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Fastest laps of the Auto Express test track

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

Porsche 911 GT3 action

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.

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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.

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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

CarTimePowerWeightDrivetrainPrice (new)
McLaren 650S Spider1.06.4641bhp1,468kgRWD£215,250
Porsche 911 GT31.06.6469bhp1,505kgRWD£100,540
Porsche 911 Turbo S1.08.9552bhp1,605kgAWD£140,852
Nissan GT-R1.09.3542bhp1,740kgAWD£76,610
BMW M41.09.9431bhp1,572kgRWD£56,650
Porsche Cayman GTS1.10.5335bhp1,345kgRWD£55,397
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S1.10.9565bhp1,665kgRWD£138,000
Porsche 911 C4 S Cabriolet1.11.0400bhp1,515kgAWD£96,619
Porsche Cayman S PDK1.11.7325bhp1,350kgRWD£50,705
Porsche 911 C4 S1.11.8400bhp1,445kgAWD£88,304
Audi R8 V81.12.0424bhp1,560kgAWD£93,710
Audi RS51.12.2444bhp1,715kgAWD£59,870
Jaguar F-Type V6 S Cabriolet1.12.2375bhp1,597kgRWD£67,520
Lotus Evora S1.12.4345bhp1,437kgRWD£60,550
Ducati 1199 Panigale R *1.12.5195bhp189kg1WD£26,995
Porsche Cayman 2.71.12.7271bhp 1,310kgRWD£39,694
Alfa Romeo 4C1.12.7270bhp995kgRWD£45,000
Jagaur XFR-S1.12.7542bhp1,987kgRWD£79,995
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S1.13.0542bhp2,215kgAWD£107,784
Nissan 370Z NISMO1.13.0339bhp1,535kgRWD£36,995
Peugeot RCZ-R1.13.4266bhp1,355kgFWD£31,995
2003 M3 CSL1.13.5355bhp1,385kgRWD£58,000
BMW M235i1.13.5326bhp1,530kgRWD£34,260
Porsche Boxster1.13.6265bhp 1,385kg RWD £38,810
Mercedes A45 AMG1.13.8355bhp1,555kgAWD£38,195
Porsche Cayenne Turbo1.13.8493bhp2,170kgAWD£89,324
SEAT Leon Cupra 2801.13.9276bhp1,415kgFWD£27,245
RenaultSport Megane Cup1.14.0265bhp1,394kgFWD£26,930
Jaguar XFR1.14.1503bhp1,875kgRWD£65,415
BMW M135i1.14.3316bhp1,515kgRWD£31,375
Audi RS6 *1.14.7552bhp1,935kgAWD£76,985
Volkswagen Golf R1.14.8296bhp1,361kgAWD£29,900
VW Golf GTI Performance Pack1.15.0227bhp1,395kgFWD£27,105
Porsche Macan Turbo1.15.3394bhp2,000kgAWD £59,300
VW Golf GTI1.15.6217bhp1,395kgFWD£26,125
Subaru WRX Sti 320R1.16.0316bhp1,505kgAWD£28,274
Mat Watson's Mazda MX-5 (tuned)1.16.1196bhp1,065kgRWD£18,775
Mat Watson's Mazda MX-51.22.9113bhp1,065kgRWD£18,775
Ford Transit1.35.5153bhp2,419kgRWD£34,000
Mercedes Sprinter1.38.5127bhpn/aRWD£33,000

*From a standing start

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