The Tuner Grand Prix 2013 took place this weekend at the Hockenheimring. The annual gathering of tuners at the German race track started on Friday and ended yesterday. At the Bilstein booth we found the legendary Black Falcon Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. This is the car that won the 24 Hours of Nurburgring last weekend. Other cars at the Hockenheimring paddock include Audi R8 race cars, BMW race cars and various sportscars including some from the past, several VW Golfs, a Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 and a Ferrari 458 Challenge.
The Tuner Grand Prix has become an annual tradition for German tuning brands and the final trophy is highly coveted. Last year, 24 different companies took part and an estimated 30,000 visitors came to the Hockenheimring to take a look at the cars and the action. The winner of each class is determined by Sport Auto drivers who set five fast lap times. The average of the five fastest laps is then calculated and the highest score wins its respective class.
2012 saw the introduction of 16 classes separated into two different groups: Group A (Vehicles that are not street legal) and group B (street legal vehicles). The class range from C15 Supersport to C5 Turbodiesels up to 2000cc.