GTR and ZR1 Nurburgring times fake? Alex Roy and Matt Farah
Matt Farah and Alex Roy discuss the new "BMW" 7-series, the NHRA 1000ft Funny Car and Top Fuel limit, the upcoming McLaren SLR Speedster, the validity of the GTR and ZR1 Nurburgring lap times and how to standardize those times. Question of the Day = Is the Ring a good benchmark?
ZR1 vs GTR at the 'Ring - Garage419
Side by side comparison of both the Nissan GTR and the Corvette ZR1 at the
Nürburgring (Nordschleife). These two videos were released by GM and
Nissan as evidence of lap records, both starting a timer at different
points on the track. To compare the laps, Garage419 has used a visual
landmark to sync both videos; the pit-exit sign. We invite both drivers of
the two cars to come to our garage to discuss their individual laps. -
2010 Lotus Elise vs. 2000 Lotus Esprit
The Smoking Tire visits the beautiful Ojai valley with two of Lotus's
finest cars, the Elise and the Esprit. Matt Farah hits the canyons to find
out how the quintessential 'new' Lotus compares to the well-aging Esprit
GT-R : Epic Fail - Garage419
Matt Farah and Leo Parente discuss the potential mergers between GM, Ford,
and Chrysler; James Bond sells his DBS boat, Drinking on mopeds, and the
failure of the GT-R warranty department.
Matt Farah's $500 Lemon -- /LIVE AND LET DRIVE
Alex teams up with TUNED's Matt Farah for a 3,000-mile trip into the wilds
of Canada to pick up a Honda CRX Farah bought for $500 -- sight-unseen.
Will it be the perfect 24 Hours of Lemons entry, or too much crap to
How to Beat Speed Traps and Drive Safely Part 1 - /LIVE AND LET DRIVE
Alex Roy and David Maher head to Monticello Motor Club to teach best
practices for driving on a road trip. Also, tips on how to use radar
detectors and laser jammers correctly. In this show, Alex demonstrates how
his Valentine One and Blinder Laser Jammers can be powerful tools if used
Authors@Google: Alex Roy
The Authors@Google program was pleased to welcome Alex Roy to Google's New
York office to discuss his book "Driver: My Dangerous Pursuit of Speed and
Truth in the Outlaw Racing World".
Team Polizei 144 Captain Alex Roy is an automotive/travel executive, rally
driver, TV personality and philanthropist. Since 1997 he has been President
of Europe By Car, the largest independent European Car Rental broker in the
US, currently celebrating its 53rd anniversary. In 2002 he founded the
notorious Team Polizei, and is the only 7-time trophy winner in Xtreme
Rallysport, winning the 2003 Gumball 3000 Spirit Trophy, the 2004 Gumball
Style Trophy, the 2005 Gumball Silver Trophy (unofficial, of course), the
2004 Bullrun USA Team Trophy, the 2004 Bullrun Ibiza Trophy & the 2005
Bullrun USA Silver Trophy.
He is also an Executive Producer of "32 Hours, 7 Minutes" a documentary
about the 1981-83 U.S. Express, the last no-holds barred illegal non-stop
race from NY to LA.
The high-speed, unbeleivable, illegal, bittersweet, hilarious, danger
packed true story of Team Polizei, from my father's revelatory deathbed
confession to my search for the truth behind the greatest secret in racing
history. The Driver follows my attempt to duplicate Claude Lelouch's
Rendezvous (albeit around Manhattan), the creation of Team Polizei, the
discovery of the now-infamous Polizei BMW M5, our debut on the 2003 Gumball
3000, my ignominous capture on the 2004 Bullrun USA, and many more
adventures so far known only through snippets on YouTube...culminating with
my delving into the true history of the Cannonball Run and U.S. Express,
the underground cross-country races from which modern endurance rallies
descended and the long-secret record whose true story has yet to be told.
This event took place on July 8, 2008.
Stay tuned to the end of the video for some footage of Alex's Team Polizie
BMW M5, which he graciously brought by the Google NY office!!!
ZR1 vs GT-R at the Nurburgring Sync at 00:00:00
Here is a video combining the GT-R (7:29) run with the ZR1 run (7:26) at
Both GT-R and ZR1 runs are using the original videos in their original
timeline (no time stretching). Both times are off with respect to each
other. So I added a timer using Sony Vegas' timecode Video Event FX in its
The 2 videos were sync'ed at the point immediately before the 00:00:00
started to tick. It's also at this point where the Sony Vegas timecode was
started. Actually, at this starting time, the ZR1 is already ahead (slight
head-start). I could have used the landmarks to sync but I decided to trust
the timings done by both GM and Nissan.
The Nissan timer is closer to the Sony Vegas timer (both end points). The
GM timer seems to get an accumulated delay of a little more than 1 second.
