2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2018

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.

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911 GT2 RS MR is the fastest road-legal sports car on the ‘Ring’

Porsche has set another new record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in cooperation with Manthey-Racing. On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Porsche GT2 RS MR with 515 kW (700 hp) completed a lap of the 20.6-kilometre long circuit in 6:40.3 minutes. No other road-legal vehicle has ever been so fast on ‘The Green Hell’ track. Lars Kern was at the wheel of the sports car, which had been especially set up for the ‘Nordschleife’ by Porsche engineers and Manthey-Racing experts. The Porsche test driver already set a lap record in September 2017 in a series-production Porsche 911 GT2 RS*.

“We kept our eye on the weather all day and thought hard about whether such a drive was possible. We would not have taken any risks if it was raining or if the track was slightly damp,” says Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Motorsport and GT Cars. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS was equipped with the new performance kit from Manthey-Racing, supplemented by an overall vehicle setup tailored to the circuit characteristics of the Nürburgring-Norschleife. “In this test drive, we simply wanted to assess the potential of the vehicle once more. The result is quite impressive. It really is a fabulous time. This shows again very clearly the exciting possibilities of this sports car.”

The Porsche GT2 RS was launched on the market in 2017 as the fastest and most powerful 911 of all time so far. In recent months, Porsche engineers used their know-how from development of the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R race cars as well as the experience of Manthey-Racing gained in numerous successful races on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The targeted modifications included the areas of chassis and aerodynamics. The technicians focused on suitability for on-road driving at all times.

“The drive was great fun,” says development engineer Lars Kern. The 31-year-old knows the ‘Ring’ very well from test and record drives as well as numerous VLN races. “The balance of the car is also very good with the new package. I did not have to take any great risks to be fast. But I only had one attempt because it was already getting dark. It worked out first time though.” Manthey-Racing CEO Nicolas Raeder adds: “We are very proud. It was a great challenge to make the already tremendously fast Porsche 911 GT2 RS even faster.”

In autumnal but dry conditions, Lars Kern optimally exploited the huge potential of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR on his record lap under the eyes of a notary. For the fuel, Porsche relied on Esso as a proven partner from motor sports. The driver's seat was the only modification compared with the version of the GT2 RS MR that can now be ordered from Manthey-Racing for club sport and track day events. A racing bucket seat was fitted in the record-breaking vehicle for safety reasons. This modification did not provide any weight benefits.

About the Porsche GT2 RS
The fastest and most powerful Porsche 911 made its world debut at Goodwood in the UK in June 2017. The 3.8-litre engine produces 515 kW (700 hp) and delivers a torque of 750 Nm. The top speed of the rear-wheel-drive sports car is 340 km/h. The two-seater weighs in at just 1,470 kilograms and accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. In September, Porsche presented the new Porsche 935, based on the ultra-modern technology of the 911 GT2 RS, at the Rennsport Reunion VI in Laguna Seca, California (USA). The exclusive vehicle, which is designed for track day use, will be delivered to customers next year in a limited production run of just 77 cars.

Manthey-Racing
The company Manthey-Racing is based in Meuspath at the Nürburgring and is managed by the brothers Nicolas and Martin Raeder. Porsche AG owns a 51 percent share in the company. Manthey-Racing offers services, part packages and race events for customers. The racing team from the Eifel region is the sole record holder with six overall victories in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. Among other things, the team from Meuspath is responsible for the two 911 RSR entered in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In this race series, Porsche achieved a class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2018. The Porsche GT Team also currently has a clear lead in the overall WEC classification.

Source: Porsche

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