The construction of the Nurburgring track began in 1925 and was completed in 1927. The track is located in the German mountains of Eifel, which includes the town and castle of Nurburg, and is recognized as one of the most sought after tracks in the world. In the late 60s, the 20.8km race track was nicknamed “Green Hell” by Jackie Stewart due to its challenging track. The Nikki Lauda accident in 1976 underscored the need for safer regulations to ensure driver safety. Therefore, the new construction began in 1981 and the updated Nürburgring racing circuit that meets the highest safety standards was completed in 1984.
Today, the Nurburgring racing circuit has become a benchmark for car performance. Many car magazines and car enthusiasts regularly update the last lap times of Nürburgring, especially production cars. For the automaker, lap times can be the decisive selling point of the latest models. Some production cars even secured the 5 fastest Nurburgring laps listed below.
1. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (6: 44.97)
With 760 hp and 6.5-liter V12 engines with natural aspiration, the Lamborghini supercar demonstrates that the petrol powertrain can still run faster than electronic vehicles. The improved active aerodynamic system (ALA) also contributes to the spectacular lap times of the car. The new system uses fins to create a large aerodynamic load at an angle to increase cornering speed. In addition, this system also reduces drag in a straight line so that this engine runs faster. Currently, this is the fastest production car available in the market.
2. Engineering March 832-BMW-6: 26.19
The fourth round of the fastest Nurburgring was marked about 40 years ago in 1983. This car is a collaboration between the March Engineering chassis and the 2.0-liter BMW engine. The man behind the wheel is the German runner, Christian Danner. This entry is registered in the pole position of Formula 2 Eifelrennen.
3. Porsche 956-6: 11.13
Also in 1983, Stefan Bellof drove a Porsche 956 with 620 hp with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and 2.65 liters to break the BMW rotation of March 832 at the Nurburgring circuit. This car was expected to make use of the aerodynamic load of the ground effect, an unusual feature at that time. This makes the car remain in the first position of the fastest Nurburgring round that has existed for decades.
4. Volkswagen ID R-6: 05: 336
Earlier this year, a total of 30 engineers and Romain Dumas, the pilot, managed to build a brutal electric supercar that broke the record of being second in the fastest lap list in Nurburgring. Each axle contains an electric motor that generates a total torque of 670bhp and 479lb feet. In addition, the rear wing of this car uses the same DRS system found in F1 cars that can reduce aerodynamic load on a straight road. All this combined results in an average speed of 128.6 mph in the Nurburgring circuit.
5. Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo-5: 19: 546
With an average speed of 145.3 mph, this hybrid car claims the fastest turn in the Nurburgring on the throne earlier this year. The 2.0-liter turbocharged V4 engine produces 710bhp while the electric motor produces 433bhp. Combined, this car has 1,143 hp and is channeled through a sequential 7-speed racing gearbox.
To achieve maximum speed, Porsche releases irrelevant components, such as light and air conditioning systems that produce 39 kg less vehicle weight. In addition, they improve the aerodynamics of the car by installing a new rear wing, a larger front diffuser and a special side skirt with fixed height. The massive modification reduces the aerodynamic load by 53 percent and makes this car run faster than the original racing specifications.