03 August, Tuesday

Lap record on the Nordschleife: Audi RS 3 fastest in the compact class

With a time of 7:40.748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) with racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel beat the lap record for the compact class on the Nürburgring Nordschleife by 4.64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter, with its fully...
Lap record on the Nordschleife: Audi RS 3 fastest in the compact class


With a time of 7:40.748 minutes, the new Audi RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) with racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel beat the lap record for the compact class on the Nürburgring Nordschleife by 4.64 seconds. Above all, the torque splitter, with its fully variable torque distribution on the rear axle, contributed to the record time in the “Green Hell.” The torque splitter will be used in an Audi series model for the first time. “I’m proud of the whole team. Everyone worked hard for this day,” said Audi RS 3** Technical Project Leader Marvin Schwätter when the record time appeared on the board. “When we started development, we didn’t know just how quickly our compact sportscar would really be on the Nordschleife,” he explained. “But over the course of endurance testing, we determined that we could reach very good times and set a new record.” Under ideal external conditions in the Eifel mountain range, they made record time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – with Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler at the wheel. Before the record-setting lap, the team only adjusted the tire pressure in the Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slicks to the track conditions. “We don’t have unlimited opportunities to try for a record like this,” said Stippler. “That’s why a little fine tuning is always necessary on the day when it matters – particularly with respect to tire pressure, because that also affects how the torque splitter functions. Our approach was successful. It was a triumphant day all around.” Unmatched acceleration and top speed in the segmentRecords are set based on the legendary five cylinder high-performance engine in the new Audi RS 3. In the latest generation of the compact sportscar, the 2.5 TFSI engine has more torque than ever. The RS 3 Sportback (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)) and the RS 3 Sedan (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)) sprint from zero to 100 km (62.14 mph) in 3.8 seconds.With the RS dynamic package and ceramic brakes, they can even reach a top speed of 290 km/h (180.2 mph). That makes the Audi RS 3 the best in its class in terms of acceleration and top speed. Torque splitter for maximum agilityEven during the test phase, with two 8,000 kilometer endurance tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Stippler helped optimize the compact sportscar’s lateral-dynamic driving characteristics. “In general, the new RS 3** is much more agile in its driving from the middle of the curve to its end and also when accelerating out of the curve,” said the racing and development driver. “For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving.” The new technology makes fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels possible. An electronically controlled multiple disc clutch is used on each of the drive shafts for that purpose. For sporty driving, the torque splitter increases the torque on the rear wheel on the outside of the curve with greater wheel load. Due to the difference in propulsive forces, the car turns into the curve even better and follows the steering angle more precisely. This results in optimal stability and maximum agility – especially when cornering at high speeds. RS performance mode specially designed for the racetrack In the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, the characteristics of the torque splitter can be varied in different modes depending on use, road conditions, and preference. In conjunction with the newly developed RS performance driving mode, the torque splitter ensures the least possible understeering and oversteering and therefore a particularly dynamic, sporty ride along the longitudinal axis. This results in earlier acceleration out of corners and thus faster lap times. RS performance mode uses specific engine and transmission characteristics and is specially adjusted to the optional Pirelli P Zero “Trofeo R” semi-slick tires that are available for the first time ex factory – the ideal setup for a record lap on the Nürburgring. *Information on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as efficiency classes in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Fuel consumption of the models named aboveInformation on fuel/electricity consumption and CO2 emissions in ranges depending on the tires and alloy wheel rims used and on the equipment and accessories of the car. Audi RS 3 SportbackCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.8 – 8.3 (26.7 – 28.3 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 201 – 190 (323.5 – 305.8 g/mi)* Audi RS 3 SedanCombined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.7 – 8.2 (27.0 – 28.7 US mpg)*;Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 198 – 188 (318.7 – 302.6 g/mi)*



The Nürburgring has a new website. Here you will find all the information, events, experiences and fan articles of the legendary race track. Whether you are an event visitor or a tourist driver. With your user profile, you always have everything in view. – combines all offers and functions on one platform now. The menu is divided into the areas Info, Events, Driving, Experience, Business and fan°shop. Right next to it you will find the login button for your user account. Register and make to your virtual Ring experience – anywhere – at home on your PC or on the road with your mobile phone.  You are a tourist driver and already have an account in the previous Green Hell Driving portal?  Then you can use your familiar access data here, log in directly and access and manage your existing account balance. As usual, you will immediately receive all relevant track information, can top up new credit and secure Green Hell Credits. Under the menu item Info you will find, among other things, the current opening times – such as those of the karting track, the motorsport experience museum ring°werk or the race tracks and, of course, the popular webcams that give you the best overview of the Nürburgring. Anytime, from anywhere. With the new 360° tour, you can also take a look at the entire Nürburgring site from home. The virtual tour gives you impressive insights into many locations around the Grand-Prix track. Right next to it, under Events, you will find all event dates and information in a clear calendar – from the 24-hour race to Rock am Ring. Various display and filter options also help you with your targeted search. If you want to experience the Nürburgring yourself, you will find all your options under Driving. Training with off-road vehicles and formula racers as well as the fast-paced co-pilot drive on the Nordschleife or the tourist drives, where you can conquer the Nürburgring with your own car or motorbike. With one click on Experience you will discover many possibilities for the whole family. From a visit to a museum to a kart race. Under Business companies can find out how they can use the Nürburgring myth for their business. In addition to basic information on packages, programmes and locations, there is also an enquiry tool here with which B2B customers can combine their desired event components and send them as an enquiry to the Nürburgring team quickly and easily. Whether for large or small company events, team building, trade fairs or incentives right next to the start-finish straight. The most beautiful race track in the world is your passion? Then you'll find everything your Nürburgring heart desires in the fan°shop. Whether you're looking for a t-shirt, a cap or a watch – you'll find it here. Do you have any questions or comments? Then visit our FAQ section or send your feedback or questions about the new website directly to For all other questions about the Nürburgring, the info°center can of course still be reached on the free phone number 0800 20 83 200 or via the contact form. One website – your profile – everything in view – and your Ring experience can start!



