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Top 5 Tuesdays: Nurburgring Record Breakers

September 23, 2014


The Nurburgring has racked up some 87 years of auto-racing and is infamous worldwide for its merciless bends. Its challenging route throughout Germany’s Eifel mountains led to a reputation as one of the most dangerous race tracks in the world – earning it the nickname ‘The Green Hell’. In this weeks special edition of Top 5 Tuesdays, we’re looking at some of the fastest street-legal cars to have taken on the Nurburgring challenge and their record breaking lap times.

  • The Nurburgring gets its name from the neighbouring town of Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Dubbed the most dangerous racing track in world, it’s 13 miles long with over 73 bends
  • Built to create employment in the region in aftermath of WW1
  • Rudolf Caracciola won Nurburgring’s first car race on 19th June 1927

Maserati MC12

Maserati MC12

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The Maserati MC12 is a limited production supercar that was created to mark Maserati’s return to auto-racing after 37 years. The MC12 completed a lap around ‘The Green Hell’ with a scorching time of 7:24.29 in 2008. This supercar will cost a UK buyer somewhere in the region of £560,000 – you might have to sell your house to own this beast!



Nissan GT-R Nismo

Nissan GTR

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The Nissan GT-R Nismo is a 2-door sports coupe that completed the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:08.68 in 2013. The Nismo, nicknamed Godzilla, rockets from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds – delivering a hair-raising performance. UK prices for the 2015 model are yet to be announced, but we can expect prices to start from approximately £90,000.


Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo Red

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The Ferrari Enzo is a mid-engined Berlinetta supercar named after Ferrari’s founder and is the fastest, most expensive Ferrari of all time. The Enzo accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.14 seconds and finished lapping the Nurburgring in a quick-as-lightning time of 7:25.21 in 2008. The Enzo is powered by the mother of all engines, the legendary naturally-aspirated Ferrari V12 – part of the reason why you’ll £1.8 million to own one!


Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

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The Porsche 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid supercar that offers extraordinary specs, pushing out a thumping combined power output of 875bhp and climbing from 0-60 mph in a blazing 2.5 seconds. The Spyder managed to lap the Nurburgring in just 6:57 – one of the fastest Nurburgring lap times ever recorded to date. If you want to get tangled in the Spyder’s web, prices start from an eye watering £650,000


Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR

Dodge Viper SR-10 ACR

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The Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR or a formidable beast, with American muscle running in its veins, the unlikely Viper set an impressive lap time of  7:22.01 in 2008. This record stood until 2011 where the Viper tore up the tarmac once again setting a new time of 7:12. The Viper is surprisingly affordable given it’s blistering performance specs, starting at just £75,000 for the standard model.


Fancy a few laps around the Nurburgring but don’t think your current car’s up to the challenge? Getting your hands on something with a bit more racing spirit could be more affordable than you think! The Car Loan Warehouse are experts in car finance, from supercars to family estates – both new and used.

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.