Speed limits are out and hot laps are in!
What a year 2015 has been for the Nurburgring. The legendary race track suffered a horrible tragedy in March when a spectator was killed during a VLN Endurance Championship race crash. This led owners of the Ring to enact more safety measures, including speed limits on certain parts of the track. Speed limits applied to everyone, from tourists to automakers attempting record laps (which were effectively banned). Those speed limits are now no more as the track announced new safety measures and the repeal of speed limits for 2016.
Those safety measures include adding additional safety fences and turning a part of the Schwedenkreuz area into a restricted zone. More guardrails and FIA safety fences are also set to go up on stretches of the track that border public roads, such as in the Döttinger Höhe section. Finally, five bumps along the Flugplatz area will be smoothed out. The work is set to begin in November and finish early 2016. Koenigsegg was one of the biggest automakers crying foul over the speed limits as its One: 1 was going to attempt beat the Nurburgring lap time set by the Porsche 918 Spyder. Now that the speed limits are going down expect to see a host of records shattered come 2016, perhaps even the 918’s.