New Porsche Panamera breaks Nürburgring record ahead of reveal
And it looks pretty good whilst doing it
Car makers have always enjoyed spending time driving around the Nordschleife, the North section of the famed Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, and what began as a testing and development tool, soon became a marketing exercise and an excuse to flex their muscles. Sure enough, Porsche holds and has held several records around the 'Ring and they've recently set a new one: the fastest executive car around the track.
On July 24, Porsche took the new Panamera to the 'Ring and set a new world record for the fastest production executive car with test driver Lars Kern at the wheel. Kern covered a full lap (20.832 km) of the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife 7:29.81 minutes, around 13 seconds faster than the previous record which, incidentally, was set by the same driver at the wheel of the same car, albeit a previous generation of it.
In truth, the layout of the track that Kern used was also slightly different because on the previous attempt, in 2016, Kern completed a lap in 7:38.46 at the wheel of a 550-PS Panamera Turbo but the time was set with the old rules.
Until very recently, records around the Nürburgring used to be recorded with laps of 20.6 kilometres, excluding the section at grandstand 13 (T13), which is around 200 metres in length. Now, in accordance with the new statutes of Nürburgring GmbH, the company that manages the circuit, the lap time is measured over the complete Nordschleife distance of 20.832 km.
Technical details aside, Kern said that the "enhancements made to the chassis and the powertrain of the new Panamera were always noticeable during this lap." He also said that the new setup improved the overall stability of the car, especially "in the Hatzenbach or also Bergwerk and Kesselchen sections".
With an outside temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, Kern completed the lap on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyres specifically developed for the Panamera which, by the way, is going to be revealed later today, August 26. Stay tuned.