Porsche Spyder sets new Nürburgring record

The Porsche Spyder produced an impressive lap time at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on September 4th. It completed the 12.8 mile (20.6km) lap of the circuit in a record time of 6 minutes 57 seconds.

This was 14 seconds faster than the previous record involving a normal production car and an impressive 17 seconds faster than its previous time, which was recorded last September. The four-year-old record was broken during the car's initial test drive and was set by Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb, who averaged 111.5mph (179.5km/h).

A member of the company's board of management, Wolfgang Hatz, who is involved in research and development at Porsche, said: "We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder: namely to redefine performance, efficiency and driving pleasure. We have kept our word."

The Spyder is expected to open the door for the next generation of so-called 'super sports cars' at Porsche. At present it is making its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs from September 10th to 22nd.

With the new record under its belt, the 918 demonstrates the high potential of Porsche's state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid concept and keeps the company at the cutting edge of research and development within the automotive industry.