The time was officially clocked at 1:29.89 as Bild Sporstscars test driver Guido Naumann sped across the finishing line at the Sachsenring. “Two laps to warm up the tyres, then go for broke”, Naumann commented coolly after his record lap. “The R9 LMS’s 606 hp certainly helped but the MICHELIN Sport Cup’s qualities – size 295/30 ZR 18s on the front, 345/30 ZR 19s at the rear” – also stood me in good stead.
The new record is almost two seconds faster then the previous time, clocked by a 730 hp Corvette ZR1.
The experienced tester delivered a clear testimony for the mtm R8: “The combination of power and grip resulted in a comparatively smooth record run. The record lap was a doddle.”
mtm took care of the power and MICHELIN took care of the grip. The record breaking car boasts a V10 engine delivering power at 8,000 rpm. The power unit develops its maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
The extra driving fun will set you back less than 4,000 euros at mtm; if you make an appointment the tyres can be fitted while you wait.