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Speed Limits on Nurburgring to End Next Year

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/19/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Nürburgring officials will eliminate speed limits on the Nordschleife loop starting next year. The decision comes several months after a race car flew over a fence and killed a spectator, triggering tightened regulations.

A Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 caught air on the Nürburgring back in March, killing one spectator on the sidelines and injuring several others. In response to the accident, speed limits took effect and GT3 cars were temporarily banned. Meanwhile, Nürburgring operator CNG began a safety analysis of the track. In lieu of speed limits, officials have decided to install additional safety fences in several sections along the track and resurface parts of the road to smooth out bumps. By the time the 2016 season rolls around, seven of the planned 16 safety measures will have already been implemented.

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Speed limits along the Nürburgring have hampered automakers trying to set lap record times on the Nürburgring. Koenigsegg was unable to achieve its long-planned attempt to break the production-car lap record, thanks to a speed limit of 124 mph along certain corners where the One:1 could reach 186 mph.

“Safety on the Nordschleife during races, but also during test drives of the industry and during tourist ride sessions, is our highest priority,” said CNG Managing Director Carsten Schumacher during a round table on Monday.

The proposal has been submitted to the German Motor Sport Association and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile for final approval.

Source: Nürburgring

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