The 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS has completed the obligatory Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record attempt, in which, it has lapped the 20.8 km (12.9 mi) stretch in 6:49.328 minutes, beating the current 911 GT3’s record (without Manthey Performance Kit) by 10.6 seconds. The new 911 GT3 RS gobbled up the previously standard shorter lap in 6:44.848 minutes. Behind the wheel was former racing driver and current Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister—who was actively involved in the development of the new flagship of the 911 series.
The record-setting car was equipped with a €36,390.20 Weissach package which gets you carbon fibre body parts (including roof), carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis parts, lightweight magnesium forged wheels, a rear roll cage, magnesium shift paddles, 6-point safety harness for both occupants, and a few more items. The car was also equipped with the optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres of sizes 275/35 R 20 at the front and 335/30 R21 at the rear.
Thanks to a perfect combination of the aero trickery, lightweight construction and a high-revving naturally aspirated engine, at 285 km/h (177 mph) the 911 GT3 RS achieves a total downforce of 860 kg (1,896 lbs)—three times as much as a 911 GT3.
“We lost a little downforce due to the strong, sometimes gusting wind, but I’m still very happy with the lap. In the fast sections, in particular, the 911 GT3 RS is in a league of its own. Here it’s on a level usually reserved for top-class racing cars. The car is also setting new standards in braking. Fast laps on the Nordschleife are simply so much fun in this car,” said Bergmeister.
“Today the 911 GT3 RS delivered what it had already promised at first glance—absolute excellence on the racetrack. Considering the far-from-ideal conditions, with a strong headwind on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe and cool asphalt temperatures, we are satisfied this time. The 911 GT3 RS is setting new standards for aerodynamics and the chassis. Never before has a road car embodied so much motorsport DNA,” added Andreas Preuninger, boss of the GT division.