Back in July 2018, Lamborghini set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for production vehicles with its Aventador SVJ. But now Porsche claims to have grabbed back the title, with its GT2 RS MR rounding the track in 6:40,3 minutes.
That’s more than four seconds quicker than the Lambo (which itself had snatched the title from the GT2 RS). However, it’s worth noting that while the Porsche that completed this latest 20,6-kilometre lap was indeed road-legal, it seemingly wasn’t completely stock.
Indeed, the Zuffenhausen-based brand says the vehicle was “especially set up for the Nordschleife by Porsche engineers and Manthey-Racing experts”, who targeted “the areas of chassis and aerodynamics”. On the day, with Lars Kern behind the wheel, the 911 GT2 RS was equipped with what Porsche describes as a “new performance kit” from Manthey-Racing.
“The drive was great fun. The balance of the car is also very good with the new package. I did not have to take any great risks to be fast. But I only had one attempt because it was already getting dark. It worked out first time though,” said the 31-year-old Kern.
For the record, the 911 GT2 RS employs a 3,8-litre engine producing 515 kW and 750 N.m. The top speed of the rear-wheel-drive car is 340 km/h, while the zero to 100 km/h sprint takes a claimed 2,8 seconds.
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