The modified 911 GT3 RS was seven seconds faster around the Ring than the stock sports car.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been stealing all the limelight in the sports car segment, and rightly so. This is Porsche's most track-focused 911 in the current 992 generation. After taking it for a spin, Jay Leno recently described it as "perfect." The bar has been set higher than ever before, but spy shots of prototypes tearing up the track confirm that the new, even more extreme 911 GT3 RS is just around the corner.
To show what the current 911 GT3 RS can do with a few modifications, Porsche tuner Manthey-Racing recently took the naturally-aspirated sports car for a spin around the Nurburgring.
Manthey-Racing has spiced up Porsche's track toy to create the GT3 RS MR with a slew of enhancements including fully adjustable coilovers, upgraded brakes, a carbon fiber engine deck lid, Gurney flap, and enhanced aero components including a massive rear wing with side plates. This is the same tuner that helped the GT2 RS reclaim the Nurburgring crown, so be in no doubt that these subtle modifications can make a huge difference.
With Porsche works driver Kevin Estre, behind the wheel, the GT3 RS MR lapped the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 54.340 seconds. On the old 12.8-mile configuration, the 911 GT3 RS MR clocked a time of six minutes and 49.656 minutes.
For comparison, the stock 911 GT3 RS set a time of 6 minutes, 56.4 seconds on the old configuration, which was 24 seconds faster than the previous-generation model. Impressively, Manthey's modifications shaved around 7 seconds off the official time. Just imagine what Manthey will achieve with the next-generation GT3 RS.
Before the lap, a racing seat was fitted for the driver's safety - this was the only non road-legal component. "It was a wonderful feeling to complete the short lap in under 6:50 minutes. The car felt great. It's unbelievable, especially in the fast corners. The crazy thing is that the times aren't far off those of our GT3 R, the Grello. I'm very proud to have been able to drive this lap for Manthey-Racing," said Kevin Estre.