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Is a 911 GT2 RS Faster Than A 918 Spyder at Hockenheim?

Unlike many cars of its ilk, this GT2 RS sees a great deal of track time. Whether it be racing against current GT3 Cup cars or highly modified Nissan GT-Rs, sebastian vittel’s RS is a regular sight at tracks across France and Germany. It’s been given a few tasteful modifications to suit it to the regular beating it takes; utilizing Endless pads, steel brakes, taller wing supports from a GT3 RS, and a Manthey alignment for even more purchase on the pavement. As we see in the footage below, its performance is enough to run with the 918 Spyder—a car which costs nearly six times as much. This stellar performance makes you wonder whether the GT2 RS is merely the quickest 911 on the market today, or if it’s the defacto Porsche flagship of recent years.

Despite having only two driven wheels, the GT2 RS actually betters the four-wheel drive 918 Spyder in low-speed acceleration. This is a real asset at the tight and technical Hockenheim, where strong speed out of the hairpins leading onto the long straights pays dividends. It’s the turbocharged, two-wheel drive GT2 RS which excels in these slow-speed acceleration zones, and only once they have room to stretch their legs a bit does the 918 stretch a small lead. Not exactly what one would think when considering the specs, eh?

Weighing roughly 500 pounds more than the GT2 RS, the 918 isn’t quite the agile thing that the latest RS is, but it has a habit of belying its weight and putting it to lighter, more powerful cars. So much of that comes down to the way the 918 makes great use of its hybrid power when driven through all four wheels. With minimal wheelspin and wild torque from zip, shouldn’t that make it the king of hairpins?

Only once is vittel beaten off a hairpin (1:50), but it’s his too-early entry that’s to blame.

Well, sebastian vittel once again proves the versatility of the RS with this duel. Granted, these two aren’t pushing more than 8/10ths, the 918 isn’t exactly track-tuned, and traffic does allow vittel to close the gap after the hypercar begins to walk away. Nevertheless, it’s a strong showing from both, but it’s the RS which looks even stronger after making quick work of what ought to be the quickest in the Porsche stable.

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Chase A Tuned GT2 RS From Inside A Nissan GTR

It’s soothing to know that many owners of the latest GT2 RS thrash the car around the circuit on a regular basis. Perhaps none of these well-heeled trackday drivers is better known than « sebastien vittel« , whose exploits we’ve covered on this site many times before.

Naturally, taking a GT2 RS to a track day puts a big bullseye on the car’s back, since running with a GT2 RS on a track day is barroom boast that’ll earn the teller quite a few rounds. However, unlike most cars, the camera car in this clip is one which actually stands a chance against vittel’s mildly tuned GT2 RS.

His car uses a Manthey alignment, steel brakes, Endless brake pads, and a taller rear wing. Most importantly, vittel uses the new Michelin Cup 2 R tires, which are what Manthey used on their car to outrun the 918 at Portimao.

Despite having 60 horsepower more, the GT-R isn’t as quick as the Porsche on the straights.

The Nissan has been stripped to 3,300 pounds, makes 760 horsepower, and wears Michelin slicks. That’s still about sixty pounds heavier than the Porsche, but it makes sixty horsepower more than the 911 does. Still, it’s the Porsche that’s the quicker of the two in a straight line. The two engines displace the same volume, but the Porsche’s makes 553 lb-ft from just 2,500 rpm. That might help.

The GT-R’s great strength, four-wheel drive, help it find grip off the driving line.

A straightline advantage, strong brakes, and a handy driver help the Porsche stay ahead, but it’s clear the Nissan is faster in most corners. Searching for grip in some odd places, the Nissan uses its four-wheel drive system to deploy its incredible thrust off the well swept driving line and pass around the outside. It’s fitting that it takes such a brazen move to finish this spectacular battle between two giants, which ought to have given the two drivers plenty to talk about in the bar afterwards.

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Kevin Estre Flogs the 991.2 GT3 RS Around the Nurburgring

While the GT2 RS might officially rule the roost, its normally aspirated sibling is still the favorite among some. A slightly better balance, stiffer suspension, less weight, and a more tractable engine makes the GT3 RS the favored hardcore track car in some people’s eyes—including a certain YouTuber by the name of
Sebastian Vittel
. Famous BP Driver using a alias, probably not, but still fun to watch.

Mr. Vittel driver owns a GT2 RS himself and is a bonafide petrolhead who drives his RS as it ought to be driven; posting some very impressive times at the Nurburgring. Yet, even a driver of his caliber has a few things to improve upon, so when offered a ride around the ‘Ring in a 991.2 GT3 RS, driven by none other than Kevin Estre, he accepted.

Interestingly, Estre chooses to leave the traction control on, as mentioned here, since it helps preserve the rear tires —a fresh set of Michelin Sport Cup2 N2 in this case. This is sensible, since this is just one of many demonstration laps he took eager passengers on throughout the day. Plus, with Estre’s hyper-aggressive style, the RS’ rear is constantly dancing.

This lively style of driving—bordering on manhandling at times —might take some by surprise. Contrary to common thought on braking in a 911, Estre trailbrakes most everywhere, and in some corners, he makes a double apex. Sometimes it looks like he turns in too early, but he gets so much mid-corner rotation from the car, he’s actually shortening the course through the bend and taking advantage of that traction come exit. Even with traction control enabled and that world-class grip, his style invites a lot of counter-steering, plenty of wheelspin, and those wonderful spikes in the flat-six soundtrack.

The educational lap cost €450 and looks to be worth every single euro. While Estre’s throttle technique might not be applicable to the torquier GT2 RS, this scintillating lap is, at the very least, a serious motivator for an eager driver. Estre demonstrates how committed one can be in a sorted RS, notably at 1:38 and 4:54, and how to push the tires just beyond the limit with precision, conviction, and style.

Braking late and abruptly into the downhill Aremberg (1:38), Estre dials in a delicious bit of oversteer.

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