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Friday 29 September 2017

Porsche smash Nurburgring lap record with GT2 RS

Nurburgring lap records – whether you place much stock in them or not, what Porsche achieved on the 27th September 2017 in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS is pretty special.

6:47.3

 
The previous lap record for a road car  – 6:52:01 – was set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante in October 2016. There was some controversy over whether the Huracan had actually managed to log the time that Lamborghini claimed, but the GT2 RS’s lap time makes it all academic. Porsche managed to shave off a massive 5 seconds from the existing record and even beat the time of the Radical SR8, which – let’s be honest – isn’t really a road car.

What makes the achievement really stand out is that Porsche managed to repeat the feat five more times with two different cars and two different drivers – Britain’s Nick Tandy ( a Porsche WEC factory pilot) and Porsche test driver Lars Kern. No fluke, then.

To put the time into context, this was 10 seconds quicker than Porsche’s own 918 Spider and 30 seconds faster than a 997 GT2 RS. No doubt the extra 80 HP made a difference – the new GT2 RS is 700 HP.

New Atlas - Nurburging lap times

We’d recommend watching the in-car footage of the full lap – it’s fast!

Image credit: Porsche AG and New Atlas (Nurbugring times)

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