A new Ferrari record-holder has been named at the Nurburgring over the weekend.
As you may have heard, a pair of Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 race cars finished 1-2 in this year's running of the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race. Prior to the start of the event and during qualifying on Friday however, James Glickenhaus took his custom Ferrari F430 GT2 ALMS-based P4/5 Competizione around the 13-mile track for a lap time record-for-a-Ferrari in 6 minutes 51 seconds. Glickenhaus' P4/5 Competizione bested the 599XX's previous record time for a Ferrari set back in April, 2010 of 6:58:16.
His record, which again came during qualifying, was set while running through traffic and dealing with less-than-stellar weather conditions. Of his accomplishment, the Ferrari aficionado and part-time racer told Jalopnik "I think it's pretty cool." Well said. Concerning the car, Glickenhaus' custom-build is again based on the F430 GT2 ALMS racer, taking its racing-spec suspension, carbon fiber body and its high-performance 563hp 4.0-liter V8 engine complete with the F1-derived KERS system. His ride utilizes an F430 Scuderia chassis, as he hopes that the car will eventually be deemed street-legal.