The lap record on the Nürburgring: A lap time that generations of motorists have considered proof of exceptionally good vehicles. As of the 2019 season, lap records are officially recorded, confirmed and published by the Nürburgring. With carmakers providing proof on the world’s most demanding race track: On the total of 20.832 kilometres of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Green Hell.
"People say it’s best if it passed the Nürburgring test”: For almost a century, the asphalt strip through the Eifel mountains has been the touchstone for carmakers around the world. The roughly 20 km Nordschleife has always been a benchmark of progress and performance. One track, one lap, one lap time – the lap record on the Nürburgring is the ultimate achievement for all manufacturers championing sporty driving. Since 2019, these record drives are officially confirmed and listed by the Nürburgring.
The exact length of the track and the timekeeping spots are predefined: The official start/finish line of the Nordschleife in track section T13 is also the start/finish line for record lap attempts. A full lap around the Nordschleife (20.832 km) with a flying start is driven and timed.
For record attempts on the Grand Prix Track, the official start and finish line at the finishing straight will be used, a full lap - including the AMG Arena, Goodyear corner and the Veedol chicane in the "motorbike version". - will also be driven and measured with a flying start (5.148 kilometer).
In addition to timekeeping based on calibrated measuring technology, official record attempts as well as attempts to clock a lap are always supervised by a notary. In addition to timekeeping supervision, the vehicles are scrutineered with regard to their series-production state and driver, among other things by a neutral testing organisation. Scrutineering regarding a vehicle’s series-production state is not required for racing cars, special vehicles and prototypes resp. concept cars.
The vehicles are classified and listed according to the official categories defined by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).