Enthusiasts around the world – ourselves included – have been anxiously awaiting the ultimate supercar showdown. After all, we seldom see three of the world's preeminent exotic automakers come out with such closely matched machinery in such close proximity as we have with the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. That showdown could occur on no better a playing field than the Nürburgring, but the automakers haven't exactly been playing ball.

Porsche set down a lap time of 6:57, staking its claim as the fastest street-legal production car ever to lap the vaunted Nordschleife. Rather than challenge Zuffenhausen head-on, though, McLaren has only said that the P1 has clocked a time of under seven minutes, and though Ferrari has been testing the new LaFerrari at the Ring, it hasn't released any official time at all. Maranello may, however, be preparing to announce an even faster time.

According to word we're receiving from across the pond, Ferrari has clocked a lap time of 6:35 – only it wasn't achieved in the road-going LaFerrari, but in the upcoming track-bound LaFerrari XX. That model, which was just confirmed and spied last week, will follow in the footsteps of the Enzo-based FXX and the 599XX, which itself recorded a lap time of 6:58 in 2010. Because it's not street-legal, it didn't contend for the same honors, and within a couple of months was pipped on the leaderboard for non-street-legal vehicles by the Pagani Zonda R by over ten seconds.

If verified, the LaFerrari XX lap time would make it the fastest production-based (but, due primarily to its slick tires, not street-legal) car ever to lap the Nürburgring, but would not be enough to dethrone the Porsche 956 in which Stefan Bellof clocked a 6:11 lap time to take pole position at the sports car endurance race in 1983.


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      xcatchmyshadowx
      • 8 Months Ago
      R.Hammond:"maybe they lost the paper the time was witten on..."pointing at McL and their P1. The same applies here. again rumors, just rumors...(and not even "street legal" ones)
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 8 Months Ago
      The P1 was an actual road car but the XX is track only car, right?
        mawhalen53
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        If LaF follows in the 599 and Enzo XX program footsteps, then you are correct.
      marunoru
      • 6 Months Ago
      with all that advance technology in a ferrari it still could not beat a 1983 Porsche 956 with just 6 cylinders and just two turbos and just a 5 speed gear box with a lot less horsepower than laferrari xx. Porsche 956 still the most efficient race car ever and with the most advance aerodynamics still 31 years later! Ferrari needs to get rid of those ugly side skirts and run flush side skirts like the Porsche 956. Laferrari needs to get rid of that KERS because it just adds weight for only several seconds of additional horsepower.
      msr777
      • 7 Months Ago
      ONLY THING IS THE PORSCHE IS UGLY AND LOOK LIKE EVERY OTHER PORSCHE FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS. ALL THE MEGA WEALTHY WILL STILL BY THE FERRARI BEYOND ITS PRODUCTION QUANTITY JUST BECAUSE ITS A FERRARI. WHILE p1 HAS ALOT OF TECH STILL EVERYONE WANTS A FERRARI CAUSE ITS UNOBTAINABLE BY MOST EVERYONE AND BYFAR THE BEST LOOKING
      pwr2lbs
      • 8 Months Ago
      Careful Autoblog, you might get fined by the lafa mafia! http://jalopnik.com/ferrari-will-fine-journalists-70-000-for-releasing-a-r-1566147195
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This companies must be crazy, unleashing a car at the ring is like hell and a driver's balls has a lot to do with the time.
      • 8 Months Ago
      One question: are we 100% sure this is an actual XX model and not the stock version? I mean, isn't it weird that they used stock lights, big alloysm (as opposed to smaller track-only ones) and especially a sign plate? The FXX looked a lot more radical that the "regular" Enzo...just guessing
      RodRAEG
      • 8 Months Ago
      Production-based car? Oh, a racecar hahaha! This better not be a consolation prize for the Ferrari The Ferrari being slower than the 918.
      Andre Neves
      • 8 Months Ago
      GTR fanboys will cry, "Impossibruuu!"
        sfblog
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Why would they? This car is valued over 10x the amount of a GTR. They should be happy with what it requires to beat them. Now imagine a GTR with current power plant and the aid of electric motors... Impossibruuu I think not.
          Lancelot
          • 8 Months Ago
          @sfblog
          Always remember, 2017 C7/TT/750hp ZR1 is KING!!!! American Muscle = #1
      • 8 Months Ago
      AND they are NO slick tyres!!! I'm pretty sure you can see the threads in picture 7 while the car is on the track and in the last picture (car on regular road) you can see clearly that they are normal tyres. I'm starting to think that this could be the actual LaF lap time
        Chris Doan
        • 8 Months Ago
        The wheels in that picture are black, where as the rims when the car is on the track are silver which tells me they swapped out the slicks to road tires when its not on the track.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Chris Doan
          It could be as you say, but I'm not convinced. The rims might look darker due to them being hit by the sunlight & in picture n. 7 I'm pretty sure you can see the tread on the left tyre, just look at it very closely. I'm used to swapping wheels on my track bike and I can tell you it's a hell lot of a work which requires time, tools and something to lift the car in this case. You need to know what you're doing and be very careful as you don'tr really want a wheel to come off while one the track. I just don't see one or two guys on a ferrari on their own having all the tools, the four spare wheels and the time to do all that...
          sparrk
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Chris Doan
          Those are clearly different rims.
        andyjinkim
        • 7 Months Ago
        Just because a tire has tread on it does not mean that it is street legal. It could be a change in compound as well.
        amge5.5
        • 8 Months Ago
        Yep, I did some adjustments in photoshop and they are treaded.
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      Is that 6 minutes and 35 seconds, or 6.35 seconds? What, too soon?
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
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      • 8 Months Ago
      @ Commodore: yeah sure I realize that and of course although I respect porsche I think that looking back to motorsport history ferrari has always been a step ahead of porsche (with its high and lows obviously). Having said that, I was making a different point in my previous post that that could actually be the stock LaF, especially based on the fact that I think those are road-legal tyres, not slick (pic. no. 7 - left tyre and last picture). And I think it's also makes a lot of sense considering the fact that they went to the 'Ring with no team support/trucks/trailers but just driving the car to the track. They should have changed the alloys by themselves which I think they didn't looking at the pictures and of course it's not very practical!
        sparrk
        • 8 Months Ago
        You mean Porsche was always a step ahead of Ferrari in racing.
          • 8 Months Ago
          @sparrk
          Really?? And in what championships? your dreams probably?? LOL just check this out and go home: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Formula_One_records
          pwr2lbs
          • 8 Months Ago
          @sparrk
          Someone thinks F1 is the only motorsport... Sigh
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