Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Make That 6:56.4 Run Around the Nurburgring
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Earlier in the week, we covered news that Porsche may have set a new personal best track lap record around the ‘Ring’s North Loop with a time of 6 minute, 56 seconds. Now, Porsche is confirming that time with an onboard video of the run, and damn, is it fast!
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First up, just check out the video of the run. Don’t worry, it’s only about seven minutes long. It’s okay, we’ll wait.
Okay, did you see it? Did you see how buttery smooth and insanely quick it is? This is true speed, folks, a talented driver in a world-class sports on an insanely challenging race track.
For those of you who skipped straight to the text, the video includes a direct forward view out the window and a small picture-in-picture of the driver at work in the hot seat, plus telemetry for the throttle inputs, braking inputs, engine rpm, selected gear, and road speed, not to mention the elapsed lap time and a track map.
This is true speed, folks, a talented driver in a world-class sports on an insanely challenging race track.
Tackling the 20.6 km (12.8 miles) of twists, turns, dives, and crests was Porsche Works driver Kevin Estre, with support from development driver Lars Kern.
“All four lap times of both drivers were below seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart,” said Andreas Preuninger, Porsche’s Director of the GT Model Line. “This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary driveability.”
“And what especially delights me is how much fun Lars and Kevin had when driving that car,” Preuninger added.
The top time bests the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and is roughly equivalent to the hybrid superhero Porsche 918 Spyder.
The top time of 6:56.4 is 24 seconds quicker than the previous GT3 RS’ best lap time, which completed a lap in 7 minutes, 20 seconds. It also bests the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce and it’s roughly equivalent to the hybrid superhero Porsche 918 Spyder. However, it’s still lagging behind the ridiculously quick Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which currently holds a record time of 6 minutes, 47 seconds.
Still - this thing is fast.
“The new GT3 RS is third production Porsche sports car with a notarized lap time of less than seven minutes on the ‘Green Hell,’” Porsche proudly announces.
Like all track records, conditions were ideal for maxing out the Porsche on this run, with a 14-degree Celsius (57.2 degrees F) ambient temperature and 18-degree Celsius (64.4 degrees F) track temperature.
As a reminder, the latest 991.2-era of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS rocks upwards of 520 horsepower thanks to its naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Max rpm is set at ahowling 9,000 rpm, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint is completed in 3 seconds flat. Top speed is just shy of 200 mph at 193 mph.
Critically, the lap was completed on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires.
Critically, the lap was completed on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Sizing on the Porsche is rather large, with 265/35 ZR 20 in front and 325/30 ZR 21 in the rear.
The record-holding car was also equipped with the lightness-adding Weissach package, an $18,000 option that cuts a little under 40 pounds from the curb weight though the use of CFRP for the front and rear anti-roll bars, roof, and front lid. There’s also the $13,000 magnesium wheel option in the corners.
The latest Porsche GT3 RS made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Pricing starts at $187,500.
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