15. 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera facelift - 1:21.4
The rear-drive Porsche 911 Carrera S is just a step above entry-level in the massive 911 family. Still, this coupe offers buyers plenty of performance. To be clear, this time references the old 991.2-generation that made 414 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six, not the new 992 model that makes 437 horses. Mike Skinner (aka The American) hustled the Porsche around the virus-shaped course in 1:21.4, which was exactly a second quicker than the M4 GTS but two tenths slower than the next entry on this list.
14. 2017 Nissan GT-R - 1:21.2
The Nissan GT-R may be a bit ancient relative to the other cars on this list, but it’s still pretty fast. Coming in as the 14th quickest car around the Eboladrome, the GT-R recorded a 1:21.2 lap time with Mike Skinner at the wheel. As a reminder, Godzilla pumps out up to 600 horsepower courtesy of its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine.
13. 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - 1:20.4
For a brief moment, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was one of the quickest cars to ever lap the Nurburgring thanks to a time of 6:56.4. But around The Grand Tour test track, the Porsche wasn’t nearly as quick. At 1:20.4, the GT3 RS is the 13th fastest car on this list. The 520-horsepower coupe was piloted by American driver Mike Skinner.
12. 2018 BMW M5 - 1:20.4
There’s quite a bit of room in the BMW M5 for passengers to stretch out, as well as all kinds of technological gadgets for the driver to enjoy. Still, that kit didn’t stop the crew at The Grand Tour from churning out an impressive 1:20.4 lap time.
11. Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 1:20.4
Aston's gorgeous Vantage is being used as a racing car, and no wonder when it sets lap times like these. The British bruiser, which uses the 4-litre V8 from a Mercedes-AMG GT, beat the BMW M2 and 911 GT3 RS soundly when entrusted to the Grand Tour's in-house racing driver, Abbie Eaton.
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9. 2015 Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:19.2
The Audi R8 V10 Plus didn’t put down its official lap time on film. But it still manages to crack the top 10, coming in at seventh on the overall list with a lap time of 1:19.2. American racing driver Mike Skinner put the 610-horsepower supercar around the track early on in the show’s incarnation.
8. 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R - 1:18.7
The hottest AMG GT falls to eighth on The Grand Tour lap time list with a 1:18.7 sprint around the Eboladrome. Not even Abbie Eaton's racing abilities were able to make this 577-horsepower super coupe crack the top five. Still, less than a second separates the GT R from the next three cars on the list.
7. 2017 McLaren 720S -1.17.9
The 720S just barely cracks the top six on The Grand Tour’s fast lap list – but it has to share accolades (more on that in a bit). The 710-horsepower supercar made its Eboladrome debut in season two, lapping the track with pro driver Abbie Eaton behind the wheel in episode 17.
6. McLaren 650S - 1:17.9
Tied for fifth place are two cars – oddly enough – from the same manufacturer. Both the 720S and the outgoing 650S lapped the Eboladrome in 1:17.9 exactly. But it’s strange that these two cars tied because the 650S is significantly less powerful than its 720S sibling, and its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 puts down 641 horsepower to the 720S’s 710 horses.
5. Ford GT - 1:17.6
At 1:17.6, the Ford GT is the fastest American car around The Grand Tour’s Eboladrome – and by a good margin. The GT hit the track in season two, episode 21, with Abbie Eaton at the helm of the supercar, which makes a healthy 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo V6.
4. Lamborghini Hurricane Performante - 1: 16.8
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante may be the fastest car around the Nurburgring (6:52.01), but it’s fourth quickest around The Grand Tour’s Eboladrome. At 1:16.8, the Huracan Performante hit the track in series two, episode 20, with professional racing driver Abbie Eaton behind the wheel. Maybe the new Evo will be quicker.
3. Aston Martin Vulcan - 1:15.5
Even with a 7.0-litre V12 and more than 850 horsepower, the six-figure Aston Martin Vulcan falls to third on The Grand Tour’s fast lap list. And by a good margin. In series one, episode two, the Vulcan recorded a lap time of 1:15.5 with American driver Mike Skinner behind the wheel. And although it's been bettered on the lap board, Clarkson is still blown away by the Vulcan’s power. “Not going to say it’s like being attacked by a bear, it isn’t,” he notes. “But it is like being in a room with a bear that is thinking of attacking you.”
2. NIO EP9 - 1:15.0
The NIO EP9 may be more or less unheard of even among petrol heads, but it certainly made its mark on the lap board. Tested earlier this series by Richard Hammond, the all-electric supercar blitzed the track to claim second spot. Incredibly, it beat the Aston Martin Vulcan by half a second, while the Lamborghini Huracan Performante was almost two seconds behind.
1. McLaren Senna - 1:12.9
At the top of the food chain is the 789-horsepower McLaren Senna. It hit the track in season three, episode one with Abbie Eaton behind the wheel. And it shattered all other lap times before it. At 1:12.9, the Senna is nearly three seconds faster than the Aston Martin Vulcan (1:15.5), and four seconds quicker than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante (1:16.8). On a dry Eboladrome, the Senna is nearly impossible to beat… but we don’t doubt the boys will try to up the ante this season.
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