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Downtown Porsche Throwback Thursday: The Nürburgring

The Nürburgring

The Nürburgring ring played an incredible role in German automotive history. It is almost impossible to read about Porsche and not have some mention of the iconic race circuit. To most, it may seem like another simple race track where they test cars, but it is much more than that. Rather, it is a proving ground for anything automotive related. Currently, it is the largest race track in the world stretching over 22 km long with over 100 corners to master. It’s no wonder that this circuit pushes machines and drivers to their limits. This past week, Porsche shattered the track record by beating the recently crowned Lamborghini Huracan by over 5 seconds with their new 911 GT2 RS model (6:47.30 lap time). 

The Nürburgring is a place where bars are set. It is where automotive manufacturers come to showcase their level of performance under grueling circumstances. If a vehicle can be quick at the ring and survive, then daily application is no problem. Built in the 1920’s, and currently the largest track in the world, the circuit itself is so large that drivers can expect different weather conditions within a single lap. In 1984, a modern Grand Prix circuit was added which is still utilized today for many professional racing series. When built, the track was to showcase German design and driving skill. Naturally, Porsche became very familiar with the circuit and began to use the track as a testing facility, continuously showing their dominance over the circuit. The Nürburgring is so rich in history that books could be dedicated to it. The track is covered with graffiti and skid marks from both professional and amateur drivers leaving their signatures. The track is narrow and very challenging to master with no run-off room. This combination means it is not uncommon to see multiple crashes in a day. A quick Google search will show you all the videos you need to see of the daily crashes on the circuit. 

What makes Porsche’s victory so impressive in the GT2 is how they are competing directly against a V10 engine of the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Which, on paper, should be a quicker vehicle. The new GT2 uses a 3.8 liter, twin turbo flat-six engine. The GT2 was quicker than Porsche’s previous record breaker, the 918 Hybrid, which currently sits as one of the most expensive vehicles Porsche makes. What is more impressive is that all of these cars are street legal, meaning you can set these lap times, then grab your groceries on the way home in the same vehicle. This is what makes Porsche in particular so incredible - the versatility that the vehicle offers. No other brand offers such a vehicle with such a focus on high performance driving and practicality. At Downtown Porsche, we appreciate the versatility of these cars and cannot wait to show you the potential of yours.

- Nathan Kelly, Porsche Brand Ambassador

Date Posted: October 19, 2017