The 911 GT2 RS lapped the Nurburgring in 6:47.3, with Porsche claiming the record for a ‘road-approved’ sports car
The new benchmark is almost five full seconds faster than the 6:52 set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante earlier in 2017, but is just shy of the 6:45.9 posted by the all-electric NextEV NIO EP9 back in May.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s Vice President Motorsport and GT cars, said: “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.
“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.”
Producing 690bhp from a six-cylinder biturbo engine, the GT2 RS was already known to be the most powerful 911 ever built. However, this apparently unexpected result confirms that it is also the fastest 911 ever.
Rumours of Porsche’s Nurburgring lap record had begun to circulate in recent days, with the German marque teasing the news with a post on its Facebook page earlier this week.
Porsche says test driver Lars Kern and factory driver Nick Tandy each surpassed the Performante’s record at the first time of asking, with the two drivers consistenly lapping under the 6:50 mark thereafter.
The scintillating time of 6:47.3 was eventually set by Kern, with an average speed of 114.4mph in what were described as “ideal outdoor conditions” at the 12.8-mile circuit.
The 911 GT2 RS used road-legal Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres, which were developed specifically for this model.
There is no doubt that it has dethroned the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, although there will be some debate over the outright Nurburgring lap record.
The NextEV NIO EP9 was marginally quicker when it posted its time earlier this year, although critics were quick to point out that this had been done on bespoke tyres.
The McLaren P1 LM also features in this grey area with a time of 6:43, having been made road legal after specialists Lanzante converted a track-only P1 GTR.
Article credit: Joe Holding
Original Source: Auto Express