Demystifying the records at the Nürburgring: do not prove anything and at the same time show much

If you are thinking about purchasing a sport, the last detail that you should look out for is the time that has been achieved at the Nürburgring, even if you are thinking of that acquisition to mark fast laps in batches. why do we have to demystify the records at the Nürburgring? To start, because usually such records are available in a number of conditions, and with a preparation, which is far beyond the reach of most mortals. That is to say, that record – as the achieved these days by the Volkswagen Golf – hardly you will be able to replicate it (see the 7 “secrets” that the brands do not want you to know about their fastest laps on the Nürburgring). WhatWhat is the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport’s that don’t have their opponents, the newer versions sport the SEAT Leon, Honda Civic and Renault Megane, for your record make a difference?

In general, we believe that the lap records at the Nordschleife have no sense precisely because a sport has to offer much more features and accuracy to be the fastest on a circuit. A quick lap should not be the only aspect that is valued in a sport, what’s the fun? what is your capacity to offer adequate benefits for his driving in the real world, outside of the circuits?

it Is desirable that a sporty is fast, which is implicit in its nature. But you will be with me in that there will be factors that will influence much more that a difference of a few seconds, in a fastest lap of almost 8 minutes, to decide for us to choose one sport or the other. Even so, the fast laps at the Nürburgring yes serve for something. Serve as the advertising strategy for brands, that’s why they invest enough resources in place to point their cars, and to convene a team of testers and pilots during one or several days, to beat the record. And even created versions ad hoc to beat that record.


What merit has it that the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S has achieved the best time of a front-wheel drive on the Nürburgring?

With a production limited to 400 units, it is very likely that you will never find in a Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport’s for the street. With 310 BHP power, and making his point, it will be more powerful than a GTI Clubsport, and a lot more powerful than a GTI in normal and mainstream. Now think about it carefully, how many Volkswagen Golf GTI you’ll see on the street with tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 a semi-slick that is more focused on the circuits to the street (although this is homologated for the street), such as those used to beat this record?

To consider the seriousness of a record, as a minimum, the sport aims to beat it has to be standard equipment. Made the law, made the trap. Manufacturers have found the solution approved special editions with a starting to point to a very radical, and far away from the original nature of the model that we derive. Not to mention the preparation that entails a record of this type. Jordi Gené came to roll over more than 9,000 kilometres at the Nürburgring to prepare, and finally beat the record from the SEAT Leon Cupra.

it Is evident that a record at the Nürburgring shows very little, virtually nothing.


But yes, it is true that these quick laps demonstrate much more of what usually transmit their records.

I don’t know about you, but to me, it does not ceases to amaze me that a Volkswagen Golf GTI front-wheel-drive to be able to mark a time similar (and better) than that of the old BMW M3 GTS, the old BMW M3 CSL, the BMW M4, and many sports very powerful and exotic, with names like Ferrari or Lamborghini. A Volkswagen Golf GTI with a few minor upgrades and some good tires (because basically that is what it is a Golf GTI Clubsport S) to be able to get a few times as impressive as these, beating some of the best sports of the last few decades.