Citroen AX Diesel vs. the Nürburgring (w/ video)

Citroen AX Diesel

Back in the 1960s and 70s, Germany’s Nürburgring established itself as the toughest, trickiest, and deadliest racetrack on the Formula 1 circuit. Driver deaths and hideous injuries were regular occurrences, and the track’s legend was such that, long after the F1 community became sane enough to leave the Green Hell be, it still remains the benchmark against which sporty cars are measured whether you’re a Mercedes, a Porsche, an Aston Martin, or even a go-fast Toyota. The Citroen AX Diesel, however, is not a sporty car.

Built between 1986 and 1998, the Citroen AX Diesel sported a 1.4 liter diesel engine that, at the time, was the most economical engine available. Indeed, a hypermiling run of more than 87 MPG (by current US calculations) over 1000 miles of driving earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records back in the early 90s. As they say, then, what’s a nice little car like you doing in a place like this?

Apparently, no one told this particular Citroen AX that it wasn’t a tire-shredding supercar- and it’s dedicated itself to proving that it’s not what you drive that makes you a motorsports hero, it’s how you drive it. Watch, then, as this crazy, helmet-less genius fearlessly tackles the storied German racetrack head-on in his buzzy little French microcar on the way to a seriously respectable 9:55 time. I’ve watched it twice, and I still can’t quite wrap my head around it.



Source | Video: Nic BTG, via Jalopnik.


Jo Borrás

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