It is not new that the Nordschleife is the most challenging race track in the world. The aim of many car manufacturers to set the fastest lap at the Ring has grown in popularity more and more every year.
To celebrate this “competition” we present you here the ranking of the fastest laps ever made and their onboard videos.
I do not exaggerate if I tell you that many of them will blow your mind…
1 | Porsche 919 Hybrid EVO – 5.19.546
Driver: Timo Bernhard
Date: 29th June 2018
Using the 2017 Le Mans 24h winner car as a base, Porsche deployed the full potential of the car by getting rid of the technical regulation limitations.
To be more specific, the modifications increased the downforce in a 53% and the total power to 1160 hp, while decreasing the weight to 849kg.
It does not seem that any other brand will try to improve this lap record in a short period of time. Therefore, this onboard lap video is one of the most extreme things that you’ll see in a very long time at the Nürburgring.
2 | Volkswagen ID.R – 6.05.336
Driver: Romain Dumas
Date: 3rd June 2019
Before putting his name as the fastest electric car at the Ring, the Volkswagen ID.R took the absolute record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 2018.
Watching the onboard video, you can feel a mix of emotions. By one side, the silent and even relaxing sound that the electric engine produces inside the car, and on the other side, the brutal sense of speed outside the car.
Will a full electric car be the fastest at Nürburgring someday?
3 | Porsche 956 – 6.11.13
Driver: Stefan Beloff
Date: 28th May 1983
This is the most special record at Nurburgring because of the history behind it. A record that lasted unbeaten for 35 years, while keeping alive the memory of Stefan Bellof.
Sadly, there’s no onboard video of that lap. However, here you can watch Derek Bell driving Bellof’s car 30 years later. Watching it you have an idea of how impressive the record was at that time.
As you may know, the major championships moved to the new Nürburgring GP layout in 1984. What made more difficult (or almost impossible) to set a new lap record during a competition.
4 | Porsche 956 – 6.16.85
Driver: Jochen Mass
Date: 28th May 1983
It happened during the same qualifying session where Bellof made history. To have a better reference of how fast those times were, Jackie Ickx who was the 3rd fastest driver did a 6.27.36, and Keke Rosberg time was 6.39.52.
In the video, you can watch another tribute to the Porsche 956, driving it through the Green Hell. But this time, Joachim Hans-Stuck was on the wheel. You can see how emotional the moment was through Hans-Stuck eyes.
5 | March 832 BMW F2 – 6.28.03
Driver: Christian Danner
Date: 24th April 1983
This record was set by a young Christian Danner during Formula 2, one month earlier than Bellof record.
Sadly, we were not able to find any relevant piece of footage to show to you.
6 | Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – 6.40.33
Driver: Lars Kern
Date: 25th October 2018
This car is an improved version done by Manthey Racing of the Porsche 911 G2 RS production model.
The onboard is absolute madness, especially if you keep in mind that you can buy this car and drive it on the streets. The driver, Lars Kern, is another Nordschleife specialist with many record drives and VLN participations.
7 | McLaren P1 XP1 LM Prototype – 6.43.22
Driver: Kenny Bräck
Date: 27th April 2017
This road-legal version of the McLaren P1 GTR is made by Lanzante, the company behind the McLaren F1 LM (the road-legal version of the McLaren F1 GTR), and the 1995 24h of Le Mans-winning McLaren. Pure motorsport history.
8 | Lamborghini Aventador LP770-4 SVJ – 6.44.97
Driver: Marco Mapelli
Date: 26th July 2018
Features like adaptive suspension and active aero are making the Lamborghini Aventador the fastest production car on the Nurburgring.
The engine sound during the onboard lap video is simply magnificent.
9 | NIO EP9 – 6.45.90
Driver: Peter Dumbreck
Date: 12th May 2017
This monstrous machine with more than 1350hp was designed and built in only 18 months with a clear mission: be the fastest electric car at the Nordschleife.
After a 1st “unsuccessful” attempt with a time of 7.06, the NIO EP9 needed only 6 more months of development to destroy the competition.
10 | Porsche 911 GT2 RS – 6.47.25
Driver: Lars Kern
Date: 20th September 2017
As Porsche itself states: “the GT2 RS is the fastest 911 ever built”. Actually, this is the production version of the car that Manthey Racing prepared to beat everybody else.
With 5 positions out of 10 in the ranking, there is no doubt which manufacturer is the king of the Ring.
– This article will remain updated with every new lap record.