The Nürburgring is delighted that the rheinland-pfälzische government has named it as a model project for outdoor events with spectators. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer announced the news today in a press conference on further opening steps. The third stage of the Perspective Plan, in which the model project can start, will enter into force on 2nd June. “We would like to thank the state government for its special confidence. At the same time, we also know that this is a result of our successful work over the past few months”, explains Mirco Markfort, Managing Director of Nürburgring. “We are building on the already successfully tested audience concepts. This shall be done under scientific supervision and in consultation with the competent authorities. ” The Nürburgring is working hard to implement the model project as soon as possible in the context of the upcoming events and thereby make its contribution to the crisis. However, it is not yet clear when the model project will start. There would be plenty of opportunities to implement the concepts. The calendar of the Nürburgring includes international high-caliber and traditional events such as the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race, the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix or the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Last season, the Nürburgring took on a pioneering role in terms of spectators. The highlight was the Formula 1 race in October. Up to 20,000 visitors were allowed to sit on the spacious grandstands. This was one of the biggest events in the world in the Corona year 2020. After the season, the district administration of Ahrweiler summarised that no Corona infection in the district was due to an event at the Nürburgring. The Nürburgring will provide further information on the spectator concepts and possible events in the near future.



Motorsport returns to the Green Hell. The first race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series will open the 2021 event season on the world's most demanding race track on 27 March. Many different events await until November. Tried and tested spectator concepts will once again ensure that fans can follow the action live at the track. Together with RPR1, "Radio Nürburgring" is also being redesigned and guarantees that the racing action can be followed worldwide via internet radio for the first time. In addition, the Nürburgring can look forward to a new strong partner from this season: the performance brand BMW M is expanding its commitment at the historic race track. Despite many imponderables in Corona times, those responsible feel well positioned for the coming season. The Nürburgring calendar is well filled in 2021. That alone would not be news. In times of the pandemic, however, this is particularly remarkable. For a year now, the Corona measures have dominated the event industry. And even though Rock am Ring has already had to be cancelled, there is good news: Motorsport can take place. This includes events like the ADAC TOTAL 24h Race, the DTM, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix or the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. But so do the numerous trackdays or driving trainings, such as the Nürburgring Formula courses. "Despite Corona, our race track is fully booked until mid-November - seven days a week, from Monday to Sunday," explains Nürburgring Managing Director Mirco Markfort, who steers the Nürburgring through the crisis together with a team of 200 permanent employees and around 1,100 temporary staff. And yet he also admits: "You can't really guarantee anything in these times." Although the Nürburgring is operating relatively successfully under the general conditions, the economic success cannot be compared to the years before the pandemic. And yet the Nürburgring is trying to make a lot of things possible again in order to continue to play its role as the economic engine of an entire region. "With our concepts last year, we made sure that many events and offers could take place. In doing so, we have helped to maintain jobs in the region and in the industry as a whole. We will continue to fulfil this commitment," Markfort explains. Tried and tested concepts for spectators along the routeThat's why, he says, it's important for the Nürburgring to actively build on its proven concepts and bring spectators back to the track in the long term. "The fans are the emotional framework that make every event special. In addition, ticket sales are an existential economic factor for every organiser," explains the managing director. The non-contact spectator concepts were therefore further developed with the same health experts as in 2020. The Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University of Bonn, the MVZ Labor Koblenz and the German Red Cross District Association Ahrweiler again played a decisive role in this. This is another reason why Markfort is optimistic about the future. "We feel well positioned and are in contact with the authorities regarding our concepts. We will now closely monitor the development of the pandemic and continue to seek dialogue - for the sake of the sport, the fans, the motorsport teams and companies, the region and of course for the Nürburgring." BMW M - expanding the partnership at the NürburgringThe Nürburgring already has reason to rejoice elsewhere. Starting this season, there will be an expansion of a long-standing partnership with the performance brand BMW M. Nürburgring fans are already familiar with the BMW M Power grandstand on the Grand Prix circuit and the advertising hoardings on the "old pit lane" of the Nordschleife. The BMW bridge over the start-finish straight is also an unmistakable part of the Nürburgring image. This has already been visibly redesigned in the BMW M colours. In terms of driving activities, the car manufacturer is also one of the most intensive users of the race track with its Driving Experience. Now BMW M wants to establish the Nürburgring as the home of the brand. The centrepiece of the new cooperation, which will initially last up to and including 2025, is a BMW M showroom in the ring°boulevard, which will open to visitors to the Nürburgring on selected dates. In addition, there are to be further events - for example as part of BMW M's 50th birthday in 2022. Radio Nürburgring now receivable worldwideIn future, all fans will be able to follow the events at the Nürburgring worldwide via radio. Until now, Radio Nürburgring could only be received in the vicinity of the race track at the frequency 87.7. By expanding the partnership with the Rhineland-Palatinate radio station RPR1, the "Ring-Radio" is now making the leap to the Internet. In the future, the events at the Nürburgring will be broadcast here on the popular



