Setting a record around the ‘Ring is the goal over just about every driver and automaker, though it isn’t just cars that can set a record around the Green Hell. Revo, a Volkswagen tuner, tweaked the 2.0 liter turbodiesel in a VW T5 delivery van and then took to the ‘Ring to break a record set by a Top Gear presenter.
The Nurburgring has become the performance benchmark for sports car builders and enthusiasts all over the world. Even television hosts have gone to the ‘Ring for a round or two, including Top Gear Germany host Sabine Schmitz. Schmitz took the Furtive e-GT around the ‘Ring to gather testing data, and for Top Gear set a ‘Ring record in a Ford Transit delivery van.
Not wanting to be outdone by the Lady of the Ring though, Revo decided to tune and tweak a Volkswagen T5 commercial van to deliver some serious performance. Tuning the 2.0 liter turbodiesel’s ECU freed up some extra power, as did adding an upgraded intercooler and a custom exhaust system. Oh, and they also added a suspension, which I didn’t know was even an option for these vans.
This extra work was enough for driver Dale Lomas to beat Sabine’s 10:08 record by 11-seconds, squeaking in just under 9 minutes…in a diesel delivery van. Don’t ever doubt those diesels.
Source: Revo via Autoblog