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.

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