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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.

Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Make That 6:56.4 Run Around the Nurburgring Exterior
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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.

Watch the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Make That 6:56.4 Run Around the Nurburgring Exterior
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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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Press release

Porsche Works race driver Kévin Estre recently set a lap time of 6:56.4 minutes with the 520 hp GT3 RS. Porsche development driver Lars Kern shared driving duties with Estre, and the Frenchman’s lap time was 24 seconds faster than the best time achieved with the previous GT3 RS model. Following the 918 Spyder and the 911 GT2 RS, the new GT3 RS is the third production Porsche sports car with a notarized lap time of less than seven minutes on the “Green Hell.” As is customary for record drives, the time was measured around the 20.6-kilometer lap.

“No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred, for example, from the 911 GT3 R,” said Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “This is what our philosophy for GT models is about: Highest technology must be fascinating but tangible. In this regard, there is no harder test for our ideas than the Nordschleife.”

Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, added; “All four lap times of both drivers were below seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart. This proves not only the outstanding power of the GT3 RS, but also its extraordinary driveability. A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with a relatively modest engine power. For a driver, each of the car’s thousands of parts have to feel like one – that’s an unbeatable strength of the GT3 RS. And what especially delights me is how much fun Lars and Kévin had when driving that car.”

Estre began the record lap at 11:40 a.m. in ideal conditions, with 14 degree Celsius ambient and 18 degree Celsius track temperatures. “This lap was a sensational experience for me,” he said. “Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing GT3 R. This is also thanks to the new generation of tires for road going sports cars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. Up to 9,000 RPM from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive.”

Estre joined the team of Porsche Works drivers in 2016. He competes with the Porsche 911 RSR in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that includes the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the ADAC GT Masters he races the 911 GT3 R.

At the Nürburgring, the 911 GT3 RS was equipped with the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Optimized especially for track day use, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R is fully compliant with relevant E.U. and U.S. standards. The tire (265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear) will be available to order soon at Porsche dealers and other select locations. Approved fitments include the 911 GT3 RS and the 911 GT2 RS.

The 911 GT3 RS with a motorsport-bred chassis and a 520 hp (383 kW) four-liter, naturally aspirated engine had its world premiere this year at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. The high-performance sports car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and reaches a top track speed of 193 mph.

The base MSRP in the U.S. is $187,500, not including available options or the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. The Weissach Package is available as an $18,000 option. The Magnesium wheels can be ordered for an additional $13,000 in conjunction with the Weissach Package and will be available at a later date.

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