Fastest laps of the Auto Express test track

Porsche 911 GT3 action
Credits: Dominic Fraser
29 Sep, 2014 5:07pm

We list the fastest laps around the Auto Express test track at Blyton Park, as seen in our track battle videos

One of the most important parts of testing the latest performance cars is seeing how they stack up against their rivals. That's why for the sportiest new models we test here at Auto Express, we take them out onto a test track and set a lap time.

Below you can find the full list of lap times for some of the top sports cars on sale today, including the Porsche 911 GT3, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Alfa Romeo 4C, Jaguar F-Type and Lotus Evora S, plus hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and BMW M135i. We've even tested the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter panel vans!

The track

Our test track is Blyton Park, near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. It's a former RAF airfield that has been converted into a 1.5-mile tarmac circuit. We use the Outer Circuit that runs around the edge of the airfield, to set our fast lap times.

It's a challenging circuit with a variety of corners, including Lancaster, a long left-hand bend, The Wiggler, a chicane following a straightaway section, Twickers, the final turn before the start/finish line, and the superbly-named Bunga-Bunga left-hander.

How we set the lap times

Following a series of practice laps, we use a GPS tracking device to record several flying laps, and the best time around Blyton Park's Outer Circuit is recorded. The lap times are kept consistent by using the same driver and spending the same amount of time on track.

Although some of our track battle videos (click on each model below to see the video it stars in) were filmed in wet or damp conditions, our recorded lap times are often set off-camera and are always done on a dry track - that's so we can make sure all the times are as accurate as possible.

Auto Express fastest laps

Car Time Power Weight Drivetrain Price (new)
McLaren 650S Spider 1.06.4 641bhp 1,468kg RWD £215,250
Porsche 911 GT3 1.06.6 469bhp 1,505kg RWD £100,540
Porsche 911 Turbo S 1.08.9 552bhp 1,605kg AWD £140,852
Nissan GT-R 1.09.3 542bhp 1,740kg AWD £76,610
BMW M4 1.09.9 431bhp 1,572kg RWD £56,650
Porsche Cayman GTS 1.10.5 335bhp 1,345kg RWD £55,397
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S 1.10.9 565bhp 1,665kg RWD £138,000
Porsche 911 C4 S Cabriolet 1.11.0 400bhp 1,515kg AWD £96,619
Porsche Cayman S PDK 1.11.7 325bhp 1,350kg RWD £50,705
Porsche 911 C4 S 1.11.8 400bhp 1,445kg AWD £88,304
Audi R8 V8 1.12.0 424bhp 1,560kg AWD £93,710
Audi RS5 1.12.2 444bhp 1,715kg AWD £59,870
Jaguar F-Type V6 S Cabriolet 1.12.2 375bhp 1,597kg RWD £67,520
Lotus Evora S 1.12.4 345bhp 1,437kg RWD £60,550
Ducati 1199 Panigale R * 1.12.5 195bhp 189kg 1WD £26,995
Porsche Cayman 2.7 1.12.7 271bhp  1,310kg RWD £39,694
Alfa Romeo 4C 1.12.7 270bhp 995kg RWD £45,000
Jagaur XFR-S 1.12.7 542bhp 1,987kg RWD £79,995
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 1.13.0 542bhp 2,215kg AWD £107,784
Nissan 370Z NISMO 1.13.0 339bhp 1,535kg RWD £36,995
Peugeot RCZ-R 1.13.4 266bhp 1,355kg FWD £31,995
2003 M3 CSL 1.13.5 355bhp 1,385kg RWD £58,000
BMW M235i 1.13.5 326bhp 1,530kg RWD £34,260
Porsche Boxster 1.13.6 265bhp  1,385kg  RWD  £38,810
Mercedes A45 AMG 1.13.8 355bhp 1,555kg AWD £38,195
Porsche Cayenne Turbo 1.13.8 493bhp 2,170kg AWD £89,324
SEAT Leon Cupra 280 1.13.9 276bhp 1,415kg FWD £27,245
RenaultSport Megane Cup 1.14.0 265bhp 1,394kg FWD £26,930
Jaguar XFR 1.14.1 503bhp 1,875kg RWD £65,415
BMW M135i 1.14.3 316bhp 1,515kg RWD £31,375
Audi RS6 * 1.14.7 552bhp 1,935kg AWD £76,985
Volkswagen Golf R 1.14.8 296bhp 1,361kg AWD £29,900
VW Golf GTI Performance Pack 1.15.0 227bhp 1,395kg FWD £27,105
Porsche Macan Turbo 1.15.3 394bhp 2,000kg AWD  £59,300
VW Golf GTI 1.15.6 217bhp 1,395kg FWD £26,125
Subaru WRX Sti 320R 1.16.0 316bhp 1,505kg AWD £28,274
Mat Watson's Mazda MX-5 (tuned) 1.16.1 196bhp 1,065kg RWD £18,775
Mat Watson's Mazda MX-5 1.22.9 113bhp 1,065kg RWD £18,775
Ford Transit 1.35.5 153bhp 2,419kg RWD £34,000
Mercedes Sprinter 1.38.5 127bhp n/a RWD £33,000

*From a standing start

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Surprised the GT-R isn't quicker - just goes to show how good the GT3 must be!

We noticed that too - we've used Porsche models as comparisons several times, plus we did a Porsche vs Porsche battle, so it inflates the number of cars from the firm. We'll be adding more cars as we test them.

The Cayennes stick out like a sore thumb. Top heavy SUV type vehicles!! .....300 extra kilograms and less BHP than the Jag XFR, yet faster round the track? Some sorcery going on there.

F430 Scuderia hyhy ?

RCZ-R unsung her of this lot..quicker than M235i and a host of other RWD cars with well over 300hp. Impressive, as is the Cupra.

Please test the Exige S V6.

Couldn't agree more Mr Monk - a epic time considering the company.

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