Mercedes-AMG One sets new Nurburgring lap record

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Gareth Herincx

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Mercedes-AMG One

The F1-inspired Mercedes-AMG One has become the fastest production car to lap the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife.

The new hypercar clocked 6:35.183 minutes, beating the previous record (set by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS) by a remarkable eight seconds.

Despite less-than-ideal track conditions, DTM racing driver Maro Engel waited until his final attempt to set his hottest lap of the 13-mile “Green Hell”.

“That was really an unforgettable experience,” said Maro, after completing the lap. “I didn’t expect that we would be able to set such a lap time with these track conditions.

“In some crucial areas of the track, it hadn’t dried completely yet and was therefore tricky. That was a special challenge.”

The Mercedes-AMG One is powered by a hybrid setup which combines one combustion engine with four electric motors, delivering 1,049bhp in the process. It has a claimed top speed of 218.7mph, active aerodynamics (including a DRS function) and all-wheel-drive.

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Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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Audi Was Tantalizingly Close to Another Le Mans Campaign

Audi R18

The World Endurance Championship grid is shaping up to be the most exciting in decades — but Audi won’t be there.

At the moment, the big news in the world of Audi racing is that Ingolstadt will return to Formula 1 for the 2026 season. This year, dominant performances from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen mean he had this year’s crown in the bag long before the final checkered flag. But the surging popularity of the series here in the United States — thanks in no small part to Netflix’s Drive to Survive — makes it a great opportunity for the Four Rings to show its mettle.

Of course, it was only last May when endurance racing fans were waiting to get a glimpse of the successor to the R18, and the car Audi hoped would add to its impressive string of victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That anticipation, it’s important to note, wasn’t based on rumors or speculation. Rather what details we knew came straight from Audi Sport director Andreas Roos, who said that both the engine concept and chassis partner had already been finalized.

Unfortunately, that project was doomed. But now, our friends at Motorsport have revealed just how close Audi was to testing its next-gen LMDh car. According to DTM driver Nico Muller, who was deeply involved with project, the race machine was just weeks away from hitting the test track when the rug got pulled out from the program.

“At the end the car was ready to go,” Muller revealed to Motorsport.com. “We worked a lot on the sim, everything was ready to go into proper on-track testing.

“It had been developed together with Porsche; it is no secret that they shared the same platform with Multimatic.

“Would I have loved to drive it? It was very close, but the call came a few weeks too early.”

For fans who followed endurance racing, the news is heartbreaking. What’s particularly disappointing is that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship grid is shaping up to be the most diverse and exciting as it’s been in decades. So instead of having just one serious competitor, like Peugeot or Toyota, the Four Rings would have faced marques like Ferrari, Cadillac, and corporate cousins Porsche, which would have been a joy to watch.

Given the popularity of Formula 1, and the relative obscurity of the WEC, the move might make sense from a publicity standpoint. But limited budgets mean Audi fans will just have to wonder what could have been…

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Ultra limited edition Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
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Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso

In the same week that the most extreme version of the A110 R road car was revealed, Alpine has announced a new special edition created with F1 legend Fernando Alonso.

Only 32 examples of the exclusive performance model will be made, matching the two-time champ’s number of Grand Prix wins.

The ‘Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso’ features a range of aesthetic and suspension tweaks and is only available in Racing Matte Blue – the same finish as Alonso’s current Alpine A522 race car.

Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso

The new paintjob extends to the previously bare carbon fibre areas of the A110 R. There are more black highlights around the car, as well as orange brake calipers, plus a blue, orange and yellow flag on the door panels, plus Fernando Alonso’s signature embroidered into the seats.

The Alonso edition features a unique adjustment system to easily and quickly change the height of the car’s body, as well as the stiffness of the suspension.

In just a few quick and easy steps, a shim placed at the base of the spring means the spring’s position can be changed and the vehicle lowered by 10mm for track-only use.

Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso

At the same time, the stiffness of the suspension is increased by 5%. An Alpine-patented innovation, it will give enthusiasts ready access to track settings approved by Fernando Alonso himself on Barcelona’s F1 circuit.

There’s an engraved plaque located on the centre console bearing the name of both the circuit and year of an Alonso winning race. Numbered from 1 to 32, in chronological order, the tribute plaques add an extra layer of exclusivity that is sure to delight enthusiasts.

Lucky buyers of the limited series model will be given a Fernando Alonso replica racing helmet, signed by the Spaniard himself.

Alpine A110 R Fernando Alonso

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F1 star Valtteri Bottas has helped Alfa Romeo celebrate its 112th anniversary with a unique stunt.

The Flying Finn drove his Alfa Romeo Formula One car around the most iconic streets of Milan at 5.30am this morning.

Starting from Piazza Duomo and passing through Piazza San Babila, Porta Nuova, the majestic Central Statio and then the City Life district, he ended his city tour at Gattamelata – a place of strong historical significance.

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Here in 1910 was Portello, Alfa Romeo’s first production site, which is now home to the brand’s new flagship store – the first showroom in the world to introduce Alfa Romeo’s new Brand Identity.

There is an extremely close bond with Milan and Alfa Romeo. It was in Milan, 112 years ago, under the name Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, that the brand was introduced to the world. The rest is history.

Happy Birthday Alfa Romeo!

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The Flying Finn drove his Alfa Romeo Formula One car around the most iconic streets of Milan at 5.30am this morning.

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