions taking part. And there are few more exciting contenders than BMW’s Z4 GT3, which has been dominant in the first few rounds of the 2012 FIA GT1 series, in the hands of Michael Bartels and Yelmer Buurman.
BMW have owned the Ring Taxi business at the Nürburgring Nordschleife for generations, most notably when ‘First-lady of Grüne Hölle’, Sabine Schmitz, is giving flying lessons to the visiting adrenaline junkies.
The first deliveries of Nissan’s 2012 track-focused GT-R have reached UK shores, with the first lucky owners receiving their cars soon.
The new ‘Track Pack’ GT-R is lighter, faster and harder offering drivers an extra edge on circuit.
Toyota will enter two of its new GT86 sports cars in this year’s 40th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. The new coupes will join an identically liveried Lexus LFA to form a three car team for the race, from May 17th to 20th 2012.
When news broke of Liam Doran’s huge accident at the Nürburgring last week, we naturally feared for the worst. Liam’s 600+ bhp Nissan GT-R had left the circuit and backed into the tyre barrier. The car was a write-off, but thankfully Liam walked away with just a few cuts and bruises to show for his ordeal.
With its 510 bhp V12 engine and unique styling, inspired by the iconic 1960 DB4GT Zagato, the new Aston Martin V12 Zagato is one-of-a-kind – or to be more precise, one of 150 very special cars that are now being produced in the factory originally developed for Aston’s £1 million One-77.