We just contacted the company that owns and runs the Nürburgring racetrack, with the CEO confirming the news we told you about earlier today concerning the ban on lap records due to speed limit restrictions.
Following the fatal accident that occured earlier this year, when a Nissan GTR race car flipped over the fence, claiming a spectator’s life during the VLN endurance race, the German motorsport association (DSMB) introduced speed limits for races on the prestigious circuit.
As a result, the Nurburgring management board decided to further extend and impose speed limits to other sectors of the track, thus limiting activities like lap-record drives.
Carsten Schumacher, CEO of capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH told Carscoops in a an email message:
“Following the tragic accident on 28 March 2015, the German motorsport association (DMSB) introduced speed limits for races at the Nürburgring. capricorn NÜRBURGRING GmbH has decided to extend these speed limits to other activities on the Nordschleife, which is why record drives are currently not permitted on the Nürburgring Nordschleife”
So, there you go. No more record runs allowed on the “Green Hell”, which means car manufacturers will be forced, for now, at least, to find a new proving-playground. It’s not known for how long this ban will be enforced, but there is a chance everything will return back to normal after things calm down.
Meanwhile, maybe we’ll finally get some comfortable cars. There were too many performance-oriented regular SUVs, MPVs and station wagons, anyway…