The 1983 1000 km of Nürburgring saw the overall lap record of the Nordschleife broken by German driver Stefan Bellof with a time of 6:11 in his Porsche 956. That lap record, as well as his race lap record of 6:25, still stand to this day.
I was hoping to approach this article with a celebratory mood, bragging that I’ve slaughtered the factory Porsche driver by several seconds, but I’ve run into one minor problem:
I can’t beat Stefan Bellof.
Wikipedia describes the Porsche 962c as as replacement for Bellof’s 956 that became successful through private owners and enjoyed a long career that lasted into the mid 1990’s. 16 cars were used by the factory team, while a whopping 75 were sold to customers. Due to the high demand for 962 parts, some aluminium chassis were built by Fabcar in the United States before being shipped to Germany for completion. Derek Bell, a 5-time Le Mans winner, drove the 962 to 21 victories between 1985 and 1987, remarked that it was “a fabulous car, but considering how thorough Norbert Singer and the team were, it was really quite easy to drive.”
The car in Assetto Corsa comes with a fantastic default setup, but for the Nordschleife, some adjustments obviously had to be made. I dropped the ride height, jacked up the downforce as much as I could on both ends of the car, softened the suspension all around (referred to as wheel rate in Assetto), and used the same bump settings as I did in my Brazilian Stock Car – 10 up front, 3 in the rear. I also softened both anti-roll bars, the front more so than the rear.
Several attempts and a few catastrophic Teamspeak meltdowns later, Bellof had the upper hand by a mere two tenths of a second. In settings designed to replicate a Qualifying session for the 1983 1000km of Nurburgring (fast track grip), the German driver taken from us far too early was just a hair faster. Reducing the aero by just a tiny bit for more speed on the straights saw my time drop down to a 6.11.3, but that wasn’t fast enough. I needed a 6:11.1.
To appreciate just how fast the lap record is, even in ideal conditions with as many tries to get every corner right as I wanted to, on a track accurate down to the nearest centimeter and zero opponents to get in my way, someone went even faster on the real thing.
So maybe one of the PRC.net readers can help out and find the extra two tenths. The car is obviously a rip from Forza Motorsport 4, but the physics are damn good, the setup values reasonable, and while it won’t make you many friends among those who cry foul over illegal mods, this one’s worth adding to your collection. Below is a link to the car itself, the setup I used, and a replay of a lap with the full downforce: