Last month we told you that the 911 GT3 RS MR broke the official Nurburgring strip at 6: 54.340 – which was very impressive for a car not soiled by the turbochargers. Now it looks like the team was just warming up for the main show. Because obviously Lars Kern took a 911 GT2 RS fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit in 6: 43.300, which Porsche claims as an approved production car record on the road.
Now. Where the distinction between “road car” and “modified car” lies is hard to say. Because the lap achieved by Kevin Estre in the 911 GT3 RS MR is officially listed in the latter category – as is the case for the previous time recorded by the 911 GT2 RS MR in 2018. But Porsche clearly thinks it is over. of the solid, since the time has been fixed. “In the presence of a notary” as now demanded by any aspiring to set records, and confidently declares that the benchmark 6: 48.047 set by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series is no more.
Either way, the GT2’s 4.747 second advantage is remarkable. As Andreas Preuninger himself notes: “This time of 6: 43.300 for the entire lap equals 6: 38.835 for the older shorter variant, so that’s a real statement. Indeed, it is. If Wikipedia’s account of these things is correct, that’s almost 10 seconds faster than the time Kern managed in a “standard” GT2 RS in 2017. It is 10 seconds faster than the Radical SR8 LM lap recorded by Evo in 2009. Bonkers.
As always, the tires play their part. The Manthey Performance Kit car featured the same Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R rubber as the Black Series, and they undoubtedly contributed to the impressive 115.5 mph average speed. Like of course the chassis, aerodynamic components and brakes specially developed for the GT2 by engineers Manthey and Porsche.
The most important elements are the elements that affect the air flow, the additional flaps on the front spoiler and the air guides around the wheels increasing the downforce on the front axle while a new spoiler and a modified diffuser takes care of the rear. The result equates to 200kg of thrust out of the GT2’s rear at 124 mph – where there was only 93 before.
The track-optimized coilover suspension is adjustable to three settings in the front and four in the rear, and there are special racing pads for the PCCB ceramic brake system to reduce fading. Not to mention the steel sheathed brake lines for better pedal feedback. The wheels, measuring 20/21 inches, are the familiar magnesium elements of the Weissach pack and save 11.4 kg compared to the standard. Elsewhere you get an additional water tank for spray cooling of the intercoolers.
“The 911 GT2 RS sticks to the track like glue with the Manthey Performance Kit – you feel like you’re in a race car, especially through the faster corners. it brakes while still being easy to control, ”commented Kern. The team reported a track temperature of 41 degrees during the test.
If you’re in the mood to replicate his efforts (or at least own a car with the potential to do so), the Manthey Performance Kit from Porsche Tequipment is available to order now in Europe and will follow in the UK at a later date. . The manufacturer does not specify a price, but given the extent of the modifications and the fact that the kit is currently only available as a complete package, we will say a lot. This is what 4.747 seconds command in 2021.