Yesterday marked a milestone day for supercars. Porsche’s new 918 Spyder absolutely BEASTED the 20.8 KM lap of the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife at the hands of driver Marc Lieb (don’t worry, I haven’t heard of him either) in 6 minutes, 57 seconds. I know by now, most of us have tried our hand at the Nordschliefe in video games and probably holds the record for the most “flashback” or “restart race” options than any other track in the game. Plus, all you hear these days from car manufacturers is “…it’s tested on the legendary Nurburgring…” blah blah blah bullshit.
But DAMN 6:57 ??? It’s kind of like if a baseball player took all the steroids, and continuously jacked every home run out of the park. It’s incredible. But once I took a look at the numbers of how quickly the previous record holders ran at the ‘Ring – I wasn’t sure what was more impressive: the 6:57 from the 918 Spyder, or the cars that previously held the record.
Before moving forward – I will remind y’all – 6:57 on the ring is some serious shit from a car you can buy off the showroom floor. With the McLaren P1 and La Ferrari still in the final tweaking stages of development, the 6:57 mark can potentially come down even further. But all them cars are expected to cost a million bucks – minimum! Perhaps the Porsche will be in the lower end of the snack bracket – but best believe McLaren and Ferrari ain’t shy at adding zero’s to their price tags.
So what would you say if I told you that you could get a car that held the lap record at the ‘Ring from 2011 until now at a BARGAIN price? I’m not talking about those one-off or kit cars that are purely built for track days, I’m talking about a car with airbags, some kind of warranty, crash rating, radio, air-con – that kind of production car.
The car that held it down since 2011 with a lap time of 7 minutes 12 seconds is…. (wait for it)….. a 2010 Dodge Viper ACR. Now, the ACR version of the Viper was very limited as only 30 were made. A quick internet search found me this one at $105k.
That’s a savings of about $895,000 from the likes of the Ferrari and McLaren. If that’s not enough for you, and you really like catching a good deal, that same year a Corvette Z06 lapped the ‘Ring in 7:19. You can find Z06’s all over the internet from $65k – $90k, depending on the condition. So that’s roughly $900,000 in savings.
It was very impressive to me that two American cars managed to lap the ‘Ring faster than the following, more exotic and expensive supercars:
Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 7:24
Nissan GT-R – 7:24.22
Maserati MC 12 – 7:24.3
Ferrari Enzo – 7:25.7
…. and the list goes on and on.
I guess the main ingredient that we’re missing here is BALLS. Even if you were to strap into a Viper ACR and head for the hills of the Nordschliefe, would you have the stones to push it to the limit and post a competitive lap time? Remember, there are no ‘flashbacks’ or ‘restart race’ options in the real. Check out our boy Marc Leib (who?) handle the record smashing lap in somewhat relaxed fashion (the timed lap starts at about 1min into the video):
Gaddddamn that thing is fast… but still – I’m not sure what’s more impressive: the 6:57 from the Spyder, or the competitive lap times from two relatively cheap American sports cars showing them exotic supercars what time it is. (…. see what I did there? ..time? .. I’m here all week).