Porsche 991 GT2 RS Breaks The Nurburgring Production Car Lap Record
That's right, people: there is a new King of the 'Ring. After images hit the internet a few days ago of a Porsche 991 GT2 RS at the Nurburgring, the inevitability of speculation concluded that Porsche had attempted to break the lap record. And today, Porsche has confirmed that on the 20th of September, the 991 GT2 RS did indeed break the Nurburgring production car lap record.
The lap time of 6:47.3 comfortably beats the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's previous record time of 6:52, which itself made the world gasp in wonderment. And what makes the 991 GT2 RS's time even more astonishing is that it betters Porsche's very own 918 Spyder's time by a full 10 seconds!
Even before the 991 GT2 RS was unveiled at Goodwood at the end of June, people started talking about the possibility of it attempting to break the Nurburgring lap record, and that was all thanks to the lap Porsche made in a 991.2 GT3 of 7:12.7. The assumption was that if a 500 horsepower GT3 can blister the Green Hell in such a blur, then the GT2 RS – which was correctly rumoured to have another 200 horsepower on top of the GT3 – might just be able to push beyond the Huracan's record of 6:52. Today, that was proven accurate.
As I just stated, the GT2 RS produces 700 horsepower – or 691bhp in Queen's English - which it gets courtesy of a modified version of the 991.2 Turbo S's 3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6. With the extra lightening touches of the Weissach Pack – which the lap record car was equipped with – those ravenous horses only have to haul 3175lbs (1440kg) down the road. That results in 0-60mph in 2.7 seconds, 0-125mph in 8.3 seconds, 0-186mph in 22.1 seconds, and a top speed of 211mph. All that performance is harnessed through a 7-Speed PDK gearbox which directs power to the rear wheels alone.
The GT2 RS is a road car that can lap the Nurburgring in a time equal to that of the track-only Pagani Zonda R hypercar – that used slick tyres, and enormous amounts of downforce. That really does put it into perspective just how phenomenal its lap time is. And, rather fortuitously, the lap can be viewed below. Enjoy!
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Written by: Angelo Uccello
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Photo Credits: Top Gear & Porsche