Nrburgring lap times are a bittersweet subject for petrolheads.
On the one hand, it's the perfect expression of what a performance car can do in its ultimate environment. No better test can there be than putting your new sports car around one of the world's most challenging circuits to show off its prowess.
At the same time, so many car manufacturers now publicise their lap times that they seem out of touch with reality. No regular driver could match the time of a professional, and few will ever visit the circuit - any circuit - themselves. Wouldn't it be better if they developed cars on the road, for the road?
We say: Can't we have both?
The Alfa Romeo 4C certainly seems to offer both. Early road tests have been overwhelmingly positive so far, and several best Alfa Romeo in a generation verdicts have already passed. The car rides as well as it handles, and it handles beautifully. There's performance aplenty, the car looks stunning in the metal, and that evocative badge just tops it off.
And now, we get to see the 4C strut its stuff around the famous Nrburgring Nordschleife. With a time of eight minutes, four seconds, Alfa says it beats its closest rival - the Porsche Cayman - and has set a new fastest time for a production car under 250 horsepower.
Who really cares about the numbers though, when you have a video of the event?
So Alfa - when can we have a go?...