Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the new King of the Ring

Just another day at the Nordschleife GT2 RS sets fastest 911 lap ever

Just another day at the Nordschleife GT2 RS sets fastest 911 lap ever

A Porsche 911 GT2 RS has smashed the road-legal sports vehicle lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of six minutes 47.3 seconds.

The record lasted just six months.

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We'll get our turn behind the wheel of the 911 GT2 RS in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for a full review. With 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque generated by its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine, the auto is the most powerful 911 ever sold, and now it's the fastest too. It recently set an insane time of 6:47.3.

The lap record was set on 20 September 2017 by 30-year-old German race driver Lars Kern (above, second from right) on production roadgoing Michelin Cup 2 rubber, according to Porsche. The manufacturer says the record-setting lap time was posted at the first attempt, with a further five laps coming in at under six minutes and 50 seconds. The auto is now the fastest production vehicle around the notorious race track with a time of 6:47.03.

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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) after the record lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Let's not forget, the GT2 RS generates so much rear-end grip that Porsche failed spectacularly while trying to do a donut with it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. "The credit for beating this target by 17.7 seconds goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance".

Well, strap yourself in, because Porsche has today confirmed just how far below that 7-minute barrier they have gone. Lucky customers awarded a build slot can look forward to deliveries starting in early 2018.

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