The Fastest Lap Record At Nürburgring

The fastest official lap recorded at Nürburgring Nordschleife is now held by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which was achieved in just under 6 minutes and 45 seconds (6:44:97). The expert driver who set the new record was Marco Mapelli, and you can watch the actual lap from the Aventador SVJ's passenger seat in the video below.


The previous record was held by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. If you go and have read on some of the Porsche and Lambo forums, and also browse the comment sections on related YouTube videos (including the one below), you'll quickly see that there is somewhat of a bad taste in the mouths of some, but not all, Porsche fans with the record being broken.

It's nothing too serious, just friendly banter really between petrol heads. But its clear that competition between the two sides is alive and well. And that's a good thing. At the end of the day, regardless of what make of car, records are made to be broken. No doubt there will be a new car coming along shortly, possibly a Porsche or a Ferrari, that will break the new winning time and be the new king of the ring for however long, before eventually being beaten itself.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is an absolute powerhouse of a supercar. The 6.5 Litre V12 engine produces an eye popping 759BHP, and has a 0-60 time of around 2.8 seconds. It's an all-wheel-drive super car with a top speed of 218 MPH. How much does it cost to buy? It'll set you back around half a Million Dollars. Convert that into Pounds (GBP), which is around £380,000, and it doesn't sound like that bad of a deal for such an exciting car. For those who can afford to spend such an amount on a car, it must be tempting. I'll have to keep daydreaming. That's the price of two nice houses in my neck of the woods.

Worrying Times For Jaguar Land Rover

If it wasn't bad enough already that around 1,000 workers were relived of their jobs at Jaguar Land Rover within past year, now the situation gets even worse with the announcement that workers at the Castle Bromwich plant will now be put on a 3 days work per week schedule on the run up to Christmas. After Christmas, who knows what may be suggested. But the word is that the cutback in hours will not be ongoing, and should be restored once into 2019. However, nothing is 100% certain in these crazy times.

Classic jaguar car with iconic cat logo

The UK car icon has stated that with the decline in orders for diesel models, coupled with the Brexit uncertainty that the UK is going through at the moment, has forced them to re-evaluate what the future holds, and take the appropriate action, including previous job cuts for agency staff (already taken place) and hour reductions for staff  (coming into force) to ensure everything remains balanced.

If there is a no deal Brexit its possible that JLR could much more suffer serious damage, with some people in the Auto industry and government claiming it could actually force the company to have to stop production all together. Not only would that be devastating for the UK economy and Automotive industry overall, but the amount of JLR workers who would end up unemployed and having to look for a new job is very concerning.

One thing Jaguar does have in its favour, is innovation and the ability to adapt. They haven't been in business for so long (around 80 years) just out of chance. They've lasted this long and not long ago were actually thriving. Rolling with the times, they've also invested heavily into electric car technology. But due to these recent hard times, investment budgets into this area will no doubt be slashed. Let's hope they can find their way through.

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