unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder, a flat-out race car with a plug-in hybrid electric drive train enabling high speed racing, high efficiency and low emissions. This week they've gone to the Nürburgring Nordschleife to do what so many have done before, see how fast they can go around the ring. Over multiple runs with multiple drivers, they smashed the existing lap speed record, achieving a fastest lap time of six minutes 57 seconds over the 12.8 mile route.
This bested the previous record for street-legal cars by about 14 seconds. The Wikipedia page for Nürburgring lap time records lists two faster times by Michael Vergers driving a Radical SR8. Because Porsche says they have the fastest lap time for street legal production vehicles, they have to be ignoring these two faster lap-times by saying the Radical SR-8 is not street legal in the way the Porsche 918 Spyder is.