• Volkswagen Transporter sets unofficial lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschleife
  • Van records time of 9 minutes 58 seconds with BTCC driver behind the wheel
  • Beats benchmark set by TV presenter and racing driver, Sabine Schmitz in 2005
  • Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/CDExYy0gEzo

A Volkswagen Transporter has set an unofficial lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the hands of HMS Racing British Touring Car driver Rob Austin.

The lap time of 9 minutes 58 seconds, beats the benchmark time set by TV presenter and professional motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz, of 10 minutes and 8 seconds, in 2005.

The production-standard Volkswagen Transporter was supplied by Northgate Vehicle Hire, the UK’s largest van rental company, and is powered by the mid-range 150 PS diesel engine.

The attempt, filmed on home soil for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, set out to beat the 10-minute barrier and the time set by Schmitz on the same track 13 years ago.

The short video chronicles Rob’s attempts to make this landmark time during two days of testing and track attempts.

Northgate Vehicle Hire sponsors Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) team HMS Racing. A spokesman said: “This feat by a professional racing driver was an unusual way to showcase the quality and durability of one of our most popular vans, the Volkswagen Transporter.

“At Northgate, we believe a spirit of partnership is key to success, and we work tirelessly to ensure our customers have the right van to power their business. We’re proud to work with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and offer its products to help meet the needs of our customers.”

Kate Wright, National Rental Manager, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “The Transporter has won a host of accolades throughout its history, but this is perhaps one of the most unusual. We’re really excited to be part of this record attempt which shows just what our vans can do. Most customers choose them because they’re reliable, cost-effective and offer some of the best technologies available, but maybe this is another good reason to choose one!”

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