The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has reclaimed the title of fastest road-legal car around the Nordschleife
2 November 2018

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has posted a lap time of 6:40:30 at the Nürburgring, Porsche claims, beating the previous road-legal lap record of 6:44:97 set by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ earlier this year. 

The GT2 RS’s chassis and suspension were modified specifically for the 12.9-mile Nordschleife circuit by a team of engineers from Porsche and the US-based Manthey-Racing, which fields 911 RSR race variants in the World Endurance Championship and manufactures aftermarket parts for Porsches in the US.

Porsche said that, despite the modifications, “the technicians focused on suitability for on-road driving at all times”. The GT2 RS's 700bhp 3.8-litre engine remained untouched from that in customer cars. 

Porsche affirmed that the only modification between the record-breaking car and the track day-prepped GT2 RS MR sold by Manthey-Racing in the US is the installation of a racing bucket seat. The German manufacturer pointed out that this was carried out in line with Nürburgring safety recommendations and offered no weight benefits. 

Despite the modifications, the GT2 RS remains suitable for off-track use in Europe, rendering it eligible for the road-legal lap time record. 

At the wheel for the record-breaking lap was Lars Kern, whose 6:47:25 lap time in an unmodified GT2 RS last year beat the previous best of the Lamborghini Huracán LP640-4 Performante

The overall Nürburgring lap record is also held by Porsche; its 919 Hybrid Evo race car went around in 5:19:55 earlier this year. 

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2 November 2018

...one single jot. 

FMS

2 November 2018
Merod wrote:

...one single jot. 

 

Not quite no-one...you do...you read the article, formed your opinion and posted...perhaps you were taking part in an out-of-body-experience... 

3 November 2018
What he meant, quite incredibly obviously, is that we are not interested in or impressed by road car makers making their road cars go fast around tracks.

It is not just irrelevant, it is contrary to making good road cars.

The answer to making a road car faster on the track is always lower and stiffer. Always. And that makes then worse on the road.

Unlike 0 - 60, which you might reasonably say is irrelevant, lap times are worse - they are a negative measure of things.

That is why we bother to write these comments - because we care about good and enjoyable road cars.

But guess what? If it excites you greatly, that is fine by me.

3 November 2018

Porsche release a couple of exciting cars every decade or so, and people rag on the few exciting Porsches?

Seriously, the GT2RS is almost certainly BONKERS.

2 November 2018

 Yeah, these records meaning nothing now, Ev’s will smash them soon, ok, there’ll be some suspension fettling to be done along with the required aero to keep it on the Road , but, hey you gotta love progress!

Peter Cavellini.

2 November 2018
I think less of Porsche for this infantile pursuit (laced with what sounds like a dose of standard issue German cheating).

And I think less of Terminalsecurity for reporting it.

289

2 November 2018

....I agree with you.

This should be a stock car straight out of the showroom....but then as merod said, no one really gives a shit anymore!

3 November 2018
289 wrote:

....I agree with you.

This should be a stock car straight out of the showroom....but then as merod said, no one really gives a shit anymore!

. Come on guys, posting on here accusing a Party of cheating is inflammatory at best, doesn’t show you or others in good light.

Peter Cavellini.

FMS

2 November 2018
eseaton wrote:

I think less of Porsche for this infantile pursuit (laced with what sounds like a dose of standard issue German cheating). And I think less of Terminalsecurity for reporting it.

 

You are not part of the Porsche target market...they could care less what you think...wonder if Terminalsecurity feel your wrath?.

2 November 2018
Why am I not part of their target market? I sold my last Porsche, and may buy another.

If Porsche didn't care, why would they bother telling us?

Matt P wrote his column last month based on our correspondence on this subject.

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