The Ferrari 812 Superfast's spec sheet is pretty substantial. That front-mounted V-12 produces an astounding 789 horsepower without the help of forced induction or hybrid assistance. Power gets to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. You'd think, then, it'd be pretty quick on the Nurburgring. Not so fast. The 812 Superfast, despite its name, is more of a grand tourer than an all-out track machine. Sure, it might have a massively powerful engine, sticky tires, and huge brakes, but at heart, it's more for spirited road driving than constant track work. That's probably why German publication Sport Auto was only able to post a 7:27.48 lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in their latest test. That might sound quick, but in a world where sub-seven-minute times are the norm, it's nothing out of the ordinary. The time puts it just above the BMW M4 GTS on the lap board, but behind cars like the Nissan GT-R, Corvette Z06, and Mercedes-AMG SLS Black Series. Just … [Read more...] about Watch the Ferrari 812 Superfast Lay Down a 7:27 Nurburgring Lap Time
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The new A90 Toyota GR Supra‘s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada is confident that the reborn legend is fast enough to set a Nurburgring lap time in less than eight minutes. Tada, through an interpreter, told Road and Track “we haven’t had an official time attack yet.” He explained that the car will likely run into its 250-km/h speed limiter on the long straights, but added “one day, perhaps, we cut the speed limiter and try the time attack. But just driving it as it is, it’s really fast. On the old course, it’s very easy to break eights – 7 minutes 50 seconds, 7 minutes 40 seconds. It will do that easily.” The Supra shares the same 2,470 mm wheelbase as the G29 BMW Z4 (some 100 mm shorter than the 86), and with a wheelbase-to-tread ratio of 1.55, it is said to be one of the smallest mainstream sports cars, and more agile. It also has a lower centre of gravity compared to the 86, a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and a … [Read more...] about A90 Toyota GR Supra could “easily” set Nurburgring lap time in under eight minutes
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 has lapped the Nürburgring on multiple occasions, but the automaker hasn’t released an official lap time for the high-performance model. That still hasn’t changed, but a member of the Corvette Forum has posted a picture of a retirement gift which suggests the car lapped the green hell in 6:57. According to GM Authority, Corvette engineer Jim Mero retired earlier this month and his wife posted pictures of the retirements gifts that her husband received to celebrate 34 years with the automaker. Among the gifts was a picture collage which showed the Nürburgring lap times of various Corvettes that Mero drove and worked on. While Mero’s name probably doesn’t ring a bell, he’s closely associated with the Corvette and GM has touted his accomplishments behind the wheel on numerous occasions. In 2012, the company said he set a new production car lap record on the Grand Course at the Virginia International Raceway when he piloted … [Read more...] about Has The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Posted A Nurburgring Lap Time Of 6:57?
Well, it’s official now. The new 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has set an official Nurburgring lap record, and it’s a quick one, predictably. That’s impressive, but not surprising. What is surprising though is the fact that the new time is a full 24 seconds faster than that of the old GT3 RS. That is a huge margin and shows how much better, at least performance-wise the new model is. 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 520 horsepower version of the superb naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat-six we all know and love. Besides the power though, the blistering lap time is also down to the motorsport chassis, advanced electronic controls, and the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The sub-seven lap record was achieved by Porsche works race driver Kévin Estre. As you can see in the video above, the man’s consistency is almost machine-like. Hemust have a lot of fun setting the record too, judging by the sweet sound of … [Read more...] about 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sets Nurburgring Lap Time: 6:56.4
The Nürburgring is important for AMG. All of its cars turn hundreds of laps there while in development, and it even nicknamed its AMG GT R "The Beast From the Green Hell," referencing the track's famous nickname. But for Tobias Moers, the head of AMG, setting lap times on the Nordschleife isn't important. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below We were talking to Moers today at the New York Auto Show when the subject of the Nürburgring came up. He brought up the AMG GT R's Nürburgring lap time, which was actually set by Sport Auto journalist Christian Gebhardt—not one of AMG's own hot shoes. And that's how Moers prefers it."Auto manufacturers work three months in the industry pool with race drivers, one dedicated car and then they announce 'we broke seven minutes' with our whatever GT,'" he says sarcastically. Moers isn't into that."I don't like to announce lap times with a car customers can buy," Moers told me. "And this makes a difference because if a car is able … [Read more...] about Why Mercedes-AMG’s Boss Isn’t a Fan of Nurburgring Lap Times