evo Leaderboard lap times – the world's fastest cars tested on track

This is our official evo Leaderboard, ranking the fastest lap times from Anglesey Circuit, Bedford Autodrome and Blyton Park

Welcome to the evo Leaderboard, a timing board for the world’s fastest and most exciting performance cars that we’ve lapped around the UK’s best circuits. Lapping a closed circuit is a critical part of getting under the skin of any performance car – and gives us a solid basis to objectively understand how different cars drive up to and over the limits reachable on road. The evo Leaderboard is the definitive guide to how the fastest cars in the world perform on track, featured both in print and on our YouTube channel.  

This is not an entirely scientific exercise: different days, drivers, weather and track conditions will and do vary timings, but in the hands of our experienced drivers it’s a valuable baseline to work from, and a whole lot of fun at the same time. 

Most of our evo Leaderboard lap times are set at the Anglesey coastal circuit, but we’ve also used the Bedford Autodrome and Blyton Park for timings, so have included those in separate lists, too.

As it stands, the current fastest lap was recorded by Ferrari’s 987bhp SF90 as fitted with the Assetto Fiorano package on Michelin Cup 2 R tyres, driven by Steve Suttcliffe. It lapped the Anglesey coastal circuit in 1:10.0, making it not just our fastest lap completed by a road-legal car, but the fastest (speedhump capable) production car lap time around Anglesey. When will it be broken? Given the incredible speed of supercar development, we suspect it won’t be long…

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evo Leaderboard - Anglesey Coastal Circuit

Anglesey, UK. GPS: 53.188372, -4.496385. Length: 1.55 miles

As you'll notice, top spot on our leaderboard is occupied by a British-built favourite, the BAC Mono. That lap time was set some time ago, leaving an opening for a newer and even more extreme BAC model to improve on that time. The fastest supercar we’ve timed was the aforementioned Ferrari SF90, kicking the long-standing McLaren P1 off the top spot, while the SEAT Leon Cupra Sub8 still holds the hot hatchback best time, although many of its contemporary rivals have yet to set a time in Wales.

Click on the links to find out more about the cars and watch the videos of our fast laps here.

CarLap time

BAC Mono 2.5

1:07.7

McLaren P1 GTR 

1:08.7

Ferrari SF90 Assetto Fiorano (on Cup 2 R tyres)1:10.0

Radical RXC Turbo 500

1:10.5

Ferrari 488 Pista

1:10.8

McLaren P1 (on P Zero Trofeo R tyres)

1:11.2

Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)

1:11.2

Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2, on Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs)

1:11.2

McLaren 720S

1:11.5

Ariel Atom 3.5R

1:12.3

Caterham Seven 420 Cup1:12.3

McLaren 600LT

1:12.4

Porsche 918 Spyder

1:12.4

McLaren P1

1:12.6

Lamborghini Huracán STO1:12.7
Porsche 911 GT3 (992 on Cup 2 tyres)1:12.8

Ferrari 488 GTB

1:12.8

McLaren 675LT

1:12.8

Elemental Rp1 (2.3, 340bhp upgrade)

1:13.2

Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2 PDK)

1:13.4

Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.1)

1:13.6

Porsche 911 Turbo S (991.1)

1:13.6

Mercedes-AMG GT R

1:13.6

Ferrari 812 Superfast

1:13.6

Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2 manual)

1:13.9

Ferrari 458 Speciale

1:14.2

Ford GT

1:14.2

McLaren 570S

1:14.5

Lotus Exige Cup 430

1:14.7

Porsche 911 Turbo (991.1)

1:15.2

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

1:15.3

Porsche 911 Carrera S (992)

1:16.0

Aston Martin Vantage GT12

1:16.0

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm

1:16.3

Nissan GT-R (2014MY)

1:16.9

Mercedes-AMG GT S

1:17.0

Porsche 911 Carrera S Powerkit (991.1)

1:17.6

Porsche 911 Carrera (991.1)

1:17.8

Lotus Emira (V6 manual)1:18.5

Porsche Cayman (981)

1:18.9

Aston Martin N430

1:19.1

Lotus Exige S (V6)

1:19.1

SEAT Leon Cupra 280 Sub8 

1:19.1

BMW M4

1:19.2

BMW i8

1:19.4

Honda Civic Type R (FK2)

