Yep, another Nürburgring lap headline. And another variant in the dizzying array of 911s. But surely even the most hardened of cynics can concede that a 6m 47.3s lap by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS is pretty special.
Especially when Porsche says its own target was 7m 05s. The end result – almost 20secs quicker – takes the GT2 RS 10secs below Porsche’s own 918 Spyder – y’know, the AWD hybrid hypercar – plus nearly 5secs below the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, also AWD and until recently the production car lap record holder.
The 911 has beaten it with only two driven wheels, with an almighty 690bhp being channelled through the rear axle. It has the potential to be quite a handful over the ‘Ring’s high-speed crests and through its deep compressions. The tyres, since you ask, were Michelin Pilot Cup 2s.
Driving duties were shared between Brit Nick Tandy and German Lars Kern, and together they recorded five laps under the 6m 50s mark. But it was Kern behind the wheel for the deeply impressive 6m 47.3s that will have all manner of supercar makers scratching their heads and angrily scrawling stuff on their whiteboards this morning.
“It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s class, but also its consistent performance in every lap,” says Andreas Preuninger, the man in charge of GT2s, 3s and 4s at Porsche.
“We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again.”
The only road cars that can claim to be quicker are the Nio EP9, and the McLaren P1 LM, a 1,000bhp, racecar-turned-road-car via some aftermarket mods.
So the new GT2 RS is the fastest thing that rolls off a regular production line, in proper numbers, and which has an online configurator you can play with. Quite an achievement, no?
STORY STEPHEN DOBIE