Ferrari 599FXX sets new 'Ring record

Ferrari mostly sat silent while the coveted Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record bounced between Porsche, Nissan, and Dodge for the last few rounds. Then, out of nowhere, the Italian Stallion threw down the gauntlet with an impressive lap in the Ferrari 599XX.

599XX rounding a bend
Ferrari's track star 599XX breaks the Nurburgring's 7-minute barrier. Ferrari

Ferrari mostly sat silent while the coveted Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record bounced between Porsche, Nissan, and Dodge for the last few rounds. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the Italian Stallion threw down the gauntlet with an impressive lap in the ultra-hot, 700-horsepower Ferrari 599XX, the first production car to lap the famous Green Hell in under seven minutes.

Stopping the clock at 6 minutes, 58.16 seconds, the 599XX is sickeningly fast. However, unlike the 911s, GT-Rs, and Vipers that have just had their collective worlds crushed, the 599XX isn't exactly street legal. This raises some interesting questions about what a "production car" actually is and--at least in our minds--some question about the validity of Ferrari's claim of the World's Fastest Production car.

Regardless of whether you care about records or not, a sub-seven-minute 'Ring lap is still an impressive feat. You can see for yourself in the video below.

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