The construction of the Nurburgring track began in 1925 and was completed in 1927. The track is located in Germany’s Eifel mountains encompasses the village and castle of Nurburg and recognized as one of the most demanding tracks in the world. In the late 60s, this 20.8 km race circuit received the nickname “Green Hell” from Jackie Stewart for its challenging track. The accident of Nikki Lauda in 1976 underlined the needs of safer regulations to ensure the driver’s safety. Thus, the new construction began in 1981 and the updated Nürburgring race circuit which abides the highest safety standards was completed in 1984.
Nowadays, the Nurburgring race circuit has become the benchmark for cars’ performance. Many car magazines and automotive enthusiasts regularly updated the latest Nürburgring lap times, especially the production cars. For those car manufactures, lap times can be the decisive selling point of the newest model. Some production cars even secured the top 5 Nurburgring fastest lap ever listed below.
5. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (6:44.97)
With 760 bhp and 6.5 litres naturally aspirated V12 engine, Lamborghini’s flagship supercar proves that petrol powertrains can still outrun electronic vehicles. The upgraded active aerodynamics (ALA) system also contributes to the car’s spectacular lap time. The new system utilizes flaps to create a huge downforce in corners to increase the cornering speed. In addition, this system also decreases drag on straight paths to make this machine runs faster. Currently, it is the fastest production car available in the market.
4. March Engineering 832-BMW – 6:26.19
The fourth Nurburgring fastest lap ever was marked around 40 years ago in 1983. This car is the collaboration between March Engineering’s chassis and BMW’s 2.0 litre motor. The man behind the wheel was German racer, Christian Danner. This record was listed in Formula 2 Eifelrennen pole position.
3. Porsche 956 – 6:11.13
Also in 1983, Stefan Bellof drove Porsche 956 with 620 bhp with 2.65 litre turbocharged flat-six cylinder engine to break March 832-BMW’s lap time in Nurburgring circuit. It is expected since this car was utilizing a ground effect downforce – the feature which was uncommon at that time. This made the car stayed in the first position of Nurburgring fastest lap ever for decades.
2. Volkswagen ID R – 6:05:336
Earlier this year, a total of 30 engineers and Romain Dumas – the driver, managed to build a brutal electric supercar that broke the record to place second in Nurburgring fastest lap ever list. Each axle contains an electric motor which generates a total of 670bhp and 479lb ft of torque. In addition, the rear wing in this car utilizes the same DRS system found in F1 cars which can reduce downforce on the straights. All this combined resulted in an average speed of 128.6 mph in the Nurburgring circuit.
1. Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo – 5:19:546
With the average speed of 145.3 mph, this hybrid car claimed the Nurburgring fastest lap ever‘s throne earlier this year. The 2.0 litre turbocharged V4 engine produces 710bhp while the electric motor generates 433bhp. Combined, this car has 1,143bhp and is channelled via a 7-speed racing sequential gearbox.
To reach the maximum speed, Porsche removed irrelevant components like light systems and AC which resulted in 39kg less weight vehicle. In addition, they improve the car’s aerodynamics by installing a new rear spoiler, bigger front diffuser, and customized side skirts with fixed elevation. The massive modifications decrease the downforce by 53 per cent and made this car run faster than its original race spec.