Over the weekend, a lot of fans were excited to witness the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. During the event, the company was giving hints that the nine-eleven will be going to the Nurburgring and that it is capable of completing a lap in under seven minutes.
In other words, they are trying to say that the 911 GT2 RS will be as fast as the 918 Spyder with a lap time of 6:57 – or it may be even faster, though this may not be a surprise to many. The 918 Spyder made that record back in September 2013, but has already been broken by the McLaren P1 LM at 6:43, which is the current title holder.
It may not seem like the road-going 911 can match the McLaren’s record, but if it hits or beats the much more expensive 918 Spyder, then that would be pretty impressive. Frank-Steffen Walliser, who is responsible for the Porsche GT program, said at Goodwood that “it’s all about sevens” and that this is the 911‘s seventh generation, with 700 PS (690 horsepower), but then he added that “it’s no seven at the Nurburgring”. Walliser even told us to watch out for it, but then he asked to be given some time first to check it.
During the interview with Walliser, he was asked whether the new 911 GT2 RS can beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performance’s 6:52 record time. He didn’t give a direct answer but instead said that the supercar will have the same specs of the engine and tires as the production car, and that they are not “going for lap times that customers can’t achieve”. After saying that, it made me think that “no seven at the Nurburgring” may actually mean that it might be slower than we expected, since they don’t seem to be focusing on lap times anyway. But we can’t assume unless we have seen it take on the Green Hell.
Also, that quote does not assure us that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will actually perform the attempt around the Nurburgring. But if it does, the supercar will likely be equipped with the optional Weissach package to cut down some of its weight, by adding magnesium wheels and replacing parts with carbon fiber. Now, only time will tell what Porsche’s most powerful street legal 911 is capable of.
As a refresher, the hardcore Porsche gets a 3.8 liter flat-six engine, just like what the Turbo S has. The powerhouse is able to produce 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts), which gives it the ability to sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 2.9 seconds, and hitting a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour).