we use Nurburgring for extra than simply setting lap occasions

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Familiarity lets engineers focus on what the automobile is doing, as a substitute of the stopwatch

Testing on the Nurburgring is extra essential for permitting engineers to have the ability to tune automobiles with out distractions than it’s for setting quickest lap occasions, in response to BMW’s driving dynamics boss Peter Langen.

Talking in reference to the brand new BMW three Collection, Z4 and eight Collection, all of which can launch this 12 months, Langen mentioned that he believes extra profit comes from his familiarity with the famed circuit than his potential to drive automobiles rapidly round it.

“The important thing level is that it’s lengthy, difficult, has many surfaces and nook sorts, but I do know it nicely sufficient to have the ability to drive it with the capability to pay attention 100% on what the automobile is doing,” he mentioned.

“There’s room for setting quickest lap occasions after all – it proves one thing and is a pleasant benchmark.” The model just lately revealed the upcoming Z4 roadster was quicker across the well-known circuit than an M2, and future M-badged efficiency fashions are usually noticed present process high-speed testing.

“However for me, out on monitor, it is vitally not often essential to be the quickest driver on the market. It’s way more essential that I’m driving someplace the place I can put all my focus into what the automobile is doing.”

Whereas admitting that the identical might be mentioned for any racetrack, Langen identified that many years of expertise benchmarking automobiles on the ‘Ring, plus the standard and number of native public roads, made it a perfect location: “We use it lots, I do know, nevertheless it gives challenges that meet our wants,” he mentioned.

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