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Words: Shubham Choukse
With the new GT2 RS lapping around the green hell in a record breaking time of just 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds, Porsche has reclaimed the top position in the list of manufacturers with the fastest road-legal sportscars.
The car in question is the 2018 Porsche GT2 RS which was recently unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, 2017. Powering this beast is a twin-turbo, in-line, six-cylinder engine that pumps out 690bhp of power and all the power is sent to the rear wheels. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in a staggering 2.8 seconds while the top speed is a respectable 340Kmph.
In 2016, Lamborghini Huracan Performante broke the Porsche 918 Spyder’s record by almost 5 seconds and now Porsche has regained the top spot with the new GT2 RS.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, Porsche said, “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. 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. This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built”.
Record attempts were made using two cars, driven by Porsche’s factory drivers Lars Kern and Nick Tandy, in-total they made 5 attempts, each with a sub 6 minutes 50 seconds lap time.
“It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s class, but also its consistent performance in every lap. We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again,” said Andreas Preuninger, Director GT Model Line, Porsche.