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The new Porsche Panamera achieves lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, proving its potential even before its world premiere.

15 Aug 2020 | International News : Germany

Porsche has proven the performance potential of the new Porsche Panamera even before the car's world premiere - in a slightly camouflaged series production car, Test Driver Lars Kern completed a full lap of the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife over a distance of 20.832km in seven minutes and 29.81 minutes.

In the official ranking of Nurburgring GmbH, this time certified by a notary public now stands as a new record in the 'executive cars' category.

Lars Kern completed a full lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7:29.81 minutes
At an outside temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and with a track temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, Lars Kern started the lap at 1:49pm on 24 July 2020 and crossed the finish line seven minutes and 29.81 minutes later.

The notary public also confirmed the series production status of the still camouflaged four-door saloon, which will celebrate its world premiere at the end of August 2020. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyre developed especially for the new Panamera and used for the record lap will be optionally available after the market launch.

The lap record underlines the comprehensive enhancement of the second Panamera generation. In 2016, Lars Kern completed the circuit in the Eifel region in a time of seven minutes and 38.46 seconds driving a Panamera Turbo - this time was achieved over the then usual distance for lap record attempts of 20.6km, in other words without the around 200m long circuit section at grandstand number 13.

In accordance with the new statutes of Nurburgring GmbH, the lap time was now measured over the complete Nordschleife distance of 20.832km. For comparison, Lars Kern and the new Panamera already passed the 20.6km mark after 7:25.04 minutes. The record-breaking car and driver combination was therefore around 13 seconds faster than four years ago.

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