What Is The Fastest Lap Around The Nordschleife?

6 Minutes 11.13 seconds. Not long at all in the grand scheme of things, but an eternity in motorsports. Unless you’re talking about the Nordschleife. At the Nordschleife 6:11.13 is blisteringly fast. How fast? Try the fastest lap ever around the fabled Green Hell. You figure such an accomplishment would be a well know part of motoring lore. Especially these days, where every manufacturer flocks there to test/prove their latest creations. pretty much everyone can tell you the Porsche 918 Spyder did a 6:57 and that the McLaren P1 did a “sub 7-minute” lap. But I bet you don’t know who in what did the 6:11.13. If you did, kudos, but if you didn’t the man was Stefan Bellof and the car was his Rothmans Porsche 956 Group C car. Bellof out qualified his nearest rival by 5.72 seconds. By any measure, it was one of those legendary laps we should know and revere. Unfortunately, Bellof was tragically killed in a racing accident at Spa. Hans Joachim Stuck recently took Bellof’s Porsche back to Nordschleife to pay tribute.


Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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