GT3 RS Sets 6:56.4 ’Ring Time
Towards the end of 2017 the new 911 GT2 RS lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:47.3 – a record for a road-approved sports car, now its sibling, the new GT3 RS, has set another benchmark. Porsche works driver, Kévin Estre, set a time of 6:56.4 around the ‘Green Hell’ in the 520hp GT3 RS, a staggering 24-seconds faster than the time the previous version of the car achieved.
Porsche test driver, Lars Kern, sharing driving duties but of the pair, Frenchman Estre was quicker. Estre’s time around the 12.8-mile circuit was set in ideal conditions with a track temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, likening the road car to the GT3 R racer which he uses to compete in the ADAC GT Masters:
“This lap was a sensational experience for me”, he revealed. “Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing car GT3 R. This is also thanks to the new generation of tyres for road-going sports cars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. 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 was equipped with the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, the Cup 2 R. Measuring 265/35 ZR 20 at the front, and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear, the tyres can soon be ordered at your local Porsche Centre and selected tyre dealers for both the GT3 RS, and GT2 RS.
Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, added; “All four lap times of both drivers were below seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart. This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary driveability at the limit. A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with a relatively modest engine power. For a driver, each of the car’s thousands of parts have to feel like one – that’s an unbeatable strength of the GT3 RS. And what especially delights me is how much fun Lars and Kévin had when driving that car.”
You can watch a full onboard video of the lap, here: