Watch: Remember when Guy Martin broke the Nurburgring lap record?

For a van, that is… Or is it a van?

There’s been a lot of news surrounding the Ford Transit recently. In fact, with the Sun shining its warm, summery rays on us all, Camper Van conversion projects are popping up faster than fluffy dolls in a game of whack-a-mole.

However, the Transit isn’t just a large box that can be filled with luxurious pillows and high-tech showers and gas burners. In fact, last year speed junkie Guy Martin managed to use one of the Blue Oval’s vans to set a new lap record around the Nurburgring.


Thanks to the engine from a Radical RXC fitted to the inside of the van along with a wide array of other modifications, the fastest mechanic in the world managed to set a lap time of 9:28.0. That was enough to give Guy the lap record for a van around the Green Hell.

However, as the vehicle Guy Martin used to set the record was so modified, can it even be classed as a van? In fact, the engine and subframe take up most of the space in the back of the vehicle making it more of a silhouette car. Let me know what you think of the legality of Guy’s lap.

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Comments (13)

  • Sabine Schmidt would have smashed that laptime if she was driving

      1 year ago
    • True she wasn’t far off the time in a standard transit on Top Gear

        1 year ago
    • 30 seconds is fairly far, but then again, this is heavily modified... Idk

        1 year ago
  • Only modifications that I would allow would be track tyres. That’s it. No weight reduction, nothing. STANDARD!!!!!!11!1!1!!!!

      1 year ago
  • Most tradesmen could do that in a standard Trannie with all their tools in the back

      1 year ago
    • For sure haha! My father lays carpet and he drives an extended 2017 Mercedes Sprinter turbo diesel 4 cyl and I'm pretty sure he'd have a blast with it sound the nurburgring!

        1 year ago
  • Isn't he a motorcyclist?

      1 year ago
  • Where is the xj220 powered transit?

      1 year ago
    • Fun fact: that van was the test mule for the xj220 and was bought by Jody Scheckter to be used as an ice cream truck for his farm that he runs. Clarkson is a friend of his and borrowed it before it was converted for the race.

        1 year ago


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