There's a new fastest road-legal car around the Nordschleife!
Porsche and the Nurburgring go together like Bratwurst and Sauerkraut. The brand continues to set blistering times around the Green Hell and shows no signs of slowing down. The German manufacturer's line of hardcore RS models like the 911 GT3 RS and 911 GT2 RS are the most track-focused and best-suited to the task of chasing lap records, but this most recent attempt is the most spectacular yet. On the 14th of June, Porsche finally set a new record for a road-legal vehicle with a time of 6:43.300 minutes in a GT2 RS fitted with a Manthey Performance Kit. Manthey has developed a number of performance packages for Porsche vehicles over the years, and this circuit-focused package is sold via Porsche Centers, making it an OEM-approved way of going even faster.
The new record-breaking time was set by driver Lars Kern at the wheel of a specially tuned 911 GT2 RS. It beat the previous record of 6:48.047 on the longer track, set by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, by 4.747 seconds. The time was set on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, at an average speed of 115.5 mph (185.87 km/h).
"Our GT customers often use their cars on circuit, such as on track days. The engineers at Manthey and Porsche have together developed a perfectly tuned package that allows the 911 GT2 RS to deliver even higher performance," says Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Model Lines 911/718. The performance kit from Manthey adds chassis, brake, and aerodynamic parts as well as a set of Weissach lightweight magnesium wheels that reduce weight by 25 pounds. With the extra aero, downforce is increased from 108 to 154 pounds on the front wheels at 124 mph, and 205 to 441 pounds on the rear wheels, and special PCCB ceramic brakes drastically reduce fade.
The new record was set despite warm summer conditions and a track temperature of 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit. "The 911 GT2 RS sticks to the track like glue with the Manthey Performance Kit - you feel as if you're in a racing car, especially on faster corners. It is truly breathtaking how the car puts its 700 PS (690 hp) down, and how incredibly well it brakes while always remaining easy to control," says Kern. The new record is equivalent to a time of 6:38.835 around the shorter track, beating AMG's effort by nearly five seconds. That's seriously quick.