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Watch the new Porsche GT2 RS Lap the Nurburgring Faster Than Any Production Car Before It.

 

Six minutes and forty seven point three seconds (6:47.3). That’s the record crushing time Porsche’s new GT2 RS recorded as it lapped the Nurburing Nordschleife. For those counting, that’s nearly five (5) full seconds faster than the previous record held by Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante (not to mention more than 5-seconds faster than the 918). In fact, as production cars get faster and faster, they are quickly encroaching on the Group C cars of the early 1980s. 1983, the only year Group C ran the Nordschleife layout used for production cars, saw Stefan Bellof set the overall track record in qualifying. The 6:11.15 set that day is unlikely to be broken any time soon. At the actual race that followed, Bellof set the best time of the day as well, a 6:25.91. Today, a street legal 911 is able to post a lap time within 22 seconds of a 956 over the same 12.8 mile lap. Let that sink in while you watch this monster in action.

The record attempt was undertaken by a combination of Nick Tandy and Lars Kern, with the actual record ultimately claimed by Lars. Prior to setting the record lap, the two first broke the current record, a 6:52, with five consecutive 6:50 laps. According to Andreas Preuninger, Director of the GT model line, “It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s caliber, but also the consistency of performance in every lap. We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as it underscores the ability of the GT2 RS to reproduce the record over and over again.

GT2 RS is Fastest Porsche 911 Ever With Production Car Record Crushing Ring Time

The Porsche GT2 RS used for the record was fitted with standard N-Spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear), and a fixed back bucket seat with full harnesses for improved safety. Kern, the record setter, competes in the Carrera Cup Australia, as well as the Nurburgring-based VLN endurance racing championship. Over the 12.8 mile lap Kern averaged 114.4 miles per hour.

Speaking after setting the lap time, Lars Kern said: ‘The pure performance of the new GT2 RS can hardly be expressed in words. However, without the perfect harmony and balance between the chassis and the tires, such a fast time would not have been possible.

The 700 horsepower GT2 RS tips the scales at just 3,241 pounds, and is capable of a track speed of 211 miles per hour (though it appears they achieved just under 190MPH on the less-than-flat main straight at the ‘Ring).

Congratulations to Porsche, this is truly a triumph. Not only is the GT2 RS the current fastest production car at the ‘Ring, it also sits near the top of the non-production car list, and well ahead of Group A cars running the same track configuration. A stunning achievement.

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Five Porsche records the new 991 GT2 RS has broken

Porsche has finally unveiled the new 991 GT2 RS at the Festival of Speed. Although the car’s first public viewing was actually back at the Xbox OneX launch earlier in June, Goodwood marks the first official unveiling of the car, complete with an array of glittering stats that means the new GT2 RS is also one of the best-ever Neuneflers and a serial 911 record breaker. You can read all the key stats behind the carbon-clad new car in Total 911 issue 156, but here’s here’s five new gongs the 991 GT2 RS can now lay claim to in the world of road-going Porsche 911s:

1. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the most powerful 911 of all time

Well, most powerful factory car of all time at least. With 700hp at its disposal, this sort of output from a flat six engine is usually associated with tuning houses such as Ruf, TechArt or Gemballa. Not any more though, Porsche’s new GT2 RS boasting an incredible 80hp hike over its 997 GT2 RS predecessor.

2. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the fastest 911 of all time

Previously, it was the 997 GT2 RS and 991.2 Turbo S (on which the 991 GT2 RS’s 3.8-litre engine is based) which jointly lay claim to being the fastest road-going 911s of all time, maxing out at a heady 205mph. Now though, the 991 GT2 RS has smashed that figure, accelerating on to a ludicrous 211.2mph.

3. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS is the quickest 911 of all time

Thanks to its lightweight (1,470kg) construction, hefty twin-turbocharged engine and specially tweaked PDK Sport transmission (no manual option here!), the 991 GT2 accelerates from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds, usurping the 991.2 Turbo S by a tenth of a second. Just two tenths off the overall Porsche record set by the 918 hypercar, what makes the 991 GT2 RS’s achievement even more mesmerizing is this is a car that is rear-drive only.

4. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS  is the most expensive 911 of all time

With a list price of £207,500, the GT2 RS is nearly 70-grand more than even the limited-numbers 991 R. Factor in the optional Weissach Pack, which trims a further 30 kilograms of weight in return for a £21,000 fee, plus further options (unbelievably, Sport Chrono is still optional) and the 991 GT2 RS could quite feasibly be the first new 911 costing a quarter of a million pounds.

5. The Porsche 991 GT2 RS  has the joint most torque of any 911

The 991 GT2 RS has peak torque of 750Nm, which is shared with the 991.2 Turbo S and is the highest peak twist of any road-going 911, ever.

For the most comprehensive drill-down of the 991 GT2 RS’s technical details anywhere on the newsstand, pick up issue 155 of Total 911, available here from 12th July 2017.

