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Nurburgring production lap record makes GT2 RS the fastest 911 ever

Nurburgring production lap rec...
A jubilant Porsche team at the Nurburgring 
A jubilant Porsche team at the Nurburgring 
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The new 911 GT2 RS on show in Geneva 
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The new 911 GT2 RS on show in Geneva 
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the meanest 911 ever 
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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the meanest 911 ever 
In the pared-back cabin of the GT2 RS
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In the pared-back cabin of the GT2 RS
The GT2 RS has 700 hp on tap 
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The GT2 RS has 700 hp on tap 
A jubilant Porsche team at the Nurburgring 
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A jubilant Porsche team at the Nurburgring 
The GT2 RS takes on the Nurburgring 
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The GT2 RS takes on the Nurburgring 
The GT2 RS claimed the production car lap record at the Nurburgring 
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The GT2 RS claimed the production car lap record at the Nurburgring 
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The GT2 RS is the most powerful, fastest Porsche 911 ever. It's the alpha in a family full of apex predators, a rampant reminder of what the venerable automaker can do. As well as topping the pile at Porsche, the car has scaled the skyscraper of supercars chasing glory in Germany with a new production lap record at the Nurburgring.

According to Porsche, the car's 6:47.3 lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife (North Loop) was quicker than expected from within the company. Lars Kern – Porsche test driver and regular entrant in the Australian Carrera Cup – set the record lap, which kicked off at 7:11 pm.

There's always an air of uncertainty surrounding Nurburgring lap records, so here's the part where we talk about the cars the GT2 RS has beaten. Although 6:47 is slower than the NIO EP9 managed this year, the electric Chinese supercar hasn't been built in big enough numbers to properly qualify as a production car. As for the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, well, it's just not quite fast enough.

The GT2 RS takes on the Nurburgring 
The GT2 RS takes on the Nurburgring 

Porsche says the 911 GT2 RS used for the hot lap was running on standard N-spec Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires, and the twin-turbo flat-six was unmodified. With 700 hp (522 kW) of power on tap, all of which is put to the rear wheels through a seven-speed PDK gearbox, the car didn't really need more grunt anyway.

You can check out a Porsche video of the lap below. Hang on tight, it's seriously quick.

Source: Porsche

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2 comments
Rocky Stefano
I wonder if all the naysayers who kept denying Lamborghini's prior record are going to insist on seeing the actual raw data from Porsche?
ljaques
Keep your Porsche. Lemme Atom! http://twinrev.com/cars/Porsche-911-GT2-RS-vs-Ariel-Atom