1:19.5

Renaultsport Mégane Trophy 275

1:19.6

BMW M5 Competition Pack (F10M)

1:19.7

Audi TTS (Mk3)

1:19.9

Audi R8 V8 (Mk1)

1:20.1

BMW M135i

1:20.4

Nissan 370Z Nismo

1:20.5

Alfa Romeo 4C

1:20.7

Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe

1:21.4

VW Golf R (Mk7)

1:21.6

Peugeot RCZ R

1:22.0

Toyota GT86 TRD

1:23.7

Jota Mazda MX-5 GT (Mk3) 

1:24.6

Why choose the Anglesey circuit?

Noise restrictions, cost and availability are the prosaic considerations; circuit design and lap length the critical attributes that need to suit the very particular demands of testing and filming.

Though we also use both Bedford Autodrome and Blyton Park for certain lap timing comparisons, Anglesey’s Coastal Circuit on the North Wales coast is the perfect home for our Leaderboard series, thanks to its ideal combination of compact 1.55-mile lap length, challenging layout and utterly breathtaking backdrop. That it’s just a stone’s throw from some of the UK’s best driving roads is a welcome bonus.

The lap itself is a challenge for both car and driver. Not so much that it pushes the machinery beyond what’s reasonable or rewards excessive risk-taking from the driver, but enough to test the limits of grip and braking, punish poor traction and allow power and torque to make a difference, but not dominate.

At Anglesey as on the road, confidence and consistency are key, thanks to a satisfying blend of corners with fast turn-in points that place an emphasis on balance and feel, together with slow, technical elements requiring precision. Linked by a long enough straight (albeit a curved one!) that allows the quickest cars to breach 150mph, the Coastal Circuit is just about perfect for our needs.

Which bits present the biggest challenges? Well, much like any other circuit the quick stuff gets your attention, but it’s the slower sections where you can make or lose the most time.

About the track

The lap starts with Target, a tricky medium quick left-hander usually taken in 3rd gear. You want a settled, neutral balance here that allows you to carry some speed as you turn-in, then get back on the power as soon as you can and let the car run to the generous exit kerbing.

You then need to coax the car back to the left-hand side of the track for before the big braking zone into The Hairpin, which is slightly banked to help fire you out onto the short straight like a roulette ball. Depending on the car you’ll be up into the top-end of fourth gear before Church. If it’s a quick car you’ll need to brake and possibly shift down a gear before carrying as much speed as you dare on turn-in. Too much and you’ll waste time trying to balance the car, but too little and you’ll know it immediately. Either way you’ll be cursing all the way to the School kink, which is one of those just flat corners, even in something as quick as a GT3. 140+mph never feels quicker than here...  

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That’s why the rush up the hill after School is the most unforgiving of mistakes, as the braking area switches from a helpful uphill gradient to a tricky plateau just when you need to gather things up for the tight left-hander at Rocket In. And all the while you’re busily downshifting and trying to keep the car as far to the right as possible.

The transition into the right-hand hairpin at Rocket Out requires patience and discipline in order to get a clean exit for the short climb to Peel. Harder than it looks thanks to an inviting entry and a slightly tighter apex-to-exit placed on a crest that falls away as you chase the throttle, this is where we got those smokey slow-mo shots.

The downhill braking area into to the Corkscrew complex tends to tie every car in a knot, as you’re simultaneously braking and turning slightly left. It’s the one place you’ll feel the ABS kick-in, or lock an inside front wheel in something like a BAC Mono. If you can hit the left-hand kerb then the sharp right element is pretty straightforward. Just stay off those jagged saw-tooth kerbs!

The final turn onto the Pit Straight is frustrating for it always tempts you to carry slightly too much speed in, which compromises your exit speed for the dash to the line. Hold your nerve and don’t turn-in too early and all that’s left is to run two wheels over the smooth exit kerbing to complete the lap.

Below are our lap times for both Blyton Park and Bedford Autodrome. 

Bedford Autodrome West Circuit

Bedfordshire, UK. GPS: 52.235133, -0.474321. Length: 1.8 miles

Blyton Park Outer Circuit

Lincolnshire, UK. GPS: 53.460093, -0.688666. Length: 1.6 miles

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