For a lot of us who are in tune with cars, the recent news that the Gumpert Apollo Sport broke the Nurburgring lap record for a road-production car with a time of 7:11.57 caught us off-guard. It wasn’t because we didn’t think the Apollo could do it, but it was more because we knew that the ‘record time’ the folks at Gumpert claimed the Apollo did was still about 16 seconds slower than the actual world-record holder, the Radical SR8 achieved when it set a blistering time of 6:55 at the very same track.
As it turns out, the folks at Radical may have also heard of Gumpert’s proclamations and promptly set the record straight the only way they know how: shatter it again. We mentioned a couple of days ago about the new car Radical is developing that would succeed the SR8 in the record books – the SR8LM.
So in an effort to clear up the confusion, Radical let the SR8LM loose at the Nurburgring where it ran wild around the lap to break the record held by its predecessor by a staggering seven seconds, clocking in at 6:48.
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If the folks at Gumpert are reading this, that’s 24 seconds faster than what the Apollo achieved a few days ago.
Manning the wheel of the SR8LM for this record-setting lap was Michael Vergers, the same man who set the previous record on-board the SR8. Obviously, Vergers was ecstatic about breaking his own record, saying that, "The car was great; I could push really hard and it felt clearly faster than the previous SR8 in 2005."
On a more important note, the SR8LM’s performance proved without a shadow of a doubt that while other road-production cars may come close to the record, it’s beginning to look like the only car than can challenge a Radical is, well, another Radical.