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Volvo S60 Polestar has broken Nurburgring’s record for fastest 4-door production car

A racing team is claiming that it has managed to break the lap record in its category in the ever-demanding Nurburgring circuit in 2016 while driving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar, but it elected to keep things in secrecy – until now.

Cyan Racing -- the official Volvo factory auto racing team based in Gothenburg, Sweden – said that it did break the record for the fastest four-door, road-legal production car in the Green Hell.

According to the account, after the FIA World Touring Car Championship round in the Nordschleife in Germany, Cyan Ryan opted to stay behind and conduct a so-called secret test involving a road-going Volvo S60 Polestar. This secret test was conducted by Cyan Racing in order to harvest more know-how about the Volvo S60 Polestar as well as to bring more improvements into the car. Taking advantage of their motorsport expertise, Cyan Racing went on to boost the performance levels of the Volvo S60 Polestar, thereby making it more potent on the road.

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Jaguar XE SV Project 8 is the latest Race Taxi at Nurburgring Nordschleife

If you happen to be visiting or are planning to visit the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, you can take on limited-run offer from Jaguar to experience the so-called Jaguar Race Taxi. This experience involves not an ordinary taxi in an ordinary place. After all, visitors to the Nurburgring will get to tour the whole Nordschleife circuit in a Jaguar XE SV Project 8 with the Track Pack.

For just €199 per lap, clients can enjoy a tour of the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit – all 20.8 kilometers (12.9miles) of it. They can choose to ride the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack. Just a fair warning to those wanted to grab this experience: the ride with the Track Pack-equipped Project 8 Race Taxi may not last even 8 minutes. This is because the XE SV Project 8 currently holds the record as the fastest production four-door car to complete a lap in ‘The Green Hell’.

Boasting of being the most extreme performance road-legal Jaguar, the XE SV Project 8 completed a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just seven minutes and 21.23 seconds (7:21.23) in November 2017. Riders of the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack will enjoy the same thrill. The exhilarating performance and handling of this Race Taxi will be apparent as it cruises through the Nurburgring Nordschleife at speeds exceeding 250 km/h (155 mph). Through the ride, passengers will get to experiences g-forces of over 1.3 g as the XE SV Project 8 Race Taxi with Track Pack maneuvers through the 73 turns of the circuit, especially in the banked Karussell corner where g-forces can reach 1.8 g.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring

The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany has been considered as one of the ultimate tests of quickness and speed for carmakers and their cars like. Setting a new record on the so-called Green Hell is fairly a difficult feat to accomplish, but Porsche seems to be taking it real easy as its creation broke anew the record for the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring.

More than a year ago, on September 20, 2017, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2) underwent a challenge at the Nurburgring, as piloted by Porsche test driver and development engineer Lars Kern. Riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 'N2' tires and fitted with the Weissach Package, Porsche Motorsport bucket seat and harness on driver's side, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS managed to set a new record on the 20.6-km Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring, with a record lap time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds (6:47.3)

However, less than a year later on July 26, 2018, the record was broken by nearly three seconds. The culprit was a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota as piloted by Italian Lamborghini factory driver Marco Marpelli. The time needed by the Aventador Superveloce Jota to complete a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife was six minutes and 44.97 seconds (6:44.97).

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring

First-ever Polestar Space to open in Oslo, Norway by mid-2019

Volvo’s performance brand, Polestar, is all-set to redefine the way people purchase their new vehicles. But even before it rolls out it this innovative brand and retail concept, Polestar is opening its very first showroom based on traditional network of dealerships. Its new showrooms – to be called as Polestar Spaces – will have it first brick-and-mortar location in Oslo, Norway. The Polestar Space in Oslo will commence its operations in the middle of 2019.

Thomas Ingenlath, chief executive of Polestar, called Polestar Spaces as a vital part of the brand’s customer experience, as it serves as the location where the carmaker physically meets its customers. The new Polestar Space will be found on Ovre Slottsgate in downtown Oslo, as located in a prominent retail environment along with other progressive brand stores.

Actually, the performance brand’s choice of location didn’t come as a surprise. Oslo is the capital city of Norway, where people are more likely to buy an electric vehicle instead of a conventionally powered one. Ingenlath remarked that it is logical to start the Polestar Space story in Oslo, since Norway is considered one of the most important EV markets in the world.

Read the entire article First-ever Polestar Space to open in Oslo, Norway by mid-2019

Even when companies say that they don’t care about setting records, they sometimes don’t mean it. For instance, Mercedes-Benz executives just said that they’re not really after record-breaking Nurburgring lap times.

But in contrary to this, they have talked about plans of pushing the Project One hypercar to its limits by taking it to the Green Hell. By doing so, aren’t they trying to prove themselves wrong, by hoping that this could be their fastest car ever? That’s not all, because the automaker also brought in the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe alongside it, which recently finished a near-record time lap.

Mercedes CEO, Tobias Moers, said in his interview with Automobile that the AMG GT Four-Door finished lapping the Ring in “7 minutes 30 something” seconds. Not only does this make it really quick, but that “something” could likely break a record. Even if it doesn’t, it will still be placed at one of the top spots of the leaderboard for four door vehicles, just behind Jag’s newest special edition.

Read the entire article Did the Mercedes AMG GT 4-door coupe just break records at the Nurburging?

Late last year, on September 20, Porsche took the 911 GT2 RS to the Nurburgring in attempt to take down the lap record for the fastest production car around the ‘Ring, finishing in 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds. Now, it looks like its record could be broken again soon, this time by Lamborghini’s up and coming Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ). So does it have the goods to surpass the already impressive record?

We have been seeing a lot of spy shots of the said model as it is being tested in Sant’Agata Bolognese at the Green Hell but it looks like Lamborghini was there for another reason. According to those who witnessed it, the naturally aspirated V12 supercar managed to lap the ‘Ring in 6 minutes and 54 seconds or 6.7 seconds slower than the Porsche. However, they made it clear that the track conditions were less ideal then.

When the new Lamborghini attempted its run on the Green Hell, a number of other automakers were out on the track, so traffic was indeed a factor that affected its results. Aside from that, there was a section of the circuit that had a few cones, and this also took their toll on the SVJ’s lap time. But even with all the obstacles and the imperfect conditions, it was still able to finish in 6:54, which is a striking result. This probably means that in ideal conditions, the hardcore Aventador will drop below the 6:50 mark. Therefore, there’s a good chance for it to beat the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s record.

Read the entire article Porsche 911 GT2 RS Nurburgring record is at risk of being crushed by Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

A few days ago, we talked about two cars that attempted to set a record at the Nurburgring. One of those would be the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that finished the course in 6 minutes and 56 seconds. To be more precise, it was actually 6:56.4 and Porsche has finally confirmed the performance of the track focused model, with Kevin Estre behind its wheel. Impressively, he was able to beat its predecessor’s record by as much as 24 seconds.

Estre wasn’t the only one who drove the 911 GT3 RS, as he was also joined by fellow driver, Lars Kern. Both of them completed four laps of the 20.6 kilometer (12.8 mile) Nurburgring, or the so called Green Hell. And both drivers finished each lap in under seven minutes with just a few tenths of a second difference. This is clear proof of how fast naturally aspirated cars are, especially when the one driving it is extremely skilled too.

During the fastest lap finished by the 911 GT3 RS, the conditions were very much ideal too. At exactly 11:40 on Monday morning April 16, it recorded 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) track and 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit) ambient temperatures.

Read the entire article Porsche reveals 911 GT3 RS has an official Nurburgring lap time of 6:56.4 [w/video]

Have you been imagining yourself driving a Polestar 1? If you have, now is the time for you to pre-order the 600 horsepower (447 kilowatt) hybrid coupe before it arrives in showrooms in 2019. A couple of days ago, the automaker decided to begin taking orders for interested buyers in exactly 18 countries including the United States, United Kingdon, China, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Norway, the Netherlands, and Italy.

For one to get a reservation slot, a $2,500 (2,500 euros or 20,000 yen) deposit must be made, and the great thing about this is that it is refundable.

Since the Polestar 1 made its debut in the public, the company found out that around 7,000 people were interested in owning one of these, and this idea encouraged the automaker even more, according to Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. This is what motivated them to take orders this early, and soon they will be taking the next step towards delivering this beautiful car to their first batch of customers.

