The 24 hours of the Nürburgring is one of the tough and spectacular endurance races on the calendar. A contest through which the Nordschleife and the Grand Prix circuit are mixed in a 25-kilometer course stuffed with curves and plenty of turns. A state of affairs through which the fashions of Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mercedes … or Dacia are amassed. Sure, you learn appropriately. Nürburgring is also for earthly automobiles and, in 2021, a small Dacia Logan has conquered the Inexperienced Hell. The German circuit is a distinctive problem: from the difficult format to the erratic climate to the efficiency of the chosen automotive. When taking motion, site visitors administration is vital for sooner fashions, whereas consciousness of your environment weighs closely for slower autos. In this second group there are normally humble examples of street reworked for competitors as a result of drawing the Nürburgring over and over is not precisely what they have been designed for.
The Logini preparation
The Dacia Logan from ‘Ollis Storage Racing’ is one of the best instance of this. The pilots Oliver Kriese and Jürgen Bussmann have a workshop in Münster, the place a venture has been developed through which Michael Lachmeyer and the ‘youtuber’ Misha Charoudin are also concerned. The end result has been a utility dubbed ‘Logini’ that has ended up going through one of the tough endurance races. We’re speaking, not in useless, about a automotive that in one of the best of instances can have, roughly, a fifth of the facility of the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The mannequin used is the equal to the manufacturing mannequin that is based mostly on the one which participated within the Dacia Logan Cup 2007. After all, they’ve utilized some adjustments. The usual 90 hp engine has been changed by a 2.0 165 hp from a Renault Mégane, the rear drum brakes have been changed by disc brakes and the entrance ones have been elevated in measurement. As well as, they’ve added a number of security components, a rear wing and it has been outfitted with competitors tires.
Issues didn’t begin nicely on the Nürburgring: Logini didn’t end qualifying as a result of some technical issues, however the mechanics labored onerous and he was prepared for Saturday’s principal race. A quote that ended up changing into the shortest in historical past: lasted solely 9 and a half hours because of the dense fog that settled on the asphalt.
This was not an obstacle for the Dacia Logan managed to finish a whole of 41 laps to complete occupying the 98th place within the standings: of the 121 autos that began the race, 22 stayed on the street. In its class, the SP3, it completed in fourth place out of 5 contributors forward of an Opel Manta that it deserted. The figures that point out his place within the classification or the greater than 13 minutes it took him to go across the circuit matter little. This Dacia Logan has confirmed that earthly automobiles can also conquer the Inexperienced Hell of the Nürburgring.
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