For example, when the ZR1 finished at 7:26.4, the Nissan timer was at
7:27.58 and the Sony Vegas timer was at 7:27.580. When GT-R finished at
7:29.03, Vegas timer was at 7:29.015. The best way to confirm which of
these 3 timers is correct is to use your own stopwatch as this YouTube clip
I would need to create another comparison video where I will stretch the
ZR1 timeline so that it is in sync with the GT-R timer at both 00:00:00 and
Nissan GT-R Nürburgring record run footage
In April 2008, a stock JDM spec. Nissan R35 GT-R, steered by Nissan's chief
test driver, completed a lap on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in only 7 min
29 seconds - the new record time for serial production vehicles. This lap
time was later disputed by Porsche, claiming the tires used in the record
run were not standard, as claimed by Nissan.
Corvette ZR1 Nurburgring 7:26.4
I know many people have been very interested in how fast the ZR1 would be
at the Ring...
Most car enthusiasts are quite familiar with the Nürburgring. Built in the
1920's near Cologne, Germany, "the Ring" is considered to be the toughest
and most challenging race track in the world.
Over the last two weeks, we have been doing our final tuning and testing
there before we start ZR1 production cars. This morning (Friday June 27),
General Motors development engineer Jim Mero drove the Corvette ZR1 around
the Nürburgring in a time of 7:26.4.
Jim commented after the lap that conditions were good except for a strong
headwind down the main straight and that the lap was solid, but he felt
there were a few places he could have gone faster.
The car was bone stock with the exception of the communications and safety
equipment. The tires were production Michelin Pilot Sport 2's. These
tires have been developed specifically for the ZR1 and will have impressive
wet traction and wear (tread wear rating = 220), in addition to excellent
dry road holding. Chassis alignment and vehicle height were set to factory
specs. Likewise, the engine calibrations were absolutely stock, emissions
compliant and the car ran on pump (not racing) fuel. The vehicle was
exactly like the cars that will be built in Bowling Green, Kentucky and
sold around the world later this summer.
Despite posting one of the fastest times ever run by a production car,
Nürburgring lap times were not an over-riding priority in the development
of the ZR1. The truth is, if the only priority was speed at the ring, the
car would not be very pleasant to drive on American roads. The ZR1 is an
incredibly capable track machine, but unlike most ultra-high performance
cars, it is very easy to live with on a daily basis.
The timed lap was run with a rolling start, a departure from our previous
practice of standing starts. This is more aligned with current industry
practice. The lap was electronically timed and confirmed with two
hand-held stopwatches. .
ZR1 Drag Race King - Spanks GTR, 599, and GT2
Join us as we pit Chevy's all-new 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1
against the Nissan GTR, Ferrari 599 GTB, and Porsche GT2 in a no holds
barred drag race.
Shot By: Jim Gleason and Mike Suggett
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Read the story here:
2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Road Test
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explains why the car's new Performance Traction Management system makes it
harder to do ... and why that's a good thing.
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2010 Nissan GT-R V Spec Hits the Nürburgring
Now that the standard 2009 Nissan GT-R is in full production, development
of the 2010 Nissan GT-R V Spec is ramping up. This is a lightweight version
of Nissan's new supercar and it's scheduled to go on sale next year. In
addition to its notable reduction in weight, the track-rated GT-R V Spec is
also expected to get a slight increase in horsepower over the 480 hp
of the standard model.
Seen here lapping the Nürburgring test track in Germany, the 2010 Nissan
GT-R V Spec has several visible upgrades. Up front, a small aerodynamic
splitter with twin air intakes has been added to the front airdam. It
doesn't look like much, but given how dependent the GT-R is on its
aerodynamics, even a small addition like this has a big impact. A slightly
revised rear spoiler, possibly made of carbon fiber, is also visible in
A set of lightweight six-spoke wheels is another visible upgrade. We can't
tell if the Bridgestone Potenza tires wrapped around the new wheels are any
bigger, but they're probably a slightly stickier compound. Also visible are
new composite brake rotors and slightly revised calipers. We've been told
these are for testing purposes only at this point and will only be used if
they show considerable improvement over the standard setup. Considering
that a stock GT-R turned in the shortest 60-0-mph stop we've ever recorded,
the addition of these carbon brakes on the GT-R V Spec isn't assured.
In addition to the weight-reduction program, the 2010 Nissan GT-R V Spec is
also expected to surpass the 500-hp mark. Although rampant speculation on
the Internet suggests the GT-R is already developing more than 500 horses,
our recent dynamometer testing says otherwise. Even if this GT-R only adds
another 25-50 hp, however, its reduced weight should make it considerably
faster than the base model. Expect
to see some official Nürburgring lap times later this summer.