Motor Trend instagrammed earlier today (August 10,2013) that Porsche announced that they have set a new Nurburgring lap record of 6:57 breaking their previous time of 7:14 set earlier last year in September.
Details are sparse on this record breaking run, but in order for a car manufacturer to make such a bold claim, they must have the results to back it up. For the lap record to be official, there must be video proof of the run verified by officials, so rest assured that Porsche's PR team is hard at work in the editing bay making for one epic video.
Walter Rohl, Porsche's senior test driver for Porsche and probably the pilot for this record breaking time, made the announcement to Motor Trend quite confidently that they indeed broke their own record and unofficially set a new production car record as well. Technically the Radical SR8 and Radical SR8 LM claim to have set faster times then the 918 Spyder, but many don't consider the SR8 to be a true production car in the sense of the word, with an open cockpit and almost prototype racing car spec lines.
The 918 Spyder boasts a 4.6 Liter V8 making 600HP and 390lbs-ft torque coupled to a 154HP hybrid electric power system. Combined power output comes in at 875 HP. 0-60 comes in at 2.8 seconds and the 918 Spyder can reach a top speed of 211 MPH.
This new laptime flies in the face of McLaren and their McLaren P1, which word on the street was that they had set a Nurburgring laptime of 7:04 earlier last week, although it wasn't as fast as they wanted (CEO Ron Dennis wanting a sub 7 minute lap time at least). There is a Nurburgring lap record war going on amongst the supercar elite, and everyone from Ferrari to Lamborghini to McLaren will be fighting there way to the top of the leader board.
Congratulations to Porsche and good luck to McLaren in there quest to bring the record home to England because rest assured the boys at McLaren will have many sleepless nights until the record is theirs for good.
Source: Motor Trend