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Forget the Nissan GT-R, the Corvette ZR1 and the Dodge Viper ACR, the big boys are now battling it out at the Nürburgring. Just yesterday we reported that the Gumpert Apollo Speed has set a new track record of 7:11.57, beating the Dodge Viper ACR’s time of 7:22.
Technically speaking, however, the Radical SR8, driven by Ryan Smith has held the record since 2005. Now Radical has announced that it has bested its own time with Michael Vergers setting a 6:48 lap time in the street-legal SR8LM. The only problem is, the SR8LM isn’t street legal everywhere (including in the U.S.).
Both German magazine Sport Auto and the U.K.’s EVO magazine confirmed the lap time.
“We’ve proved that the SR8LM is not only the world’s best trackday car, but it’s also practical enough to drive to and from the circuit,” said Radical Sportscar’s co-founder Mich Hyde, who said the same set of Dunlop tires was used to drive from the company’s facility in the U.K. to the Nürburgring in Germany and for the test. “It is a genuine production sports car, with genuine performance credentials, as we’ve shown today.”
The Radical SR8LM is powered by a 460hp 2.8-liter V8 engine, fitted into a light-weight chassis with full carbon fiber bodywork.