Bad news regarding manufacturer-run lap times around the Nürburgring just emerged out of Germany. According to Bridge to Gantry, speed limits and other restrictions previously imposed for races now apply to both public track days and manufacturer pool test days — effectively putting an end to official manufacturer Nurburgring lap timing. In light of a recent crash during a GT3-class race which resulted in the death of a spectator at the Nürburgring, increased speed limits were placed around certain faster areas of the 12.9-mile track. Until now, the speed limits were in place for official races, but not strictly enforced for track days and daily use.
This means, while automakers like Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari were in the past able to set blistering laps around the ‘Ring and record an official lap time for bragging rights, new speed limits on certain sections of the track make an accurate time impossible. Now, J.F Musial, one of the key figures behind an upcoming documentary on the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar, revealed the authorities at the Nürburgring informed the team that the One:1 driver will have to adhere to the same speed limits that everyone else has to follow, even though Koenigsegg was ready to rent out the entire track to set a record time. Certain corners and sections of the circuit, like Tiergarten, where the One:1 could reach 186 mph, are now restricted to just 124 mph, effectively making official lap times with the speed limits in place worthless.
The speed limits are in place in areas where cars have the potential of becoming airborne, including 124-mph limits at the track’s Flugplatz, Antoniusbuche, and Schwedenkreuz sections. In addition, there is a 155-mph limit on the main straight where other cars are entering and exiting.
With those restrictions in place, track officials have effectively hit pause on the race to post ever-faster Nürburgring lap times. Cars like the upcoming Ford GT, Acura NSX, and even the mighty Koenigsegg One:1 will remain without a ‘Ring time to brag about for the foreseeable future.