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Gumpert, Radical Continue The Nürburgring Lap Time Battles

Being able to claim the title of "fastest production car around the Nürburgring" has brought us some interesting battles, from the Nissan-Porsche debacle, to the Corvette ZR1 vs. Dodge Viper ACR records. Now, obscure firms Gumpert and Radical went to Germany to tackle the 'Ring.

With a time of 7 minutes and 11 seconds, Gumpert claimed the title of fastest production car around the Green Hell with its tricked-out Apollo Speed. It beat the Viper ACR's time of 7 minutes and 22 seconds, the Corvette ZR1's time of 7 minutes and 26 seconds, and the Nissan GT-R's time of 7 minutes and 27 seconds. The car used was reportedly
completely stock, wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Even stock, the Apollo Speed is a monster. It weighs just 2640 pounds (dry weight), and is powered by a 700 hp twin-turbocharged V-8. Gumpert claims a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 224 mph for its top dog.

One company people forget when claiming fastest production times around the Nürburgring is a little British sports car company called Radical. Its cars are extremely track-oriented and usually not included in the "production car" Nürburgring rankings. The little British company previously posted a time of 6 minutes and 56 seconds in 2005, but recently eclipsed that record with a time of 6 minutes and 48 seconds.

To help prove the Radical SR8LM truly is a driveable production car, it was driven from the company's headquarters in England to Germany, where it was driven on the circuit.

"We've proved that the SR8LM is not only the world's best trackday car, but it's also practical enough to drive to and from the circuit," said Radical cofounder Mick Hyde after the record was broken. "It is a genuine production sports car, with genuine performance credentials, as we've shown today."