Monterey Car Week Reveals Fastest Nürburgring Production Car

09/02/2018
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop)

Porsche 956 C and 919 Evo side-by-side at Nürburgring (photo by Porsche)

The Nürburgring is a classic race track held in high regard by motor enthusiasts and the Nordschleife (North Loop) circuit has become a key testing ground for manufacturers developing their fastest production cars. Grabbing fast lap times and the title of ‘fastest production car around the Nurburgring’ gives immediate kudos to the car. The 12.8 mile (20.832 km) Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit boasts some of the most dangerous track sectors in the world, and with almost 1,000 feet of elevation change through the Eifel mountains, wringing every last tenth of a second from the “Green Hell” is scary even for the elite ‘ringmeisters’.

Overall Nürburgring lap record

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo (photo by Porsche)

On 29th June 2018 at Nürburgring, Chopard was proud to have shared the setting of a new lap time by Timo Bernhard (twice winner of the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’) on the legendary Nordschleife track. Timo hit a top speed of 229mph with his Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, lapping in just 5 mins 19.55 secs, breaking the previous record set by Stefan Bellof (Porsche 956C) in 1983.

 

Fastest Production Cars at Nürburgring

3. Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 6m 52:01s

Lamborghini Huracan Performante (photo by Lamborghini)

The track-focused Lamborghini Huracan Performante zipped round the ‘Green Hell’ in an astonishing time of 6:52.01s. The 5.2-litre V10 powered beast was driven by test driver Marco Mapelli.

2. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6m 47.3s

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (photo by Porsche)

Porsche claimed a target lap time of 7m 05s when they concieved the 911 GT2 RS. In reality, it smashed that number and knocked the Lamborghini Huracan Performante off top spot with a speedy record run managed by test driver Lars Kern at the end of 2017. The GT2 RS completed the lap on Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres developed specifically for this car but they are road legal and standard for the production car.

1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 6m 44.97s

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 track (photo by Lamborghini)

After the Huracan Performante was dethroned in September 2017, Lamborghini plotted for less than a year to regain the Nürburgring production Car lap record with an Aventador SVJ. The new time of 6m 44.97s is more than two seconds faster than the Porsche GT2 RS, thanks to the souped up version of Lambo’s 6.5-litre V12.

Reveal at Monterey Car Week: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Monterey Car Week Reveals Fastest Nurburgring Production Car: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (photo by Lamborghini)

The naturally aspirated V12 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is based on the Aventador SV, which itself lapped the Nürburgring in under seven minutes, hitting 6m 59.73s in 2015. The new Aventador SVJ was revealed at Monterey Car Week 2018 in California. SV stands for ‘Superveloce’ – meaning ‘superfast’ – while the J suffix translates to ‘Jota’, meaning ‘limited edition’.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ tail (photo by Lamborghini)

“The Aventador SVJ is an innovative car and represents the absolute pinnacle of our super sports car product range,” – Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and CEO, Stefano Domenicali.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ cabin (photo by Lamborghini)

They increased power to 770 hp (566 kW) at maximum 8,500 rpm. The new Aventador SVJ outputs 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm, accelerating from standing to 100 km/h (62mph) in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h (124mph) in 8.6 seconds. All that speed is matched by a short braking distance of 100 km/h to 0 in 30 meters.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ wing (photo by Lamborghini)

The extra oomph is further enhanced by the aerodynamic modifications on Lamborghini’s latest supercar, the Aventador SVJ out performs aerodynmically compared to the Aventador S: 40% downforce improvement on both axles and 1% improved drag coefficient.

Limited Edition

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and SVJ63 (photo by Lamborghini)

With production limited to only 900 cars, the Aventador SVJ is one of the more exclusive super cars on the planet. Even more exclusive is the special edition Aventador SVJ 63, shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as homage to the Lamborghini founding year in 1963. The carbon fibre-rich configuration will be seen in only 63 limited edition units.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 (photo by Lamborghini)

 

Retail price Aventador SVJ excluding taxes

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ top(photo by Lamborghini)

Europe: EUR 349,116
UK: GBP 291,667
USA:USD 517,770 (GGT Included)

 


Fastest Nürburgring Lap Times

1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ – 6:44.97s
2. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6:47.3s
3. Lamborghini Huracan Performante – 6:52:01s
4. Porsche 918 Spyder (Weissach Package) – 6:57s
5. Dodge Viper ACR – 7:01.03s
6. Nissan GT-R Nismo – 7:08.59s
7. Mercedes AMG GT R – 7:10.92s
8. Gumpert Apollo Sport – 7:11.57s
9. Chevrolet Corvette C7 – 7:13.90s
10. Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package – 7:14.64s


Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).