The Fastest Production Car Lap Times at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
No caveats here. The lap times are supported by hard data and represent showroom stock cars -- no cheater tires or modifications allowed. Cars with adjustable suspension can be set-up for track conditions, as a customer would.
• 1st: 2010 Dodge Viper ACR - 1:33.92
• 2008 Dodge Viper ACR - 1:35.12
• 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - 1:35.83
• 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 - 1:39.57
• 2009 Nissan GT-R - 1:40.45
• 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - 1:40.74
• 2009 Audi R8 - 1:40.75
• 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - 1:40.92
• 2009 Audi R8 R Tronic - 1:40.92
• 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo - 1:42.51
• 2009 Porsche Cayman S PDK - 1:42.95
• 2008 BMW M3 - 1:42.96
• 2009 Cadillac CTS-V - 1:43.85
• 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 - 1:44.32
• 2008 Shelby GT500KR - 1:44.72
• 2009 Jaguar XFR - 1:45.37
• 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS - 1:45.72
• 2007 Lotus Exige S - 1:45.82
• 2009 BMW 135i - 1:46.01
• 2010 Nissan NISMO 370Z - 1:46.53
• 2006 Porsche Cayman S - 1:47.58
Driver: Randy Pobst
Tire: Michelin Pilot Sport
We said: "No other car here -- not one -- delivers the Porsche's Braillelike road-reading," says St. Antoine. "You can feel every tire doing its work."
Markus wholeheartedly agrees: "Probably more than any other car here, including the R8, this one feels like an extension of your neural synapses."
As with any great driver's car, the Cayman's supremacy comes in myriad forms, not just a single attribute.
First and foremost, the Porsche possesses uncanny poise, thanks in large part to the amidships placement of its symphonic 3.4-liter 320-horse flat-six.
"The balance is exceptional," notes St. Antoine. "Turn-in is sharp, yet the rear end stays planted unless you really kick it in a quick turn.
It's difficult to drive the Cayman S badly."
Much of what makes the Porsche so easy to push is its surgical steering.
"Most natural and organic steering here," claims Markus.
"The slower ratio ensures that none of the subtle messages coming through the wheel are lost in the rush to steer from here to there."
The hot-shoe's take:
"Man, hard to pick.
The Audi [R8] felt more valuable, it felt more expensive.
The sounds coming out of it were finer, more refined.
The Cayman was a little bit more of a race car, in comparison.
It made great noises and a lot of noise, but good noise, like a screaming-six-cylinder-exhaust noise." -- Randy Pobst
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