Porsche, in collaboration with Manthey Racing, took a slightly modified 911 GT2 RS MR at the Nurburgring and broke the lap record for the fastest road-legal vehicle (again) after lapping the 20.6 km (12.8-mile) long circuit in just 6 minutes and 40.3 seconds.
With racing driver Lars Kern behind the wheel, this iteration of the 911 GT2 RS completed the lap nearly 5 seconds faster than the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and over three seconds faster from the McLaren P1 LM.
For the record-breaking run, the 911 GT2 RS MR had a special overall set up tailored to the characteristics of the Nordschleife. Manthey Racing, which is mostly owned by Porsche, looked at the development of the 911 RSR and 911 GT3 R racers and modified the chassis and aerodynamics of the car. The company also relied on their motorsports partner Esso for fuel.
Porsche and Manthey Racing didn’t go into many details on the upgrades of the 911 GT2 RS MR, with the pictures revealing a bigger rear wing and a set of dive planes. Compared to the 911 GT2 RS MR that’s available now for order from Manthey Racing, the record car was fitted with a racing bucket seat purely for safety reasons, not providing any weight savings.
The twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six engine remained stock, pumping out 700 PS (690 hp / 515 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, and channeling the output to the wheels through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.
“The drive was great fun. The balance of the car is also very good with the new package”, said Lars Kern. “I did not have to take any great risks to be fast. But I only had one attempt because it was already getting dark. It worked out first time though.”