There are certain benchmarks that have forever defined a car’s performance status, and the typical ones include 0-to-60 times, top speed, horsepower, torque and quarter-mile times. However, there is one other benchmark that is equally important, but just a tad more, dare I say, cult-like. I’m talking about a car’s lap time around the famed Nurburgring raceway.
Over the years, cars have been trying to best all the others in their classes around the technical circuit in Germany. What’s more, the Nurburgring isn’t some private motorway that only manufacturers have access to. Nope, spectators oftentimes line the barriers, putting their lives at risk to catch the latest and greatest cars trying to clock the world’s fastest time around the ring. And just recently, a report from HorsepowerKings.com is claiming that the Shelby GT350R Mustang has just annihilated the Camaro Z/28’s time of 7 minutes and 37.4 seconds by completing the circuit in an “easily repeatable” 7 minutes and 32.19 seconds.
Sure, saying that it crushed its main competitor by a full five seconds is a rather impressive feather in the GT350R’s cap, but what’s even more impressive is the company it’s with, given this report is true. This time would sandwich the new pony car between the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Porsche 911 GT2, and it would make it just over two seconds slower than the Nissan GT-R and within three seconds of the Porsche Carrera. That is some mighty impressive metal to keep as company.
The one thing we have to keep in mind here is that this is still only a rumor, albeit from what HorsepowerKings.com calls a “trusted source,” so we need to keep an open mind. Additionally, the source claimed that this time was “easily repeatable,” so Ford may still be working on pushing that time down even further.
I’m sure once Ford is ready to release the GT350R’s full specifications, the Nurburgring time will be one of the specs included, so stay tuned.