The VLN endurance racing championship Nürburgring accommodates a number of car models of about 30 different car manufacturers. In order to combine this range, the division into classes is necessary. There are four categories: VLN Specials, VLN production cars, Group H cars and Cup vehicles. The first three categories are subdivided into classes according to their displacement.
Whilst the Specials mostly include sophisticated race cars with aerodynamic modifications, the production cars live up to their name. Their only differences to road vehicles are safety devices and the option for modifications for example in the area of the suspension. Group H is open for cars up to the year 2008. They are very popular with the spectators and demonstrate quite often that they are yet not of the ‘old guard’. The sporting highlights are the Cups classes in which largely identical vehicles compete against each other. The driving skill hereby is of greater significance than the technology.
The VLN production cars replaced the VLN series cars in 2013. The new designation will however not change anything in terms of the basic idea which is to bring close-to-standard vehicles to compete at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The minimum requirements hereby are the mandatory safety devices in the car as well as a certain freedom regarding modifications, for example in the area of the suspension. The engines are in no way modified compared to the standard model. In order to balance cars with different years of manufacture, classification lists are applied for the production cars to bring the cars onto one level through the parameter fuel tank capacity and weight.
|VLN-Produktionswagen V1||bis 1.620 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen V2||bis 1.800 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen V3||bis 2.000 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen V4||bis 2.500 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen V5||bis 3.000 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen V6||bis 3.500 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen VT1 (mit Aufladung)||bis 1.620 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen VT2 (mit Aufladung)||bis 2.000 cm³|
|VLN-Produktionswagen VT3 (mit Aufladung)||bis 3.000 cm³|
Race cars which are no longer admitted in the main categories of the Specials and the production cars due to the year of manufacture can be entered in Group H. The mostly spectacular race cars are nonetheless not yet of the ‘old guard’. Opel Manta, Ex-DTM-Mercedes and the legendary BMW M3 E30 – to quote just a few famous names in Group H. Even though the teams do not fight for a top position in the overall classification, the engagement of the participants represents a big enrichment for the true fans of the series.
|Gruppe H 1||bis 1600 ccm|
|Gruppe H 2||bis 2000 ccm|
|Gruppe H 3||bis 3000 ccm|
|Gruppe H 4||bis 6250 ccm|
In 2016, five Cup classes will be at the start. In addition to the cars in the Porsche Carrera Cup and the Porsche Supercup, BMW, Opel and Toyota will be present with three additional Cup classes. For the first time this year, the Cayman GT4 Trophy by Manthey-Racing will also join the championship. The characteristic feature hereby is that under consideration of the identical material, the driving skill is decisive.
|VLN-Cup 1||Opel Astra OPC Cup|
|VLN-Cup 2||Porsche Carrera Cup|
|VLN-Cup 3||Cayman GT4 Tropgy by Manthey-Racing|
|VLN-Cup 4||TMG GT 86 Cup|
|VLN-Cup 5||BMW M235i Racing Cup|
The Special regulations have been introduced by the ADAC Nordrhein – organiser of the ADAC Zurich 24h Race. They will be applied in the endurance racing championship, too, without any major modifications. The regulations provide many options for modifications on the cars so that almost each and every car model may be used. The category of VLN Specials also includes the worldwide popular GT3 and GT4 cars which are classified in accordance with the FIA and the SRO regulations.
|VLN-Specials 1||bis 1.400 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 2T (Turbo)||bis 1.750 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 3||bis 2.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 3T (Turbo)||bis 2.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 4||bis 2.500 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 4T (Turbo)||bis 2.600 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 5||bis 3.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 6*||bis 3.500 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 7*||bis 4.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 8*||über 4.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials 8T (Turbo)*||bis 4.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials PRO**||über 3.000 cm³|
|VLN-Specials AT***||Sonderfahrzeuge Alternative Treibstoffe|