Read the entire article You may now pre-order a Polestar 1 for only $2500

The Nurburgring Nordschleife has long been considered as a benchmark for performance in the automotive world. Because of its complicated course, carmakers and tuners have been trying to prove the worth of their creation by driving through the so-called Green Hell. Now, Mercedes-AMG could try to prove the performance of its Project One hypercar by challenging the Nurburgring.

In an interview with Autocar, Mercedes-AMG chief executive Tobias Moers remarked that it was "reasonable to speculate" that the new Project One hypercar would challenge the lap time record at the fabled Nurburgring lap time record. Right now, the lap time record for the Nurburgring for a production car is being held by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991) driven by Larns Kern. With a lap time of six minutes 47.30 seconds, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS had set a new record at this challenging course.

Interestingly, Moers is looking beyond the lap time record by a production car at Nurburgring. The AMG Project One will also try to challenge the overall lap time record at the Green Hell. This means that the AMG Project One will aim not just at becoming the fastest production car at this circuit, but also set the target of becoming the fastest among all cars that ever set their tracks on this road.

Read the entire article AMG chief thinks Mercedes-AMG Project One could be the fastest car ever in Nurburgring

Many automakers seem to always have the Nurburgring in the back of their heads when they build new cars. And a lot of them seem to be obsessed about making an attempt to break the record. Now, Lamborghini has decided to join the rest of these guys. It is not the first time for them to take their cars to the Green Hell. In fact, the Huracan Performante once took home the record around the Ring, before the Porsche 911 GT2 RS took over with a total of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds time.

Next spring, the Italian automaker plans to head back to the Green Hell, but with a different model this time - the Lamborghini Urus -- as it attempts to be the fastest SUV to lap the Nurburgring. At the time of this writing, it is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that holds the record time with 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds.

However, if you could remember, some people doubted its performance saying that the video had been edited to make it look like it finished that soon. Whether it is legitimate or not, that is still the same time the Urus has to beat to become the record holder.

Read the entire article Can the Lamborghini Urus beat Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Nurburgring SUV record?

We never doubted the outstanding performance of the new 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with its 6.2 liter supercharged LT5 V8 engine that enables it to produce up to 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) and 715 pound-feet (969 Newton-metres) of torque. Moreover, it has a top speed of 210 miles per hour (337 kilometers per hour). However, there is one question that a lot of us are asking, and that’s how fast can it perform around the Green Hell, and will it break records?

Just like any other automaker out there, Chevy also has plans of taking the hardcore Corvette ZR1 to the Nurburgring to try and beat the performance of other vehicles. The problem is that there are few dry days left to attempt a record run on the track. Having said that, the best thing they could do is wait until next season. Road & Track also said that Chevy has already used up their 2017 run on the Camaro ZL1 1LE, and the said model was able to leave the track with a lap time of 7 minutes 16.04 seconds.

Going back to the new Corvette ZR1, it will be even faster than the one that lapped the Nurburgring this year. It was fitted with a set of super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly, and an optional package they call the “High Wing”. This package gives it 60 percent more downforce over the Z06. With all these new features, Chevy believes that it can lap the ‘Ring in just under seven minutes. If this is accurate, it would be looking at beating the Dodge Viper ACR’s 7:01.3 record, and may even come close to the Lamborghini Aventador’s 6:59.73 record.

Read the entire article 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 will take on the Nurburgring in 2018

Last April, the new Honda Civic Type R made a new record for the current front wheel drive, by going around the Nurburgring and finishing a lap with a time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. But today, Toyota thinks that they have what it takes to beat the Honda Civic Type R’s record, even without a true hot hatchback in their lineup. Rather, it is the C-HR that recently made its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, with 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) which they think could make a new record.

They say that if the head of the tuning company behind Toyota’s R-Tuned C-HR, Dan Gardner were to decide, the C-HR would already be at the track. In fact, the Japanese automaker believes that it is the “world’s quickest SUV”, and we’re not doubting them. True enough, it has been proven to be faster than the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911 GT3 and many other supercars as it only took 1 minute 25.22 seconds to go around the Willow Springs Raceway.

