The new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has blown the doors off the Nürburgring racetrack.

German driver Maro Engel set a lap time of 6:43.616 (six minutes, 43 seconds and 616 milliseconds) in the new Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series. It’s a new record for a production car. It beat out the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ by 1.354 seconds and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS by four seconds.

With a 720-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 engine and nearly as much aerodynamics as a GT3 race car, the GT Black Series is built for speed. The new lap record was set on November 4. However, Mercedes-AMG didn’t confirm the feat until November 17.

GT3 driver Maro Engel drove the AMG on factory-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tires. Mercedes pointed out that the camber and adjustable sway bars were set to their most aggressive settings. Meanwhile, the manually adjustable suspension was lowered by 0.2 inches up front and 0.1 inches at the rear. That helped create maximum aerodynamic effectiveness on the famed track.

“With speeds of almost 168 mph in the Kesselchen section of the track and well over 186 mph on the long Döttinger Höhe straight, the AMG GT Black Series is significantly faster than my GT3 race car,” Engel said in a statement released by Mercedes. “It’s really impressive how much downforce the Black Series generates and how confident and reliably it can be driven, even at the absolute limit.”

It’s Actually a Double Record

This record was recorded via the Nurburbring’s “old” method of measuring time. Under the Nürburgring’s new method of recording lap times, which uses a single start/finish line, the Black Series set a 6:48 lap time — still a production car record. The Mercedes Black Series is the new king of the Nürburgring track.

Performance car makers love to one-up each other at the ‘Ring. Big names like Porsche, Tesla, Ferrari, and Lamborghini continue to test their impressive machines on the famous German circuit. It’s only a matter of time until a super EV breaks the record again.

Source: Mercedes

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