Porsche obliterates Lamborghini's Nurburgring record with new 911 GT2 RS

Katrina Barker
September 28, 2017

The record breaking lap was officially set by Lars Kern from Germany. Behind the wheel of the two 911 GT2 RS vehicles were Lars Kern from Germany, a Porsche test driver and Nick Tandy from the United Kingdom, a Porsche factory race auto driver. With Porsche test driver Lars Kern and factory racing driver Nick Tandy taking turns on the track, the auto was setting times below 6:50 nearly immediately. With 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque generated by its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine, the vehicle is the most powerful 911 ever sold, and now it's the fastest too.

The 911 is now a mere 1.4seconds slower than the electric NextEV Nio EP9 around the Nurburgring.

The previous record was the 6:52.01 set by the all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán Performante in 2016.

Rather than being a one-off flying lap, however, Porsche claims that the 7:05.00 target was beaten time and again during the record runs, with five of its laps ducking under the 6:50.00 threshold. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive auto was the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR at the start of September. The lap was also almost 10 seconds quicker than the 6:57.00 lap the near-900 horsepower Porsche 918 Spyder and a full 17.7 seconds quicker than the 7:05 benchmark Porsche set for itself before heading to the 'Ring with its latest GT2.

Ever watched those Nurburgring laps and wondered how on earth the drivers know which way to turn next? That's good for a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed (on track only, of course) of 211 miles per hour. Us too. Which makes the new Porsche 911 Ring record all the more impressive.

But that was to be expected from the 700-hp supercar. The auto tipped the scale at 1,470 kg with a full fuel tank (a whole 200kg lighter than the 918). And as expected, all of them have been sold out for $294,250 each.

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