Porsche 911 GT2 RS smashes Nür­bur­gring record for a lap

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is an ab­so­lute mis­sile on the track. Ev­ery­one ex­pected the 700-horse­power, rear-drive sports car to be fast, but we’re not sure how many peo­ple ex­pected it to be this in­sane.

Lap­ping the Nür­bur­gring in six min­utes and 47 sec­onds, the GT2 RS is not only the fastest 911 to go around the course, it even beat the Porsche 918 Spy­der around the track by 10 sec­onds. And un­like the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán Per­for­mante’s lap, which had many ques­tion­ing its le­git­i­macy, the GT2’s lap oc­curred with a no­tary watch­ing and with all cars wear­ing street-le­gal Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The GT2 RS is push­ing the lim­its of what’s pos­si­ble with a street car. The only car to have set a lap faster was the barely-a-pro­duc­tion-car NIO EP9 elec­tric wun­der­car. But only six were built, so the GT2 RS is com­fort­ably the fastest “real” car to lap the Ring.

In­ter­est­ingly, the record-set­ting car wore an eye-sear­ing com­bi­na­tion of yel­low and black paint with a red and black in­te­rior. Hope­fully it’s a one-off.

— PORSCHE

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 is hard to miss be­cause of its colour scheme.

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