“At the start of the development process, we set ourselves a lap time target for the GT2 RS of less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds. The credit for beating this target by 17.7 seconds goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance. This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built”.
Andreas Preuninger, the GT model line director, said: “We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again.”
Porsche launched the GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in June, but it’s only now that it’s been able to run in lap-time anger at the Nürburgring. The time wasn’t a one-off, either: the previous record for road-approved sports cars, of 6 minutes 52.01 seconds, was broken first time out by two factory works Porsche drivers, in two different GT2 RS: Britain’s Nick Tandy then joined Germany’s Lars Kem in completing five consecutive laps in under 6 minutes 50 seconds.
Harking back to the original 993-generation 911 GT2, the 911.2 model uses the same basic layout with a turbocharged flat six taking power to the rear wheels exclusively. For the 2018 model, power and torque rise to a mega 515kW and 750Nm from a rear-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo. Want to know what else makes the Widowmaker tick?