The latest champion of the Nurburgring is the Porsche 918 Spyder, becoming the first approved road car to run a sub-seven minute lap.

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The production spec 918 Spyder broke the lap record on September 4, with Porsche factory race driver Marc Lieb behind the wheel lapping the 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in 6 minutes and 57 seconds.

The lap was significantly quicker than the previous record of 7 minutes and 11 seconds recorded by the Gumpert Apollo Sport in 2009.

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Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and European rally legend Walter Röhrl also drove the 918 plug-in hybrid and likewise managed to beat the previous record, but it was Lieb who had the best time, with an average speed of around 179km/h.

The record-breaking Porsche 918 Spyder wasn’t the standard edition, but a track-oriented Weissach Package model equipped with lightweight magnesium wheels that reduces the car’s overall weight by 35 kilograms.

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The option pack also includes additional aerodynamics, six-point racing harnesses and limited edition colours inspired by legendary Porsche racers.