This one at a legendary circuit just 60 miles from its North American headquarters.
Porsche has displayed a bit of a habit – the best kind of habit – of setting lap records with the latest 911 GT2 RS. And now it's set one more, at a legendary circuit not far from its North American headquarters.
This time it was Road Atlanta that fell prey to the hardcore German sports car, which lapped the circuit in just 1:24.88, beating the previous lap record for road-going production cars – set a couple of years ago in the Dodge Viper ACR at 1:26.54 – by nearly two full seconds.
Proven racing drivers David Donohue and Randy Pobst traded off driving duties, but it was Pobst who ultimately set the top time.
"Even for a professional driver, huge power can be intimidating. But when I drive the GT2 RS, the massive torque feels completely under my control, so useable, because the car is extremely well-balanced. It is very confidence inspiring, a pleasure,” said Pobst. "It was an incredible experience. The traction coming out of a corner, the tireless brakes, the grip generated by the downforce and the tires, and of course the tremendous power made it possible,” added Donohue.
Road Atlanta is not only close to Porsche's US headquarters, but to its heart as well. "We are thrilled to set the production car lap record at this iconic track located just 60 miles from our US headquarters in Atlanta - a track that holds so many great memories for Porsche, such as the overall victory with the 911 RSR at Petit Le Mans in 2015,” said Porsche Cars North America chief Klaus Zellmer.
The 2.54-mile track is one of America's most legendary, hosting not only the Petit Le Mans but a wide array of other series over its half-decade of history.
As if the achievement weren't impressive enough on its own, the GT2 wasn't the only 911 to break the old record. Porsche also brought along a naturally aspirated 911 GT3 RS, and it clocked a lap of 1:26.24 – 0.3 seconds quicker than the Viper. Both its cars wore street-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
This wasn't the first lap record the GT2 RS has claimed. It previously set records at Laguna Seca, Willow Springs, and of course the Nürburgring Nordschleife. At this rate, we can't wait to see what the next version, based on the new 992, will be able to achieve.