Up until now, the production car lap record at the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife was 6:57.00, set by the incredibly fast Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar. That lap time was set in 2013 and has stood ever since. Until now, that is, as the upcoming Lamborghini Huracan Performante just broke that with a record-setting lap time of 6:52.01.
That’s blisteringly fast and deeply impressive. While the Radical SR8 LM is technically the fastest street-legal car to ever run the ‘Ring, with a time of 6:48, it’s not considered a production car, as it’s sold in extraordinarily small numbers and made to order. It’s basically a race car with indicator lights. The Huracan Performante is a hardcore, track-ready variant of the standard Huracan.
The record-setting lap was done by Lamborghini driver, Marco Mapelli, who also lapped the Aventador SV around the ‘Ring in 6:59.
We don’t know exactly what sort of modifications were done to the Huracan to make it a “Performante”, but we do know that there’s been some weight savings involved, to the tune of around 40 kg (88 lbs), a bump in power and a remap of the dual-clutch transmission to make it shift even faster. Apparently, Lamborghini has also fitted a new exhaust system that gives it a more “emotional sound” and it does sound good in this video.
In the video, we get to see the Nurburgring run in its entirety, in first person, with sub-screens showing us the driver’s steering inputs and the speedometer. It’s a pretty cool video and even becomes sort of hypnotic after awhile. Check it out. And let’s not forget that the 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 powering this Huracan Performante also powers the Audi R8 V10.