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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS by Manthey Racing Just Set A New Nürburgring Record!

After modification by Manthey Racing, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS set a new Nurburgring record

Porsche has achieved a new milestone for a road-legal production sports car on the 13-mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a 911 GT2 RS courtesy of the Manthey performance upgrade. This new record of 6:43:30 surpassed the previous benchmark of 6:43:62 that was set by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

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Porsche was at the top of its game back in 2018, when it held the record for the fastest production car around the Nordschleife with the then 991 series GT2 RS. However, since then, Lamborghini and Mercedes Benz have outdone Porsche to claim that top spot, Lambo with its SVJ and Mercedes with its AMG GT Black Series. The AMG Black Series set a time of 6:43.616 back in November 2020

The car was stock with a 720 hp V-8 from the factory, except for the inclusion of an optional Track package.

 It was driven by Maro Engel, AMGs GT3 racing driver. Although the adaptive aero, camber, and suspension had been tuned for the track. Mercedes claims that the conditions were far from ideal, owing to lower temperatures and damp sections on track.

Porsche was obviously not happy with this and collaborated yet again with Manthey-Racing, as it did in 2018, to produce another high-performance GT2 RS. Lars Kern along with Porsche are on a roll. The man has helped Porsche break several records at different venues.

On June 14th, 2021 he piloted a tuned 700 hp 911 GT2 RS to a fastest time of 6:43.300 minutes.

Without the T13 straight, the timing was 6:38.84 minutes. Kern improved his previous best time by 4.747 seconds while riding on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. He averaged a speed of 115.5 mph during the session. Kern set the record despite the fact that it was midsummer and the track temperature was 105.8 ℉.

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" With the Manthey performance kit, the 911 GT2 RS literally sticks to the track - especially in fast corners you almost feel like you're in a race car. It's really breathtaking how the car puts its 700 hp on the road, how extremely well it brakes, and how well it always remains controllable," says Lars Kern. 

How exactly did he do it? Well, Porsche and Manthey’s numerous years of motorsport expertise have made a significant difference to the standard GT2 RS’ performance. The engineers from Weissach worked closely with Manthey to design new performance parts for this particular Porsche. The specially developed components have been tailored-made for the track and can be purchased through Porsche Centers.

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At first glance, the aerodynamic characteristics aren’t that obvious. However, look closely at the all-black Porsche and you’ll find that the car now has larger front apron flaps, combined with a flat carbon undercarriage. There are now more air deflectors near the front wheels to boost downforce on the front axle.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS 6:43:30
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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 6:44:97
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Radical SR8LM 6:48:28
Lamborghini Huracán Performante 6:52:01
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) 6:56:04
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Lamborghini Aventador SV 6:59:73

How much downforce do you ask? Well, the aero-upgrades have increased that amount to 154.3 lbs from the standard 108 lbs at 124 mph on the front axle. At the rear, downforce has more than doubled from 205 lbs to 441 lbs at the same speed. This is made feasible by the use of a new and improved rear wing, a heavily reworked diffuser, and those purposeful rear-wheel Aerodiscs.

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"The individual components of the performance kit are precisely matched to each other. They only develop their full effect when installed together. That's why we are currently only offering the kit as a whole. Individual offers are currently under review," says Alexander Fabig, Head of Individualization and Classic at Porsche AG.

Improvements were also made to the coil-over suspension, which is now tuned for racing. The shock absorbers on the front axle can be altered three times without tools, while those on the rear axle can be adjusted four times. Also, for PCCB ceramic braking system, special race brake pads minimize fading were fitted. Steel jacketed brake lines provide an even more immediate pedal response.

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The term STANDARD can’t necessarily be contested in light of the Porsche-Manthey Performance Kit can it? The kit includes suspension, aerodynamic, and brake components designed specifically for the 911 GT2 RS. Those lightweight magnesium rims that were previously only featured on the Weissach package complete the package. All in the effort for Porsche to get right back to the top.

