Aside from the cute little Cygnet, Aston Martin is well known for their luxurious Gran Tourers housing extra-large V12s, ferrying the occupants through long distances in great speeds. And also with a very active motorsport division that enters almost every single type of race available in Europe, it is hard to associate Aston Martin with saving the environment, until now.
Akio Toyoda has a deep passion in motorsports, and despite already making his way to the top chain of Toyota Motor Corporation’s management, that is no excuse for him to put it away. And for that, it is not much of a surprise that later this month the CEO of the world’s largest automaker will be making an appearance as a driver in the Nurburgring 24-hour race.
Back in 1976, the Nordschleife saw a terrible tragedy where Niki Lauda got into a fiery accident that almost got him killed. Since then, the Green Hell was deemed too dangerous for the high-speed Formula 1 racing that it was taken off from the calendar soon after. That however did not spell the end for these death-defying cars screaming across the legendary circuit as Nick Heinfeld took a BMW Sauber and went around it in 2007, but that is not the last of it.
Although the Nurburgring is known worldwide as one of the motoring havens available, this legendary circuit did not always see good times especially during last July when it was declared as bankrupt. And with this surprising announcement, the plans on having the German Grand Prix were anything but certain; which is not a good sign when the start of the 2013 Formula One is just six weeks away.
With a lot of car manufacturers making use of the Nurburgring as the benchmark test circuit in testing out their cars, we are beginning to see more of them establishing their second home at the legendary German circuit by building a test center nearby. And a new name joining the other car giants like BMW and Aston Martin in doing so is the Korean automaker Hyundai.
Honestly, on-board cameras are have been made fantastically popular by the Russians and the Chinese, especially when there’s interesting footage having been recorded by them on peculiar mis-haps or even epic failures. But sometimes it’s not so laughable, not even the slightest bit when you come across a mishap that’d probably involve serious injury or worse still, a death. Now here’s something that doesn’t involve the worse case scenario, but rather a certain BMW 1-Series hatch out on ‘The Ring’ having some track-time fun, till it all went South with a flip and a roll after its driver lost control and kissed the barrier.
Porsche’s been hard at work to bring you he best it has to offer and in order to do so they need to be out testing on tracks around the world no? No, they just need to get their laps in at the Nürburgring, where the rest of world tests their machines as well, with Timo Kluck at the helm of Porsche’s new 911 Carrera S.
The demise of the #7 TS030 Hybrid back in the Bahrain six-hour race might not be a piece of news that Toyota had been waiting for, especially when the car had so much potential in grabbing the podium spot. But at least they have something to be glad with for the time being as a team from Toyota Motorsport GmBH had just managed to set an all-new Nurburgring record for an electric car.
We can only barely begin to imagine how many of us out there that are in a relationship of some sort and can understand what is meant by the term – human speed limiter, but for those who find this term unfathomable, it merely means ‘a significant other who turns into a vocal speed limiter once seated in a vehicle you’re driving.’ We’re not saying that it’s a bad thing, after all it does ‘limit’ us from speeding too excessively, just that we can find it rather annoying at times.
2015 will be the year that’s been indicated by Honda’s CEO, Takanobu Ito, on the return of the Honda Civic Type-R for Europe. Of course there are no official details regarding performance and specifications just yet, but this much has been promised thus far by Ito – it will be the “fastest front-wheel drive (FF) on the Nuburgring” thanks to much of it’s technology trickling in from their participation in the World Touring Car Championships (WTCC).