The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany has been considered as one of the ultimate tests of quickness and speed for carmakers and their cars like. Setting a new record on the so-called Green Hell is fairly a difficult feat to accomplish, but Porsche seems to be taking it real easy as its creation broke anew the record for the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring.
More than a year ago, on September 20, 2017, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2) underwent a challenge at the Nurburgring, as piloted by Porsche test driver and development engineer Lars Kern. Riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 'N2' tires and fitted with the Weissach Package, Porsche Motorsport bucket seat and harness on driver's side, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS managed to set a new record on the 20.6-km Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring, with a record lap time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds (6:47.3)
However, less than a year later on July 26, 2018, the record was broken by nearly three seconds. The culprit was a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota as piloted by Italian Lamborghini factory driver Marco Marpelli. The time needed by the Aventador Superveloce Jota to complete a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife was six minutes and 44.97 seconds (6:44.97).
Interestingly, both Porsche and Lamborghini (through Audi) are part of the VW Group, which makes the race for the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring a high-tech sibling rivalry. But of course, Porsche won't let itself be outdone by Lamborghini.
On October 25, 2018, Porsche – in cooperation with Manthey-Racing – brought a 700-hp (515 kW) Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR to the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This 911 GT2 RS MR is basically the same road-legal yet track-focused car that Porsche clients can order, but as prepared by Manthey-Racing.
To prepare for the challenge, Porsche and Manthey-Racing – a 51-percent subsidiary of the sports car maker – fitted a racing bucket seat on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR for safety reasons. Porsche noted that such modification did not provide any weight benefits in the challenge. Likewise, the 911 GT2 RS was equipped with a new performance kit from Manthey-Racing. Moreover, its overall vehicle setup was tuned to the circuit characteristics of the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.
Interestingly, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR taken to the Nurburgring Nordschleife was piloted by the same driver who broke the record in September 2017 – Kern. He is essentially the best guy for the job, as his knowledge of the track was formidable, having driven on the Nordschleife on countless test and record drives as well as on a number of VLN races.
In the end, Kern and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR completed a lap in the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just six minutes and 40.3 seconds (6:40.3 minutes), which around four seconds quicker than the previous record. As a result, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring.