Porsche set a new lap record for road-legal production cars on the 20.8-kilometre Nurburgring Nordschleife in a 911 GT2 RS fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit. The best time of 6:43.300 minutes was achieved on 14 June, with Porsche development driver Lars Kern at the wheel of the 700 PS (515 kW) 911 GT2 RS. The new Performance Kit was developed as part of a close collaboration between Porsche’s engineers in Weissach and Manthey-Racing’s track specialists.
The plan was to beat the existing 6:48.047 road-car record. Kern achieved this with flying colours at the wheel of the 911 GT2 RS, beating the previous time by 4.747 seconds on road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, at an average speed of 185.87 km/h.
“Our GT customers often use their cars on circuit, such as on track days,” says Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Model Lines 911/718. “The engineers at Manthey and Porsche have together developed a perfectly tuned package that allows the 911 GT2 RS to deliver even higher performance.”
Lars Kern broke the record despite high-summer conditions and a track temperature of 41 degrees. “The 911 GT2 RS sticks to the track like glue with the Manthey Performance Kit. You feel as if you’re in a racing car, especially on faster corners. It is truly breath-taking how the car puts its 700 PS down, and how incredibly well it brakes while always remaining easy to control,” says Kern.
The Manthey Performance Kit from Porsche Tequipment consists of chassis, aerodynamic and brake components specially developed for the 911 GT2 RS. It also includes the Weissach Package’s light magnesium alloy wheels.
At this stage, the circuit-focused Porsche Tequipment components are available at Porsche Centres in Europe. The roll-out in other markets is planned in due course, depending on country-specific requirements.
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