Are Modern Cars Getting Too Fast For The Nurburgring?

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Porsche's famed test driver, Walter Rohrl, thinks so.

Right now, the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS holds the title of being the fastest production car in the world for a Nurburgring lap record, completing that twisty and often dangerous course in just 6:47.3. Previously, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante was the record holder with a lap time of 6:52.01. It’s only a matter of time until the 911 GT2 RS time is beaten. But is this golden age of ‘Ring performance going too far? Are modern cars now too fast for high-speed Nurburgring laps?

Famed Porsche test driver Walter Rohrl thinks so. Speaking to Australia’s Drive, Rohrl made no effort to hide his opinion on the matter: “You have no room for mistakes, that’s the bad thing,” he said in direct reference to some of the faster sections of the track. “On the speeds like in this car (GT2 RS), you go Schwedenkreuz at 295 kmh (193 mph) and Fuchsrohre at 270 kmh (168 mph), and I know all the accidents which have been on these places in the last 20 years. If you come to Fuchsrohre at 270, I always think one of the test drivers from Bridgestone, he broke the (wheel) rim.”

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Basically, modern day sports cars and supercars are capable of insanely fast speeds, and despite improved downforce and aerodynamics, these road cars can’t match purpose-built race cars and their big rear wings. Even Koenigsegg had some trouble when it tested its One:1 last year at the Nurburgring. Because an ABS sensor failed, the car crashed at the Fuchsrohre section. The driver was fine, but the One:1 was not. Even with his years of driving experience, including setting a Nurburgring lap record in the previous generation 911 GT2, the 70-year-old Rohrl requested not to be involved with Porsche’s continued Nurburgring record pursuits. IF something were to go wrong and cause a massive crash, he doesn’t want that on him.

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