The iconic Nurburgring Nordschleife’s traditional 20.6 kilometers parkour has a new rear-wheel drive king – the astonishing Porsche 911 GT2 RS, who set a record lap of 6:47.3.
Aside from besting even the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with its active aerodynamics, the 911 GT2 RS is not only the quickest 911 ever – but also displays a huge performance gap compared to a true hypercar, the 918 Spyder, besting its time by almost ten seconds. With 690 PS/ 700 hp in the back, the fastest and most powerful Porsche 911 of all time is also the ruling king of the Nurburgring when it comes to road-legal production cars with a rear-wheel drive setup. Just imagine, how much technology has progressed since the days of the 911 Turbo “widow maker”…
Anyways, Porsche actually set out with a careful goal – do the Green Hell lap under 7 minutes and 5 seconds, but not only did it finish 17.7 seconds but also managed a time below the 6 minutes 50 seconds mark from the first attempt. Porsche factory driver Nick Tandy and test driver Lars Kern were on point on September 20 and they managed an impressive run of five laps under 6 minutes and 50 seconds with two different cars.
Kern was the one posting the record time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds, zipping through the course at an average speed of 184.11 kph (114.4 mph). As a reference, the 918 Spyder held the undisputed title for production cars since Porsche factory race driver Marc Lieb drove it to a lap record of 6:57 on September 4, 2013. The 911 GT2 RS currently runs third overall – just behind the all-electric Nio EP9 (6:45.9) and the street-legal McLaren P1 LM with 6 minutes and 43.2 seconds.