New 911 GT3 RS set another benchmark around Nürburgring
On 16 April, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS set another benchmark for road-approved sports cars at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Porsche works race driver Kévin 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 Porsche sports car with a notarised lap time of less than seven minutes on the famous race track. As is customary for record drives, the time was measured around the 20.6-kilometre lap.
Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, commented: “No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred to this car, for example, from the 911 GT3 R. This is what our philosophy for GT models is about.”