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With the world-famous Nurburgring up for sale, automotive racing enthusiasts are speculating the varying scenarios that could result now that interested parties have dwindled from 50 to between 5 and 10.
To commemorate the 85th anniversary of the world’s most demanding racetrack, Nordschleife has released its 1927 24-hour wristwatches to the general public.
The track, most well-known for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring originally opened for business back on June 18th, 1927 under the name of “Mountain, Racing and Testing Track.” And to make it the perfect companion to those attending the famed race, the timepiece from Nordschleife has its dials displaying all 24 hours of the day, as opposed to the more traditional 12 on conventional watches.
The stainless-steel timepieces are available in 1.4 or 1.7 inch cases in either white or black. Pricing is affordable too, at around $110 for the smaller piece, and $140 for the larger one. Those interested in purchasing the watch may have some difficulty telling time at first, due to its 24-hour setup.
A black leather strap accompanies the stainless-steel case while a Swiss quartz movement keeps time precise.
GALLERY: Nordschleife 1927 Timepieces
British racing driver Jackie Stewart called the Nurburgring Nordschleife (Northern loop) the “Green Hell,” and this past week, the track lived up to its nick name due to an eight car pile up that included a rented Chevrolet Corvette, a BMW M3 “Ring Taxi”, two rare Vauxhall VX220′s an E36, E30 and E92 BMW 3-series, an old Porsche 911.
The accident took place on a public lapping day at the “Bergwerk” section, where a construction company was doing some repair work, which is not a great idea especially when novices are out on the track. According to reports, four cars were racing as they approached the construction zone, which according to some was not clearly marked.
These four cars slammed on their brakes upon seeing the construction zone and the carnage ensued. This chain of accidents took out eight cars in total and sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries.
This accident caused around $200,000 worth of damage to cars and property. Usually all damages to the track are paid by those involved in the accidents, but there could be a strong case made against the track for its untimely construction on a open lapping day and then not marking the construction zone clearly. We reckon this story is far from over. We’ll keep you posted on this developing story.
[Source: GT Spirit]
MINI has recently released the all-new 2012 Coupe and it will pack a serious punch. The company’s racing heritage will continue with this sporty two-door in the John Cooper Works Coupe Endurance. This race car has been developed to compete in this weekends 24-hour Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit. MINI will race the “Green Hell”, as the track is affectionately known with two cars wearing numbers 146 and 147. Three other MINI teams will also track two cars each, making for eight MINI’s in a race of 250.
The race car gets a specially-tuned version of the factory produced John Cooper Works engine, packsinga 1.6-liter four cylinder equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection. The car will produce 250-hp with an over-boost function cranking out 330 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 240 km/h.
The car looks and sounds great in the video and looks very quick. The exhaust system sounds mean and the minute and a half long video is definetly worth watching.
Check out the video after the jump!