There was a time when all cars were judged based upon their 0 to 60 MPH time slots and top speeds reached but oh how the times have changed. Now days car builders compete for the best time on the most difficult track in the world. What track is that you ask? Well, it is the Nurburgring in Germany.
So here are the top 10 fastest cars on the “ring” in Germany. Normally, I start at the bottom and work my way up to number 1 but in this case, I am starting at number 1 and working down. Why am I starting at number one you ask? Well, those that know me know that I prefer two car manufacturers above all the rest. First is Ford and second is Porsche.
Coming in as the fastest car on the “ring” is none other than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Porsche let the Lamborghini Huracan Performante hold on to its lap record for six months, before shattering what the Huracan did by nearly five seconds, which is an eternity in racing. Apparently, the GT2 RS broke the Performante’s record on its first lap, which is astounding for a rear-wheel drive, rear-engine car.
2017 Porsche GT2RS
What was the time that the GT2RS turned in? Well, my favorite Porsche completed a time of 6:47.3. That is Faaaaaassssstttttt!
The engineers at Lamborghini decided to create a radical new active aerodynamic system for the Huracan Performante and when you combine that with 640 horsepower, you get one of the quickest production cars to lap the Nurburgring. The Performante version is 28 seconds quicker than a standard Huracan, which is still a very fast car.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
The Huracan Performante’s time came in at 6:52.01 earning it the second fastest car on this list.
Did you know that for four years the Porsche 918 Spyder held the Nürburgring production car lap record?
Well, this car was the king before it was dethroned by the Huracan Performante. The 918’s blistering time was a result of an 887 horsepowered hybrid drivetrain. The 918 had an electric motor on the front axle that assisted in providing incredible grip. It also had a naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine in the rear offering plenty of kick to get this plug-in Porsche down the track quickly.
The time turned it for this Porsche’s current standing was 6:57.00 flat. Also, just to let you know, that a time under 7 minutes is considered to be exceptional.
It appears that the German and Italian auto manufacturers are taking the top spots on this list and coming in at 4th place is the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV.
Aventador LP 750-4 SV
The Aventador LP 750-4 SV is the lighter, hardcore version of the standard Aventador. The additional aerodynamic tweaks to the car’s body make it even more slippery through the air and all that power comes from its 6.5-liter V12. It amazes me that a car this big is as quick as it is.
The first American car to make this list is the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR.
2017 Dodge Viper ACR
The Dodge Viper ACR was never able to come in under the 7 minute time slot that everyone thought it could beat but it still worked its way into the history books. This is the quickest manual-transmission car ever at the track and it went faster than any other American car – for now.
The time turned in by this Viper was 7:01.3. To see this car’s timed run click here:Dodge Viper ACR Nurburgring Run.
The only Japanese car to make this list is none other than the Nissan GT-R NISMO.
Nissan GT-R NISMO
The GT-R may be getting up in years but you would never know that given the strong performance of just under 600 horsepower that is available in the NISMO version of this car.The NISMO gets more power than the standard GT-R as well as a host of chassis and tire upgrades all of which are good for a big improvement over the standard 2015 GT-R’s best time of 7:19.10.
The best looking car, in my opinion, on this list taking the number 7 spot of the top 10 fastest cars on the Nurburgring is the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
At a recent test by the German magazine Sport Auto, the Mercedes-AMG GT R more than lived up to its nickname which is the “Beast of the Green Hell” (Bestie der grünen Hölle in German). While I admit that name is kind of weird, even though it sounds better in German than in English, the GT R probably has much more to offer on this track since this wasn’t a full factory-backed test.Mercedes-AMG is also working on an F1-powered hypercar that promises to give Lamborghini a real fight and that is a race that I can’t wait to see.
Taking the 8th spot on this list is another Dodge and this mean machine is none other than the 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR.
Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
This is a track car that was ill-disguised as a road car and it is powered by a huge 512 cubic inch V10 that made 600 horsepower. This street car or should I say race car came with a race-ready carbon fiber front splitter, rear wing, and adjustable racing shocks all adding to the car’s track prowess.
Remember that this car also came in at 5th place on this list with a time of7:01.3andonce this car became the fastest American car to ever lap the ‘Ring it was just a matter of time until the necessary improvements would improve it’s time.
Can you believe that there are three Porsche’s on this list and does it surprise you to discover it to be true? Well, it shouldn’t since Porsche is committed to producing a fine quality machine that just keeps improving over the years like a fine wine. So, please forgive me as I step aside to wipe the corner of my mouth and as I do that please read on to discover how the GT3 did on this track.
2018 Porsche GT3
The most recent version of the Porsche 911 GT3 may be on the bottom half of this list, but don’t forget it is the least powerful car here by a vast margin. This version of the GT3 managed to shave an impressive 12.3 seconds of its predecessor’s time while only bringing 25 more horsepower to the show. I have said it before and I will say it again….. these engines are so small as compared to an American V8 power-plant and it just amazes me as to how these little buggers can produce so much darn power.
So, what is the last car to make this list you may be asking?
Well, it is none other than the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6.
Chevrolet has not officially released a Nurburgring lap time for the Corvette Z06 but the drivers from Germany’s Sport Auto set an impressive time in one without the support from Chevy. One of the biggest things that impresses me about this car is the fact that you can buy a Z06 for around the same price as a base 911 but it is nearly as quick as the expensive GT3. Say what you want about Chevrolet but they have mastered the art of mass production which ultimately makes cars like this affordable for us all.
Chevrolet Corvette ZO6
Now, you may have noticed that Ford did not make this list, and as a matter of fact, neither did Ferrari or BMW. Well I can tell you that not all manufacturers focus upon the best time at the ‘Ring. Yes, Ford as well as other manufactures have cars that turned in best timed runs but Ford along with Ferrari have a focus on the 24 hours of Le Mans as that is an entirely different type of race test. In the end, it is good to see the results of the Nurburgring timed runs that these cars turned in and while the competition to be part of the top 10 on this track will continue for some time to come it is the person that can afford to own one of these cars that is the ultimate winner here.
It is good to belong to the Car Savvy World.