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You may have seen many lap record attempts from car manufacturers over the years to see who holds the fastest front Wheel Drive (FWD), Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) or overall lap record at the Nurburg Ring, Germany ?
TMS Motorsport want to share with you what it would have been like to have driven what has been recorded as the fastest lap ever of the Nurburg Ring, Germany. We have sped up this video footage to match the record time to give you an idea of the incredible speed. If you would also like to learn all the corner names, this short video is a great watch.
We used our own Nissan Skyline Race car on a quiet Track day morning to capture the footage, and have edited it, to bring you what you see today. (For more info on our race car, please see www.theprojectmoff.co.uk )
Did you know, that the outright lap record, which stands to this day, was set in 1983, by Stefan Bellhof ? Well, read on...
What is the Nurburg Ring Lap Record ?
He drove a complete lap in 6 minutes 11.13 seconds, which is an average of 202.073 kmh. To give you an idea, to get a 10 minute lap, you need to average around 109 kmh, so Stefan was a tad quick !
How long is the Nurburg Ring ?
20.832 kilometres / 12.9 Miles
How many corners does it have ?
73 (33 left, 40 right). You may hear people say it has 170 odd corners. This would be true if the older parts of the circuit, such as the southloop (Sudschleife) and oval still existed. They were built over, when the current GP circuit was built.
What Car set the fastest lap around the Nurburg Ring ?
What is a Porsche 956 ?
The Porsche 956 was a Group C sports-prototype racing car designed by Norbert Singer and built by Porsche in 1982 for the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was later upgraded to the 956B in 1984. Driven by Stefan Bellof in 1983, this car holds the all-time record for the fastest vehicle ever to lap the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, completing the 20.832 km (12.93 mi) circuit in 6:11.13 during qualifying for the 1000 km Sports Car race.
How much power did it have ?
How Much did it weigh ?
Depending where you read 800-850kg
When did he set the record?
He set the famous lap record in a Porsche 956 on the Nordschleife course during the 1.000 Nurburgring endurance race in 28th May 1983.
Is the track the same now ?
We have been led to believe the track length was 2km shorter, missing out some more technical sections. This needs more clarification ! In 1983 there was a bypass where the GP track was being built giving a slightly faster circuit when the record was set
Where is Bellhofs Porsche 956 now ?
The car does still exist. It was crash damaged, but restored. See the video below. Bellofs former team mate Derek Bell drove the car around the Nurburg Ring one more time, as a tribute a few years back.
Who was Stefan Bellhof ?
Stefan Bellof, born in Germany in 1957 has become known as a bit of a legend when it comes to the Nurburg Ring. He set the fastest lap in 1983, which to this day still has never been beaten !
At the end of 1983 he joined two drivers (Martin Brundle and Ayrton Senna) to test a Mclaren at Silverstone. He is thought to be the reason the contracts of racing drivers were tightenedd to stop them racing outside of the championships they are competing in. Bellhof has often been mentioned as a racing idol of Michael Schumacher.
Stefan sadly died after a crash at Spa Belgium in 1985. On Lap 78 of the 1,000km world sports car race, his car went in to the barriers, breaking through and hitting a second wall. His car caught fire. The entire incident was captured on camera from Jacky Ickx’s car, a Porsche 962C.
He was sure to have become a future household name had his life not been cut short prematurely.
What is the Nurburg Ring ?
The Nurburg Ring is a public toll road / Race track in the Eifel forests of Germany. It is often called The Green Hell (Grune Holle) / Nordschleife (Northloop) / The Ring or The Nurburg Ring.
It was completed in 1927, and is renowned for being the worlds most demanding circuit. It is over 13 miles long for just one lap.
Where can I find more info ?
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