Oh, no! Say it isn’t so! The management team in charge of running the show at the fabled Nürburgring Nordschleife have motioned to ban car manufacturers from attempting and publishing timed laps of the legendary, 20.8 km-long circuit.

According to the people behind the automotive documentary, APEX, the decision stemmed from an earlier accident at the circuit involving 23-year old racing driver, Jann Mardenborough and several spectators at the opening round of the VLN endurance race series. In the accident, Jann’s Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 went airborne and flipped over safety fence, injuring many and killing one spectator.

Since then, several speed limits were imposed on high-speed sections of the circuit – Flugplatz and Tiergarten, for instance. The latter is now limited to just 200 km/h, a speed easily accessible by most of today’s performance cars.


Officially, the management insists that said restrictions will be reviewed come the end of the year – for now, any attempts at a lap record will not be tolerated under these new laws. However, things aren’t as clear cut as they appear to be – Lamborghini recently ran its Aventador LP750-4 SV around the circuit in under seven minutes. The management claims that the run was conducted a day prior to the latest round of restrictions.

Conspiracy theorists (yours truly has a taste for the dramatic, after all) are more than welcomed to speculate that the whole move was meant to restrict Swedish hypercar manufacturer, Koenigsegg, from displacing the Porsche 918 Spyder – the latter currently holds a lap time of six minutes and 57 seconds.

Koenigsegg wants to claim ultimate bragging rights with its One:1 megacar and judging from the other records the car has been setting, it’s actually no big surprise should the One:1 top the 918 Spyder. In fact, the firm’s calculations suggest that One:1 will be able to smash the 918’s lap time by more than 10 seconds.

GALLERY: Koenigsegg One:1