Porsche has taken the 911 GT2 RS to Nurburgring and emerged victorious with a new record for road-legal production cars. The most powerful production 911 (once upon a time) was driven by Porsche development driver, Lars Kern.
The new record, with a time of 6:43.300, beats the previous record set by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series by 4.747 seconds – with an average speed of 186 km/h. The Mercedes-AMG clocked a lap time of 6:48.047.
To achieve this Porsche’s engineers worked with Manthey Racing, to develop a Manthey Performance Kit which customers can opt for through Porsche Tequipment as an optional extra.
The Manthey Performance Kit consists of items like the Weissach Package’s light magnesium alloy wheels for example. The magnesium wheels (20-inch front, 21-inch rear) are wrapped in Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and cuts 11.4 kg of fat off the car.
It also gets track-optimised suspension developed by Porsche and Manthey, “special brake pads” for the Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brake system, and steel-braided brake lines for better brake pedal feedback.
More importantly, the 911 GT2 RS received aerodynamic upgrades for increased downforce – allowing the car to carry higher speeds through the corners.
This includes a additional flaps on the front spoiler, new rear spoiler, a modified diffuser, and aerodiscs on the rear wheels. Downforce has been increased from 49 kg to 70 kg at the front, and from 93 kg to 200 kg at the rear – at speeds of 200 km/h.
“The 911 GT2 RS sticks to the track like glue with the Manthey Performance Kit – you feel as if you’re in a racing car, especially on faster corners. It is truly breathtaking how the car puts its 700 hp and 750 Nm effectively onto the tarmac and how incredibly well it brakes while always remaining easy to control,” says Lars Kern.