Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nürburgring rear-drive record

Conditions for the 6min 47.3sec lap were described as ideal

Porsche set a new record for road-approved sports cars on the 20.6-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife in the 911 GT2 RS on September 20.

Also claiming the second-fastest road vehicle record with a time of 6:47.30 - just 1.4sec slower than the all-electric Nio EP9 hypercar - Porsche broke its own target of 7:05.00 by nearly 18 seconds. 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.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat six with 700 horsepower and 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft) of torque, the 911 GT2 RS (992) manages to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, faster than the missile launches of a 911 Turbo S. All of that despite the auto being just rear-driven, not AWD like some its brethren.

GT cars director Andreas Preuninger said that fact makes the lap record even sweeter for Porsche.

Unlike other auto makers claiming Nurburgring records, Porsche outlined key details of its qualifying session, including the date, time of day and the fact it was completed using Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres and a full tank of fuel. The two GT2 RS models were driven by Lars Kern and Le Mans veteran Nick Tandy, who actually flew to Germany right after a six-hour race in Austin, Texas for the feat.

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The scintillating time of 6:47.3 was eventually set by Kern, with an average speed of 114.4mph in what were described as "ideal outdoor conditions" at the 12.8-mile circuit.

The fastest and most powerful road-approved 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood in the United Kingdom at the end of June.

We reported last week that the GT2 RS (the most powerful 911 to be created) was allegedly knocking out sub 7-minute laptimes at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife. Weighing in at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank, the lightweight two-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.

While several of those cars mentioned above are either built in extremely limited numbers or barely-legal race cars with headlights added, the GT2 RS is a production road auto that's built on the same production line as every other 911.

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