GT2 RS Laps ’Ring in 6:47.3
The new 911 GT2 RS has set a time of 6:47.3 around the Nürburgring Nordschleife’s 12.9-mile circuit – a record for a road-approved sports car. Driving for the attempt was Briton, Nick Tandy, fresh from his assault on the six-hour race at Austin, Texas in Porsche’s 919 Hybrid prototype. It was however German driver, Lars Kern, who set the record time, the Carrera Cup Australia driver regularly competes in the VLN Endurance Championship at the ’Ring.
Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, Frank-Steffen Walliser, said: “At the start of the development process, we set ourselves a lap time target for the GT2 RS of less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds. The credit for beating this target by 17.7 seconds goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance. This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built”.
The 700hp 911 wore Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres for the run, which took place at 7:11pm under ideal conditions and was the team’s first attempt. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured along the 20.6-kilometre stretch. The car’s average speed was 114mph. Impressively its overall time was some 10 seconds faster than that managed by the 918, the best the preceding 997 GT2 RS could manage was a time of 7:18.
Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, said: “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. 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”.