Porsche has set a new world record on the Nürburgring with its 2018 911 GT2 RS. The car is now the quickest production vehicle around the notorious race track with a time of 6:47.03, which beats the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's time of 6:52.01. However, it doesn't quite beat the McLaren P1 LM's time of 6:43.22, which, depending on your definition, may or may not qualify as a "production car" with its run of only five copies.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President of Motorsprt and GT cars at Porsche, said that the team set a benchmark of 7:05 or lower for the 911 GT2 RS. He credits the automaker's engineers, mechanics, and drivers for surpassing their benchmark by 17.7 seconds and making the Porsche 911 GT2 RS the most powerful and the fastest 911 to date.
Before setting its quickest time, the 911 GT2 RS was able to beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's record with their first lap and the car easily cracked below 6:50 afterwards. Behind the wheel of the two 911 GT2 RS vehicles were Lars Kern from Germany, a Porsche test driver, and Nick Tandy from the U.K., a Porsche factory race car driver. Andreas Preuninger, Director of the GT Line at Porsche is especially proud because the lap time proves that lap record at the Nürburgring can be reproduced since the two 911 GT2 RS vehicles they used performed consistently with each lap.
The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 to date and it's powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six rated at 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque that's paired to a modified seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. It has a top speed of 211 mph, weighs approximately 3,241 pounds, and can hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds according to Porsche. In addition to the more powerful engine, Porsche used magnesium in the roof, hood, and front and rear wings to lighten the car alongside a carbon-fiber engine cover, polyurethane front and rear aprons, polycarbonate rear and side windows, and titanium rear silencers. Carbon ceramic brakes, a new exhaust system, and a more aggressive chassis come standard.
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