The most powerful 911 of all time — GT2 RS, is now the fastest 911 too, setting a Nurburgring lap time of 6:47.3 minutes.
Porsche said that this record was not a one-off. Lars Kern (30) from Germany and Nick Tandy (32) from the UK broke the previous record (6 minutes, 52.01 seconds) in their first attempt and subsequently finished five laps in under 6 minutes, 50 seconds. 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”.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, 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”.
Porsche factory driver Tandy traveled straight from a 6-hour race in Austin, Texas to the Nurburgring, swapping the Le Mans prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for the 515 kW (700 hp) 911 GT2 RS with Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres. It was Lars Kern, a Porsche test driver by trade with a passion for racing, who ultimately set the final record time, said Porsche. Alongside the Carrera Cup Australia, Kern regularly competes in the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nurburgring and knows the Nordschleife inside out. The subsequent record lap began at 7:11 pm and finished 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds later in ideal outdoor conditions. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured along the 20.6 km stretch. The vehicle’s average speed was 184.11 km/h.