Quickest series production car
Nurburgring record set on wet, cold circuit
There’s a new champion leaving the Ring. The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series has become the quickest production car around the Nürburgring clocking a time well into the six minutes.
With German racing driver Maro Engel, a former DTM driver and current GT World Challenge Europe driver, behind the wheel, the Black Series was rocketed to a 6:43.616 lap around the 20.6 km section of the track known as Bridge to Gantry, and a 6:48,047 on the full-distance flying lap of the legendary circuit.
Even more impressively, the times, which Mercedes-AMG calls “number one among the fully standard, unmodified models” of street-legal production sports cars, were set on a track that was both cold and damp. At just 7 degrees Celcius and with visible standing water on the notoriously difficult circuit, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R MO tires let the car grip at speeds of up to more than 300 km/h and handle the 9,000 or so corners on the lap.
The car was stock, with a 730 hp 4.0L twin-turbo V8 and making full use of the standard built-in suspension adjustment and aerodynamic control. Camber was maxed out front and rear, with the anti-roll bars on their firmest setting, while the driver adjusted the nine-stage traction control depending on where he was on the circuit. The car had the standard AMG ceramic brakes as well as the Track Package which includes rollover protection and four-point harnesses.
“It’s really impressive how much downforce the Black Series generates and how confident and reliable it can be driven, even at the absolute limit. My hat is off to the developers from Affalterbach for what they have put on wheels here. And I’m very pleased that I was able to demonstrate these fascinating engineering skills with this great lap time,” said Engel, who pointed out that it was “significantly” faster than his GT3 racer.