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Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Sets New Road-Legal Nürburgring Record

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Nurburgring Record

“Anything you can do, I can do better.” So goes the song, and so go Porsche and Lamborghini, who are apparently not done using the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit as their own personal vehicle-measuring battleground. It does seem, however, that Porsche has generally had the measure of Lamborghini since the 918 Spyder first breached the 7-minute barrier.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR now holds the crown as fastest road-legal sports car ever to go around the famous 12.93-mile circuit, with a lap time of 6:40.3 minutes. This beats the previous record, set by the Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 in July 2018, by more than four seconds (which had itself beaten the July 2017 record set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which had beaten the October 2016 record set by the Lamborghini Huracán LP 640-4… you get the idea).

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To accomplish the feat, Porsche teamed up with Manthey-Racing, a company that offers services, part packages, and race events for customers, and which is behind a record six overall victories at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. MR modified the 911 GT2 RS with a special focus on the chassis and aerodynamics, aiming to make the car as drivable as possible.

“The drive was great fun,” said development engineer Lars Kern. “The balance of the car is also very good with the new package. I did not have to take any great risks to be fast. But I only had one attempt because it was already getting dark. It worked out first time though.”

You can view the entire onboard lap in the video below. As Kern says, he didn’t have to take any great risks. The car never really looks on edge, which is extremely impressive considering just how fast the lap ended up being.

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