Mercedes-Benz is on the hunt for Nurburgring records. After taking the title for fastest luxury sedan from Porsche with the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the German marque has now claimed a new Nurburgring lap record – fastest production car on the Nurburgring. Yes, they managed to beat the record set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in 2018. Better yet, they even used a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle to do so – the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
With a 730 HP twin-turbo V8 under the hood and producing as much aero as a GT3 race car, there is no doubt that the AMG GT Black Series is capable of dominating circuits and road courses like the Nurburgring. The time? A blistering 6:43.61 lap, beating the Aventador SVJ by 1.36 seconds. For reference, the previous record-holder lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 6:44.97. Not a large margin, but it is enough to claim the title of fastest production car around the Green Hell.
Mercedes did not use a special model to set the lap either. The GT Black Series used to set the record is a standard production-model vehicle. Engineers only adjusted the suspension settings such as camber and swaybars to the most aggressive settings and lowered the car by 5mm upfront and 3mm at the rear. The traction control system was also adjusted depending on the section of the track. All of these functions can be done in any AMG GT Black Series model.
No special tires were fitted either. The record was set using Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 MO tires, which are standard equipment for the Black Series. Inside, the track package option was fitted featuring a roll cage and four-point safety belts in order to keep the driver safe. Speaking of, Mercedes-AMG factory driver Maro Engel was behind the wheel during the record-breaking run.
“With speeds of up to almost 270 km/h in the Kesselchen section of the track or well over 300 km/h on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car,” said Engel.
As the saying goes, records are meant to be broken. The question now is, how long will the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series record stand, and which manufacturer will beat it next?