The new Porsche 918 Spyder has set a new record for a vehicle with global road homologation around the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
Setting a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, the super car took 14 seconds off of the previous record with its unique spread of attributes, combining maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption. The car made its global debut today at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The car comes equipped with a plug-in hybrid concept, underpinning the role the company plays in developing sporting hybrid vehicles.
“The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible” said head of the 918 Spyder project, Dr. Frank Walliser, . “The lap time on the Nordschleife is, and remains, the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team – and at Porsche as a whole – is rightly proud.”
The record previously stood for four years before the 918 Spyder broke the time at the first attempt on September 4th. Former European Rally Champion Walter Rohrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory race driver Marc Lieb all set times faster than the previous record, with Lieb setting the fastest of the three at an average speed of over 111mph.