Porsche 911 GT2 RS Just Obliterated the Nurburgring Record
In the battle for lap time supremacy, Porsche destroys Lamborghini. Probably temporarily.
Porsche’s newest iteration of lunacy on four wheels is the $300,000, 700 horsepower, twin-turbocharged GT2 RS. It has just broken the record for production cars at the Nurburgring with a staggeringly quick six minutes, 47.3 seconds run on the famed German track. Porsche held that record previously with the hyper hybrid 918 Spyder running a 6:57 lap time four years ago. Said lap time was in turn overtaken by Lamborghini’s Huracan Performante with a 6:52 lap time late last year.
It is important to note that the Lamborghini time was hotly contested at the time, with some fans figuring they faked the lap. Porsche, not wanting to fall victim to such accusations, set multiple sub-6:50 laps with two different cars with two different drivers. As Porsche’s Andreas Preuninger noted: “It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s class, but also its consistent performance in every lap. We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again”.
So, here’s the important question; Does any of this matter?
It is, certainly, an engineering marvel. However, will any GT2 RS buyers be able to replicate what Porsche factory drivers Nick Tandy or Lars Kern do behind the wheel? Well, maybe, but only because we wouldn’t be surprised if folks like Jenson Button or Mark Webber end up with one in their stable. For the average wealthy buyer, however, the raw talent required to wring this kind of time out of the car escapes their grasp. Given an ace driver driving 10/10ths on the perfect day, the GT2 RS is the quickest lap turner in the world. However, these max-effort attempts seem to require excellent conditions and a full array of factory engineers on hand to dial in suspension settings just right. Will it help you set a new personal best at your local track? Maybe. Is that worth three hundred grand? That’s up to you.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the GT2 RS, and what it represents. Perhaps our qualms lay with the ‘Ring. There are so many variables at play with a track so large. Even Porsche admits this when mentioning their multiple cars and drivers for their claims. It is impressive, but we just aren’t sure if we care.
You can check out the GT2 RS full lap on-board video below. Weigh in on the forums with your take. Will you be buying a new GT2 RS, and has this lap time influenced your opinion?