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Porsche 911 GT3 RS lapped the Nurburgring in 6:56 minutes

April 21, 2018, 03:59 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Porsche 911 GT3 RS lapped the Nurburgring in 6:56 minutes

-    The 991.2 911 GT3 RS was 24 seconds faster than previous GT3 RS model.

-    Third Porsche with less than seven minutes of lap record on Green Hell.

-   The GT3 RS felt the same as the GT3 R race car through corners and braking, according to the Porsche’s development driver.

After introducing the all-new GT3 RS at the Geneva, Porsche didn’t waste much time in recording a lap time around the Green Hell. The 991.2 model of the GT3 RS recorded a lap time of 6:56.4 minutes around the 20.6-kilometre of the notorious Nordschleife.

The driver behind the wheel of the fastest time was Porsche’s test driver Kevin Estre who recorded a 24-second faster lap time over the previous generation model. The carmaker says that the run was carried out in ideal condition with 18 degrees Celsius track and 14 degrees Celsius ambient temperatures. There were no modifications done on the vehicle apart from the tyres which were running track-oriented Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubber. These tyres aren’t available on sale right now but will be offered soon. 

Also sharing the car was Porsche development driver Lars Kern. Both the drivers completed four laps altogether in under seven minutes and just a few tenths of a second apart. This only proves that the GT3 RS is consistently fast. 

Speaking about the GT3 RS lap, Kevin Estre said “Through the fast corners and on the brakes, in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close GT3 R racing car. Up to 9,000 revs per minute from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive.”

The GT3 RS with motorsport-bred track-focused beast powered by a 4.0-litre high-revving naturally-aspirated engine punching out 520bhp. It is capable of hitting 100kmph from standstill in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 312kmph. The GT3 RS packs the most powerful naturally-aspirated motor from Porsche till date.

This naturally-aspirated 911 becomes the third Porsche to record a sub-seven minute lap time at the Nurburgring after the 918 Spyder and the more recent 911 GT2 RS. The 918 Spyder recorded a time of 6:57 minutes back in 2013. Meanwhile, the GT2 RS is the new ‘King of the Ring’ with a record time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds. 

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