RE: New van lap record on the Nurburgring!

RE: New van lap record on the Nurburgring!

Thursday 13th September

New van lap record on the Nurburgring!

VW drafts in BTCC racer Rob Austin and a new Transporter in an attempt to dip under 10 minutes...



No doubt you'll remember the Top Gear episode: Jeremy Clarkson and an S-Type diesel on the Nurburgring, with the aim to get around in less than 10 minutes. He just about succeeded, too, only for his achievement to be undermined somewhat by Sabine Schmitz getting within 10 seconds of his time in a Transit. "I do that lap time in a van" and so on.

Remarkably that was now 13 years ago and, while unofficial, we know of no standard van - see Revo's work for the modified possibilities - that has lapped quicker since. Today that changes with this from VW, which has sent a 150hp Transporter around the Nordschleife with Rob Austin at the wheel; it seems wrong to spoil the surprise here - see the vid below for the number - but VW claims a van has now cracked the 10-minute barrier. Well, bridge to gantry at least...


As you can probably see, the Transporter was provided by Northgate Vehicle Hire - don't be gentle, it's a rental, right? - which saw some opportunity here to advertise the "quality and durability" of one of its most popular vans.

Sadly VW hasn't seen fit to release the full lap video yet, but we're on the case of pestering them for it. Finally, Volkswagen, if you're in need of a driver for a more powerful Transporter in future, or want to use the lighter and nimbler Caddy, then you know where we are...




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Craikeybaby

Original Poster:

8,680 posts

160 months

Thursday 13th September
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I’m sure I read somewhere that Guy Martin was working on some sort of van ‘ring lap record attempt.

Onehp

668 posts

218 months

Thursday 13th September
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220hp diesel isn't really the best one can do tuned now. German HGP will give you a VR6 3.6 biturbo with 700+ bhp in your stripped transporter, esp recalibrated too if you asked nicely, if you pay them enough...

Agent XXX

1,248 posts

41 months

Thursday 13th September
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Doesn't really matter about 'Ring times. They're the fastest vehicle on the motorways so wins everything

simonrockman

5,649 posts

190 months

Thursday 13th September
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Would've been quicker if it was white.

geeks

3,590 posts

74 months

Thursday 13th September
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Wasn't this done months ago? Also wasn't it sponsored by Northgate (they supplied the Van) not VW?
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Mound Dawg

1,854 posts

109 months

Thursday 13th September
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simonrockman said:
Would've been quicker if it was white.
Or in Parcelforce colours.

bungz

898 posts

55 months

Thursday 13th September
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Surely a DPD driver in a old sprinter would be able to top this.

paua

707 posts

78 months

Thursday 13th September
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I remember watching the episode in question - must say if I had to spend 10 minutes in the back of a van at the 'Ring, of the 2 drivers on offer, it wouldn't be JC. wink

Halmyre

6,660 posts

74 months

Thursday 13th September
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Mound Dawg said:
simonrockman said:
Would've been quicker if it was white.
Or in Parcelforce colours.
But it would then get lost...

Krikkit

13,319 posts

116 months

Thursday 13th September
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Onehp said:
220hp diesel isn't really the best one can do tuned now. German HGP will give you a VR6 3.6 biturbo with 700+ bhp in your stripped transporter, esp recalibrated too if you asked nicely, if you pay them enough...
There's a company offering armoured Sprinters with the twin-turbo V12 as well... I bet you could get them to leave the armour out and just fit it out as a fancy family bus. One of those plus a bit of Brabus love would give you 900hp/1500Nm.

5harp3y

1,266 posts

134 months

Thursday 13th September
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bungz said:
Surely a DPD driver in a old sprinter would be able to top this.
this has the makings of a new race series

Hermes guy in his stripped out Ford Galaxy
DPD LWB Sprinter
Amazon Prime in a Renault Trafic

Points awarded for lap times, drafting down the straights and blocking the pit lane exit as they lob a parcel over the pit wall

Shakermaker

7,303 posts

35 months

Thursday 13th September
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Onehp said:
220hp diesel isn't really the best one can do tuned now. German HGP will give you a VR6 3.6 biturbo with 700+ bhp in your stripped transporter, esp recalibrated too if you asked nicely, if you pay them enough...
Wouldn't be "standard" though, which is what this refers to

Turbobanana

1,149 posts

136 months

Thursday 13th September
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5harp3y said:
bungz said:
Surely a DPD driver in a old sprinter would be able to top this.
this has the makings of a new race series

Hermes guy in his stripped out Ford Galaxy
DPD LWB Sprinter
Amazon Prime in a Renault Trafic

Points awarded for lap times, drafting down the straights and blocking the pit lane exit as they lob a parcel over the pit wall
For completeness, invite Royal Mail as well. Although they'd require you to pick the van up from the depot tomorrow because they'd do the lap in the middle of the working day when nobody was insmile

PaulJC84

604 posts

152 months

Thursday 13th September
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What time did Sabine Schmitz do on TG in a Transit when trying to beat Jezza in a Jaaaaaag?

WCZ

5,902 posts

129 months

Thursday 13th September
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why not pick a quicker van

chris4652009

813 posts

19 months

Thursday 13th September
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Craikeybaby said:
I’m sure I read somewhere that Guy Martin was working on some sort of van ‘ring lap record attempt.
Yeah

Robmarriott

1,126 posts

93 months

Thursday 13th September
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geeks said:
Wasn't this done months ago? Also wasn't it sponsored by Northgate (they supplied the Van) not VW?
Yep, the video was uploaded in January so it was recorded last year some time.

Nice new news, PH!

Coin Slot.

2,745 posts

98 months

Thursday 13th September
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I wonder why the 150 and not the 204 version?

TooMany2cvs

29,008 posts

61 months

Thursday 13th September
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Pericoloso

36,486 posts

98 months

Thursday 13th September
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PaulJC84 said:
What time did Sabine Schmitz do on TG in a Transit when trying to beat Jezza in a Jaaaaaag?
It was something like 10M 9s.