This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The 21 kilometers long North Course (Nordschleife) at the Nürburgring, Germany's motoring circuit, is also known as the "Green Hell" with 172 corners and a 300-meter height difference. Because of this, many car manufacturers come to the track to test the performance of vehicles under development.
The German car media Auto Motor und Sport prepared a monster car with 493 horsepower and 2,600 Nm of torque from a 12.8-liter six-cylinder engine, and selected professional racer Christian Menzel to try to break the record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife track.
As a result, Menzel set a new course record with a time that was less than half the previous record. The lap time was 24 minutes, 50.57 seconds... Yes, the machine was a large tractor (concept model) called the Claas Xerion 5000 VC.
Menzel's challenge to the Nordschleife's agricultural vehicle time attack set a new record. Incidentally, the previous record was still 1 hour, 5 minutes and 36 seconds, set by the Porsche Junior tractor sent in 2014 by the German automotive media Auto Bild.
The Claas Xerion 5000 VC weighs about 17 tons and is a monster machine in a sense. The top speed is only 50km/h, but the inner wheels almost lifted up at the cornering of the famous Nürburgring "Carousel" corner, and even Menzel looks very close to the edge of his seat.
I'm sure it would have been easier for Menzel to drive on the dirt (and take shortcuts in the corners) than on the paved track, but that's a professional driver. He was running exactly at the record line.
The big tractor's time was about seven minutes faster than the time set by a Thai three-wheeled taxi called Tuk-Tuk in 2019. I introduced this record to see if it would serve as a comparison, but it seems to blur the point of this amazing event.
Source: Auto Motor und Sport (YouTube)
Via: The Drive