To break the Nüburgring lap record you need several unique circumstances. A fast car, good weather, a clear track and also some luck. But more than anything you need a very, very brave driver.
Marco Mapelli is just that.
The 29-year-old racing driver recently proved that he’s Italy’s own Nürburgring master, smashing the production car lap record in a Lamborghini Huracán Performante despite it being a massive 234bhp down on the previous fastest car, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Not only was Mapelli’s 6min 52sec lap 5sec quicker than the hybrid hypercar, it was also 7sec faster than he’d managed in an Aventador SV in 2015, even though the featherweight Huracán’s 631bhp V10 is down on its larger sibling’s V12 by 109bhp.
“The Performante was faster than the Aventador because it’s lighter and less demanding on the tyres,” he explains to Autocar. “The SV overheated its tyres quickly and they suffered quite a lot, but with the Performante you can keep the performance all through the lap.”
As Mapelli’s onboard footage shows (view it below), there were no signs of him backing off during the timed 11.9 miles from the Nürburgring's Bridge to Gantry markers. He said the car was so composed over the course of the run that “corner speed was much, much more than the Aventador SV, even though we lost on the straights”.