Watch This Porsche GT2 RS Set a New Record at Nürburgring


Because new vehicles are better (almost) every year, the fastest lap record is constantly shifting, and companies like Porsche, Mercedes, Lamborghini, Dodge, and Ferrari are regularly jockeying for a position near the top. With 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque generated by its 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine, the auto is the most powerful 911 ever sold, and now it's the fastest too.

The only road cars faster than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS are the Nio EP9 - a £1.4million electric supercar - and the McLaren P1 LM, a racecar turned road vehicle.

Porsche Le Mans prototype driver Nick Tandy and factory test driver/local VLN Series ace Lars Kern both took turns setting laps in two different GT2 RSes, and both smashed Lamborghini's record.

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Before setting its quickest time, the 911 GT2 RS was able to beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performante's record with their first lap and the auto easily cracked below 6:50 afterwards. That's just under 5 seconds quicker than the Performante (6:52.01).

Rather than being a one-off flying lap, however, Porsche claims that the 7:05.00 target was beaten time and again during the record runs, with five of its laps ducking under the 6:50.00 threshold. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive auto was the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR. The GT2 RS's average speed was 184.11kmph.

The figure was faster than the previous Porsche record of its 918 Spyder. Us too. Which makes the new Porsche 911 Ring record all the more impressive. At the heart of this high-performance sports vehicle is a 515-kW (700-hp) six-cylinder biturbo flat engine. The lap was done on a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires - the same compound that will come with customer cars. However, these are extremely limited in production, with the McLaren limited to five units and the Nio only making it to 16 examples.