At the same time, it set a new lap record for a vehicle with global road homologation.

Achieving a time of exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sports car equipped with a plug-in hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous record.

Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG Board member responsible for Research and Development, said: "We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance. We have kept our word."

As has become the tradition at Porsche, the 918 Spyder is also leading the way for future generations as the latest in a line of super sports cars.

With its unique spread of attributes, the new Porsche blends maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption. In Frankfurt, the 918 Spyder made its global debut at the IAA International Motor Show.

By taking the Nürburgring record, the 918 Spyder demonstrates the enormous potential that lies in the pioneering plug-in hybrid Porsche concept, and is underpinning the leading role the company plays in developing sporting hybrid vehicles.

"The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible," said Dr Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project.

"The lap time on the Nordschleife is, and remains, the toughest measure of a super sports car. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team - and at Porsche as a whole - is rightly proud."