New Porsche 911 GT2 RS Destroyed Huracan Performante’s Ring Lap With A Record 6:47.3

Porsche’s 2018 911 GT2 RS is not only the most powerful 911 ever, but also the fastest one on the Nurburgring.

Moreover, it’s also the fastest rear-wheel drive production car to have lapped the famous German track, after it managed to cover the 20.6km (12.8-mile) run in just 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds.

Thanks to this impressive achievement, the supercar proved that it’s just 1.4 seconds slower on the Nurburgring than the electric NextEV Nio EP9, and faster than the Radical SR8LM, Lamborghini Huracan Performante, and basically all other high-performance machines.

“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”, said Porsche’s Motorsport and GT Cars Vice President, Frank-Steffen Walliser. “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.”

For their attempt to break the ‘Ring lap record, Porsche used a pair of 911 GT2 RSs, driven by Lars Kern and Nick Tandy. It was the former who managed to set this mind-blowing lap time, on September 20 at 7:11pm, in what the automaker calls “ideal outdoor conditions”, averaging 184.11km/h (114.4mph).

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  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    İn every few months more record brakers are keep coming.
    Nothing is special about ring any more.

    • Bash

      True, because everybody wants to be the best, and the problem with that, is you only the best untill someone better comes along. 😉

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        Sure, i do understand this.
        But my point is that, does ‘ring time really refer that you are the best really?
        To me ,NO.

    • Vassilis

      Everything is special about the ‘Ring. Even those lap times are special because they’re insane. What isn’t the case so much any more is how much those times say for the car.

    • Jan Mleziva

      logic 101

    • Shane

      This attitude is what happens when everyone gets trophies and not just the kids that finished on the podium.

  • Bash

    Richard Hammond will love this.

  • autosharero

    forget the Lamborghini, he destroyed the Radical, which is even more impressive.

    • Shelby GT500

      But 911 didn’t destroy Chinese EV… So they should make a 911 GT2 RS Evo for that.

    • Six_Tymes

      great point!

    • fabri99

      What I thought exactly.

    • Kaisuke971

      In the Radical’s defense, it did lap the Ring with 2009 tyres on the 2009 track which was significantly slower.

  • Six_Tymes

    very cool. personally, i’m glad it beat the 918. A BIG Congrats to Lars Kern and Nick Tandy

  • Jan Mleziva

    Ha, you gotta love how “outside conditions were ideal” yet you see a damp/wet track 😀

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    chiron could be tested here

  • fabri99

    Well, I guess Radical really has to respond now… CANT.WAIT.

    • LWOAP

      They will. They’re not going to sit back and take it. Unless, of course, they are into that sort of thing.

  • Kaisuke971

    I wonder what the McLaren 720S would do. I’m not even sure it could match this monster honestly, the GT2 RS has serious aero plus that very trick four wheel steering system. What a beast !

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Suck it Flambo!

  • Ermal Morina

    Called it long ago,I said that the GT2 RS would be faster than the 918,but honestly didn’t expect to be this fast.Amazing

  • J D

    So what conclusion does the company draw about its 918, then? V8 unnecessary? Hybrid unnecessary? AWD unnecessary? All that extra for less performance than a massaged 911.

    • An Existing Person

      That could not be any more incorrect. All this shows is how much technology is advancing in a short period of time (2014 918 to 2018 GT2), the importance of aerodynamics and tuning, and how awesome Porsche is. The 918 was never going to be at the top forever.

      • nastinupe

        Yeah but what he is saying is that it was beat by a simple 6 cylinder engine with a turbo and some aerodynamics on a chassis that was initially designed 10 years ago. The 991 has been around for a while now. So technically speaking, the 918 was a newer design since it came out several years AFTER the 991 was introduced. One also needs to be reminded that the GT2 RS is down on power compared to the 918. So was it all really worth it when the old but new 911 still beat it?

        • Captain Obvious

          The biggest factor in this insane performance leap is …tires. Tire makers keep launching stickier and even more stickier compounds that lead to extraordinary gains in lap times. This, and the fact that Nurburgring is now a much faster place since the changes they made on the tarmac a few years back. Add one of those new sticky tires to the 918 and chances are it will be faster than everything… again.

        • Riddle

          I mean, was the 911 getting sub 7:00 times 10 years ago? They’ve been iterating on that design and it keeps getting better and better. Hence why 911’s weren’t beating 918’s when the 918 was new.

          • nastinupe

            But it’s simply the same 911 with 200 – 300 additional hp (depending on what model you’re comparing it to) and a better suspension and aero. If that’s all that was needed why spend $100,000,000 building the 918? I mean, I get it, it’s great for the “study”, however, why not simply let other companies test out the new technology and then steal it later. If I start a car company now it’s not like I have to reinvent the wheel if I want to use internal combustion. I just borrow from what everyone else spent billions of dollars to discover over the past 140 years. Porsche might as well just keep building ICE’s until there’s a real reason to jump over. Sure Tesla’s can kill ICE’s in a straight line but on a track they are still way too heavy.

          • Riddle

            But again, if all that was needed to get this lap time was more hp, better suspension, etc, why hadn’t it already been done? You don’t think Porsche would’ve wanted to run a time like this several years ago? Clearly the improvements made to the GT2 aren’t as simple as you’re assuming they are.

    • wtvlol

      918 was a prototype and the driver said he could improved the time by 3-5secs.
      918 also used Cup 2 N0 which were Eco Friendly rated tires.
      991.2 GT2 RS use Cup 2 N1, which are gripper.

      Also Nordscheleife had some slighly modifications in 2016, making it about 2 secs faster.

      I think the 918 with updated tires would do a similar time to GT2 RS.

      • Riddle

        If that were true, it would have happened back in 2014.

    • Riddle

      You get that the 918 is no longer in production and is several years older than this car right?

      • nastinupe

        Technically the 918 is a younger car in terms of development. This is basically a “modded” 991 which was designed way back in 2007/ 2008. The 918 was designed around 2011 – 2013 so it’s technically a more advanced and current design from Porsche.

        • Riddle

          And yet there was no 911 before the 918 that was getting lap times anywhere near the GT2. Yea, it’s still a 911, but it’s been vastly improved since any 911 from just a few years ago.

          • nastinupe

            I believe that it was that simple. Porsche always releases the GT2 as a swan song for each 911 generation. They weren’t developing it all this time, it just wasn’t time to release it yet.

            Look at what a WRX STI can do when it’s modded. It is not rocket science.

    • eb110americana

      At this point, cars are getting so powerful, while remaining relatively lightweight, that “who’s the fastest” has come down to grip. Especially at high speed tracks like the Nurburgring, aggressive aero rules the day along with nearly-race-spec tires that last laps instead of years. Just think about that average speed of 114.4 mph. That means for every low-speed hairpin corner that dips to under 20 mph, that must be balanced out with speeds approaching 200 mph–and this is not a runway or a banked oval we are talking about. If you’re going to be running that with any repetition, you’re going to need confidence to run at those psychotic speeds, and the only way to do that is with surpluses of grip.

  • eeee

    These times are insane, but don’t say much for the car itself. I will wait till cars break into the 5 Minute mark before I become extremely impressed. Also, the 918 got whopped. Makes it seem kinda redundant now.

  • LWOAP

    Congrats. The Zonda R did that back in 2010. Oh, well, better late than never Porsche. RELAX. I’m joking. No really, though, good job. I’m pretty sure someone is going to break that record before the end of summer in 2018. Don’t get too comfortable.

  • SteersUright

    Whoa!!! Watching the video looked like watching a regular car in fast-forward!