Hardcore supercar sets the record for the fastest production-derived sports car at the 'Ring
23 April 2010

Ferrari’s incredible 599XX track car has set tongues wagging in the supercar world after recording a remarkable sub-seven minute laptime around Germany’s 13-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.

The £1.2million, 722bhp Ferrari clocked a 6min 58sec lap of the track, in the hands of one of Ferrari’s factory test drivers Raffaele de Simone.

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Although the 599XX is not road-legal, Ferrari is hailing the performance as the fastest recorded lap of any production-derived sports car in the world.

Only the Radical SR8 has gone faster, recording a 6min 48sec in 2009 – and that, Ferrari claims, is a car based on a spaceframe racing car.

Active aerodynamics and the very latest electronic traction control systems are the 599XX’s secret weapons. Travelling at 186mph it can produce up to 630kg of downforce.

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23 April 2010

Put a standard road legal Nissan GTR on the Ring with slick tyres and it will beat that time.

23 April 2010

... and then comes the Toyota Apex and will smoke both!

Toyota: the car in front is a recall.

have a nice day and a wonderful weekend folks!

23 April 2010

So a full fledged race car costing 1,000,000 + of which only 20 examples will produced sets a fast lap time; imagine that. Looks like the standard version comes in 38th overall with a 7:47 lap time. Send a couple FIA GT1 cars of any make around the ring and that record wouldn’t stand very long. So the question is why don’t they homologate the car for racing in LMS, ALMS, and FIA GT1? Oh yeah; they would get their arses handed to them.

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23 April 2010

I'm sorry, but Ferrari discounts the Radical SR8 because it's based on some tech from a racing car? Bloody hypocrites! They're just trying to massage their already over-inflated egos - frankly, they need to stop arsing around with megamillion non-road-legal confections of carbonfibre and unobtainium and concentrate on their road car programme, and their F1 programme - which means sacking the stylists and sorting their F1 reliability issues.

23 April 2010

How long 'til the Caparo T1 blitzes everything that has gone before? I read somewhere that they're hopeful of taking the outright record from Stefan Bellof's 956....

23 April 2010

The T1 has been out for ages, its obviously not quick on the Ring.

23 April 2010

[quote beachland2]

The T1 has been out for ages, its obviously not quick on the Ring.

[/quote]

Well, I'm not sure it's been on the Ring. Also, why now ban aircon? Unlike diesel, there is no greener alternative (not one that also keeps you cool on a summer's day!).

23 April 2010

[quote beachland2] The T1 has been out for ages, its obviously not quick on the Ring.[/quote]

The T1 has never actually "been out" AFAIK. There may well be a few prototypes knocking around (and breaking down), but I don't believe any have ever been delivered to customers, if they've ever sorted out reliability. Not a proper car, really....

As for a 599xx, as above, big deal. It's essentially a race car.

23 April 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Well, I'm not sure it's been on the Ring. Also, why now ban aircon? Unlike diesel, there is no greener alternative (not one that also keeps you cool on a summer's day!). [/quote]

If T1 is not available to buy it doesnt exist really, something is not right about it.

I need air con banned as then it wont be fitted as standard (so paid for by owner, potentially me) in almost all new cars that are the slightest bit interesting/sporty.

I also prefer having more efficiency, (even off aux belt still has to go around pulley) less weight (less front end weight) and it contains a pollutant and will cause more pollutants by being used and just carried without being used.

alternative is the normal fan that comes with the car that blows air into your face.

24 April 2010

[quote beachland2]

[quote Rover P6 3500S]Well, I'm not sure it's been on the Ring. Also, why now ban aircon? Unlike diesel, there is no greener alternative (not one that also keeps you cool on a summer's day!). [/quote]

If T1 is not available to buy it doesnt exist really, something is not right about it.

I need air con banned as then it wont be fitted as standard (so paid for by owner, potentially me) in almost all new cars that are the slightest bit interesting/sporty.

I also prefer having more efficiency, (even off aux belt still has to go around pulley) less weight (less front end weight) and it contains a pollutant and will cause more pollutants by being used and just carried without being used.

alternative is the normal fan that comes with the car that blows air into your face.

[/quote]

When I said the T1 hadn't been out, I meant on the Ring. It's been on sale for a few years now. Anyway, aircon nowadays is pretty efficient, no longer contains CFCs, and does at least keep you cold in the summer. For years my parents ran an E30 BMW 318i Touring without aircon, then replaced it with an E46 318i Touring that did have aircon. It was such a boon. Perhaps aircon could instead be driven electrically (IE just having a motor sucking off the battery, while battery gets a bit more charge off the alternator)? That might make it more efficient... and would also allow the aircon to be placed almost anywhere in the car, to perfect weight distribution. Also, aircon units really don't weigh that much. I think the pros outweigh the cons.

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