Klaus Niedzwiedz ( born February 24, 1951 in Dortmund ) is a German racing driver and television presenter.
Niedzwiedz ' career began on Mini Cooper and Formula V, before finally in 1979 at Ford factory driver.
He achieved fame with a Zakspeed Ford Capri in the German Racing Championship. The turbo - charged engine with 1.4 liter displacement was later used for the 1.8 liter Super Capri. With this up to 650 hp and 300 km / h car Niedzwiedz holds the eternal training course record for Group 5 cars on the old course of the Nürburgring - Nordschleife. On the then 22.835 km long route he needed in 1982 with 7:08,590 minutes and an average speed of almost 192 km / h only about 10 seconds more than Niki Lauda in 1975 with a Formula 1 Ferrari during practice for the Grand Prix of Germany achieved a personal best of ( 6:58,400 minutes). The fastest Nordschleife lap of all time for a Formula 1 racing car.
1982 ( Ford Capri ) and 1987 (Ford Sierra Cosworth ) he won along with Klaus Ludwig the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. In 1987 he was runner up in the World Touring Car Championship, also in 1989 in the German Touring Car Championship.
In 1998 he won with an Opel Vectra Super Touring Car Cup, the private drivers' standings. In 2003, he was a run of Veranstaltergemeinschaft Endurance Cup Nurburgring 911 GT3 decide in a Porsche for himself, in 2005 reached the driven among other things by Niedzwiedz n-tv - Honda NSX -R in the 24 -hour race at the Nürburgring overall rank 12 and the class win.
In 1988, he drove at Le Mans in a Sauber C9, where he had a flat tire survived only by luck at a speed of 390 in training. He denied that the 24 -hour race in 1981 and 1982.
Le Mans results
Since 1984 Niedzwiedz also works as a journalist and television presenter. Starting with the moderation of the motor fuel on Sat.1 magazine, he has been working on n-tv and since 2003 as co-host on ZDF for n-tv Motor since 1997. Since 2009, he produced for the station NRW TV and the magazine NRW - mobile. In this magazine presents Klaus Niedzwiedz automotive innovations. He also moderated the magazine n-tv TopCars on n-tv. Klaus Niedzwiedz is one of the few motor moderators who can look back on a long active motorsport time.