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Fastest Performers Round Nurburgring

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The Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany is nicknamed the 'Green Hell'. It is considered the toughest race track in the world and is used by manufacturers as the ultimate proving ground, not only for super expensive hypercars but also mass production hot hatches and other performance cars.

The track has recently come under new ownership and Viktor Kharitonin, the Russian billionaire petrolhead who now owns a controlling stake, looks likely to encourage the Nurburgring's status as the go to test track for manufacturers.

The title of quickest production car around the track is hotly contested. By production car, you probably think of the sort of thing you can go onto a forecourt and purchase, but by Nurburgring rules, there are some more radical contenders. The Radical SR8 LM comes under this category and managed to make its way around the track in an astonishing six minutes and 48 seconds. However, critics have suggested that the Radical doesn't really enter into the spirit of the term production car. While it used road legal tyres for its escapade and can be bought in the same specification, the Radical didn't bother with a licence plate or headlamps.

This year saw the release of a trio of stunning hypercars: the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. All are breaking hypercar ground with their use of hybrid technology and all have proved their mettle around the Nurburgring. Porsche, however, is the only one of the three to publish its results. A very impressive lap time of six minutes and 57 seconds was achieved by the firm's pet driver, Marc Lieb, meaning that until Ferrari and McLaren are forthcoming, Porsche takes the crown as the quickest of the bunch.

The Nissan GT-R is the working man's hypercar, offering Nurburgring challenging levels of performance at a relatively affordable price. In fact, Nissan and Porsche have been locked into their own personal competition around the ring since the GT-R launched onto the scene, with a scorching time around the Green Hell in 2007. Nissan sent the hot Nismo version of the GT-R around the track with a result of seven minutes and 8.69 seconds.

A low profile performer, the Gumpert Apollo Sport is not as clumsy as the name makes it sound. In fact, it whizzed around the ring like lightning, setting a time of seven minutes and 11.57 seconds. The road legal racer's Audi sourced twin turbo V8 produces 700hp, for the ability to leave non-hybrid supercars, by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, trailing in its wake.

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