The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive set a new speed record for a production electric car at the Nurburgring.
The electron-drives Mercedes SLS AMG managed to get round the ‘Ring in seven minutes and 56.2 seconds, which also makes it the first EV to break the eight-minute barrier on the infamous German track.
Last year the R8 e-tron came close with a lap time of 8:09.099 minutes after Audi engineers raised the standard car’s speed limit from 124 mph (200 km/h) to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The four motors powering [...]
This is the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept, and it was unveiled earlier this week at the Nordschliefe, ahead of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. The V12 powered one-off car was designed by Aston Martin to celebrate the company’s centenary, and was piloted around the Nürburgring by Aston CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez. Racing royalty, Sir Stirling Moss drove the 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 alongside the CC100, acknowledging the designers who claim that the CC100 was inspired by the Le Mans winning 1959 racecars.
Aston claims that the two-seat CC100 Speedster was created in under six months [...]
The iconic Skyline GT-R was discontinued by Nissan in 2002, 33 years after its conception. It was announced that a new GT-R would replace it, independent of the Skyline, but based on it. Although excited for the future, most of the automotive world was left disappointed as they came to the end of an era.
Nissan realised the gamble they had made by discontinuing one of their most successful cars, and thus did not want to hurry the GT-R back simply to pacify enthusiasts. Carlos Ghosn, who became Nissan’s CEO in 2001, along with chief designer Shiro Nakamura made sure that no [...]
No petrolhead in the world needs an introduction to the Nissan GT-R. Disturbingly fast and ridiculously awesome, the GT-R holds a unique place in the world of motoring. Relatively practical and cheaper to the cars it’s usually compared with, the GT-R may just be Nissan’s only contribution to the world of supercars. This intoxicating cocktail of characteristics makes it a very interesting animal altogether, powerful and glorious, yet not the leader of the pack. However, the GT-R didn’t pop up in the middle of the night out of nowhere. It’s a carefully crafted successor to a long lineage of cars worthy of their own plaques in the [...]
If its tough to shave off those last few seconds per lap in your Jaguar XKR-S, the Tata owned British manufacturer has unveiled the XKR-S GT at the New York Auto Show just for you. Specifically tuned for the racing circuit, the GT managed a time of 7:40 at the hallowed Nurburgring race track, which is faster than the Murcielago SV, the SLS AMG as well as the Zonda S. It goes from 0 to 100 kmph in less time than you can say Jaaaaaaaaaag; well in 3.9 seconds actually. Safe to say, the XKR-S GT is blisteringly fast. It’s also very rare. Only 30 will be made and sold purely in North America with the US getting 25 of these beasts. Oh, and it costs a [...]