Porsche 918 Spyder: Super Hybrid Is Fastest Production Car Around Nürburgring Nordschleife

Just in time for Porsche’s hybrid 918 Spyder to debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, the car last week beat a four-year standing lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6.57 minutes

Porsche said the Sept. 4 track session was met by three hot-shoe drivers brought in with a few 918s equipped with the optional “Weissach package” and saw the 7-minute barrier crossed on the first attempt. Several laps were sub-7 for the the 12.8-mile (20.6-kilometer) circuit.

Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb ultimately posted the best time of 6.57 minutes at an average speed of 111.5 mph (179.5 kph).

“The radical hybridization of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible,” says Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. “The lap time on the Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team and at Porsche as a whole is rightly proud.”

Porsche says the 918 Spyder in Europe achieves combined fuel consumption of : 3.3–3.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: 12.5–13.0 kWh/100 km.

Its U.S. EPA Fuel Economy figures will be available closer to the car’s availability in early 2014.