It's official. The Porsche 918 Spyder is now the new holder of the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for series production cars.

It conquered the ring in a time of 6 minutes and 57 seconds, shaving 14 seconds off the previous record set by Gumpert Apollo Sport in 2009.

All three drivers – legendary rally star Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb – were quicker than the existing record. Marc Lieb posted the best time with 6:57 minutes.

The 918 Spyders were equipped with the optional "Weissach package" increasing the driving dynamics. Both 874hp supercars rode on standard Michelin tyres for the Spyder.

"The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible" said Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. "The lap time on the Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sportscar. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team and at Porsche as a whole is rightly proud," he added.

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