New 911 GT3 RS smashes Nürburgring-Nordschleife record

  On April 16, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS \set another benchmark for road-approved sports cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit with works race driver Kévin Estre. Estre set a lap time in 6:56.4 minutes with the 520-hp GT3 RS. The Frenchman’s lap time was 24 seconds faster than the best time achieved with the previous GT3 RS model.

Porsche development driver Lars Kern was sharing driving duties with Estre. Following the 918 Spyder and the 911 GT2 RS, the new GT3 RS is the third production ]sports car with a notarised lap time of less than seven minutes on the world’s most demanding race track. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured around the 20.6-kilometer lap.

Estre began the record lap just before noon in ideal conditions, with 14 degree Celsius ambient and 18 degree Celsius track temperature. “This lap was a sensational experience for me”, he revealed. “Through the fast corners and on the brakes in particular, the GT3 RS is unbelievably close to our #racing car GT3 R. This is also thanks to the new generation of tyres for road going sports cars. I like the engine of the GT3 RS a lot. Up to 9,000 revs per minute from a six-cylinder engine just feels fantastic. The sound is a dream and the torque is massive.”

Since 2016, Estre belongs to the squad of Porsche works drivers. He competes with the Porsche 911 RSR in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) that includes the Le Mans 24-Hours. In the ADAC GT Masters he races the 911 GT3 R.

At the Nürburgring the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was equipped with the latest generation of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Optimized especially for track day use, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 R is fully compliant with relevant EU and US law. The tyre (265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear) can soon be ordered at every Porsche Center and selected dealers or tyre fitters. Its approved fitments include Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 911 GT2 RS.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS with motorsport-bred chassis and 383-kW (520-hp), four-liter, high- speed naturally aspirated engine had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in early March this year. The high-performance sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 312 km/h.