Autocar has been timing the fastest production cars in the world on the dry handling circuit at MIRA Proving Ground for more than 15 years. We measure standing-start and through-gear acceleration for them too, of course; and if you want to know what the fastest-accelerating production cars we've ever figured are, you'll find a list here. But for many, the true worth of a driver's car isn't how quickly it goes in a straightline, but how effectively and engagingly it can dispacth the corners.
For that you need a circuit that tests every facet of a performance car's dynamic make-up - and that's just what MIRA offers. There are fast sweepers, tight technical sections and a few destabilising bumps for good measure. If a car goes well here, you can rest assured it'll be a corker in the rearl world.
So, here are the fifty quickest laptimes we've ever set - and some of them, rather predictably, were also the most memorable.
50th - Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Lap time: 1min 11.0sec
Road test date 17.10.08 Test number 4879 Peak power 553bhp at 8000rpm Kerb weight 1580kg Tyres Pirelli P Zero Corsa 0-60mph 3.7sec 0-100mph 7.7sec Quarter mile 11.7sec at 125.7mph
49th - Lamborghini Urus
Lap time: 1min 10.8sec
Road test date 3.7.19 Test number 5429 Peak power 641bhp at 6000rpm Kerb weight 2285kg Tyres Pirelli P Zero Corsa 0-60mph 3.3sec 0-100mph 7.8sec Quarter mile 11.6sec at 120.8mph
We tested the monstrous Urus on the same day as the Aventador SVJ. If that hadn’t made practical sense, we might have just taken it to Millbrook, where we test our ‘normal’ metal. But that’s not the right word in this case.
How worthwhile it worked out to be. You might not believe this, but it was probably easier getting a sports-car-level lap time out of the Urus on the day than to make the Aventador SVJ lap faster than the lesser HuracÃ¡n Performante had.