Fast and Loose: There’s No Oversight for Nurburgring Lap-Time Claims

The lap times at the Nurburgring are some of the most obsessed over benchmark of vehicle performance. The question is then asked, who is in charge of overseeing these tests and technical compliance? Most importantly, who is in charge of timing the official lap? The answer is a surprising “no one.” Manufacturers may fudge the numbers in many ways.

Key Takeaways:

  • The track in Germany is used by sports car makers to evaluate speed.
  • However, no one monitors the cars or the method for determining track speed, relying instead on “gentlemen’s agreement.”
  • Thus, an an opportunity exists for someone to provide monitoring if claims made at the German track.

“The Nordschleife circuit itself, which does not include the modern Grand Prix course, is 12.9 miles (20.8 km) in length, but even that is not entirely accurate as it relates to these lap-record attempts by road cars.”