Following this week’s third-fastest production sportscar time in history with its 911 GT3 RS, Porsche’s development team celebrated at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit. The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS finished only third, preventing Porsche from breaking the sports car lap record at the Nürburgring.
The next flagship supercar may have clocked a time of 6: 49.328 to complete the 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife course, 10.6 seconds quicker than the 911 GT3 now on the road. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Manthey Performance Kit, whose time of 6: 43.3 was recorded in 2021, outperformed the brand-new 911 GT3 RS supercar in terms of power. Porsche will suffer, though, from missing the Mercedes-AMG Black Series’ second-place time by 1.3 seconds.
Despite this, Porsche stated that it was pleased with the 911 GT3 RS’s 6: 49.328 lap time, which was achieved in chilly weather with blustery headwinds on the fastest sections of the notorious German mountain racetrack with highly successful driver Jörg Bergmeister at the wheel.
Porsche’s Director of GT Cars, Andreas Preuninger, commented, “Considering the far from perfect conditions, with a strong headwind on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe and cool asphalt temperatures, we are delighted with this time.
“The 911 GT3 RS is raising the bar for chassis and aerodynamics. A road car has never previously embodied so much Motorsport. The Manthey and AMG sports cars both have turbocharged engines, but the 386kW 911 GT3 RS has a naturally aspirated engine. With 860 kg of aerodynamic downforce at 285 km/h, which Porsche acknowledges is three times the downforce of the standard GT3, the GT3 RS attempts to compensate for its lack of turbo torque.
Due to the strong, occasionally gusting wind, “we lost a bit downforce, but I’m still quite delighted with the lap,” driver Bergmeister stated. Porsche views the Nürburgring as its home track. The 919 Hybrid Evo set the official lap record for the Nordschleife in 5: 19.5546. The Taycan Turbo S set the production EV lap record with a time of 7: 33.35. The Cayenne Turbo GT set the SUV record with a time of 7: 38.9.