Porsche Nürburgring Nordschleife lap times

To help people understand - the ones who are not interested in race track driving or those quick drivers who have not yet driven on the Nürburgring Nordschleife - how special the experience is, James Herne says it 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 single lap ends. It is the longest race track in the world, it is fast and the track is located in the mountains so the driver experiences 300 m (984 ft) of elevation changes (the lowest point is 320 m and highest point 620 m above sea level).

A lap time on the race track depends of a lot of things, but most important are the driver, the car, the tyres (although part of the "car", they are most important after the mechanical parts), tyre pressures, ambient conditions (dry weather, temperatures around 15 °C / 60 °F) and traffic on the track. It should be mentioned that 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 modified/prepared for the timed lap and 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, on May 28, Stefan Bellof drove at record speed in the qualification covering the then 20.832 km Nordschleife (Northern Loop) in only 6:11,13. This translates to 125 mph/202 km/h average speed. On June 29, 2018, Timo Bernhard managed to beat the 35-year old record with the almost 2 times more powerful Porsche 919 Evo. His 5:19 is a totally unreal lap time, but Stefan Bellof's time is not worse considering it was made 35 years earlier with a car that had half the peak power, which had to comply with the FIA regulations, had the tyre technology of the eighties, had no traction control, no 4WD, a manual transmission and the track was slightly longer.

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

6:47,3

Porsche 911 991 GT2 RS Weissach

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Lars Kern (video)2017 September 20
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

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2Lars Kern (video)2017 May 4
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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7:27

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 4.0

Michelin Pilot Sport Cupunknown factory driver (please inform if you know)2011 April
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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

Michelin Pilot Sport CupWalter Röhrl2007
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7:33

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 3.8

Michelin Pilot Sport CupHorst von Saurma (article)2010
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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

Dunlop Sport Maxx RaceHorst von Saurma (article)2013
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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

tyres unknownTimo Kluck (video)2012 August 28
Porsche 911 991.1 Carrera
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7:38

Porsche Panamera 971 Turbo 4.0

tyres unknownLars Kern (video)2016 June
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7:39

Porsche 911 997 Turbo 3.8

tyres unknownunknown factory driver (please inform if you know)2009
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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

7:42,39

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

Michelin Pilot Sport CupHorst von Saurma (article)2006
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7:48

Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS 3.6

Michelin Pilot Sport CupHorst von Saurma (article)2007
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7:49

Porsche 911 997 Turbo 3.6

tyres unknownunknown Porsche factory driver2009
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7:50

Porsche 911 997.2 Carrera S

Michelin Pilot Sport CupHorst von Saurma (article)2008 April
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Porsche 911 997.2 Carrera S
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7:52

Porsche Panamera 970.1 Turbo S

Michelin Pilot SportHorst von Saurma (article)2012
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7:54

Porsche 911 996.2 GT3

Michelin Pilot SportHorst von Saurma (article)2003 June
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Porsche 911 996 GT3 mk2 (facelift)
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Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com


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