Porsche has officially proven that its GT2 RS is the craziest and fastest Porsche 911 ever made – the car has broken the lap record for production cars at the Nürburgring, lapping the 13-mile track in just 6:47.25.
‘At the start of the development process, we set ourselves a lap time target for the GT2 RS of less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds,’ said Frank-Steffen Walliser, vice-president motorsport and GT cars at Porsche. ‘The credit for beating this target by 17.7 seconds goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance.’
It wasn’t a fluke lap, either – drivers Lars Kern and Nick Tandy put in five laps under the 6:50 mark between them in two separate cars.
The GT2 RS has beaten the previous holder of the fastest lap – the Radical SR8 LM – by a smidgen over a second, a record that had stood since 2009.
Brit Tandy had flown over for the test straight from competing in the 919 Hybrid racing car in the six-hour endurance race that took place recently in Austin, Texas. German driver Kern, a Nürburgring specialist, was the one to set the ultimate time, starting his lap at 7.11pm in cooling conditions and managing an average speed over the 12.8-mile stretch of 114.4mph.
The GT2 RS made its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed back in June and boasts some mighty impressive numbers. Power is a colossal 691bhp and there’s 553lb ft torque from the twin-turbo flat-six engine, and the car weighs 1,470kg with a full fuel tank according to Porsche. The rear-wheel drive GT2 RS has a top speed of 211mph and does the 0-62mph run in 2.8 seconds.
|Fastest production cars round the Nürburgring|
|Porsche 911 GT2 RS||6:47.25||20/9/17|
Radical SR8 LM
|Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4 Performante||6:52.01||5/10/16|
|Porsche 918 Spyder||6:57.00||4/9/13|
Watch the Porsche 911 GT2 RS lap in full: