The Lamborghini Huracan Performance, has broken the lap record around the Coach of the handling track in our comprehensive road test.
As part of our comprehensive road test, Autocar puts the machines through their steps over a period of seven-corner, 1.53-mile handling track, located at the MIRA proving ground in Nuneaton. It is a high-speed track designed to take the cars on the edge of their grip, and to test their stability at high speed. The fastest speed recorded on the track 131.6 km / h, reached by the McLaren P1 hypercar.
The Huracan lapped the circuit in 1min 05.30 seconds during a recent test on the road, as you can read in full in this week’s magazine Autocar. It eclipsed the previous mark of 1min 05.70 secs set by the Porsche 918 Spyder.
What are the top 20 cars to have lapped the Autocar handling track:
1 Lamborghini Huracán Performance: 1min 05.30 seconds
Lamborghini done; beat the powerful and long-standing first-place holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder around our dry handling track. The Performance is not just breaking hearts around our track, its recent performance at the Nürburgring has firmly made a bedroom wall favourite already.
Very happy to find this piece of kit has to say about our MIRA dry handling lap record next week. Certainly has the potential to #fast pic.twitter.com/eLWZ6Bg0XT
— Matt Saunders (@TheDarkStormy1) September 19, 2017
2 Porsche 918 Spyder: 1min 05.70 seconds
It might be four years, and it may be only sixth on the top of the road-legal of laps of the Nürburgring, but the Porsche 918 Spyder has just been knocked out of first place around our circuit of treatment, almost half a second ahead of the nearest challenger, but at the same time, the pace of the new circuit of champion.
You can read our Porsche 918 Spyder review here.
3 McLaren 720S: 1min 06:10secs
McLaren on the war path with the 720S, beating all of its direct rivals, and even of the far more powerful and hardcore P1 in the process. It is also one of the newest entries in our top 20, so that its place on the podium is not necessarily guaranteed for a long time.
You can read our McLaren 720S review here.
4 McLaren P1: 1min 06.80 seconds
The big daddy of McLaren completes the top three, beaten only by his 720S team and its fiercest rival, the Porsche 918 Spyder. It is close, though only 1.1 sec separates the two. His model, codenamed P15, could make things happen, in a few months, however.
You can read our McLaren P1 review here.
5= Radical SR3 SL 1min 08.00 seconds
The radical, erm, the Radical is one of the most extreme road-legal cars there is. With 300bhp on tap, it is also the least powerful in our top 20, but the weight of feathers 765kg, it is the second lightest after the Ariel Atom 500 V8. It is at the level of attachment with the Ferrari 488 GTB in his lap.
You can read our Radical SR3 SL review here.
5= Ferrari 488 GTB: 1min 08.00 seconds
Ferrari sneaks into the top five in a fourth-place tie with the Radical SR3 SL. It has more than double the power (661bhp) of the Radical and weighs about the double of the car also. A version more hot, similar to the 458 Speciale will crush at once the arrival.
You can read our Ferrari 488 GTB review here.
6= McLaren 650S Spider: 1min 08.30 seconds
Yes, another McLaren, this time, it is the father of the 720S, the 650S. With only 0.3 sec between it and the Ferrari 488 GTB, there was something taut rivalry on our ranking. The McLaren is lighter than the Ferrari, but has 641bhp – 20bhp down on the 488.
You can read our McLaren 650S Spider review in here.
6= Ferrari 458 Speciale: 1min 08.30 seconds
Fill the Ferrari-McLaren sandwich is the 458 Speciale – Ferrari hot range-topper for the 458 range. It is clear to see the Ferrari of the performance; entry level 488 is faster than the heated-up supercar.
You can read our Ferrari 458 Speciale review in here.
6= Mercedes-AMG GT R: 1min 08.30 seconds
The fastest car with a three-pointed star around the Nürburgring is joint sixth around our circuit. Mercedes claims an unprecedented level of motor sport technology in one of its production cars of the GT-R and clearly it’s paid.
