When it comes to the Nurburgring, Porsche is no stranger in setting fast laps with their production vehicles. Their 918 Spyder is famed for setting a 6:57 lap, the fastest lap time of a production vehicle back in 2013, which was only beaten recently by Lamborghini. This time around, Porsche has unleashed the 2018 911 GT3 on the Green Hell.
Significant upgrades are to found on the 2018 911 GT3. For starters, the re-tuned engine now produces 507 PS, an additional 26 PS over the outgoing model. Porsche also tweaked the aerodynamic work on both the front and rear end. According to the manufacturer, these changes have smoothened out the air flow through the GT3.
While some of the changes may appear subtle, it was enough to get the GT3 around the Nordschlife in 7 minutes and 12.7 seconds. That's a full 12.3 seconds faster than the previous 911 GT3, and with its new time, makes it the 2nd fastest Porsche to ever lap the 'Ring, behind the 918 Spyder. It also becomes the fastest 911 to ever lap the famed 20.7 kilometer long race track.
The GT3 used to set the record came with the standard PDK (dual-clutch transmission), and was driven by Porsche test driver Lars Kenn. Kenn ran the record time around the 'Ring in the GT3's factory standard trim with some optional parts equipped, namely the option carbon ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The features found on the record setting GT3 are also factory options that can be ordered by customers.