Another Nurburgring record is set: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is 12.3 seconds faster than outgoing model

Article by Christian A., on May 5, 2017

Many automotive companies bring their cars to the Nurburgring with hopes that their cars would achieve records and beat out their rivals or even their predecessors themselves. Doing laps at Nurburging is a terrific way of gauging how far they’ve gone when it comes to performance.

Recently, Porsche took out its brand new 2018 911 GT3 for a test ride at the Nurburgring. The 2018 model certainly is more powerful than its predecessor knowing that it comes with an upgraded engine. So how much more powerful is it compared to the older model? Well, in just one day, it was able to beat the outgoing model by over 12 seconds around the Nurburgring, now making it one of the fastest cars to ever lap the ‘Ring. That is all thanks to the additional 25 horsepower (18 kilowatts) it is packed with.

The 2018 911 GT3 finished with a lap time of 7:12.7, exactly 12.3 seconds faster than its predecessor. It is now also considered the second fastest Porsche in the Nurburgring, following the 918 Spyder with a 6:57 lap time, which packs a whopping 887 horsepower (661 kilowatt) engine. The 918 took the crown way back in 2013.

The new second place record holder was driver by Lars Kern, Porsche test driver. You might be surprised but it was only equipped with equipment taken straight from the factory, including the standard PDK transmission, rear-axle steering, a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and optional carbon ceramic brakes that you can get for an additional $9,210.

As for the power output, the 911 GT3 now comes with an upgraded 4.0 liter flat-six engine, delivering 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 338 pound-feet (458 Newton-metres) of torque. The previous model, though still powerful, only produced 475 horsepower (354 kilowatts). The bigger engine in the 2018 model allows the 911 to sprint from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 3.2 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 197 miles per hour (317 kmh), thanks to the PDK transmission.

The exterior now has a new front fascia that improves airflow. Besides that, the upgraded front and rear diffusers were made slightly bigger to boost the car’s aerodynamic properties. The Porsche 911 GT3 only got a few upgrades from the previous model, but those tweaks have been good enough to make it establish a new record around the ‘Ring.

Press Release

7 minutes, 12.7 seconds: The 911 GT3 sets a new best time

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has celebrated its first day on the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes, 12.7 seconds for the legendary Nordschleife. The road-approved 911, with specifications similar to its motorsport counterpart, beat the time set by the previous model by 12.3 seconds.

“By achieving this time, we have emphatically proven that the new 911 GT3 not only provides the best driving experience, but can also deliver an impressive performance on the Nordschleife. The focus was on optimising the driving quality and adapting to the slight increase in engine power”, says a delighted Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT cars at Porsche. “A few years ago, lap times like this could only ever be achieved by thoroughbred racing cars with slick tyres”, adds Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Product Line. “The new GT3 can now achieve this with comparatively modest power, but is still fully suited to everyday use.”

The 911 GT3 also relies more on pure racing technology than the previous model. Its 368-kW (500-hp), high-rev, naturally aspirated engine can also be found in the 911 GT3 Cup racing car. Equipped with rear-axle steering, a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Michelin Sport Cup 2 N1 tyres, the sports vehicle approached the starting line in the Eifel in its standard trim. At an air temperature of 8 degrees and an asphalt temperature of 14 degrees, the conditions for Porsche test driver Lars Kern were ideal for racing. The road-approved rear-wheel drive Coupé recorded its best time under notarial supervision. “If you can drive fast on the Nordschleife, you can drive fast anywhere in the world”, Frank-Steffen Walliser comments.

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