Gardner said to Autocar that this model was actually built for SEMA, and so far, the automaker has announced no plans for it. He also described it to be the real deal, and that it is his dream to take the super-SUV to the Nordschleife. And as mentioned earlier, he is confident that it is capable of setting the front-wheel-drive record.

Read the entire article Toyota thinks that the 600 hp C-HR could beat the Honda Civic Type R’s Nurburgring record

Very recently, Polestar unveiled its very first production model in the form of the Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe. Yet, there are already people who are wondering how a Polestar 1 would look like once it transforms into a convertible. Imagining such could be hard, so a rendering by graphic artist X-Tomi could provide some help.

X-Tomi had actually rendered the Polestar 1 coupe as the Polestar 1 shooting brake or estate wagon. This version of the Polestar comes with a full-length roof and a rear end similar to a hatchback. In a way, the Polestar 1 shooting brake would allow Polestar to offer a unique mix of performance, range and practicality. It looks gorgeous too.

Now, X-Tomi didn’t stop at the shooting brake rendering. He chopped off the roof, the B- and C-pillars, and then added some features that we would usually find in a convertible. With a couple of visual changes, X-Tomi managed to render the Polestar 1 convertible with an exterior that is wrapped in a midnight blue finish and an interior in black.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 high-performance hybrid coupe is rendered as a convertible by X-Tomi

It was just a few days ago that Polestar officially took off the wraps from its very first production model called the Polestar 1. While this was inspired by a vintage-inspired coupe, it comes with modern technology and a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. At first glance, one may be reminded of the Volvo P1800. This has led to it being imagined as a shooting brake like that of the P1800ES. In fact, an artist from X-Tomi Design already made a rendering of the long-roof model as early as now.

But instead of rendering it to look like the P1800ES with a huge rear glass, it was the outgoing V90 wagon that gave X-Tomi Design the inspiration. It was designed with a higher roof that appears to give the cabin more space and comfort, while also replacing the tiny bench in the back of the standard Polestar 1 coupe.

Whether this is a coincidence or not, Volvo has actually already considered a vehicle much like the Polestar 1 shooting brake, and it was introduced back in 2014 as the Concept Estate. And three years later, it turned out to be the current V90.

Read the entire article Would a Polestar 1 Shooting Brake work?

After the highly dynamic Polestar 1 two-door coupe – Polestar’s first ever production car -- was recently unveiled, not a few people’s curiosity was piqued as to how much they should shell out to purchase a unit of this 600-hp four-seater hybrid coupe. Sorry to say, but Polestar isn't planning to sell its first production model in a conventional manner. Not yet at least.

According to Polestar’s plan, customers could get hold of its Polestar 1 performance coupe only through its subscription plan. This means that no one will be able to buy the Polestar 1 coupe, but instead they have to become subscribers to the company’s plan. The subscription plan is good for two to three years. Once the subscription period has expired, a subscriber has to return the Polestar 1 to the company, or its representatives would knock on his or garage to pick up the performance coupe.

As for the returned model, it would be refurbished to return it to its near-pristine state, and would then be made available as a pre-owned model also through a subscription plan.

Read the entire article Polestar 1 will cost up to $177,000

After months of dropping online teasers, Polestar finally reveals its very first production car virtually. The Polestar 1 is a two-door coupe that gets its design inspiration from the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe. It then shares an SPA platform that underpins the “90” series cars and the newest XC60. As for the hardware, half of it is derived from Volvo’s SPA, while the other half represents the partnership between Polestar and Volvo that’s made specially for this new product.

Therefore, the Polestar 1 is more than just a coupe version of the S90 Sedan, considering the fact that the four-seater has to step up its game when it comes to the powertrain. Having said that, its hybrid setup gives out an impressive 600 horsepower and 737 pound-feet (1,000 Newton metres) of torque.

Besides that, it comes with a battery pack that can let the Polestar 1 reach 93 miles (150 kilometers). The automaker claims that in terms of range, the sporty coupe can perform better compared to any production hybrid out there. This is also because the coupe’s body is made entirely of carbon fiber, therefore cutting down a lot of its weight, while improving torsional stiffness by 45 percent. There is an electric axle between the rear wheels with torque vectoring capabilities for more power and precise handling.

