Saturday, June 20, 2015

Nurburgring bans lap time records, implements speed limits

Following the recent accident involving a Nissan GT-R race car flipped and flew into a bystander during an endurance race last March, killing him and sparked a temporary ban for GT3-spec racers, it seems the days of car manufacturers recording lap times in the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife, known by many as the Green Hell, are well and truly over (at this moment of time) as the management implemented speed limits following the crash three months ago and remained in effect. 

Corners such as the Flugplatz, Schwedenkreuz, and Antoniusbuche have a 124mph speed limit while the final straight known as the Dottinger Hohe has a 155mph speed limit. Thanks to the speed limits, record drives done by most car manufacturers are no longer allowed. It's a sad day for most car enthusiasts hearing the news but I'm sure the situation will be back to normal if things were under control.

For now, looks like carmakers won't be using the track as their proving ground and find somewhere else to test it out.

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