The Nürburgring has long been the go-to place to both develop cars in their development stages and test them upon completion, by both amateurs and big car companies alike.
A Nürburgring lap record has therefore become one of the ultimate accolades for car makers, with multiple huge manufacturers vying for the title, in multiple categories. Take a look below to see the quickest lap times across all major categories.
Fastest road-legal lap around the Nürburgring
1 - Lamborghini Aventador SVJ - 6:44:97
Lamborghini used active aerodynamic upgrades to overhaul 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 electric Nio EP9 down into second place and proved petrol powertrains can still beat EVs.
2 – Nio EP9 - 6:45.90
The Chinese supercar is a limited-run, 1360bhp, four-wheel-drive two-seater. It has a top speed of 194mph. This lap smashed the car's previous, sixth-place lap time of 7:05.12, which was set back on 14 October 2016, a week before we caught the EP9 on camera at the track for the first time.
3 – Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6:47.30
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.
4 – Radical SR8LM – 6:48.00
The king is dead. The Radical SR8LM had held the lap record since 2009, when it lapped in just 6min 48sec in the hands of Michael Vergers, but was dislodged first by Nio's EP9 and then the Porsche GT2 RS. Now that Lamborghini has set an even faster time, the Radical has to settle for fourth place. Vergers was driving the car just 24 hours after the car was driven from England to Germany for the record.