GT2 RS BLITZES 'RING RECORD
It's official. The new 911 GT2 RS is the fastest Porsche 911 of all time. At least, it's just set Porsche's best ever time at the 20.6-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany
The GT2 RS nailed the record time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds in the presence of a notary and exceeded Porsche's expectations for the car. Frank-steffen Walliser, 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. This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built”.
But hang on. Could the GT2 RS be the fastest road-going Porsche of all time, not just the fastest 911? Back in September 2013, Porsche hailed the 918 Spyder as the fastest street-legal car ever around the 'Ring with a time of six minutes and 57 seconds. Other road cars have since eclipsed that time, but not Porsches. Either way, it's a remarkable feat for the new GT2 RS given than it packs a mere 700 metric horsepower pumped through just the rear axle, versus the 918's 900hp, all-wheel drive and electro' instatorque.
What's more, Porsche says the record was far from a one-off fluke of a hot lap. Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy from the UK both broke the previous record for road-legal cars of six minutes and 52 seconds at their first attempt and banged in five laps in under six minutes, 50 seconds.
Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, said, “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. 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 six-hour race in Austin, Texas to the Nürburgring, swapping the Le Mans prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 515-kw (700bhp) 911 GT2 RS with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres in impressive style. It was Lars Kern, a Porsche test driver by trade with a passion for racing, who ultimately set the record time. Alongside the Carrera Cup Australia, Kern regularly competes in the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring and knows the Nordschleife inside out. His record lap began at 7:11 pm and finished 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds later in ideal outdoor conditions and at an average speed of 184.11 km/h.
For the record, the GT2 RS made its world debut at the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in June. Its twin turbo flat six cranks out a crazy 700 metric horsepower. Combined with a kerb weight of 1470kg, that’s good enough to fling the GT2 RS to 62mph in just 2.8 seconds, which is particularly impressive given the car is rear-wheel rather than allwheel drive. You can thank the awesome traction derived from the rear-engine architecture for that. All out, the GT2 RS is good for 211mph. It's nominally on sale now for £207,506, but if you haven't already been given an allocation, you're almost certainly out of luck.
While we're talking all things Cayenne, Porsche has divulged further details of the new internet-connected and app-enabled Porsche Connect Plus system, which is standard in all models of the new SUV.
For the first time, drivers can now access Amazon Music and Radio Plus, an intelligent combination of traditional radio reception and online radio, all through Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The new Cayenne is permanently online thanks to the integrated, Lte-compatible SIM card. This function is also included as standard. What's more, Porsche has developed a simplified smartphone app for the key Connected Car functions.
With Amazon Music, Cayenne-owning subscribers can now use one of the most popular streaming services in-car. But it's Radio Plus that's arguably more innovative. This service extends the range of your personal favourite radio station through an integrated internet radio function so that audio delivery practically unbroken, provided that the chosen station offers an online radio channel.
If the Cayenne moves out of range of terrestrial radio reception via FM or digital radio, the system automatically switches to online streaming. The idea is to seamlessly bridge gaps where radio reception quality is poor. Porsche offers a seven-gigabyte data pack for the use of the Amazon Music streaming service, for online radio and for surfing the web using the Wifi Hotspot in the vehicle.
Further in-car innovations include what Porsche claims is swarmpowered navigation and a new Porsche Connect app for Apple and Android smartphones. The enhanced online navigation with real-time traffic information includes natural language searching for destinations using simple terms and results include local information such as fuel prices, available car parks including prices and opening times, along with user reviews for hotels and restaurants.
The route calculation has also been optimised with swarm data courtesy of the new Risk Radar service, whereby traffic data and road conditions are anonymously captured and transmitted from vehicles. The new Cayenne itself can contribute towards mitigating risks and preventing accidents.
As for the new smartphone app, it now offers the driver an even more straightforward and comprehensive environment to access a wide range of vehicle and Connect functions remotely via smartphone. For example, the app can show whether the doors, tailgate and windows are closed and lock and unlock the vehicle.