Roll Racing with Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series at Nurburgring

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The Nurburgring is renown as being the ultimate test of car and track, but is it a perfect venue for roll racing, too?

Disciplines come in many shapes and sizes, and two polar opposites in the motorsport world come in the form of drag racing and road course racing. Each has their own respective skill sets. For drag racing, the launch and first 60 feet usually make or break a race, and for road courses, it’s a repetition of balancing the edge of adhesion.

Take away the launch, and arguably, drag racing becomes easy. Take away the corners, and a road race absolutely┬ábecomes easy. At that point, the race is only about the car. And that’s why we’re utterly bewildered that roll racing would happen at the Nurburgring’s front straight.

Now that the races are down to the car, It’s time to see how this SLS AMG Black edition holds up against other rides. Included in the mix is a Camaro SS, C63 AMG, Challenger Hellcat, McLaren MP4 12C, and Audi RS6 Avant. Judge for yourself who is the winner in each of these categories, as there’s not a win light to go off of. But the SLS AMG puts up a good fight and holds its own among cars known to be more powerful. And a special acknowledgement must be made for the Challenger Hellcat. If this test was more than just the front straight, it sure would be a fish-out-of-water.

SLS AMG Black Series Nurburgring

There’s a few benefits to roll racing, despite it being “easy.” For one, it’s relatively cheap, entries aren’t high at all. As well, it’s not as abusive to the car. Hard launches have a tendency of breaking the weak links, which backs up the “relatively cheap” aspect yet again. It’s also accessible; all you need is a fast car and a desire to go fast.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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