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

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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.

The new GT2 RS pul­verised the road car lap record at the Nür­bur­gring, with a time of 6m 47.3s

New Cayenne packs more tech than ever from its new PCM sys­tem

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