Although the brands do not want to admit it, they love the subject of records. It is normal to hear some engineer say that his brand is no longer interested in having the fastest lap times and that they prefer to focus on other aspects of performance, and then, the following month, set a brutal record on circuits like the Nürburgring.
In the case of Porsche, the records they have broken are not always with a very high-power car and that is what is striking. In this case we talk about Porsche 911 GT3RS, which as we know is a track car that has been “domesticated” to meet urban homologations. However, with 524 Hp of power, it is far from being one of those supercars with enormous powers. On the contrary, those from Stuttgart understand that to be the fastest, there is much more than power at stake.
This is how Jörg Bergmeister, Porsche ambassador and brand development driver, It completed the 20 kilometers and 810 meters of the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 6:49.328 minutes, 10.6 seconds faster than the time achieved by the 911 GT3.
The keys in the 911 GT3 RS are in its high-revving aspirated engine, its lightweight bodywork and all its aerodynamic equipment, as well as the cooling elements. For example, at 285 km/h, the 911 GT3 RS achieves a downforce of 860 kilos, three times more than that of the 911 GT3. Here, too, the Weissach package and the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, both optional ex works, work in favor.
“Today, the 911 GT3 RS demonstrated what it already promised at first glance: its magnificent performance on the track”, said Andreas Preuninger, director of GT models at Porsche. “Considering that the conditions were far from ideal, with a strong headwind on the long Döttinger Höhe straight and cool tarmac temperatures, we are pleased with this weather. The 911 GT3 RS sets new standards in terms of chassis and aerodynamics. Never before has a road car been so close to a racing car.”
Another important aspect to note is that today, the official Nürburgring records are measured based on the so-called “long track”. The records, for many years, were made without taking into account the T13 straight, although today it is easy to measure the two records for comparison purposes. For example, according to friends of Carscoopsa Porsche 918 Spyder needed 6:57 seconds to set the record on the “short track”. The GT3 RS? He did it in 6:44.848. What is the real supercar?
“We lost downforce due to strong gusts of wind, but I’m still very happy with the lap”Bergmeister said. “The 911 GT3 RS is in another league, especially in the faster sectors. In those circumstances it sits at a level normally reserved for the best racing cars. The vehicle also sets new standards in braking. Fast laps on the Nordschleife are hilarious with this model.”
Frank Moser, Vice President of the 911 and 718 ranges, was following the evolution of the 911 GT3 RS from the wall of boxes: “I am incredibly proud of what the entire team has achieved during the development and testing of this nine-eleven. Today, Jörg Bergmeister knew how to get the full potential of the car. The 911 can still surprise us and it shows that the rear-engine concept is still very suitable for high-performance sports cars.”
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