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IF you want a bit of fun, just sit back and watch this video.

You’ll see a Volkswagen Transporter setting an unofficial lap record of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in the hands of HMS Racing British Touring Car driver Rob Austin.

He cajoled, caressed and charged the Transporter around the famous German race track in a lap time of 9 minutes 58 seconds.

Good? You bet. It beat the benchmark time set by TV presenter and professional motor racing driver Sabine Schmitz, of 10 minutes and 8 seconds. This was set in 2005.

Austin’s Transporter was a production-standard panel van supplied by Northgate Vehicle Hire, 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.

Van rental firm 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.”

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!”

VW Transporter at the Nurburgring
Nordschleife flyer: Transporter on its way to unofficial Ring lap record


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