With this new lap record for a road-legal production car, Porsche has reclaimed the crown once again.

Source: 6:43.300 minutes: Porsche sets new lap record

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No other road-legal vehicle has ever been so fast on ‘The Green Hell’ track. Lars Kern was at the wheel of the sports car, which had been especially set up for the ‘Nordschleife’ by Porsche engineers and Manthey-Racing experts. The Porsche test driver already set a lap record in September 2017 in a series-production Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

“We kept our eye on the weather all day and thought hard about whether such a drive was possible. We would not have taken any risks if it was raining or if the track was slightly damp,” says Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Motorsport and GT Cars. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS was equipped with the new performance kit from Manthey-Racing, supplemented by an overall vehicle setup tailored to the circuit characteristics of the Nürburgring-Norschleife. “In this test drive, we simply wanted to assess the potential of the vehicle once more. The result is quite impressive. It really is a fabulous time. This shows again very clearly the exciting possibilities of this sports car.”

911 GT2 RS MR, Nürburgring-Nordschleife, 2018, Porsche AG
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS was equipped with the new performance kit from Manthey-Racing

The Porsche GT2 RS was launched on the market in 2017 as the fastest and most powerful 911 of all time so far. In recent months, Porsche engineers used their know-how from development of the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R race cars as well as the experience of Manthey-Racing gained in numerous successful races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The targeted modifications included the areas of chassis and aerodynamics. The technicians focused on suitability for on-road driving at all times.

“The drive was great fun,” says development engineer Lars Kern. The 31-year-old knows the ‘Ring’ very well from test and record drives as well as numerous VLN races. “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.” Manthey-Racing CEO Nicolas Raeder adds: “We are very proud. It was a great challenge to make the already tremendously fast Porsche 911 GT2 RS even faster.”

Martin Raeder, Nicolas Raeder (both CEO Manthey Racing), Lars Kern (Porsche development driver), Eugen Oberkamm (Director Motorsport Complete Vehicle Engineering, l-r), 911 GT2 RS MR, Nürburgring-Nordschleife, 2018, Porsche AG
Lars Kern (second from the right) exploited the huge potential of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR

In autumnal but dry conditions, Lars Kern optimally exploited the huge potential of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR on his record lap under the eyes of a notary. For the fuel, Porsche relied on Esso as a proven partner from motor sports. The driver’s seat was the only modification compared with the version of the GT2 RS MR that can now be ordered from Manthey-Racing for club sport and track day events. A racing bucket seat was fitted in the record-breaking vehicle for safety reasons. This modification did not provide any weight benefits.

About the Porsche GT2 RS
911 GT2 RS MR, Nürburgring-Nordschleife, 2018, Porsche AG
The fastest and most powerful Porsche 911 made its world debut at Goodwood in the UK in June 2017. The 3.8-litre engine produces 515 kW (700 hp; Fuel consumption combined 11.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 269 g/km) and delivers a torque of 750 Nm. The top speed of the rear-wheel-drive sports car is 340 km/h. The two-seater weighs in at just 1,470 kilograms and accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. In September, Porsche presented the new Porsche 935, based on the ultra-modern technology of the 911 GT2 RS, at the Rennsport Reunion VI in Laguna Seca, California (USA). The exclusive vehicle, which is designed for track day use, will be delivered to customers next year in a limited production run of just 77 cars.

The company Manthey-Racing is based in Meuspath at the Nürburgring and is managed by the brothers Nicolas and Martin Raeder. Porsche AG owns a 51 percent share in the company. Manthey-Racing offers services, part packages and race events for customers. The racing team from the Eifel region is the sole record holder with six overall victories in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. Among other things, the team from Meuspath is responsible for the two 911 RSR entered in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In this race series, Porsche achieved a class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2018. The Porsche GT Team also currently has a clear lead in the overall WEC classification.

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