And it probably won't be beaten for a long time.
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS will always be remembered for the astonishing lap time it set at the Nurburgring, which broke the production car record. Recently, however, the GT2 RS claimed another production car lap record, this time at Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, the world’s second-longest permanent racing circuit behind the Green Hell with a length of 4.78 miles and 35 corners.
To be fair, though, it didn’t have a lot of competition because the GT2 RS was the first car to set a production car record at the newly-opened Australian race track. Not that we're downplaying Porsche's achievement, because the record will probably stand for a long time given the car’s potent performance.
With experienced racing driver and Motor Magazine performance-car test driver Warren Luff at the wheel, the GT2 RS whipped around the challenging circuit in just 3 minutes and 24.079 seconds.
Located in the small town of Tailem Bend in South Australia, the Bend Motorsport Park is the result of a massive investment of more than 100 million Australian dollars, which is around 74 million US dollars. “The GT2 RS just feels so much more powerful [than the GT3],” Luff said. “I think I got to 161 mph (260 kph) on the straight before I stopped looking down. It’s a mega, mega thing.”
If you need a recap, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 690 horsepower, enabling the car to sprint to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. This setup also enabled the car to smash the Nurburgring production car lap record with a time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds.
Porsche’s record could be under threat by the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, however, as recent teaser videos suggest the Italian automaker could reclaim the crown as the king of the ‘Ring after the GT2 RS beat the Huracan Performante’s record.