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Official: Porsche's GT2 RS sets quickest Nürburgring Nordschleife lap

2017-09-27 11:44

NEW LAP RECORD: From left: Eugen Oberkamm, Director Motorsport – Development Complete Vehicle, Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, Lars Kern, Porsche Test Driver, and Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser Vice President Motorsport and GT-Cars. Image: Porsche

Germany - Porsche says it set a new record for road-approved sports cars on the 20.6km Nürburgring Nordschleife in the 911 GT2 RS on September 20. The record time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds was achieved. 

According to the automaker, this record was not a one-off: Lars Kern (30) from Germany and Nick Tandy (32) from the UK broke the previous record for road-approved sports cars (6 minutes, 52.01 seconds) in their first attempt and subsequently finished five laps in under 6 minutes, 50 seconds.

Averaged 184.11km/h

The GT2 RS is powered by a 515-kW six-cylinder biturbo flat engine. It weighs 1470kg with a full fuel tank, and hits 100km/h from standstill in a claimed 2.8 seconds. The rear-wheel drive Coupé has a top speed of 340 km/h. 

Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, says: “We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again”.

It was Lars Kern, a Porsche test driver by trade with a passion for racing, who ultimately set the final record time. 

The record lap began at 7.11pm and finished six minutes and 47.3 seconds later in ideal outdoor conditions says Porsche. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured along the 20.6km stretch. The vehicle’s average speed was 184.11km/h.

Image: Porsche Motorsport

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