Cars with Weissach Package put back due to supply issues
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Porsche’s new 991.2 GT3 RS is officially faster than the 918 Spyder hypercar around the Nürburgring Nordschleife after driver Kévin Estre completed a lap of the 20.6km course in six minutes and 56.4 seconds. The result means the GT3 RS is the third production Porsche sports car to post a time under the seven-minute mark.
In ideal conditions of 18 degrees Celsius track temperature, Estre and development driver Lars Kern, who piloted the GT2 RS to its recordbreaking time of six minutes and 47 seconds last autumn, took to the track in Weissach’s naturally aspirated Rennsport. Though both drivers regularly posted times under seven minutes, it was Estre who pedalled the car to six minutes
56, slashing a whopping 24 seconds from the 991.1 GT3 RS’S time. Much of this can be put down to new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, which Porsche says will soon be available for general order to GT2 RS and GT3 RS customers from their local Porsche centre.
However, the news comes as customers who have ordered the ‘Ring-conquering 991.2 learned of further delays to its build time as the latest twist in an already convoluted affair surrounding the car’s optional Weissach Pack. Unavailable for early builds due to an inability to have the Pack’s magnesium wheels manufactured in time (which so far has ruled out Weissach Pack on any cars being delivered to the UK), now customers in other territories are facing further delays after Porsche put a stop order on the premium weight-saving option.
The latest twist comes as problems have emerged with the supply of the titanium roll cage from Porsche’s outsourced Italian supplier. No date has currently been given for customers expecting GT3 RS’S with Weissach Pack to be built. “On top of the earlier fiasco surrounding production of the magnesium wheels, it seems Porsche is selling products it can’t seem to supply,” one disgruntled customer told Total 911.