Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring under 7 minutes

Porsche 911 GT3 RS laps Nurburgring under 7 minutes

The 6:56.4 minute time was set by Porsche works driver Kevin Estre, who shared the wheel with development driver Lars Kern.

It's an impressive way for the naturally aspirated Porsche 911 to go out, joining the Porsche 918 Spyder and the new 911 GT2 RS as the third Porsche to lap the Green Hell in under seven minutes.

The quickest lap was undertaken at 11:40am in ideal conditions, at 14 degrees Celsius, and a track temp of 18 degrees.

"Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our racing vehicle GT3 R. In this regard, there is no harder test than the Nordschleife".

The 911 had four attempts of breaking the previous set time, all of which were clocked at under seven minutes and only tenths of a second apart.

Following his lap, Estre said: "This lap was a sensational experience for me".

The GT3 RS borrows its aero and lightweighting technologies from the standard GT3 while also tacking on a magnesium roof and carbon-fiber front lid and fenders. During the recent run, the GT3 RS was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, which will be available for order at Porsche Centers and selected dealers and tire fitters. "The sound is a dream".

"A perfectly composed overall system allows for highly dynamic performance even with relatively modest engine power".

Unveiled just before the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the 911 GT3 RS is fitted with a 513bhp, naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre straight-six engine, which can launch the auto from 0-60mph in three seconds flat. "And what especially delights me is how much fun Lars and Kévin had when driving that vehicle". The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS reaches 62 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds.

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