Porsche reclaims ‘Ring record
A retuned 911 GT2 RS puts Weissach back on top
Our seemingly insatiable GT department has just set another new lap record on the Nürburgring’s infamous Nordschleife. On a cool, dry afternoon in the Eifel Mountains yesterday, Porsche’s new 911 GT2 RS MR succeeded in lapping the 20.6km ‘Green Hell’ in a stunning 6:40.3 minutes.
The GT2 RS MR is a joint project between Porsche engineers and longstanding customer team Manthey-Racing. Winners of the 2018 Nürburgring 24 Hours, Manthey-Racing know a thing or two about optimising a 911 for the world’s most demanding circuit. Combining their expertise with Porsche’s own knowledge gleaned from the RSR and GT3 R race programmes, the ‘MR’ treatment provides a performance kit that modifies both chassis and aerodynamics. This was also supplemented by a bespoke set-up for the Nordschleife yesterday.
At the wheel for this historic flying lap was Porsche development driver and Nordschleife veteran Lars Kern, who set the previous lap record here in September 2017 aboard the standard GT2 RS. “The drive was great fun,” said Kern. “The balance of the car is also very good with the new package. I did not have to take any great risks to be fast. But I only had one attempt because it was already getting dark. It worked out first time though.”
The 911 GT2 RS MR can be ordered from Manthey-Racing for customers with a focus on club sport and track day events. The only modification made for this record run was a race seat, deployed for safety but without offering a weight saving advantage. Otherwise this fully road-legal record-holder is available for purchase.
“We are very proud,” said Manthey-Racing CEO Nicolas Raeder. “It was a great challenge to make the already tremendously fast Porsche 911 GT2 RS even faster.”
911 GT2 RS: combined fuel consumption 11.8 l/100km; 212g/km CO2e.