Jose Altoveros / Porsche | September 28, 2017 11:43
Porsche sets new Nurburgring lap record with the 911 GT2 RS
If one thing Porsche is known for, it's that they are no strangers to the Nurburgring, and they care about their lap times. Do remember that Porsche's 918 hypercar was the first to break the 7-minute mark at the Green Hell back in 2013 with a 6:57 lap. The 918's record managed to stay unbeaten until Lamborghini dethroned it earlier this year. Now, Porsche has once again returned to the Nordschleife, setting a new 6:47.3 lap record with the rear-wheel drive 911 GT2 RS.
Porsche says they did not intend to set a new record with the 911 GT2 RS. In fact, the German marque was only targeting a sub 7:05 lap time, but managed to beat it by 17.7 seconds. Factory driver Nick Tandy and test driver Lars Kern were selected to pilot the GT2 RS around the Green Hell. Both vehicles were factory standard 911 GT2 RS models, and were only fitted with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires.
During their first five outings, both cars managed to do a sub-6:50 lap, already beating the all-wheel drive Huracan Performante's time of 6:52.01. However it was Kern who managed to set the record breaking 6:47.3 time, 5-seconds faster than Lamborghini's, by averaging a speed of 184.11 km/h around the Nordschleife, allowing Porsche to proclaim once again as having the 'record for road-approved sports-cars'.
Despite proclaiming to be the new record holder, Porsche was not able to beat the time of the road-legal McLaren P1 LM. Do keep in mind however that the P1 LM is a race-car turned road-car, limited to 5 examples; not exactly the definition of 'regular production car'. Though 911 GT2 RS will also have a limited run, Porsche has not mentioned how many units will be made. Surely, it will be more than 5 units.
Watch the uncut lap of Kern and the 911 GT2 RS setting a new record around the Nurburgring in the video above.