For the first time, a section of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife has been equipped with a digital infrastructure. The Döttinger Höhe is equipped with cameras, display systems and intelligent software over a length of 2. 7 kilometres. The construction project links the course, which opened in 1927, with the modern infrastructure of the Grand Prix track and the new Racecontrol. The new technology is expected to be used in the upcoming season. Construction work on the Nürburgring. This is not an unusual picture at the current time of year on the world’s longest permanent race track: construction vehicles are regularly on the Nordschleife in winter – for example, when the asphalt is being renewed. However, instead of the usual road paver or roller, this year an oversized plough is on its way at the Nürburgring. With his help, the skilled workers lay several kilometres of fiber optic cables and power cables there. “Digital Marshalling” brings flag signals directly into the carIn 2021, the Nürburgring will now test different systems here. Numerous cameras will bring the image directly into the new Racecontrol. A new software with artificial intelligence should help detect hazards faster. In addition, the so-called “digital marshalling” is to be further expanded. With digital display panels, which also display flag signals, those in charge can control what is happening on the track. In addition, the signals and important information are displayed directly to the driver on the display in the cockpit. An important component of the measure on the Döttinger Höhe is also the testing of various power supply options for the entire system. From the entire test run, conclusions should also be drawn as to what requirements a digitization of further sections of the Nordschleife would entail. With its length and topography, the most demanding race track in the world has special requirements. There are countless square kilometres of forest, hilly countryside and a track layout with many curves, steep gradients and slopes. What has made the Nürburgring so world-famous would make power supply and data processing and distribution a major task in particular. The project on the Döttinger Höhe is to be completed in just under four weeks. Finally, on the first weekend of March, the first contactless tourist trips of the year 2021.



The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is the fastest production car on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Racing driver Maro Engel proved this by driving the sports car around the 20.8 kilometres of the famous Green Hell in just 6:48.047 minutes. Like all official lap records on the world's most demanding race track, both the time and the standard condition of the car were notarised on site. The timing has been done by independent experts. The lap can also be seen on the Nürburgring's Youtube channel. "That was really an impressive drive" - with these words Maro Engel commented on the record lap he drove. With the 730 hp engine, the elaborate aerodynamics and the adjustment possibilities of the chassis, he reached speeds of well over 300 km/h. The drive was also impressive when considering the general conditions. The GT3 professional set the best time at seven degrees Celsius outside and ten degrees Celsius asphalt temperature. In addition, some sections of the Nordschleife were not yet completely dry. Accordingly, the driver and manufacturer were satisfied with the time achieved. "A strong performance"There were also congratulations from the Nürburgring for this achievement: "As a long-standing partner, Mercedes-AMG develops its vehicles on the Nordschleife. Now, with the GT Black Series, they have once again proven the performance they can bring to the asphalt. A strong performance," explains Nürburgring Sales Manager Michael Dürbaum. With its achieved time, the vehicle is listed in the Nürburgring category "sports car". Production vehicles with ECE approval can set a time for this without any modifications. In general, the vehicle categories for record runs and official Nürburgring lap times are subdivided according to various segments of the Federal Motor Transport Authority as well as specially defined special classes. For example, there are currently further record holders in the "compact class" (Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R / time: 7:45.39), the "medium class" (Jaguar XE SV Project 8 / 7:23.164), the "luxury class" (Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+ / 7:27. 800), in the "SUVs, off-road vehicles, vans, pick-ups" (Audi RS Q8 / 7:42.253) as well as in "modified vehicles" (Porsche GT2 RS MR / 6:44.749) or "prototypes" (Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo / 5:19.546). In general, the principle of one track, one full lap, one time - according to uniform standards - applies to the drives. In addition to timekeeping with calibrated measuring equipment, official record attempts as well as attempts to achieve a lap time are always accompanied by a notary. In addition to the monitoring of the timekeeping, there is also an acceptance test of the vehicle. The exact length of the track and the points for timekeeping are specified: The official start and finish line at track section T13 will be used as the start and finish line, a full Nordschleife lap with a flying start will be driven and measured (20.8 kilometres). © Mercedes-AMG