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Top Gear power laps: the fastest cars on the Top Gear track
The Top Gear power lap has become a rite of passage for the fastest cars in the world. Every Top Gear series, the latest supercars, hypercars and loony-tunes track weapons arrive at the Top Gear test track and take their shot at glory in the hands of the show’s tame racing driver, The Stig.
Achieving top spot in the power lap list can do wonders for a performance car’s profile but the competition is so fierce, you can bet that anything making the top 20 is stupendously quick.
Entry onto the table is strictly limited to road legal production cars so a lap in Pagani’s specially prepared Zonda R of 1.08.05s didn’t count and neither did Michael Schumacher’s 1.10.07s lap in Ferrari’s FXX prototype. What follows are the cars with the fastest legal power laps to date in reverse order. Enjoy…
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For the most amazing car on the list is the Nissan GT-R
The fact that a Nissan, with 4 seats and everyday drivability can make it onto that list, is an incredible achievement.
I love supercars and I love Top Gear - but these extravagances are the last gasps in an era where super-rich who don't deserve to be, are wasting money they don't understand the real value of on obscene toys. These cars depreciate like a rock, such that they cost their owners tens - perhaps even hundreds - of thousands of pounds per year to sit on their drives. Take the Bently Continental GT - you can buy one two years old for £100,000 less than the new price, but even then you'd be mad to do so - you may be able to afford a £60,000 second-hand Bently, but you not being super-rich, you're still going to find it's 10.5 MPG and £5,000 servicing costs difficult to justify. Flash cars, from whichever financial point you look at them, don't make sence.
What a shame.
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