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The Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo holds the outright lap record at the Nurburgring, but what about record holders in other categories?

The Nürburgring is the ultimate test track for developing new cars, whether they are out-and-out supercars or more modest hot hatches.

The challenge posed by the circuit and the variety of corners along the 13-mile course gives car makers unparalleled insight into where their machines work best, as well as where they need to improve.

As such, a Nürburgring lap record is something of an accolade for a manufacturer, and several have spent years honing their machines around the Nordschleife in the hope of being crowned the fastest of all.

These record laps can be divided between several different types of car. Take a look below to see the quickest lap times in all the major categories.

Fastest road-legal lap around the Nürburgring

 

1 - Porsche 911 GT2 RS - 6:43:30

Guided by Porsche works driver Lars Kern, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS completed a lap of the Nürburgring in 6 minutes 43.30 seconds, breaking the previous record by 4.747 seconds with an average speed of 115.5mph.

The GT2 RS was equipped with the Manthey Performance Kit, with changes to the chassis, aerodynamics and brakes, all of which have been specifically designed for the car. The kit also extends to additional flaps on the front spoiler, a carbon underbody and additional air guide elements around the front wheels. At the back of the car, there’s a new spoiler, a modified diffuser and aero discs on the wheels, overall increasing front downforce from 49 to 70kg at 124mph, and from 93 to 200kg at the rear.

2 - Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series - 6:43:62

The ultimate version of Mercedes-AMG's flagship (for now) two-seater took the production lap record crown from the Aventador SVJ by just over 1.3sec. The 720bhp model, driven by the brand's GT3 racing driver Maro Engel, was unmodified from stock bar the addition of the optional Track package. The adjustable aero, camber and suspension were all optimised for the track, but Mercedes claims conditions were "less than ideal" due to low temperatures and some damp patches. This means another attempt could be in the works down the line. 

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3 - Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - 6:44:97

Lamborghini used active aerodynamic upgrades to transform its Aventador supercar into a record-smashing track weapon, letting the V12-powered Aventador SVJ break the Nürburgring record for a production car with a 6:44:97 lap time. That knocked the Porsche 911 GTS RS down into second place at the time, claiming a win for the Italians.

4 – Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6:47:25

The 690bhp 911 GT2 RS blasted around the 'Ring seven-tenths of a second faster than the Radical SR8LM, making it the fastest rear-drive production car to lap the infamous Nordschleife at the time.

5 – Radical SR8LM – 6:48:28

The Radical SR8LM had held the lap record since 2009, when it lapped in just 6min 48sec in the hands of Michael Vergers, until it was dislodged by the Porsche GT2 RS. The king may be dead, but the Radical still holds a place in the top five. Vergers was driving the car just 24 hours after it was driven from England to Germany for the record. Controversially, the SR8LM only has British single-vehicle approval, not full type-approval, and so there's some debate as to whether it qualifies as a street-legal record.

6 – Lamborghini Huracán Performante - 6:52:01

Next is the Lamborghini's Huracán Performante, which lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife in a hair over 6min 52sec. 

7 – Radical SR8 - 6:55:00

The SR8's 2.6-litre V8 engine develops 360bhp and broke the Nürburgring record in 2005. This model was also driven by Michael Vergers. Like the SR8LM, it only has single-vehicle approval in the UK, rather than full type-approval, which has led some outlets to exclude it from production car record lists.

8 - Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) - 6:56:04

The 992.1 generation GT3 RS was prepped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, an audio system deleted to save weight, and Weissach package (all OEM options, of course) for its attempt to loop the Green Hell. It worked, with Porsche driver Kevin Estre managing to outrun the mighty 918 Spyder hybrid supercar by almost a full second.

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9 – Porsche 918 Spyder- 6:57:00

The 918 Spyder has carbonfibre construction, a hybrid powertrain and a suspension set-up donated by a prototype racing car. It has a top speed of 214mph.

10 – Lamborghini Aventador SV - 6:59:73

This has a single-clutch automated gearbox and is 50kg lighter than the regular Aventador. The 0-62mph time is claimed at 2.8sec.

11 - Ferrari 488 Pista - 7:00:03

A privateer attempt by German publication Sport Auto saw Ferrari's track-ready 488 Pista lap the circuit in almost seven minutes dead.

Front-wheel-drive Nürburgring lap records

1 - 2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R - 7:40:10 

Packing the 1.8-litre turbocharged unit from the already-snorting RS 300 Trophy, Renault's new limited-edition flagship hot hatch took the FWD record (before it had even been revealed) in April 2019. The model owes its celebrity status to a 130kg weight reduction, aerodynamic tweaks and reworked axle components over the 'standard' model on which it is based. 

2 – 2017 Honda Civic Type R - 7:43:80

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Norman Taylor 18 March 2021

What about lap times for a Ford Transit van?Is the late Sabine Schmitz still the record holder?

berkorich 25 November 2020

Erm, how come 911 GT2RS is still listed as fastest rear-wheel drive record? Surely AMG-GT Black just eclipsed that as well as overall production car.

elosga 16 October 2019

Ring Time and vehicles

The ring has some interesting challenges. It's long and has various types of turns and straights, but your question is vague because potential is very subjective. Faster on the Ring might not mean better road car, better track car, better fun car or faster car. It just means a car is faster on the Ring.

Some cars tuned to go fast on the Ring make them shittier daily cars.