PORSCHE’S 911 GT2 RS has once again set a Nürburgring lap record, after a lightly modified example became the fastest ever road car around the track.
The tweaked GT2 RS completed its ‘Ring run in 6 minutes 40.33 seconds, at an average speed of 116mph, in the hands of racing driver and Porsche test pilot Lars Kern who set the time on his one and only available flying lap.
As well as cutting nearly seven seconds off the previous time set by a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (which was also set by Kern, in 2017), the Manthey Racing-prepped Porsche was over four seconds quicker than the incredible Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
Even Porsche didn’t expect the car to go that fast around the ‘Ring. According to the company’s head of motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, the Nürburgring test was to simply “assess the potential of the vehicle once more”, and the run would have been called off if the track hadn’t been dry.
The extra seven seconds weren’t found by adding power, as none of Manthey’s upgrades touched the car’s 690bhp turbocharged engine. Instead, the German racing team focused its efforts braking, suspension and aero tweaks.
Though still road legal, the Manthey Racing-modified Porsche isn’t classified as a production car, as the parts used aren’t offered to 911 GT2 RS buyers directly through Porsche. As a result, the Aventador SVJ run from July this year still stands as the fastest set by a production car.
The Manthey-modified 911 may be the fastest road car around the ‘Ring, but Porsche also comfortably holds the outright record there. In June 2018, the Porsche 919 Tribute prototype racing car smashed the Nordschliefe record, with a mind-scrambling time of 5 minutes 19.55 seconds.