Modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS goes 6:40 around the Nurburgring
Setting a new record for street legal cars, this GT2 RS has officially beaten the McLaren P1 LM.
While new Nurburgring lap records seem to appear often nowadays, this particular one requires your attention. For a modified Porsche 991 GT2 RS has officially lapped the ‘Ring in 6:40.33, becoming the fastest street legal car to ever attack The Green Hell. This record surpasses the Aventador SVJ’s 6:44.97 production car lap record, and the McLaren P1 LM’s 6:43.2 street legal car lap record by a decent margin.
The extra speed has been achieved thanks to modifications made by a company called Manthey Racing. If you’ve never heard of them, you wouldn’t be the only one - but their importance to Porsche is sacrosanct. For they are the team entrusted with running the 911 RSR World Endurance Championship program for Porsche at the Nurburgring. Beyond this, they also provide upgrades for GT-department Porsche’s - and what better way of advertising their brilliance to the world than setting such an important lap record?
Their tweaks to the GT2 RS include chassis and aero improvements - the latter of which can be seen via the larger rear wing and more pronounced dive planes. What they do not do however is eek any more horsepower from the 691bhp 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6. In other words, they’ve made this car quicker around the ‘Ring than a hardcore race-focused hypercar despite there being a 300 horsepower deficit.
Driven by Lars Kern - the same man who piloted the stock GT2 RS to Nurburgring lap record glory last year - would’ve battled cold track temperatures and slippery piles of fallen leaves during this run. Amazingly, head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser claims that the lap was merely a test to ascertain the car’s potential, and not a conscious effort to break any lap records. If that’s true, then what a nice surprise they must’ve had!
At the moment, these tweaks are only available to GT2 RS owners in Europe, and in order to fit them, a customer would be required to drive their car to Manthey’s base at the Nurburgring. If you ask me, that sounds like an invitation to do a lap. Feel free to watch their lap in the video below.
But now I want to ask you guys: if you had a GT2 RS, would you be interested in purchasing these modifications? Let me know in the comments.
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