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LaFerrari Eyeing Porsche’s Nürburgring Lap Time


SACarFan on 30.09.2013 – 910 readers.

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What’s the big deal about seeing LaFerrari testing at the Nürburgring, you may ask yourself? We’ve already seen it unveiled in production form at the Geneva International Motor Show, back in March. In this instance it isn’t about spotting production detail or what the final product will look like. It’s about the significance of the task that lies ahead for LaFerrari. Ferrari have clearly upped their efforts and taken to the famed 20.6 km German proving ground to take a chunk out of the Porsche 918 Spyder’s impressive lap time.

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The Nürburgring Nordschleife is set to become the battle ground for the Ferrari-McLaren-Porsche hybrid hypercar war. When the first Porsche 918 plug-in hybrid prototype lapped the circuit, it recorded a fairly tame lap time of 7 minutes and 14 seconds. With the addition of the optional ‘Weissach package’ it managed to drop that down to 6 minutes and 57 seconds, and it was apparently fitted with regular Michelin road tyres too boot. The McLaren P1 has also reportedly set an unofficial lap time around of 7 minutes and 04 seconds, and they say the Macca can go quicker.

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As for LaFerrari, it’s powered by a V12 and electric-hybrid powertrain rated at 718 kW. The car can hit 350 km/h and blast to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds. Only 499 examples will be built and it is expected to trump the 918?s time because the Porsche weighs 1640 kg, while LaFerrari only tips the scales at 1255 kg. It sounds like simple physics but the Nürburgring Nordschleife is a much more thorough proving ground than looking at simple power-to-weight ratios. The Nissan GT-R’s blistering lap times across various iterations are tantamount to that fact.

We’ve collected the top 40 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times for you here. At the end you can see spy footage of LaFerrari preparing itself for a lap time assault. (*The Radicals are road legal track cars, so we’ve included them.)

1. Radical SR8LM 6:48.00
2. Radical SR8 6:55.00
3. Porsche 918 Spyder 6:57.00
4. Gumpert Apollo Speed 7:11.57
5. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR 7:12.13
6. Porsche 918 Spyder 7:14.00
7. Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package 7:14.64
8. Donkervoort D8 RS 7:14.89
9. Porsche 911 GT2 RS 7:18.00
10. Radical SR3 Turbo 7:19.00
11. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 7:19.63
12. Dodge Viper ACR 7:22.1
13. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07 Package 7:22.68
14. Gumpert Apollo Sport 7:24.00
15. Nissan GT-R 7:24.22
16. Maserati MC12 7:24.29
17. Pagani Zonda F Clubsport 7:24.65
18. Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 7:25.00
19. KTM X-Bow R 7:25.00
20. Ferrari Enzo 7:25.21
21. Nissan GT-R 7:26.70
22. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 7:27.00
23. Ferrari 458 Italia 7:28.00
24. McLaren MP4-12C 7:28.00
25. Porsche Carrera GT 7:28.71
26. Mercedes SLS AMG GT 7:30.00
27. Porsche 911 GT2 7:31.00
28. Porsche 911 Turbo S 7:32.00
29. Pagani Zonda F 7:33.00
30. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 7:33.00
31. Koenigsegg CCX 7:33.55
32. Koenigsegg CCR 7:34.00
33. Audi R8 GT 7:34.00
34. Nissan GT-R Spec-V 7:34.46
35. RUF RT12 7:35.00
36. Porsche 911 Carrera S 7:37.90
37. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:38.00
38. Lexus LF-A 7:38.00
39. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera 7:38.00
40. Ferrari 430 Scuderia 7:39.00

 

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