New RS breaks records, but falls short of production car benchmark
They’ve only gone and done it again.
With brand ambassador, Jörg Bergmeister, behind the wheel, Porsche set out to break records at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with their latest rendition of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
Universally understood to be the proving grounds for industry bragging rights, putting down the fastest lap times there is a crowning achievement for any automaker.
The lap time for the GT3 RS on official record is 6:49.328, though the track had recently been reconfigured in a way that is a little less flattering than before.
That being said, it’s still possible to derive what its time would’ve been on the more recognized “Sport Auto” 12.8-mile configuration, which in this case is 6:44.848.
This certainly makes it the fastest GT3 RS to date, and also the quickest naturally-aspirated production car to lap the ‘Ring. However, it does fall short of the overall production car record—set by the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series—which recorded a 6:43.616 on the “Sport Auto”.
Andreas Preuninger, who heads the Porsche GT department, remarked that more ideal conditions would likely have produced a better lap time, but that he’s happy with the results nonetheless.
“Considering the far from ideal conditions, with a strong headwind on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe and cool asphalt temperatures, we are satisfied with this time.”
Naturally, we’ve also provided the video recording of the lap for your viewing pleasure, below. Enjoy!