Porsche has broken the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s ‘Ring record to become the new King of the Ring. The 911 GT2 RS is not only the most powerful 911 but also the fastest car to go around the 20.6-kilometre Nordschleife Nurburgring. The GT2 RS lapped the Green Hell in a record time of 6 minutes and 47.3 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. Nick Tandy broke the previous record for road-approved sports cars (6 minutes 52.01 seconds) in the first attempt and subsequently finished five laps in under 6 minutes 50 seconds. However, Kern set the fastest time in his record run beating the Porsche 918 hypercar by a whole 10 seconds.
The 911 is now a mere 1.4seconds slower than the electric NextEV Nio EP9 around the Nurburgring. It beat the Raging Bull’s Performante’s record by a massive five seconds. Porsche claims that they had a time of 7:05.00 in mind when attempting the record run. But the GT2 RS didn’t just shave off a few seconds off the previous record, it absolutely smashed it. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive car was the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR.
Porsche test driver, Lars Kern, regularly competes in the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring and knows the Nordschleife inside out. The GT2 RS’s average speed was 184.11kmph. The record run was done in ideal outdoor conditions, says Porsche.
The 911 GT2 RS made its world premiere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. It is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine belting out 690bhp and 750Nm making it the most powerful road-going 911 ever. The car tipped the scale at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank (a whole 200kg lighter than the 918). The car was running on the road-legal Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres for the record run.
Sadly, the 911 GT2 RS has a limited production of only 1000 units. And as expected, all of them have been sold out for $294,250 each.