FAKE or real? Experts are raising doubts about Lamborghini’s claim that the hottest lap around the infamous Green Hell, a 6min 52.01sec set in the Huracan Performante, is the real deal.
Lamborghini’s video showing how the Performante smashing the Nurburgring lap record has been called truly incredible by some.
But claims have now surfaced that it may be too incredible: prominent Nurburgring website and Youtube channel Bridge to Gantry has called into doubt the validity of the feat after careful analysis of the footage that compares it with the lap of the previous record holder, the Porsche 918 Spyder.
It calls the lap time into question, and if proven correct it could potentially open up a war of words between the manufacturers similar to the stoush that brewed after Nissan claimed its GT-R super car could lap the ’Ring faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Bridge to Gantry post, dated March 3, comes with a disclaimer that it is all opinion, and not a fully-blown accusation, but it still makes for contentious reading.
The crux of the website’s argument surrounds the speedometer superimposed on the video. The analysis points to inconsistencies in the speed reading when the gear and revs are at the same point in different sections of the video.
But Bridge to Gantry doesn’t stop there, later claiming that Lamborghini sped up the video’s frame rate.
The Green Hell veteran allegedly isn’t the only person making these claims, with the website listing Northloop.co.uk forum member JCViggen as airing similar theories, as well as unnamed “industry friends”.
Manufacturers will often make claims about how quickly their cars can tame the Green Hell – without any independent verification – leading to accusations of foul play.