Here is how it works: Drive former Cup and small SP vehicles with a Permit B

There are many former Cup vehicles that would be suitable in terms of technical data to be driven in the Nürburgring Endurance Series with a DMSB Permit Nordschleife Grade B. However, these Cup vehicles in particular do often not have the basic requirements to compete in the V classes – for example the VT2. The corresponding Specials class, on the other hand, already requires a Permit A. This crux has now been solved!

One example are vehicles from the former Mini Challenge. Cup vehicles are excluded from the V-Classes because they have never been approved for use on public roads. In terms of technical data – 1,598 cc displacement, 211 hp output and a weight of 1,170 kg – they would be eligible in the VT1. The counterpart is the SP2T. Here, however, an A permit is already required.

The DMSB is now creating a solution for these cases that will allow even more low-cost vehicles to take part in the races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. By submitting an application, a permit can be granted for corresponding racing vehicles to be allowed to start in the SP2T with a Permit-B.

“We have often had enquiries in this regard but have always had to keep the participants waiting until now,” says Wolf von Barby, member of the VLN technical trio. “We are now very pleased that the DMSB has made it possible for former Cup cars to race with a Permit-B.”

The division of classes into Permit A and B classes is basically based on the power-to-weight ratio. If this is above 4.2 kg/hp, it is a Permit-B class and if it is below, it is a Permit-A class. The power-to-weight ratio also plays a role in the waiver process. A power measurement is performed on vehicles applying for a B permit in the specials classes. In the case of vehicles at the limits, additional weight may also be placed in the vehicle, but not more than 50 kg. If the vehicle receives an approval in Permit-B configuration, it will be marked with a sticker on the front and rear and can start.

“The approval process is common practice for the teams and is not a problem for them,” says von Barby. “Accordingly, we have a large number of possible new participating vehicles. In addition to the Mini Challenge, this also applies to the Cup Clios, etc., among others. We would like to express our thanks to the DMSB in this regard. The problem was quickly recognised and an uncomplicated solution was found together.”