Read the complete story on the Porsche 918 Spyder at AutoGuide.comThe new champion of the Nurburgring is the Porsche 918 Spyder, setting a new fastest lap time on the Green **** and laying claim to being the first production car to run a sub-seven minute lap.
Speaking today at the world premiere of the production 918 Spyder, Porsche racing legend Walter Rohrl confirmed the plug-in hybrid super sports car can lap the famed racetrack in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds.
That time is a full 15 seconds faster than the previous record, recorded by the Dodge Viper ACR. Two lap times below a 6:57 have been recorded by Radicals, though the cars are hardly production vehicles and aren’t street legal in certain markets (like North America).
The car that ran the record time isn’t a conventional 918 Spyder, but a limited edition, track oriented Weissach Package model. That particular car uses lightweight magnesium wheels which drop the car’s overall weight by 77 lbs. The option pack also includes six-point racing harnesses plus additional aerodynamics and a selection of colors inspired by legendary Porsche racing cars.
The optional Weissach package costs $84,000 bringing the 918 Spyder’s price up to $929,000.