These days all new cars are tested at the Nürburgring, from Seat’s to Lamborghini’s, and it’s all completely and utterly POINTLESS!
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 120 years. The Nürburgring is a racetrack in western Germany, and all car manufacturers for some odd reason feel the need to send all of their new cars round the Track to see what time they can achieve.
I’ll happily admit a car that can round the Nürburgring in a good time is impressive. It shows off the brands engineering excellence and proves to potential buyers that the car is fast.
However, unless you’re doing the Nürburgring 24-hour race, those times mean Jack–all to the rest of us.
You see the Nürburgring is in one place. Western Germany. You can’t do those speeds or those lap times on the road. Well you can but you’d be waving Au Revoir to your driving licence.
No one drives around town or in the city like they’re on the Nürburgring unless of course they’re stolen cars (we get that a lot in Orpington).
When a car is developed on the Nürburgring, it basically means that it will be as uncomfortable as getting a prostate exam and that your spine will quickly disintegrate if your drive anywhere in Kent.
I don’t see the need to develop a car on a racetrack unless it is a Race car, such as the Aston Martin Vulcan. In fact, I’ve come up with a brilliant idea…why don’t care manufactures develop cars on a road! Where they will actually be driven!
Porsche may develop the Gt2 or any of the massive 911 range on the Nürburgring, but chances are, most of the time that it will be driven is in stop – start city traffic or cruising on the motorway to the country house for the weekend
It is so utterly pointless and a total waste of money to develop a car on a racetrack, because chances are…it’ll never go around a racetrack in its life.
And it means that people who buy one are forced to endure and appalling ride and a broken spine.