Read the entire article 600 hp Polestar 1 hybrid coupe is officially unveiled, production set to start mid-2019

Despite being less powerful than its predecessor, the latest Opel Insignia GSi proved it can run quicker by twelve seconds at the Green Hell. While not everyone was expecting this from the new sedan’s 260hp (193kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, the new GSi proved itself to be much lighter and a more performance-focused version of the former OPC variant.

The new Opel Insignia GSi offers an updated version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and runs with an all-wheel drive system. To test its performance, Opel brought the sports sedan to Nurburgring with the help of Volker Strycek, a former DTM racecar driver and Director at Performance Cars and Motor Sport.

The result was beyond exceptional after the new GSi was able to outperform the old OPC variant on the tracks. It is rather unfortunate that Opel had not provided an official lap time but being 12 seconds faster is nonetheless pretty impressive and very promising.

Read the entire article 2018 Opel Insignia GSi beats outgoing OPC version at Nurburgring

Just a few days ago, the guys behind Alfa Romeo were celebrating after getting a hold of the crown for being the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring, after the Stelvio beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’ record.

Like many records set before it, there are those who question its veracity. In this case, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took on the Green Hell, and finished in exactly 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. But we have been hearing things that there were a couple of issues in the video’s editing.

The website Bridge to Gantry, was the first one to throw doubt into the record. They pointed out a number of editing issues that could prove it to be fake. This video contains the full 7 minutes 51.7 seconds run of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. If you watch the video closely, the car appears to pass through the same location several times throughout the video. One particular example is the fact that the car passes the 2 kilometer sign twice right in the start of the video.

Read the entire article Did Alfa Romeo cheat on the Stelvio’s Nurburgring run?

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest, undefeated king of the ring for having settled a new record at the Green Hell - at least with regards to rear wheel drive road legal cars lately. The objective was to set a new record in Nurburgring-Nordschleife’s 20.6 km (12.8m) course for less than seven minutes and five seconds. Porsche instead proved it can do so much better by beating the record and being faster by 17.7 seconds.

Porsche factory test drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy of Great Britain made the new record on September 20 for beating the previous 6:52.01 minute log. Using two different Porsche 911s, both drivers took off, each making 5 laps all in less than six minutes and fifty seconds. Eventually, German driver Lars Kern made the fastest lap by reaching the finish line with a very impressive 6:47.3 recorded minutes. Kern runs at an average speed of 114.4 miles per hour (184.11 kph).

Kern’s excellent performance aboard the 911 GT2 RS defies the Porsche 918 Spyder by nearly ten seconds. This happened four years after Marc Lieb, also from Porsche, achieved a lap record of six minutes and fifty seven seconds on September 4th, 2013. In short, we now confirm that the 911 GT2 RS is faster than the 918 Spyder by at least ten seconds.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nurburgring RWD record with 6:47.3 lap time [w/video]

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has won its spot as the record holder for the Nurburgring when it comes to road-legal production cars. However, the Stuttgart based company has just lost the SUV crown to Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It was Fabio Francia who drove the SUV around the Green Hell, and luckily, he did well on the challenging corners of the track. In case you don’t know, Francia had taken the Giulia Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, and is responsible for its record breaking lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds.

Though the Stelvio’s record is far from the Giulia’s, and cannot match that of its more agile sedan sibling, its 7 minutes 51.7 seconds record is still quite impressive. Especially considering the fact that former record holders like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S took another 8 seconds to go around the ‘Ring. Furthermore, when Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, they said that the model would need 7:59 seconds to lap the Nurburgring. Surprisingly, the production version is even quicker than they expected.

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first ever SUV, is 2.0 inches longer and 8.9 inches taller than the Giulia, with 2.5 inches more ground clearance. Under the hood is the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the Giulia. It has 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, the company claims that it can do the 60 mile per hour sprint in 5.4 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of 144 miles per hour. These numbers are quite impressive compared to other 2.0 liter powered SUVs. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic that gives power to the all wheel drive.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio steals SUV record away from Porsche Cayenne Turbo S at Nurburgring