Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nürburgring rear-drive record

Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nürburgring rear-drive record

Porsche’s 6:47.30 time puts it only marginally behind the Nio EP9 and ahead of all other rear-drive road cars around the ’Ring

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has set the fastest time for a lap of the Nürburgring by a rear-wheel drive car

Also claiming the second-fastest road car 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 almost 18 seconds. 

Porsche ran two cars around the Ring for the record run; one driven by test driver Lars Kern, the other by racing driver Nick Tandy, although Kern set the fastest time. 

The time makes the GT2 RS not only the fastest Porsche 911 of all time around the famous circuit but the fastest Porsche, beating the lap time of the 918 Spyder by more than 10 seconds. 

Rather than being a one-off flying lap, however, Porsche claims that the 7:05.00 target was beaten time and again during the record runs, with five of its laps ducking under the 6:50.00 threshold.

Andreas Preuninger, the GT model line director, said: “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.”

Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s motorsport and GT car vice president, said: “The credit for beating our target goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance.”

The weather conditions were described as ‘ideal’, while the cars wore road legal Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres for the record run. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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