September 28, 2013
Porsche 918 Spyder Sets Nurburgring Record
Exotic sportscar manufacturers fight tooth and nail to see who can produce the worlds fastest car. Popular brands like Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari are in competition with a slew of other high-powered road rockets to see who is really the fastest.
The Nurburgring racetrack is 12.8 miles of asphalt and concrete winding around the village of Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It consists of 154 turns and features many racing events, with Formula One racing being the major attraction.
It also is a track where car manufactures test their machines for car performance supremacy. Cars don’t have to be the quickest or the fastest to maneuver around this grueling track. A combination of handling, quick acceleration, and speed is what is needed for a quick lap time.
A rumor of a McLaren P1 hybrid supercar zipped around the track at a lap time of 7:04. Which would be a record for a road-ready, street-legal car.
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That now is just a rumor. However, a true record was set by a Porsche 918 Spyder, driven by Marc Lieb. He drove the Spyder to a lap time of 6:57 which makes it the world’s fastest street legal car on the Nurburgring track. But, Lieb stated that with a set of racing tires it could do better, at around a 6:48 lap. This would match the current record for any vehicle, set by a Radical SR8 LM model on August 19, 2009. A video can be seen below:
A full-production model of the 918 Spyder was revealed at the 2013 Frankfort Motor Show. The car features a hybrid powertrain, combining a 4.6-liter V-8 gasoline engine and two electric motors the axles. The V-8 pushes out 608 hp at 8,500 RPM, while the electric motor on the rear axle produces 154 extra hp, and the electric motor on the front axle adds an extra 127 hp. Giving the Spyder a combined total hp of 887.
The combination of gas and electric power produces a very quick and speedy road legal sports car. With a 2.8 second 0-60, a top speed of 211 mph, along with superb handling, it is no wonder the 918 Spyder is the current road legal vehicle record holder around Nurburgring.
For competition purposes and to participate in the street legal class, the manufacturer of the vehicle must provide a certificate that allows the car to be registered in any country of Europe for road use. Which also means the vehicle is intended for mass production and offered for sale to the public, and an uncut on-board video of the lap from start to finish must be provided.
The current record for an American-made production vehicle was set on September 14, 2011 by a Dodge Viper ACR, driven by Dominik Fambacher.
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