When it comes to testing high performance car tires, it doesn’t get more prestigious than the Nurburgring in Germany. At the recent Nurburgring 24 Hours, Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama had the opportunity to mount their tires on two Aston Martin Test Center cars. The cars managed to finish the incredibly arduous race with a second and third position in the SP8 class they were part of; an impressive result. Both teams of drivers were satisfied with the race and had a lot of fun.
Cars have been nicknamed & # 39; Zig & # 39; and & # 39; Smurf & # 39 ;. Zig was a No. 005 Aston Martin V12 Zagato while Smurf is a V8 Vantage GT4. Zig’s team of drivers was made up of Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez, chief engineer Chris Porritt, test center director Wolfgang Schuhbauer and journalist Richard Meaden. Despite the rain that began to fall when the morning opened on the mountains, Zig’s race was without problems; they completed 137 laps, finishing seconds. The smurf was led by Jürgen Stumpf, Mal Rose, Rob Thomson, Peter Cate and also had no significant problems finishing third in the SP8 class after 135 laps.
Interestingly, Zig (the V12 Zagato) was almost identical to a standard showroom specification model. It has some improvements, but mainly those related to vehicle safety. Nonetheless, the car demonstrated impressive levels of performance and durability to reach the podium in an intense 24-hour race.
Yokohama was particularly satisfied with the Smurf-mounted tire, the V8 Vantage. At one point in the 24-hour race, the Smurf team ran three times in the saddle and a single set of Yokohama tires managed to cover 37 laps. For those of you who are familiar with Nurburgring, you will know that it is a truly impressive result!
For the uninitiated, the Nürburgring is a running track located near the village of Nurburg in Germany. The North Loop (Nordschliefe) was originally built in the 1920s and is 14.2 miles long while the Sudschliefe (Southern Loop) is only 4.8 miles. Southern Loop was designed to be used in tests and club competitions with the North Loop, intended as a testament to German engineering skills. It is an extremely demanding, demanding circuit, with 172 massive curves, divided equally between the left and right curves.
If you intend to race at the Nurburgring (and it is sometimes open to the public) you need to make sure that your car is well maintained, that the fluid levels have been refilled and good quality car tires equipped with plenty of left tread wear and correct tire pressure.