The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is capable of running the Nurburgring in 7:18, but an asterisk should be used beside that number.
At the public debut of the new 911 Turbo S, Porsche announced the sports car’s Nurburgring lap time, which was surprising considering that there is supposed to be a moratorium on manufacturers announcing times, imposed by Nurburgring speed-restrictions following a fatal accident last year. Although changes to the track are being made so that lap times can once again be conducted, it’s still a curiosity on how Porsche has one to announce for a new model.
And that’s because the time isn’t entirely accurate. According to Erhard Mössle, Porsche 911 Turbo’s engineering boss, there was some digital simulation involved.
“Some parts are driven and compared to the previous 911 Turbo,” he explained to Car and Driver. “And the [speed-] limited sections where you’re not allowed to do top speed are calculated. We will then go and check it later this year in spring when the speed limits are removed. But the 7:18 we are sure to meet; we are normally very conservative with times and that time was set on the standard tires, not sports tires.”
The German automaker sounds confident that the new Porsche 911 Turbo S is fully capable of lapping the Nurburgring in at least 7:18, but you have to admit it’s a bit strange to make an announcement for something that hasn’t exactly been proven.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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