If you've been laboring under the belief that the reason you are not a world class racecar driver is because you're not driving a Shelby GT500, Alfa Romeo 4C, or McLaren P1, the video you are about to watch may make you seriously question that philosophy.
Let's get reacquainted with a few Nurburgring lap times from some production cars that were designed and manufactured for this sort of thing. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 can make a round in 7:19, and a Ferrari 458 Italia in 7:38. An Aston Martin DBS can round Nurburgring in 8:02, and a Nissan 350Z in 8:26. A Volkswagen Golf GTI MK5 can accomplish the feat in 8:53, and a Ford Focus RS in 9:05.
The above times were all accomplished by professional drivers. A Rookie can succeed in coasting a 400 horsepower Porsche 911 Carrera S around Nurburgring in 9:37 minutes. This is not bad, but let's face it, the Porsche 911 has been designed with such precision, that even an amateur can look good going in excess of 100 mph around a track. A Citroen AX, however, is but an entirely different machine.
Meet the Frenchman who has rounded the Nurburgring 118 times in his completely stock, non-turbo, 1.4-liter diesel Citroen AX. Considering the amount of thrashing that has been done to this car each time it has been around the track, we can reasonably assume its normal normally 52 horsepower has been reduced somewhat. However, despite the odds, this car has achieved a 9:55 lap time at Nurburgring, which is just as impressive to read in this paragraph as it is to watch in the video below.