Two times WRC Championship winner and Porsche development driver Walter Röhrl have suggested that the modern sports cars and supercars achieve at the track are dangerous, and even with improved downforce and aerodynamics, they can’t match purpose-built race cars.
Röhrl cited the low downforce and aerodynamics of most production cars as a reason why the famed Nürburgring laps are becoming increasingly dangerous. The ace driver was absent when Porsche set its record 6:47.3 lap time with the new 911 GT2 RS earlier this year, though he was there to test drive previous-generation 911 GT2.
Röhrl cites his age as the reason why he’s not willing to take any more risks, but humorously, stated that the main reason is it takes too long to complete a lap on Nürburgring. Koenigsegg had a big crash with one of its model One:1 wrecked at the Fuchsrohre section of the track after an ABS sensor failed. Thankfully, the driver walked away, but the car? Not so much.
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of motorsport and GT road cars development, said the German carmaker will continue pushing the limits of lap times at the circuit despite the challenges presented by the circuit.
“Mankind developed all the time going faster. Why not keep the engineering challenge on? There’s no reason to stop the competition,” he said.