The Nurburgring is a special place, located in the town of Nurburg, Germany, the race track can trace its history back to the 1920s. The circuit today has three configurations, the Grand Prix Circuit, the Nordschleife (North Loop) and the combined circuit. The combined circuit measures 15.7 miles, has 170 turns, over 1,000 feet of elevation change and is the longest race track in the world, it’s also one of the most dangerous.
Auto manufacturers have been using the Nordschleife for decades as a test track and proving ground for their fastest, most capable models. And here are the fruits of their labors, the fastest street-legal cars to lap the devilish course
Porsche 991.2 Turbo S
The current Porsche 991 Turbo S isn’t a track day toy, it is in fact one of the best GT cars money can buy. Sure, it’s a sports car and a hugely fast one at that, but the Turbo S is more focused on blasting down the Autobahn and carving up your favorite twisty road than laying down fast lap times.
With 580-horsepower from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six-cylinder engine, the Turbo S is able to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds and carry on to a top speed of 205 mph. With that much speed and a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system, it’s no wonder that the Porsche was able to knock out a 7:17 lap.