Porsche has taken a few visits to the Nürburgring recently – once with the new 2012 911 Carrera S and once with a prototype for the upcoming 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. And what do you know? Both cars put down pretty impressive lap times around the Green Hell.
We already reported on the 918's lightning-fast lap time of 7:14.0, which it accomplished last month. The automaker has now released footage from the car's race around the German track – check it out below. As a quick refresher, the $845,000 supercar will go into production starting on September 18, 2013 (9/18) and be powered by a combination of a 4.6-liter V-8 and a pair of electric motors producing 795 hp and 552 lb-ft of torque.
While the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (C2S for short) may not be besting the likes of the old Carrera GT – which ran the Nürburgring in a scant 7:32 – it's not far off. Porsche's current flagship coupe put down a lap time of just 7:37.9 around the 17.6-mile track. Behind the wheel was racing driver Timo Kluck, who has previously raced in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and set a 'Ring time of 7:18 in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS back in 2010. The 991-generation 911 C2S Kluck used this time around was equipped with a 3.8-liter direct-injected flat-six rated at 400 hp and 325 lb-ft. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Porsche didn't indicate whether or not it used stock street tires or track-specific rubber. Pricing for the 2012 Porsche 911 C2S starts at $97,350 including destination.
Check out both the video of the 918 Spyder and 911 Carrera S running the Nürburgring below.