• Aug 11, 2009
Why it was just last week that we talked about the Devon GTX "setting" the one lap "record" at Laguna Seca. We actually got on the horn and called Devon, begging asking for a detail or two about the GTX's upcoming reveal at Pebble Beach in just four short days (August 15). All we could get out of 'em is that yes, the GTX has a V10 under its hood -- and that was all they'd say. "Everything will be revealed" come Pebble Beach. Oh yeah?

Spy photographers working for Autocar caught some nice shots of the GTX at -- you guessed it -- the Nurburgring. According to the Brit pub, Devon is going after the production Nurburgring time (6:55) currently held by the Radical SR8 (which hardly qualifies as a "production car," but whatevs). Our British friends also speculate that the GTX has an all carbon fiber body to keep its weight low, low, low. Also: Justin Bell, son of five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, was at the wheel for the 'Ring attempt. We believe that last part 100% as Devon told us Justin was the driver for the Laguna Seca "record."

Obvioulsy, it's not August 15 yet but it's safe to assume a big part of the GTX's launch is going to be how it did on the Nurburgring. As Tom Leykis says, "Do you care?" Either way, that's marketing for you.

One more little point: As we learned last week, the GTX's one lap Laguna Seca time was one tenth of a second faster than the Dodge Viper ACR. Laguna Seca is two miles long, the Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring is fourteen miles long. Taking all the other variables off the table and the GTX could run the 'Ring about half a second quicker than the Viper ACR. To refresh your memory banks, the Viper ACR did the deed in 7:22, and the GTX is chasing 6:55.

[Source: Autocar]





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      • 5 Years Ago
      Of you extrapolate the results, keeping the variables constant, the devon will complete the Nurburgring in 7:19:56 seconds
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't know about the 'ring record, but it can certainly qualify for the ugliest production supercar of modern times record.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ill go ahead and disagree with that... I think this thing looks quite good!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice slicks....I kind of doubt those will be standard on the production model of this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The tire in the photo looks an aweful lot like a Hoosier R6.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Radical IS a production car. So what if it doesn't have a radio?

      Anyway this thing looks cool. I'll be interested to see how quick it goes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are you guys looking to set this car up for failure? Or have they actually stated intentions of setting a production car record?

      You and Autoicar run headlines saying they are aiming at 6:55 and they hit 7:05 and it looks like a miss, instead of being significantly better than a Viper ACR and similar cars. I know the marketing surrounding the Laguna run is annoying... but why the out and out hostility?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I, for one, am glad that AB is actually getting critical about these.

        As for Devon - good luck catching the Radical. I wonder if they are even serious about that.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather them be able to do a 24 hour race and finish in a street car prepped for racing then see them break a ring record. That would be more impressive then the silly ring