The Porsche 918 Spyder Is The Fastest Production Car To Lap The 'Ring

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As if you hadn't already fallen in love with the Porsche 918 Spyder, the automaker announced today that the 887-hp überhybrid knocked out a Nürburgring lap time of 6:57, destroying all other production car lap times. Sehr Gut, fellas.

Because this is the 'Ring, let's get to a few caveats:

  • 1. People generally don't count the Radical SR8 and Radical SR8 LM, which both set faster times (6:55 and 6:48, respectively) because they're scarcely street legal vehicles.
  • 2. There is no real standardization for what a 'Ring lap is, other than the distance. We can assume Porsche cleared the 'Ring, waited for a nice day, and launched the car as many times as they needed.
  • 3. Porsche racer/test driver Mark Lieb was behind the wheel, it was the Weissach version, and they were on Michel Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (this may explain why it's so much faster than the pre-prod version).
  • 4. Who cares? That's so much faster than the Dodge Viper ACR lap of 7:12 it's almost stupid.

The 918 is the new, green King of the 'Ring.

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Victorious Secret

All good old Michelins.

Makes you wonder why any manufacturer willingly tosses on any other brand these days, just from an out of box performance perspective.

Pity Viper owners and their now stock Pirellis. Pirellis are decent to be sure, but they have a habit of being exceptionally soft and going bad much quicker than their competition, at least in my experience. Not the F1 style of exploding tire, but the "The fuck the tread is gone in 20,000km" kind of disintegration.