PORSCHE MAKES TRACKS ON WAY TO NEW RECORD

Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVEWAY -

ALL Porsche re­ally wanted to do was see if their new twin­turbo 911 GT2 RS could get around the Nord­schleife in less than 7min­utes 05sec­onds.

But they came away last week with a new record for the su­per-scary 20.7km cir­cuit at Nur­burg: a stun­ning 6m47.3s, some 17 se­conds quicker than the team’s tar­get and 5s faster than the pre­vi­ous mark, set by a Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can LP6404 Per­for­mante.

What’s more is that the two 515kW flat-six Porsches, driven by Lars Kern and Nick Tandy, both went faster than the Lambo on their first fly­ing lap.

“It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demon­strates the ve­hi­cle’s class, but also its con­sis­tent per­for­mance in ev­ery lap,” spokesman An­dreas Pre­uninger said.

“We’re par­tic­u­larly proud that this was achieved with two dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles and two dif­fer­ent driv­ers. It un­der­lines the GT2 RS’s abil­ity to re­pro­duce this record re­sult over and over again.”

Kern is a Porsche test driver and Tandy a Porsche fac­tory driver, who did the ’Ring run soon af­ter re­turn­ing to Ger­many af­ter a six-hour en­duro at Austin, Texas.

The record was cred­ited to Kern, who reg­u­larly com­petes in the VLN En­durance Cham­pi­onship on the Nür­bur­gring and knows the Nord­schleife in­side out. He av­er­aged 184.11km/h. The light­weight coupe car ran on Miche­lin Pi­lot Cup 2 tyres and its bi-turbo mo­tor put out 515kW and 750Nm.

It had a mass of 1470kg, with a full tank.

It can run to 100km/h in 2.8 se­conds and on to a top of 340km/h, and oh yes, its of­fi­cial com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is given as 11.8litres/ 100km, though the ones driven by Kern and Tandy might have used a tad more than that.

Bot­tom line... the GT2 RS is the most pow­er­ful, fastest 911 ever built.

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