Porsche 918 Spyder’s New Nurburgring Record

The Porsche 918 Spyder has conquered the 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) lap around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, the company said today.

Achieving a time of six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sports car equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous Nurburgring record for a street-legal automobile, and 17 seconds from its run last September.

Wolfgang Hatz, member of the Porsche AG Board of Management in charge of Research and Development, commented: “We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine performance, efficiency and driving pleasure. We have kept our word.”

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The 918 Spyder is also paving the way for future generations of super sports cars. It is currently making its global debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

By setting a new Nurburgring record, Porsche says, the 918 sports car is demonstrating both the potential that lies in Porsche’s plug-in hybrid concept and the role the company plays when it comes to developing sporty hybrid vehicles.

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