28
Jul
10

Car porn: Zonda R ‘Ring run

The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the best goddamn racing circuit on the planet.  Dubbed “the Green Hell” by a very respectful Jackie Stewart, it runs for about 13 miles over better than 150 corners, most of which are fast, blind, and off-camber.  It is legendarily unforgiving of errors.

Stefan Bellof set the Nordschleife lap record at 6:11.13 in a 1983-spec Porsche 956, a classic Group C sports car with underbody tunnels suitable for Boston rush hour and a lift:drag ratio of roughly 4:1 (if we assume it’s similar to the later 962).  Since then, sports-car manufacturers have scuffled over the title of “fastest ‘ring run”.

Here’s Pagani’s nigh-unattainable Zonda R, itself more like Bellof’s 956 than anything you’re likely to see on the street, with the fastest ‘ring run (to date) for a “production” car of 6:47.5.

(Hat tip: Jalopnik)

That there is a beautiful piece of driving.

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1 Response to “Car porn: Zonda R ‘Ring run”


  1. August 7, 2010 at 10:35

    Most of the time I’m not big on just about anything youtube’d but holy hell. Watching in fullscreen, there were a couple spots in that I had to be rocked gently back and forth to break suction between me and the chair. I’m surprised the wheels didn’t fall off and the tranny explode after that holding up a sign that says “Screw it. Never topping that, going out on a high note. Goodbye beautiful world.”


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