Porsche has just updated its Facebook page with new information regarding how quickly its upcoming 918 Spyder can go around the famed Nürburgring in Germany. According to its maker, the 770-horsepower hybrid supercar can lap the 'Ring in seven minutes and 14 seconds.

Unfortunately, Porsche didn't provide the tenths of a second needed to determine exactly where the 918 Spyder falls on the unofficial list of production car lap times for the 'Ring, but even without that, we can say that it lands in the company of the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package (7:14:64) and Donkervoort D8 RS (7:14:89), but falls behind the Dodge Viper ACR (7:12:13), Gumpert Apollo Sport (7:11:57) and a pair of Radicals that hardly meet our criteria for being called production cars, but nevertheless can tame the 'Ring in under seven minutes.

Porsche also didn't divulge other salient details like which 918 Spyder achieved this feat and what sort of tires it was fitted with. Our guess is that the car was a test mule, as that's all we've seen on the 'Ring so far, but as for tires, that's a big question yet to be answered. The time as it stands will be all the more impressive if Porsche reveals it was achieved on street tires meant for the production car.

UPDATE: Porsche has issued an official press release confirming that the 918 Spyder's lap time was achieved on "standard tires," and that the car began the lap from a standing start. Porsche also says the car was fitted with the optional "Weissach" package that improves driving dynamics, but didn't elaborate further.
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918 Spyder prototype achieves a lap time of seven minutes and 14 seconds

Atlanta. In test runs on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype achieved a best time of just 7 minutes and 14 seconds around the 12.8 mile track. The plug-in hybrid super car has surpassed expectations and proven its dynamic driving potential nearly one year before the start of series production.

"With the time of 7:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype is already proving to be a fully sustainable concept after just a few months on the road," said Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project.

The lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever recorded for a street-legal vehicle with standard tires. It is particularly impressive as it was achieved from a standing start. The 795-horsepower plug-in hybrid super sports car was equipped with production-intent Michelin street tires and the optional "Weissach" feature package, which includes measures to improve driving dynamics.


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      biopsea
      • 2 Years Ago
      the price comparisons between cars is getting soooo old. different strokes for different folks. if you cannot appreciate what porsche brings to the table, then you are missing the entire point. there are plenty of sub 50k dollar cars that can out accelerate, out handle, out brake plenty of supercars. Trust me, I've heard it before, whether its a GT-R or a WRX etc etc. reminds me of great wine. can you get a great bottle of wine for 30 bucks; of course. can you justify paying ridiculous cash for, lets say, a 1961 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild? hmmm keep up the great work porsche.
      wtvlol
      • 2 Years Ago
      STANDARD TIRES BEGAN THE LAP FROM STANDING START! bye bye kit car(viper) record soon
      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do Americans have against the Radicals ? if a Lotus 7, Ariel Atom , Caparo T1 are cars, so are the Radicals.
      Sik68
      • 2 Years Ago
      The me three years ago cared about 'ring times. Now, not so much.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      10 seconds faster and yet the relentless GT-R fanboys find a need to mention it still in the article. Take your GT-R and shove it already. Nobody cares. Nobody cares. NOBODY CARES!
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, they still are never going to actually be driven. They will be snatched up by collectors before they even hit the showroom and left in their collection to look at.
        AutoVido
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        I agree, what a shame, but after seeing one up close, they ARE beautiful works of art, too... Maybe the owners will at least drive their special edition, numbered "911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder" - here's a convertible version with the green accents: http://skyontech.com/videos/cars.php?video=YOU-13TvaR_J4BM
          Erik R. Reid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AutoVido
          I've seen one already. Someone in my area has a 918 coming.
      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other news: Porsche takes advantage of a "leaked" brochure to further promote their new highly anticipated halo car.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Viper ACR, The Old Man of sports cars did a 7:12
        rmkensington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        And the ACR doesnt cost a million dollars.
          wtvlol
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          Are you comparing a kitcar(viper) vs a porsche MASTERPIECE which is the 918? The 918 is the future of the hybrid supercars...HIGHTECH is expensive you know...
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          Its a piece of something, not sure if master.
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rmkensington
          Ducman, I disagree but you made me laugh out loud. Well played!
        wtvlol
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        If i remenber right it ran in slicks and modified suspension for the ring...so not stock tbh.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          wtvlol, it's tuned for it because they went to the track and set up the suspension accordingly. If they were to go to a different track, they would tune it differently, both in suspension and aero. Saying that's cheating is just silly. That's how the car was designed. Using a car's attributes to their fullest is just plain smart to do. Tough tittiesif your streetcar comes to a track and gets beat by a car that's more specialized for racetracks.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          Suspension wasn't modified, it was tuned for that track. That's what you can do with a car that comes with a tunable suspension from the factory. Car ran on Michelin Pilot Sport Cups, not slicks.
          Jason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          Pilot Sport Cups shaved to 4/32" can drop times by 1-1.5 seconds per 1-2 minutes of track time (in a capable chassis). Assuming the best case scenario, that's a full 10.5 seconds on a 7 minute lap, or worst case, 3.5s on a 7 minute lap. Still, impressive just for a tire change. They are DOT track tires usable on dry roads, after all. The ACR would've achieved a 7:20+ without them (and it did; its last time was a 7:22.1) as it wouldn't be able to put its power down as effectively, nor would it be able to carry as much speed through the corners.
          wtvlol
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          but the ACR and the LFA nurburgring package are tuned for that track... That's cheating tbh.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          No aftermarket modifications or parts, just the ACR out of the factory door with the manually adjustable suspension manually adjusted by someone who knows what they are doing. I dont see how it's any different to an automatic or push button suspension adjustment that has a track mode, hell, there is no way a single fixed setting would give half the "unfair" advantage over something like the 1000 times/second adjusting magnetic suspension in the ZR1. Tyres were completely stock, but you can conjure mental images of them shaving the tyres/fitting slicks//covering them in crazy glue if it helps you deal with the fact that a 2 year old "kit car" with no electronic aids/performance boosters whatsoever aside from ABS can outrun a car costing 1/10th and down 170hp. By the way, the Viper with slicks and physically different suspension (and less weight, more downforce, non roadlegal, +40hp) ran 7:03.
          k_m94
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wtvlol
          @GTP I think it's because the Radical has a snowflake's chance in hell at being road legal anywhere this side of the pond even as a kit car. But yep, the best way to cement a "road legal, stock, series production" lap record is not with a roadcar made fast but a racing machine with number plates. 6:48 is a time JUUUSSSSTTT barely beaten by a one off, multimillion dollar, non road or race legal, "development car" (Zonda R) and quite convincingly beating another one off, multimillion dollar, non road or race legal "development car", the Ferrari 599XX.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        The Porsche will round in the ring in 7:14 and get 78mpg in normal driving. The Viper will round the ring in 7:12 and get 7.8mph in normal driving.
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank god more cars are finally leaving the 7:30-7:50 mark...... I was really growing tired of the poor stock performance of the expensive "elite" class of cars. Finally more exotic cars that can actually run a decent time. Kudos
      prettycool_huh(ಠ_ಠ?
      7:14 is ridiculously amazing, but they shouldve been able to beat a 2010 viper. but then again, i doubt the 918 is nearly as light as its track-time-competitors. i wonder how the 2013 srt will do on the ring.
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