Skip to comments.Legendary race ring Nürburgring 'faces closure'
Posted on 07/17/2012 10:44:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
This Sundays German Formula 1 Grand Prix is likely to be the last at the legendary Nürburgringbecause the state-owned company that owns it is going bust, a regional paper claimed this week.
The Rhein Zeitung newspaper said on Tuesday it had heard from good sources that the European Commission was not going to rescue the Nürburgring GmbH firm.
The Rhineland Palatinate state government had suggested the Commission pump around 13 million into the firm, while the firm would defer payment on a 330 million loan from a state-owned bank.
(Excerpt) Read more at thelocal.de ...
So .... what are we saying here ?
I didn't read any further because the idiot that wrote this doesn't even know that this weekend's race is at HOCKENHEIM, not Nürburgring. Not only that, but F1 cars now race at the "new" Nürburgring, not the "legendary" Nordschleife.
The blokes over at TOP GEAR U.K. are going to be very
.....Some say the Nurbring is just a black hole and it is really an alternate universe of another called THE STIG!
They’ve changed the first sentence of the story to reference the Rock am Ring music festival instead of the F1 German Grand Prix. And your other point is a good one—does this include the “classic” Nurburgring (including the Nordschliefe) or just the current track? The story doesn’t say.
They already have their own test tracks.
Volkswagen Group owns a test track facility in Ehra-Lessien. Built during the Cold War, the location was chosen as, at the time, it was in a no-fly zone near the East German border, safe from prying eyes seeing secret prototypes.
The track is used by all Volkswagen Group subsidiaries and marques, such as Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, SEAT, Skoda, as well as Porsche, which is now part of the VW Group.
The facility features 96 km (60 miles) of private tarmac, which includes a large variety of road surfaces and curves, used as test tracks to evaluate new and prototype vehicles. More significantly, there is a high speed circuit with a straight approximately 9 km (5.6 mi) long. Although this portion of the track is flat and level, when standing at one end of the straight, the other end cannot be seen due to the curvature of the Earth. Including banked corners at both ends of the circuit, allowing for a high entry and exit speed to and from the straight, and to increase average speed during the 20 km (12 mi) lap, the straight is especially useful for determining vehicle top speed.
Notably, the top speed of the Bugatti Veyron and the McLaren F1 were recorded along this straight. In an episode aired on 4 February 2007 on BBC Two’s Top Gear, presenter James May reached 407.9 km/h (253.5 mph) in a Bugatti Veyron. In July 2010 a Bugatti Super Sport with 1,200 bhp (890 kW) recorded the production car world speed record at an average of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph). The facility also appeared on National Geographic Channel’s Man-Made, in an episode about the Bugatti Veyron.