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Porsche 918 Spyder laps Nurburgring in under 7 minutes

Tue, 10 Sep 2013

The Porsche 918 Spyder (pictured) laps the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes

When the McLaren P1 was first revealed, Ron Dennis told us it would lap the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes. But it seems the best the McLaren P1 has managed so far is a 7:04, so it’s no surprise McLaren hasn’t officially declared its time as they probably knew it wasn’t enough, but also knew that Porsche has managed to take the new 918 Spyder round the ‘Ring in just 6:57s.

That 6:57 by the Porsche 918 Spyder isn’t quite as quick as the Radical, but as the Radical has only single type approval, Porsche are justifiably claiming the 918 Spyder’s time as the quickest by a proper production car, beating the previous record of 7:11s set by the Gumpert Apollo.

The time was set by Porsche driver Marc Lieb who managed to put in the quickest time – although Tim Kluck and Walter Rohl also managed to beat the old record – making the run at an average speed of 111mph over the 12.8 mile circuit.

It’s a big feather in Porsche’s cap, especially as the 918 Spyder has, on paper at least, less power to play with than either the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari.

It’ll be interesting to see how – or if – McLaren respond to this time.

By Cars UK