with the MINI John Cooper Works Cabriolet for 24 hours at the Nürburgring
Hatzenbach, Fuchsröhre, Adenauer Forst, Caracciola-Karussell, Hohe Acht, Döttinger Höhe: the names of famous sections of the Nürburgring sound mystical. During so-called tourist trips, amateur drivers can follow in the footsteps of professionals and their cars in their private vehicles. But to feel the fascination of the Nürburgring, you just need to be on the surrounding country roads. For more than 20 kilometers, the Nordschleife winds through the hilly and wooded landscape of the Upper Eifel. As a result, the tradition-rich racetrack passes through several villages, crosses public roads with bridges and subways, and can be seen from the outside by looking over the fence in many places.
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart once called the Nürburgring-Nordschleife “Green Hell”. To this day, it is considered the most demanding racing track in the world. BMW Group test and development engineers use the varied course to put the finishing touches on the driving characteristics of the new models. A vehicle that passes the endurance test on the Nordschleife can convince on any road in the world.
A piece of the Nordschleife can also be found in the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. The developers call the built-in app fine-tuning on test tracks, country roads and, most importantly, on the race track, which ensures that all drive and chassis systems work perfectly together. In the case of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, the test program has turned the thrilling performance of its 170 kW / 231 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology into driving pleasure extreme. This is achieved both with the standard 6-speed manual transmission and the optional 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and with the model-specific sport suspension as well as the latest generation of adaptive suspension, which now includes shock absorbers. frequency-selectable for sporty driving and driving comfort over long distances.
The model-specific steering, the sports brake system with four-piston fixed caliper brakes on the front wheels developed in cooperation with specialist manufacturer Brembo and the 17-inch light alloy rims John Cooper Works are also fixed components of the ‘standard set. for fascinating performances. Added to this are the characteristic design features of John Cooper Works models, which ensure optimum aerodynamic balance even in very dynamic driving situations. In the latest new edition of the MINI John Cooper Works Convertible, the painstaking work done to optimize airflow is visible at first glance. Vertical air intakes in the front apron, with a particularly clear and uncluttered design, direct the air flow specifically along the wheels to reduce turbulence. At the rear of the underbody, the air flow now meets a particularly distinctive diffuser in the rear apron.
On the Eifel country roads, the result of fine tuning is felt every kilometer. They too offer the mixture of tight turns and long curves, climbs and descents that make the charm of the Nordschleife. In addition to unspoiled nature, historical monuments also invite you to stop off. These include, of course, Nürburg Castle, built in the 12th century, which helped give the “Ring” its name and which today sits on a hill in the middle of the Nordschleife. The best view of the castle ruins can be found in the village of the same name not far from the access road to the racecourse.
The “Ring” itself is also omnipresent on a day trip through the Eifel. Time and time again, a section of the Nordschleife suddenly catches your eye as you drive between villages, meadows and forests. If you stop in the right place, you will immediately be in sight of the ideal line and can, for example, take advantage of the lunch break to watch tourist or professional test drives on the race track.
The tourist infrastructure of the Haut Eifel also includes many marked cycle paths and hiking trails. In the far northeast of the “Ring Region”, not far from the Caracciola Carousel, the old steep part of the Nordschleife can be explored on foot or on two wheels. There, for example, one only has to switch from the MINI John Cooper Works Cabriolet to the MINI Folding Bike of the MINI Lifestyle Collection to realize that the section of track that was closed decades ago does not bear its name for no good reason. . .
Around the “Ring”, you have the choice between different types of accommodation in campsites and holiday residences. They were created primarily for visitors to motorsport events, the annual rock festival and many other events on the grounds of the Nürburgring. But they’re also the perfect destination to end a fun-filled day of driving fun on a 24-hour Nürburgring excursion in complete relaxation.
Fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption were measured using the methods required in accordance with VO (CE) 2007/715 regulation as amended. They refer to vehicles on the automotive market in Germany. For ranges, the NEDC figures take into account the differences in the size of the wheels and tires selected, while the WLTP figures take into account the effects of any optional equipment.
All figures are already calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle. The listed NEDC values were calculated according to the NEDC measurement procedure, where applicable. WLTP values are used as the basis for defining vehicle-related taxes and other levies that are (also) based on CO2 emissions and, where applicable, for vehicle-specific subsidy purposes. Further information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures is also available at www.bmw.de/wltp.
For more details on the official fuel consumption figures and official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption of new cars”, available at points of sale, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.
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