Porsche Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times

Some say the Nürburgring Nordschleife experience is better than sex. Every lap is so long that when the driver has covered just half of it, there's still minutes of excitement, fear and pleasure ahead before the lap ends. It is the longest race track in the world. It is fast. And the track is in the mountains, so, the driver experiences 300 m/1000 ft of elevation changes.

Nürburgring Nordschleife configurations, T13, BTG Bridge-To-Gantry

A lap time on the race track depends of a lot of things, but most important are the driver, the car, the tyres, tyre pressures, the traffic and ambient conditions. The best is dry weather with temperature around 15 °C/60 °F.

The lap times on this page should not be compared to each other one-on-one - the conditions are not the same, the drivers are not the same, it is not known how each car was equipped/modified/prepared. Finally, the tyres get better every day - if an older car would be equipped with the latest technology tyres, the car would break its former lap record.

Although the page here contains mostly best lap times of street legal Porsches, the quickest Porsche race car laps should be listed, too. A day before the 1983 Nürburgring 1000 km race, Stefan Bellof drove at record speed in the qualification covering the 20.832 km Nordschleife (Northern Loop) in only 6:11,13. This translated to 125 mph/202 km/h average speed and the record standed for 35 years. In 2018, Timo Bernhard managed to beat it with the specially prepared (not racing legal anymore) Porsche 919 Evo. His record of 5 minutes and 19 seconds is a totally unreal lap time, but Stefan Bellof's time is not worse considering when it was made and with a car that had two times less power, a car that had to comply with the FIA regulations, had the tyre technology of the eighties, had no traction control, no 4WD, a manual transmission.

Record runs are now measured on the full Nordschleife that is 20.832 km long. Earlier, in many occasions, the time was started after the T13 grand stand and stopped before T13 giving the track length of 20.600 km. During the tourist days the main straight is used for getting to the track and then the time can be measured with the stop watch from Bridge to Gantry. This is so-called BTG time. The length of the BTG track is around 19.1 km.

5:19.546

Porsche 919 Evo

Michelin slicksTimo Bernhard2018 June 29
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2018 June 29, Nürburgring Nordschleife, Porsche 919 Evo
On the record run, Timo Bernhard covered the 20.6 km distance with 234 km/h (145 mph) average speed© Porsche

6:11.13

Porsche 956

racing slicksStefan Bellof1983 May 28
Porsche 956 1983 Nürburgring 1000 km
At the 1983 Nürburgring 1000 km world championship race the #2 car was shared by Stefan Bellof and Derek Bell. Bellof's best lap in the race was 6:22 until his 956 (chassis number 956-007) went airborne at Pflantzgarten II, taking the leader out of the race. © unknown, please inform if you know

6:40.33

Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR (Manthey Racing)

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Lars Kern (video)2018 October 25
2018 Nürburgring Nordschleife record, Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS MR
It is questionable if it is OK to list a tuned car here, but as Manthey Racing is a 51% subsidiary of Porsche AG and Porsche issued a press release about this lap time, we must list it here. © Porsche

6:47.3

Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Lars Kern (video)2017 September 20
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Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Nübrurgring record
At the average speed of 114 mph/184 km/h, the 991 GT2 RS is incomprehensibly almost half a minute quicker than the 997 GT2 RS was. During the record attempts two 991 GT2 were used by Lars Kern and Nick Tandy. They managed to do 5 laps under 6:50. © Porsche

6:56.4

Porsche 911 991.2 GT3 RS Weissach

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 RKevin Estré (video)2018 April 16
2018 Porsche 911 991.2 GT3 RS Weissach Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record
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6:57

Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Marc Lieb (video)2013 September 4
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7:12.7

Porsche 911 991 GT3 4.0 CS

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Porsche 911 991 GT3 4.0 Nürburgring April 28, 2017
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7:17.11

Porsche 911 991.2 Turbo S Aerokit

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Yellow Porsche 911 991.2 Turbo S with aerokit (in black)
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7:18

Porsche 911 997 GT2 RS

Michelin Pilot Sport CupTimo Kluck2010 May
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Porsche 911 997 GT2 RS
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7:20

Porsche 911 991.1 GT3 RS

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7:23.77

Porsche 911 991 Carrera GTS Turbo 3.0

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7:25

Porsche 911 991 GT3 3.8

Michelin Cup or Dunlop Maxx RaceTimo Kluck2013 July or earlier
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7:25,04

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7:29,81

20.832 km

Porsche Panamera 971 Turbo S 4.0 (non-hybrid)

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Lars Kern (video)2020 August
2020 Nürburgring Nordschleife record Porsche Panamera Turbo 971.2 driven by Lars Kern
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7:27

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 4.0

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Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 4.0
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7:28.71

Porsche Carrera GT

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This is a silver Carrera GT that Horst von Saurma used in 2004 to set the lap record for street legal cars at the time - 7:32.44. The Carrera GT Basseng drove in 2008, was black. © Porsche

7:32

Porsche 911 997 GT2

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7:33

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 3.8

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Porsche 911 997.2 GT3 RS 3.8 rear view
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7:33.67

Porsche 911 991 Carrera S Turbo 3.0

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Porsche 911 991.2
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7:34

Porsche 911 991.1 Turbo S

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7:37

Porsche 911 997 Turbo S

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Porsche 911 997 Turbo S rear view
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7:37.90

Porsche 911 991 Carrera S 3.8

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Red Porsche 911 991.1 Carrera
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7:38,46

20.600 km

Porsche Panamera 971 Turbo 4.0

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7:39

Porsche 911 997 Turbo 3.8

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Porsche 911 997.2 Turbo 3.8 Aerokit
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7:40

Porsche 911 997 GT3 3.8

Michelin Pilot Sport CupHorst von Saurma (video, article)2009
Porsche 911 997 GT3 3.8 Riviera Blue

7:42.34

Porsche Taycan

unknown tyres Lars Kern (video)2019 August
Porsche Taycan on Nürburgring Nordschleife, 2019
This pre-production fully electric Taycan covered the 12.8 mile/20.6 km Nürburgring Nordschleife with average speed of 100 mph/160 km/h and had a top speed of 161 mph/259 km/h.© Porsche

7:42.39

Porsche Cayman 981 GT4

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7:46.70

Porsche 718 982 Cayman S

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7:47

Porsche 911 996 GT3 RS

Pirelli P Zero CorsaHorst von Saurma (article)2004 March
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Porsche 911 996 GT3 RS
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7:48

Porsche 911 997 GT3 3.6

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7:48

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 3.6

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© Porsche

7:49

Porsche 911 997 Turbo 3.6

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7:50

Porsche 911 997.2 Carrera S

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Porsche 911 997.2 Carrera S
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7:52

Porsche Panamera 970.1 Turbo S

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7:54

Porsche 911 996.2 GT3

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Porsche 911 996 GT3 mk2 (facelift)
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