Porsche has announced that its new 911 GT3 RS has obliterated its predecessor’s lap time at the 20,6 km Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

The Stuttgart-based brand says works race driver Kévin Estre set a time of 6:56,4 minutes in the new GT3 RS, some 24 seconds faster than the best time achieved in the previous GT3 RS.

The 29-year old began the record lap at 11:40 am in what Porsche described as “ideal conditions”.Porsche 911 GT3 RS

“This lap was a sensational experience for me. Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing car GT3 R,” said Estre.

“This is also thanks to the new generation of tyres for road-going sportscars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. Up to 9 000 r/min from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive,” he added.

The 911 GT3 RS uses a naturally aspirated, 4,0-litre flat-six engine worth 383 kW. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3,2 seconds, before topping out at 312 km/h. A seven-speed PDK is the only transmission choice.

The 911 GT3 RS that set the lap time was equipped Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres (265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear).