Speed record proves this is the fastest road le­gal car

IN­DUS­TRY NEWS/ The re­cently un­veiled Porsche 911 GT2 RS has set a stun­ning lap time at the Nur­bur­gring

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Porsche has set a new record for road le­gal sports cars on the fa­mous 20.6km Nür­bur­gring Nordschleife in the 911 GTS RS. The lap time of six min­utes and 47.3 sec­onds was achieved in the pres­ence of a no­tary and the com­pany says it sur­passed even its own ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We set our­selves a tar­get for the GT2 RS of less than seven min­utes and five sec­onds,” says Frank-St­ef­fen Wal­liser, vi­cepres­i­dent mo­tor­sport and GT cars at Porsche.

“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. This re­sult makes it of­fi­cial — the GT2 RS is not only the most pow­er­ful, but also the fastest 911 built.”

This record was not a one­off: Lars Kern from Ger­many and Nick Tandy from the UK broke the pre­vi­ous record for road le­gal sports cars (six min­utes, 52.01 sec­onds) in their first at­tempt and sub­se­quently fin­ished five laps, each com­ing in un­der six min­utes, 50 sec­onds.

“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,” says An­dreas Pre­uninger, di­rec­tor GT model line.

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

Porsche fac­tory driver Tandy trav­elled straight from a six­hour race in Austin, Texas to the Nür­bur­gring, swap­ping the Le Mans pro­to­type Porsche 919 hybrid for the 515kW GT2 RS with Miche­lin Pi­lot Cup 2 tyres in im­pres­sive style.

It was Kern, a Porsche test driver by trade with a pas­sion for rac­ing, who set the fi­nal record time.

Along­side the Car­rera Cup Aus­tralia, Kern reg­u­larly com­petes in the VLN En­durance Cham­pi­onship on the Nür­bur­gring and knows the Nordschleife in­side out. The sub­se­quent record lap was achieved in the early evening in ideal out­door con­di­tions. As is cus­tom­ary for record drives, the time was mea­sured along the 20.6km stretch. The ve­hi­cle’s av­er­age speed was 184.11km/h.

The fastest, most pow­er­ful road-le­gal 911 cel­e­brated its world pre­miere at the Fes­ti­val of Speed in Good­wood in the UK at the end of June. At the heart of this high-per­for­mance sports car is a 515kW, flat-six biturbo en­gine, weigh­ing in at 1,470kg with a full fuel tank.

Porsche says that its lat­est light­weight rear-wheel drive two-seater coupé ac­cel­er­ates from 0-100km/h in 2.8 sec­onds, achiev­ing a top speed of 340km/h with its mo­tor­sport­derived drive tech­nol­ogy.

The lat­est ver­sion beats its 3.6l pre­de­ces­sor by 59kW and achieves a torque of 750Nm (an in­crease of 50Nm).

2.8 sec­onds is the twoseater coupé’s 0-100km/h sprint time, while it will achieve a top speed of 340km/h

Above: The 911 GT2 RS on the fa­mous Nur­bur­gring Nordschleife. Left: The crew at­tend to the car dur­ing the record at­tempt.

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