Just three months after its world debut at the Festival of Speed the Porsche 911 GT2 RS has backed up its billing as the fastest and most powerful 911 ever with a lap of the Green Hell in 6 minutes, 47.3 seconds – enough for Porsche to claim a record for road-approved sportscars.
True, both the Lanzante McLaren P1 LM (6 minutess 43.22 seconds) and electric NextEV NIO EP9 (6 minutes 45.90 seconds) have gone round the ‘Ring quicker, but the key words here are “road approved”. The 700hp (690bhp) GT2 RS is not just unequivocally road-approved but also in regular production.
The record lap – watch the video to see just how smooth it was – came on September 20th in ideal conditions at the Nordschleife with 30-year-old Porsche test driver and racer Lars Kern behind the wheel.
Development target for the car had been a lap under 7 minutes 5 seconds but in the event it beat that by an incredible 17.7 seconds, making the lightweight rear-drive coupe almost 10 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder.