The Nürburgring is probably the world’s most demanding race track. Lapping this exceptional circuit in less than 7 minutes is a mark of outstanding performance for a car and its tyres. The latest Porsche 911 GT3 RS equipped with Michelin Pilot sport Cup 2 tyres shows us how its done.
An epic run on a demanding circuit
Porsche and the Nürburgring go back a long way. Each special model produced by the German car manufacturer is put through its paces on this track to prove its credentials. Last year, the 700 horsepower Porsche GT2 RS achieved a record lap time of 6 minutes and 47 seconds to become the fastest ever Porsche on this circuit.
This might seem like a hard act to follow for the less powerful (albeit still boasting 520 hp) GT3 RS. However, this model also outdid itself, with French driver Kevin Estre setting a lap time of exactly 6:56.4 minutes, which is 24 seconds faster than the previous GT3 RS.
The design of the new GT3 RS channels top-level motorsport vehicles, both in terms of its chassis and engine. To top it all, the car has the tyres to match its ambitions, namely Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres in 265/35 ZR 20 and 325/30 ZR 21, the same fitment as the GT2 RS.
In terms of pure performance, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS can do 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 312 km/h.
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