We’re looking at the clock counting down the hours to 2017 and it seems some automakers still have among the new year resolution the old – “I want to be the Nurburgring record holder”.
The obsession with Nürburgring lap times doesn’t seem to have any chance of fading away anytime soon so we might sit back and relax – watching the saga unfold. For example, looking for the ‘Ring king title is the Hampshire-based Elemental Motor Company – as they announced they will try to post a new record for a production car on the Green Hell with the refreshed version of their two-seat RP1. The model was upgraded a few months back with a new aerodynamic pack increasing downforce to 400 kilograms (882 pounds) while capable of 150 mph (241 km/h). This is apparently not enough to complete the task of becoming the fastest road-legal car around the Nürburgring, with Elemental preparing more enhancements.
Case in point, the company is tailoring a new aero kit for an incredible downforce of 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs). Additionally, ex-McLaren F1 team aerodynamicist Mark Taylor claims subsequent enhancements could take the figure to a whopping 1,200 kg (2,645 lbs). By the way, the time they need to surpass is 6 minutes and 48 seconds – the record belonging to Michael Vergers who used a Radical SR8 LM back in August 2009. There’s a catch – the model is not legal everywhere, so technically the Porsche 918 Spyder and its 6:57 time from September 2013 is the undisputed record holder.