Famous manufacturers as well as privately owned businesses are using the 20.6 kilometre long Nürburgring-Nordschleife as test track for their futuristic vehicles. Among them is Porsche, that recently launched its 918 Spyder model. The German sports cars manufacturer wanted, of course, to sharpen the lap record for street-legal automobiles.
It was a successful attempt, achieving a time of six minutes and 57 seconds and shaving 14 seconds off the previous Nürburgring record and 17 seconds from its run last September. It demonstrates the potential that lies in Porsche’s pioneering plug-in hybrid concept and the leading role the company enjoys when it comes to developing sporty hybrid vehicles.
“The radical hybridization of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this record possible,” says Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. “The Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6:57 minutes, we have achieved a result of which the development team and everybody at Porsche can be rightly proud.”
All three drivers former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record with each lap driving two different 918 Spyder, and posted several lap times of less than seven minutes. Ultimately, it was Marc Lieb who posted the absolute best time of 6:57 minutes, driving at an average speed of 179.5 km/h. The Porsche 918 Spyder delivered an output of 652 kW / 887 hp and was equipped with the optional ‘Weissach package’ to increase driving dynamics.