Well I think 9 mins is a splendid lap time especially when you consider the 43 is essentially a standard production car.
Just slipping on my anorak now with a couple of questions!
1. Were you flat out on the straights and is the 43's top speed limited to 150ish?
2. I understand it's overtaking on the left, just wondered if drivers indicate?
3. Did you pass any expensive supercars on the track?
4. Is it classed as a toll road so your normal car insurance is still valid?
5. 35mpg is great for a 3 litre V6 does the 43 have engine cylinder shutdown when cruising like on the later 55s?
Anorak now removed!
I'm guessing your considering a visit ? I'll answer truthfully and try not to put you off
The max recorded speed on the lap timer was 135mph , there's no real place to max a car on the Nurburgring, especially in traffic , the time was bridge to gantry so it doesn't include dottinger straight . To give you some perspective, my first lap I ever drove was in a new 997 Porsche carrera many years ago on a quiet track and it took almost 13 minutes !
Overtaking is only on the left as on a public day the track is classed as a de restricted one way toll road , there's all sorts of things on the track at the same time including motorbikes , normal road laws apply , normally it's the slower cars that indicate right to let you know they've seen you and won't impede your progress . But there's so many different cars and abilities only a fool would drive at ten tenths of their own and cars ability on a public day . The car would easily do bridge to gantry in 8 mins or less in the right hands and without the mindset that you have to drive the car home
I passed alsorts of cars , lots of porsches, a Ferrari , a r35 gtr spring to mind , but to give you some perspective , I pulled over to the right and indicated to let an old e36 BMW 328 past so I could try and follow him but couldn't keep up with it , tyres ,brakes , weight and ability mean everything on the Nurburgring , huge balls and self belief are also important
Insurance is a grey area , your policy may exclude you from the Nurburgring altogether, but the reality and legal situation is if you have an accident and your at fault your insurance is legally obliged to settle the third party claim . You'll get nothing towards your own costs of damage to your car , damage to barriers that they charge for and if it's serious they can charge for track closure time . Perspective time again , if you knock a biker off and put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life your insurance will settle the claim and pursue you through the courts to reclaim their expenses
No cylinder shut down , the 9 speed gearbox drops the revs right down when cruising at mway speeds .
I hope this answers your questions , if you are planning a trip there my advice would be go for a few days , ask a few people if it's ok to sit in their passenger seat explaining it's your first time , you'll get a better idea of the speed differential between the cars , at 130 mph I was on the right so a gt3 could pass me at nearer 150mph , probably more to be honest , through the traffic on a narrow country road in a forest
I've done a few passenger laps with an American guy who competes in the 24 hour race every year , his almost standard Mazda mx5 laps at a consistent 9 mins on road tyres .
Good luck if you go but if you want to drive make sure your there Monday to Thursday for the 2 hour evening sessions, weekends are very busy with lots of track closures due to accidents.
Hope I haven't put you off