You can read our Mercedes-AMG GT R review here.
10 Ariel Atom 500 V8: 1min 08.40 seconds
It was never going to be a lighter car on this list that the Ariel Atom, which tipped the scales at 550kg. With a 475bhp, 3.0-litre V8 engine sitting behind the driver, it has a power-to-weight 864bhp; one of the highest on this list. Little wonder that he has cracked the top ten, then.
You can read our Ariel Atom 500 V8 review in here.
11 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 1min 08.50 seconds
Just missing out on the top ten is the car that broke new ground when the Volkswagen Group has revived the Bugatti brand the Veyron. In his fastest, Super Sport iteration, he can hit 268mph, and 62mph passes in just 2.5 seconds. A weight of 1838kg holds to climb higher in our ranking.
You can read our Bugatti Veyron Super Sport review here.
12= F12 Berlinetta Ferrari: 1min 08.60 seconds
The F12 Berlinetta is 731bhp contributed to the car to make it onto this list, and its status as a Ferrari production lighthouse is a pleasure to drive on road or track. It was replaced by the 812 Superfast, but it is so recent that we have not had a chance to put it to the test on our track for the moment.
You can read our Ferrari F12 Berlinetta review in here.
12= McLaren MP4-12C: 1min 08.60 seconds
Yes, another McLaren. This time, it is the MP4-12C – the first car made by McLaren Automotive in 2010. Two generations later, the 720S is second only to a near million pound hypercar and the MP4-12C is sticking on the town from the 11th place on our ranking.
You can read our McLaren MP4-12C review here.
14 McLaren 570S: 1min 08.70 seconds
McLaren’s ‘baby’ of the Sports Series supercar, the 570S, is only 0.1 sec off the pace of its Super Series elder, the MP4-12C. He still has that formidable twin-turbo V8, but with 562bhp in place of the ever-increasing power of its bigger brothers, but he has marked his territory in a not insignificant 13th place in our top 20.
You can read our McLaren 570S review here.
15= Ferrari 458 Italia: 1min 08.90 seconds
Only 0.9 sec separates the 458 Italia replacement, the 488 GTB, but only 0.9 sec represents all of the ten places on our best lap time classification. Perhaps predictably, the version of its predecessor is not far behind.
You can read our Ferrari 458 Italia review here.
15= McLaren MP4-12C Spider: 1min 08.90 seconds
The drop-top version of McLaren Automotive’s first model corresponds to its closest rival, cut into shape, around our track. Not impressive enough? Its coupe brother is a whole 0.4 sec faster.
You can read our McLaren MP4-12C Spider review in here.
17 Ferrari 430 Scuderia: 1min 09.50 seconds
The 430 Scuderia is the last Ferrari in our top 20, but if it is a top 21, the F430 – the cooking of the version of this heated model – would have appeared. The Scuderia has improved its standard counterpart on our track in half a second, which means that a quarter of our top 20 fastest are the Modena, the most beautiful.
You can read our Ferrari 430 Scuderia review in here.
18= 997 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 1min 09.60 seconds
A brace of Porsche 911s sitting in the final four-seater, with, remarkably, the previous generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS of crimping the joint, the faster 911’s lap time around our track. But once we get the new, blisteringly fast 911 GT2 RS on the track, it is likely to change.
You can read our Porsche 911 997 GT3 RS review here.
18= 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 1min 09.60 seconds
The range topper among the 911 Turbo range is the Turbo S and, predictably, it is the other half of the fastest of the Porsche 911 lap time, sharing the 18th place in the general classification with the previous generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS – 572bhp, 0-62mph in 2.9 sec will do it.
You can read our 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S here.
20 997 Porsche 911 GT2: 1min 09.70 seconds
Then named Porsche the most insane road car (except the Carrera GT, 997 GT2, with a relatively modest 523bhp, takes the 19th place. The best thing about the 911 GT2, right? It is a pussycat to drive.
You can read our Porsche 911 997 GT2 review here.