A reader writes: “Would it matter if car makers no longer set lap times on the Nürburgring?”
To recap: at the moment, there are speed limits on certain sections of the German race track following a fatal racing accident this year. So car makers can’t now set lap times for road cars, and there’s some uncertainty about whether it’ll stay that way.
Reader, though, might have a point. His thinking is that, if you ditch the lap time flag waving, you ditch cars being timed on a racetrack, which is good because even though the Nordschleife is twisty and bumpy, unless your name’s Sabine or Walter, it’s not representative of the places you drive very often.
I agree, but I’d still worry. Car makers like an opportunity to tell you how fast their car is, relevant or not. Hence 0-60mph times – less relevant than they once were, but still some kind of benchmark we understand.
Even if manufacturers don’t like being overtly transparent against other machines, they’ll tell you how fast cars are on their own test circuits.