Ringside Seat: Ring testing shifts up a gear
Nurburgring 'Industry Pool' takes 16 weeks of track action this year
All the big names are sat around the table of i-pool. Companies such as BMW, Porsche, Mercedes Benz, VW and Audi are all obvious. But there are plenty more than that; GM, Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Chrysler are present alongside many or all of their sub-brands. Fiat, Hyundai, Alfa, Ferrari and Lamborghini have all been increasing their Nordschleife test time in recent years, as well as British firms like McLaren and Lotus. I've still not even come close to naming all the car manufacturers here, and there are dozens more specialist parts and tyres manufacturers, and tuners too, that I haven't mentioned.
Click the video below to see what I mean.
Whether this method of testing makes your car better or worse for the purposes you buy it, I have no idea. That's a massive question for another day. But you've got to admit, that the sight of the latest 911s and M-cars being pushed around the Nordschleife for hundreds or thousands of laps is at least slightly impressive. And the manufacturers show no signs of slowing down on that approach...
I will be back at the 'Ring a week today, but don't think it's pool week, however I don't think there's the touristen fahrt either
At least they are sending out 2-3 examples of the same vehicle (bar the mini) so are probably assessing different chassis set ups, tyres, engine maps etc.
With the reduced track time, they are able to put up the cost of lap prices as demand is the same if not increased.