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Germany’s Legendary Nurburgring May Close

F1’s Ecclestone may step in with rescue.

by on Jul.23, 2012

A pair of camouflaged Cadillacs undergoing testing on the Nurburgring's brutal Nordschliefe.

Short of Indy’s brickyard perhaps no race track in the world is as well-known as the German Nurburgring. But the challenging course could soon see its last race.

Dating back to the 1920s, the long and challenging circuit has been regularly used for a variety of motor sports events, such as Formula One but has become increasingly familiar to even non-racing fans because it has become the track of choice for testing by manufacturers such as Porsche, Ford and Cadillac – something they frequently note in commercials.

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But the track’s management warns it is rapidly running out of cash and with the German government rejecting a requested $16 million bailout, the ‘Ring, as it’s frequently called, may be forced into insolvency.  A rescue is still possible, however, and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, not a many known for having a charitable side, is offering to “do everything” he can to help the track survive.

“We will do everything that is commercially feasible,” the 81-year-old Ecclestone told the German weekly Auto Bild, suggesting that his F1 organization would “bear all costs” for the 2013 race though the quid-pro-quo is that it would “also claim all revenues.”


First Look: VW Scirocco R

VW is reverse engineering a race car for the road.

by on May.20, 2009

With 265 horsepower, the R is without question the most powerful version of the Scirocco family.
With 265 horsepower, the R is without question the most powerful version of the Scirocco family.

The latest Volkswagen Scirocco debuted this morning at the starting line of the Nürburgring 24-hour race in Germany. The Scirocco R is immodestly called “a sports car without compromise,” a contention that will be tested by the race.

Nevertheless, R is without question the most powerful version of the Scirocco family, with its four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine rated at 195 kW or 261 horsepower and 350 Nm or 258 pound-feet of torque.

A six speed transaxle, or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, sends this impressive output toward the wheels. And an electronically-controlled differential, allegedly, keeps the front-wheel-drive pocket rocket pointed in the direction the driver wants even with all that torque. An electronically-controlled suspension also helps provide some additional stability.

Subscribe to TheDetroitBureau.comThe hottest Scirocco ever appears about a year after the debut of the third generation Scirocco, which is something of a cult car in Europe. In keeping with recent VW marketing practices, the third generation Scirocco isn’t available in the U.S. – even though the first two generations were here. With the Golf GTI coming and then a likely R version, it likely will never be here legally, but some creative types will no doubt find a way to get some in. (Do not attempt this in your home state.)   (more…)