Blow All Of Your Mind With This Absurdly Fast Nürburgring 24 Record Lap Onboard

Gif: ADACZurich24hRennen (YouTube)

The Nürburgring 24 Hours was the most insane car party I’ve ever been to, but behind all the wild campgrounds, there was still a race going on. Manthey Racing driver Laurens Vanthoor set a new pole-winning lap record for the Nürburgring 24 Hours in the No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R, and hot dang, it is fast.

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(Full disclosure: I was Porsche’s guest for the Nürburgring 24 Hours weekend, and they paid for lodging, travel and food over the trip. Unfortunately, they did not let me hoon this car. I asked. I got rejected.)

It only took Vanthoor 8:09.105 to make it around the full 15.99-mile circuit in use by the race, which uses the modern grand prix track connected to the Nordschleife you’d usually drive on vacation.

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While he didn’t ultimately win the race after the No. 911 crashed out before the halfway point, the team’s other No. 912 car did after an insane last-hour fog restart battle.

Half the battle with this insanely quick pole lap seems to be knowing which curbs are okay to hop and which ones would send you into the wall if you look at them funny.

I hate how easy this onboard makes it look, because nothing about staying flat out but in control through some of these sections sounds particularly easy. The amount of flat-out time in this car where there’s no audible shifts is absurd. It’s not a smooth ride, either, especially around the 6:40 mark in this video.

(Porsche still needs to give us a ‘Ring time on the 919 Tribute, by the way.)

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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(Full disclosure: I was Porsche’s guest for the Nürburgring 24 Hours weekend, and they paid for lodging, travel and food over the trip. Unfortunately, they did not let me hoon this car. I asked. I got rejected

Back in 2000, I drove a 97 Type R Integra and thought I was Dale Fucking Earnhardt. I was dating this girl for a few months who worked for Mazda at Laguna Seca doing logistics stuff. She got me down to the track when a bunch of the teams were practicing and I ended up talking to one of the drivers. He pulled some strings and asked if I wanted to take the car for a few laps around the track in his Miata. I jizzed and shit my pants at the same time. HELL YA I DID!

So here I am, thinking I am about to show these guys whats up. My best time was a full 3 minutes under the slowest driver that night. She dumped me the following week.

So they probably did you a favor.