Nurburgring

Could this be Renaultsport’s new Mégane Trophy?

Following news last week that Renaultsport were preparing to launch a new model at the Nürburgring on 17th June, we now have a little more insight into what to expect. Initial signs pointed towards a Mégane R26.R successor, but we now understand the new model is likely to be carry the Trophy name – so less of a hardcore track warrior and more in the vein of a slightly upgraded Mégane Renaultsport 250.

Nissan makes the 2011 GT-R just a ‘little’ more affordable

It seems a little frivolous to be offering free servicing on a £69,950 supercar, but Nissan seem to think it will make all the difference in convincing would-be 911 buyers to choose its top-range model instead. Whilst affordability and peace of mind are key attributes of the rest of Nissan’s range, we think it sits a little uneasily alongside a car which can lap the Nurburgring in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, but hey, let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth.

Vauxhall de-restricts the Insignia VXR

Vauxhall are offering a £250 upgrade on its top-of-the range VXR Insignia which de-restricts its engine management system, allowing the car to achieve 170mph – although presumably not whilst heading along the M1 motorway near the company’s Luton HQ.

Peugeot RCZ 2.0 HDi Sport Coupes dominate at Nürburgring

Peugeot’s RCZ is a real ‘grower’, so much so that I’m trying to influence Mrs D to consider changing her Audi TT for one later this year, and whilst it’s not a hardcore sports car it’s still good to see one being campaigned in the most competitive of road-car championships, namely the German VLN series.

Peugeot’s EX1 establishes new Nürburgring-Nordschleife record

Before you go and remind yourself of the lap times set by Chevrolet’s ZR-1, Nissan’s GT-R or Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS around the Nordschleife – fear not, Peugeot were not gunning for an outright record, but instead the lap record for a fully-electric vehicle.

McLaren announce a new team and race schedule for its MP4-12C GT3

McLaren GT is the name of the new company which brings together the expertise of McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and CRS Racing, and the team got down to business today when it unveiled its GT3 car and plans for a 2011 development programme which will see Andrew Kirkaldy, Oliver Turvey and Álvaro Parente race the 12C GT3 in 2011.

Nürburgring Edition upgrade makes Vauxhall’s Corsa VXR even more playful

I have always found the Corsa VXR to be the most endearing of Vauxhall’s VX range – there’s an honesty about its performance that matches the way it looks on the road, a playful nature that makes a MINI Cooper S seem… well, a bit sensible and a Clio Cup feel like it’s trying too hard. Each has their place in the affections of the hot-hatch enthusiast, so it’s good to see Vauxhall continue developing the Corsa VXR with this new Nürburgring Edition.

BMW M3: Nürburgring at the limit

The Nürburgring Nordschleife, once described by ex-F1 World Champion Jackie Stewart as the “Green Hell”, is a haven for vehicle development and testing, rewarding precise car control and testing the balance and stability of even the finest chassis.