Sunday, November 5, 2017

Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the Fastest Car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife (w/ Video)


Porsche smashes the record for road-approved sportscars on the 20.6-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife with the GT2 RS. The record time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds was achieved in the presence of a notary and surpassed even Porsche’s own expectations.

At the start of the GT2 RS’s development, the target time was less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds. However, thanks to the work of Porsche engineers, the GT2 RS smashed that target by 17.7 seconds. This makes the GT2 RS not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built.

Interestingly enough, the record was not a one-off. Drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy from the UK broke the previous record for road-approved sports cars (6 minutes, 52.01 seconds) in their first attempt and subsequently finished five laps in all under 6 minutes, 50 seconds. This demonstrates the GT2 RS’s consistent performance over multiple laps. The fact that the record was achieved with two different drivers and two different vehicles underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce its record result over and over again.


Porsche factory driver Tandy traveled straight from a 6-hour race in Austin, Texas to the Nürburgring, swapping the Le Mans prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 700-horsepower 911 GT2 RS. However, it was Lars Kern, a Porsche test driver by trade with a passion for racing, who ultimately set the final record time. Alongside the Carrera Cup Australia, Kern regularly competes in the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring and knows the Nordschleife inside out. The subsequent record lap began at 7:11 pm and finished 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds later in ideal outdoor conditions. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured along the 20.6-kilometer stretch. The vehicle’s average speed was 184.11 km/h.

At the heart of the 911 GT2 is a 700-horsepower 6-cylinder twin-turbo flat engine. Weighing in at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank, the lightweight two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. The rear-wheel drive coupe has a top speed of 340 km/h and with its near-motorsport drive technology, the new 911 GT2 RS trumps its 3.6-liter predecessor by 80 horsepower and achieves a torque of 750 Nm (an increase of 50 Nm).

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