2010 Porsche GT3 laps the Nurburgring in 7m 40 seconds

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The 2010 Porsche GT3, which the carmaker claims to be a fearsome track rival, is able to finish a lap at the Northern Loop of Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 40 seconds. This figure, which was obtained by top test driver Walter Rohrl during a recent open testing session, is still unofficial. The carmaker further claims that a couple of seconds more could still be dropped from the lap figure if their test driver was just intent on it.

It must be pointed out that there was a report of a fully sport-optioned 911 S ran the Northern Loop recently making it in 7 minutes and 56 seconds. Rohrl also managed to finish the lap under the same condition with a Ferrari 430 Scuderia in 7 minutes and 45 seconds. It was pointed out that the Nissan GT-R still can't better its lap figure last year of 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

But Nissan went back to Nurburgring just recently with a slightly updated 2010 GT-R and now claims it has done better than last year with its current lap time of 7 minutes and 27.56 seconds.

Although it is noteworthy that the ZR1's 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds lap time was not mentioned in the interview, but praise was offered to the most current Corvette.

The latest Porsche 911 GT3 is ready to show that it has the potential in terms of power, speed and dynamism. The GT3 boasts of excellent performance not just on the highway but on the racetrack as well. Porsche tapped on its wide range of motorsport knowledge in developing it.

The maximum output of the power is increased by 20 bhp to 435 bhp, around 320 kW, as the size has been increased as well to 3.8 liters. The six-cylinder engine has been modified to provide better performance and more muscle resulting in high torque even when at medium engine speeds.

Acceleration is also improved as the GT3 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in merely 4.1 seconds and from standstill to 160 km/h in 8.2 seconds. Maximum speed has been measured at 312 km/h or about 193 mph. Even with the improved performance, the fuel consumption and the emissions were still lowered.

With a completely new design, the GT3 stands out from the others as it shows to be a combination of a production-racing car and purebred production sports car. Experts are able to immediately see a number of its qualities even at first look.

This includes the cooling air outlets that are found on the edges of the front lid and front apron and located in between its bi-xenon headlights. For the first time it will have optimized thermal balance though this will soon become a standard feature.

Another good feature is that the central outlet is now covered on the top by a grid. This is the same treatment given to the three large intakes found in the lower part of its front bumper. In previous models, these features have been uncovered.

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