Nurburgring Times Are Just Marketing Schemes According To Ford Performance Division Chief Engineer
|   Sunday, December 08, 2013
The Nurburgring race track came again on the lips of automobile enthusiasts, this time for a different reason from the usual discussions. Representatives of the Forum dedicated to the performance of Ford models contacted the head of global performance division of the American brand, to ask why they have not published the time obtained by the fastest Mustang series model ever constructed, a 2013 Shelby GT500.

The Forum members have found that one model ran on the famous German track, subsequently confirmed by the representatives of Ford, without later publishing the time obtained.
Jamal Hameed, chief engineer of the Ford's global performance division, says that the presentation of times obtained by Shelby GT500, or any other Ford model, in this circuit makes no sense because it would be a pure marketing statement with no real value.

As Hameed explains, the current format of the battle between vehicle manufacturers for the title of "the fastest series car, at the Nurburgring" is not correct. According to chief engineer at Ford's Performance program, the current format is wrong because you cannot declare the "officials" times of those models, in the context where there is not a certified method for verifying the models who run at Nurburgring, as it is in the world of motorsport.

"The times being posted by many manufacturers are in my humble opinion akin to qualifying times being set at a race with no pre/post inspection (ie it would never happen). In the racing world - inspection/verification is a key part of the sport. In order for us to set an "official" time corner weights would have to be taken, calibration checksums need to be verified, engine power verified via chassis rolls, a hoist inspection, and probably a fuel sample taken by an independent 3rd party like a governing/sanctioning body. I would love to see this since everyone seems to be infatuated with Ring times," said Hameedi for SVTPerformance.com.

"I know this isn't what the internet bench racers want to hear. As soon as there is a standard for measuring lap times - our performance vehicles will be the first in line to get tested. Until then - it's just marketing and a total free for all. They are very cool to watch though.

The 2013/2014 GT500 sold just fine without a published Ring time (who could have imagined!). Actually we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to make more GT500s due to high demand. I've seen other performance cars with published Ring times being offered with incentives and cash on the hood (again - who could have imagined!). So I sleep pretty well at night. And spend my days (and nights) working on the next slayer vs. worrying about Ring times," he continued.

Jamal Hameed did not have only bad things to say about the famous German circuit, explaining that it is very good at simulating several different conditions on the road in one place.
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