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. -
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.
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 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
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
Best GTR launch control reaction ever
Courage is strong in this beautiful GTR Pilot! She took the directions
given to her and just rolled with it!
I love the part where the fear takes over body control, which makes it hard
for her to think straight to let off the gas to make it stop. Hahahahaha
This is by far the best GTR Reaction I have ever seen with for GTR Launch
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
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!!!