The new champion of the Nurburgring is the Porsche 918 Spyder, setting a new fastest lap time on the Green Hell and laying claim to being the first production car to run a sub-seven minute lap.
Speaking today at the world premiere of the production 918 Spyder, Porsche racing legend Walter Rohrl confirmed the plug-in hybrid super sports car can lap the famed racetrack in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
That time is a full 15 seconds faster than the previous record, recorded by the Dodge Viper ACR. Two lap times below a 6:57 have been recorded by Radicals, though the cars are hardly production vehicles and aren’t street legal in certain markets (like North America).
“We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance,” said Porsche AG R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz. “We have kept our word.”
In a release, Porsche says the record was broken in the 918 Spyder’s very first attempt. Three drivers in total had a chance to pilot the car including European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb. All three beat the previous record, with Lieb laying the 6:57 lap time.
The car that ran the record time isn’t a conventional 918 Spyder, but a limited edition, track oriented Weissach Package model. That particular car uses lightweight magnesium wheels which drop the car’s overall weight by 77 lbs. The option pack also includes six-point racing harnesses plus additional aerodynamics and a selection of colors inspired by legendary Porsche racing cars.
The optional Weissach package costs $84,000 bringing the 918 Spyder’s price up to $929,000.
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