 

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Ten things we’ve learned about the 991 GT2 RS prototype

It’s Porsche’s worst kept secret – of this year at least. The 991 GT2 RS is on its way, marking a return for the turbocharged Rennsport moniker after a seven-year hiatus. The final production version of this hugely anticipated 911 is due for release soon but, in the meantime, one Andreas Preuninger invited Total 911 along to Germany to ride shotgun in a heavily-developed prototype. As you can imagine, final facts and figures of the new ‘Widdowmaker’ are still to be fully ratified, but our passenger ride out of Weissach did at least reveal some key snippets of information ahead of launch. Here’s ten ‘facts’ we learned about the new 911 GT2 RS:

 

1. The new GT2 RS will have at least 650hp

You’ll recall the previous 997 GT2 RS had what is still a mighty 620hp (it actually remains the most powerful 911 of all time). However, the new 991 GT2 RS looks set to eclipse that, Preuninger telling us the car will be good for at least 650hp.

 

2. The new GT2 RS will boast more than 750Nm torque

That monster torque figure is actually the work of Porsche’s latest 991.2 Turbo S, which to this point takes the title of being the 911 with the most twist (the 997 GT2 RS has 700Nm). The 991 GT2 RS looks set to sail past that figure too, though Herr Preuninger remains tight-lipped – for now – as to what the final figure may be.

3. The GT2 RS’s engine size is 3.8-litres

That’s right, whereas the naturally aspirated GT3 RS and 991 R utilise a bigger, 4.0-litre version of Porsche’s 9A1-coded flat six, the GT2 RS uses a heavily revised version of the 3.8-litre flat six found in the current 991 Turbo S. Porsche is quick to stress the new GT2 RS has had far more than a mere remap of the Turbo S’s unit, though.

 

4. The new GT2 RS’s intercoolers are spray-cooled

Similar to the technology currently utilised by BMW, the GT2 RS’s intercoolers are spray-cooled, with a fine mist sprayed onto their netting. We’re told the ensuing evaporation effect reduces intake temperature by as much as 15 degrees.

 

5. The new GT2 RS is PDK-only

Want a manual GT car? Then the GT2 RS isn’t for you. Porsche will only offer its turbocharged Rennsport with PDK only, Mr Preuninger telling us the Weissach philosophy is that an RS means precision and lap times over any romanticist proclamations of driver purity. We applaud that.

6. The new GT2 RS will weigh under 1,500 kilograms

Porsche’s goal is to keep the turbocharged Rennsport under 1,500kg (incredible when you think the 991.2 Turbo S weighs 1,675kg). As such PCCB’s will be fitted as standard and, though there is rear-axle steering, the car will remain a rear-wheel-drive car.

 

7. The new GT2 RS will lap the ‘Ring in around seven minutes flat

Again, Porsche is quick to stress that no official time has been set yet. However, The new 991.2 GT3 recorded seven minutes 12 seconds, and we’d expect the GT2 RS to beat that. Remember, Porsche’s 918 e-hybrid hypercar famously lapped the ‘Ring in just six minutes 57 seconds in 2013, a record for a production car at the time. Could the GT2 RS get near that?

 

8. The 991 GT2 RS features a new exterior design…

…for a 991 GT car, at least. While its body is based on the naturally aspirated GT3 RS, you’ll see a number of new tweaks, including air inlet ducts in the front bonnet to aid brake cooling, as well as new side air inlets unique to the 991 GT2 RS.

9. The new GT2 RS will be fully rose-jointed

That means it’ll be a super-stiff, focused ride, but we were surprised by how compliant the car felt. That said, the dampers are mounted upside-down, in true race-car guise, and the GT2 RS’s spring rates will be ‘the most extreme ever for a Porsche road car’.

 

10. The new GT2 RS will be offered with an optional Weissach Pack

This cool weight-saving option, which we expect many owners to take, will see the GT2 RS’s kerb weight reduced by around 30 kilograms. GT2 RS’s with the Weissach Pack will come with a carbon fibre roof rather than a magnesium number found on the GT3 RS and R.

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Total 911 issue 153 on sale now

The new Porsche 911 GT3 is welcome news for car enthusiasts: though Zuffenhausen has edged towards PDK-only transmission for its GT and Turbo cars in the last five years, the 2018 GT3 marks a famous return for the good, old-fashioned stick shift, which is now a no-cost option. So how do the manual and PDK GT3’s compare? You can find out in Total 911 issue 153, out now, featuring the most comprehensive review of both cars you’ll find absolutely anywhere on the newsstand.

Lest we forget, it was the 991 R that reintroduced manual transmission to a Porsche GT car. Deliveries of the 991 examples were made last summer, though as had been well documented, most aren’t driven often due to their meteoric rise and in value. However, Total 911 seeks to change that as in this issue we accompany a subscriber intent on using the R for its primary purpose – driving! Step forward a 1,000-mile tour of the best driving roads in Wales with some breathtaking pictures to boot.

Elsewhere in issue 154, we’ve a look at the history of the 911 Carrera, looking at its evolution from a lightweight, rear-driven track machine to a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive grand tourer. We also test drive a Porsche 912 and look at why enthusiasts of the early, pre-impact bumper 911s are now turning to this four-cylinder classic for their purist driving pleasures, and we go classic road rallying and discover why it’s the perfect entry-level form of motorsport.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 153 in stores today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or subscribe to ensure you never miss an issue.

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