Since September of 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder has held the world record for the fastest production car to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife, at 6 minutes and 57 seconds. While McLaren has claimed a faster lap time in their P1 than the Porsche 918 achieved, they have never released an official time, so the Nürburgring record remains with the German marque. For now.
This is according to the horse himself, Christian von Koenigsegg, who told Car and Driver as much during their visit to the firm’s Ängelholm factory. As that publication notes, it’s entirely plausible to suspect that both cars have the capability to surpass the Porsche 918’s Nürburgring record.
In fact, the less potent Agera R has done extensive testing on the Nordschleife, where Koenigsegg has witnessed a peak speed of 250 miles per hour on the main straightaway. That car is up 237 HP, and down 560 pounds compared to the “primeval” Porsche 918 Spyder.
It seems incredible to think that such a small, (relatively) unknown firm could produce anything on the level of the exquisite 918 Spyder, much less call its Nürburgring record into question. But then, that’s the upside of having a tiny, super-wealthy customer base; the firm needn’t spend a penny on anything else.