Just for farmers: Claas Xerion 5000 laps the Nurburgring

Claas Xerion 5000
Photo by: Hans-Dieter Seufert

The answer to a question no-one asked…take Germany’s most powerful tractor, the Claas Xerion 5000 to the Nurburgring and see how quick it can lap the Green Hell.

The name sounds like it belongs to a supercar. But the Claas Xerion 5000, if the photos haven’t already  given it away, is a tractor. Sure, it’s Germany’s most powerful tractor but it’s a tractor nonetheless.

And that gave German motoring publication, Auto Motor und Sport the idea of taking it to the Nurburgring. And why not. With a stonking 387kW and 2600Nm of torque the numbers are impressive until you factor in the weight. At 16.5 tonnes this is no lightweight. And, it’s a tractor.

And with a top speed of just 50km/h it was never going to break a lap record. Indeed, even travelling at top speed for the entire 20.6km, the tractor was always going to be looking at a lap time of around 25-30min. Watch the video to see how it went…oh, and it’s all in German. We love this.

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Isaac Bober has been writing about cars and 4x4s for more than 20 years, has worked on some of the country's biggest motoring magazines (remember what they were?), and launched Practical Motoring. Now he's back, back again... to share dad jokes and much more.