Nurburgring Now Has Warnings, No Speed Limits: 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Facelift Flies

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Facelift Flies on Nurburgring 1 photo
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Nurburgring officials issued a statement last week, letting us know the speed limits on the Green Hell have been raised. As a result, prototypes are once again flying at full speed, as shown in the video below.
The footage brings us a 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Facelift test vehicle, which seems to be willing to set a lap time. Zuffenhausen's supercar throws itself into corners as if vibrators weren't there, so the determination to come up with a time is clear here.

Towards the end of the clip, which comes from Kanal von fastsportscardriver, we can even see the Quiddelbacher Höhe section, where a 200 km/h (124 mph) limit used to be.

The Nordschleife now treats its visitors with warning signs that read Vorsicht Unfallgefahr, which can be translated to Caution, Danger of Accidents. Don't expect the story to end here though.

The Nurburgring's layout will be changed

As the 'Ring management has announced, the track layout will be changed, with the work on the circuit set to kick off this fall.

We'll remind you this is a sad story that started out earlier this year, when a Nissan GT-R racecar was involved in a dealy crash during the Nurburgring VLN race - the car went up into the air and landed over the protection fence, killing a spectator.

Subsequently, speed limits showed up on the track. Realizing the absurdity of such measures, the track management issued a survey, asking for the best way to improve safety.

One of the versions included in the survey was to introduce chicanes, and this might just happen soon.

Sure, improving safety is crucial, but what will happen to all the lap times that have already been set, once the new layout is introduced? How will we be able to use the 'Ring as a comparison test?

We have a hard time understanding why the management didn't turn to additional spectator protection measures instead of altering the course.

Then again, after years of financial troubles and management changes (Nurburgring is currently owned by a Russian billionaire), we could've expected such radical changes to show up at any time.

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