Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Beats The Track, And Hypercars, Into Submission

You may remember back in November that a Manthey Racing-tuned Porsche 911 GT2 RS broke the lap record of the Nurburgring with a jaw-dropping 6:40.3, beating cars like the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and the McLaren P1 LM by nearly five and over three seconds respectively.

Well, this is the very same car and Chris Harris had the chance to drive it at the Portimao circuit, the same track where he set lap times with the McLaren P1, the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder a few years ago.

The MR Performance kit for the 911 GT2 RS leaves the 700hp turbocharged engine and transmission untouched and instead focuses on aero, suspension, wheels and tires. Manthey Racing, which is mostly owned by Porsche, has installed a KW coilover suspension that’s basically the same as the GT3 R racer, the brakes feature better pads and new lines and a set of lightweight magnesium wheels.

The 911 GT2 RS MR also has a lot more aero compared to the standard car. Manthey Racing added new endplates on the rear wing along with a different splitter, underbody panels and rear diffuser. Combined, these elements make a big difference compared to the standard GT2 RS on the track, and that shows on the insane lap times the MR can pull.

Harris was able to lap Portimao with the 911 GT2 RS MR 2.5 seconds quicker than his personal best in a McLaren P1 on Trofeo R tires, 4.5 seconds quicker than a Porsche 918 Spyder and 4.7 seconds over a LaFerrari when he tested them back in 2015.

That’s pretty stunning performance levels coming from a 911 GT2 RS – which is no slouch to begin with. Just goes to show that horsepower isn’t, after all, everything…

 

  • Mr. EP9

    So a modified sports car being faster than stock hyper-cars around a track? What a remarkable revelation. Who would have thought such a thing is possible?

    /s

    • wtvlol

      Slighly modified. It puts down less 300hp than those hypercars so I think it still a good comparison.

  • GobbleUp

    Not stock, doesn’t count. Misleading headlines. Poorly done.

    • Matt

      How is the headline misleading? It says ‘GT3 RS MR’ – the ‘MR’ standing for Manthey Racing. That’s the official name of the car… do you want them to put a warning up every time it’s not a stock car or something?

      • GobbleUp

        Lafff.

  • Six_Tymes
  • Six_Tymes
  • Ken Lyns

    Makes you wonder if the holy trinity of hypercars would be faster around the track if they didn’t have all the hybrid tech (i.e. weight)… But then again we already know, right? The Senna is faster than the P1 around the track.

Connectivity Upgrades Raise 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Prices By $530

The 2020 NV200 cargo van gains a new 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Radio.

Kia Admits Stinger Successor Is In Doubt As Sales Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

The sports saloon was always going to be a halo car for Kia, yet they believed it would be successful at least in the U.S. – and that didn’t happen.

G-Power Pumps Up The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe To 789 HP

Thanks to new turbochargers and software, plus a few other parts, Merc’s super SUV benefits from a significant increase in power.

Semi-Truck Carrying 44,000 Lbs Of Nutella Crashes In Michigan

Good thing the chocolate delight was in jars and not liquid form, or that highway would probably be closed to traffic for more than 2.5 hours .

McLaren Speedtail Build Slot Pops Up For Sale At $5.5 Million

Production of the 1,035 HP hyper GT is limited to 106 units worldwide, so it’s to be expected for flippers to exploit this to the fullest.

Have A Listen At The Tesla Model 3’s Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla’s new noisemaker for the Model 3 actually makes two sounds, one for going forward and one for reverse, and they’re (fittingly) futuristic.

California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

The war between the Trump administration, who revoked states’ rights to set their own standards, and state officials is escalating.

Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Currently residing at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, this classic S-Class has undergone a thorough restoration by the company itself and is accompanied by all documents and invoices .

2020 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Leaves A Good Chunk Of Its GM Legacy Behind

The styling changes are minor, but the revamped Astra gets an all-new, PSA-derived engine lineup that should help it keep up with its rivals.

Toyota Land Cruiser Celebrates 10 Million Units Sold Since 1951

Toyota’s iconic off-roader has been on sale for 68 years now, with the latest generation being available in 170 markets worldwide.