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

Article by Christian A., on October 3, 2017

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.

Also check: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio steals SUV record away from Porsche Cayenne Turbo S at Nurburgring

To further support the accusation, the website suggested one to watch the video of the Honda Civic Type R to see the difference. The Type R’s video covers the full 7 minutes 50.63 second run, which was an attempt they did before the latest 7 minute 43.8 second run it did in April. Just for reference, it was a front-wheel drive Type R that set this record.

Bridge to Gantry says that the Stelvio seemed to have teleported in the video. Specifically at the 58 second mark, four seconds down the road to the bridge at Quiddelbach. Another one you might want to check out is the 3 minute 24 second mark, where the SUV seems to jump again, cutting 5 seconds off the video.

To support the Stelvio, one reader says that in the editing cuts, or the parts where it seemed to have teleported, the SUV did those parts of the track in half the time of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, giving it a lap time of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds. There is actually a side by side video of GT2 RS and the Stelvio on those parts of the track.

Another car blog, Jalopnik, says that the Stelvio would be seven seconds slower than what has been recorded as their lap time. If that’s the actual lap time of the Stelvio, it would be much closer to that of the GT2 RS’ record time of 7 minutes 59 seconds. As of now, this remains as an allegation, so the Stelvio still holds the record for king of the ‘Ring for SUVs. If the video had really been edited, we will definitely hear about it sooner or later.

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