A special version of Porsche’s GT2 has just been named the fastest sportscar to complete a lap of the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
Driven by a 690bhp 3.8-litre engine with 750Nm of torque, the GT2 RS MR got round the 12.8-mile long circuit in 6:40.30 minutes – quicker than any other road-legal vehicle to date.
At the wheel was 31-year-old Porsche development engineer and test driver Lars Kern, who has become very familiar with the track after setting a lap record in September 2017 in a series-production Porsche 911 GT2 RS.
This time, the car had been especially set up for the ‘Nordschleife’ by Porsche engineers and Manthey-Racing experts, modifying the chassis and aerodynamics, whilst keeping the car road-legal and suitable for on-road driving at all times.
The driver's seat was the only modification compared to the version of the GT2 RS MR that can now be ordered from Manthey-Racing for club sport and track day events. A racing bucket seat was fitted in the record-breaking vehicle for safety reasons.
Mr Kern said: “The drive was great fun. The balance of the car is 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.”
The Porsche GT2 RS launched in 2017 as the fastest and most powerful 911 of all time, with a top speed of 211 mph and a 0-62mph sprint of just 2.8 seconds.
Jess Wort, marketing manager at Petrol News, comments: “The greatest test for any sportscar is the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. With 154 turns over almost 13 miles, it is dangerously fast and has claimed more than 200 lives over time at a rate of three to 12 deaths a year. So it’s always impressive when any car sets a new record at the Nurburgring.”
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