The WRX STI Type RA NBR nabs the fastest lap for a sedan.
Those familiar with the course from motorsports coverage and video game simulations know that the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a challenging 13-mile course of rolling German countryside. Subaru's time of 6:57.578 is nothing short of amazing, faster than a Dodge Viper ACR and merely half a second behind the the $847,000 Porsche 918 Spyder.
The Subaru isn't a production car like the 918 and Viper are categorized as — you can't simply walk into a Subaru dealer and buy one — but the record car did begin life as a stock WRX STI. It was then modified by Prodrive, who outfitted it with a "rally spec" 2.0-liter boxer motor that cranked up turbo boost to 25 psi. The result was 600 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. Body-wise, an aero package good for 650 pounds of downforce and a race cage helped manage a top speed of 179 mph on the back stretch.