Porsche has set a new lap record for road-approved production cars on the 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife in a 911 GT2 RS fitted with a Manthey Performance Kit. The circuit-focused Porsche Tequipment components are sold via Porsche Centers.
The best time of 6:43.300 minutes was achieved on 14 June, in the presence of a notary, with Porsche development driver Lars Kern at the wheel of the 515 kW (700 PS) 911 GT2 RS. The standing record in class was 6:48.047 by a Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, which is now 4.747 seconds off the pace.
The new Performance Kit was developed as part of a collaboration between Porsche’s engineers in Weissach and Manthey’s Nordschleife specialists in Meuspath. The circuit-focused Porsche Tequipment components are sold via Porsche Centers.
The Manthey Performance Kit from Porsche Tequipment has chassis, aerodynamic and brake components specially developed for the 911 GT2 RS. It also includes the Weissach Package’s light magnesium alloy wheels. “The individual components of the Performance Kit are precisely matched to one another. They only become fully effective when they are all installed together. As a result, the kit is only available at the moment as a whole package. Individual offerings are currently being evaluated,” said Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualization and Classic at Porsche AG.
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 breathtaking how the car puts its 700 PS down, and how incredibly well it brakes while always remaining easy to control,” said Kern.
Additional flaps on the front spoiler increase down-force on the front axle in combination with a carbon under-body and additional air guide elements in the area of the front wheels. Down-force increases from 49 to 70 kilograms at 200 km/h, and on the rear axle from 93 to 200 kg at the same speed. This is made possible by a new rear spoiler, a modified diffuser and aero-discs on the rear wheels.
“We are proud that Lars Kern was able to improve the lap time of the 911 GT2 RS in this way thanks to the Performance Kit, developed together with Porsche and optimized in many areas,” says Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director of Manthey-Racing.
The track-optimized coil-over suspension profits from the many years of motorsport experience at Porsche and Manthey. The front shock absorbers can be adjusted to three different settings and there are four settings on those at the rear. Special racing brake pads for the PCCB ceramic brake system reduce fade, while improving responsiveness and control precision. Steel-encased brake lines ensure even more direct pedal feedback. The magnesium wheels, 20-inch diameter at the front and 21-inches at the rear, offer an 11.4 kg weight saving and are available in Brilliant Silver, Black, Aurum, White Gold Metallic and Platinum. An additional water tank for spray-cooling of the intercoolers increases overall volume by approximately nine liters, thereby increasing the time between refills.
“With these newly developed parts, we have made an extremely good car even better. The 911 GT2 RS with Manthey Performance Kit is perfectly tailored to the needs of those customers who like to take their cars on track, especially the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This 6:43.300 time for the whole lap is equivalent to 6:38.835 for the shorter old variant, so makes a real statement,” said Andreas Preuninger, Vice President GT Cars.
The Manthey Performance Kit by Porsche Tequipment is available to order now from Porsche Centers for customers in Europe. Other markets will follow in time. In addition, a Porsche Approved Warranty can now be purchased for every Porsche 911 GT2 RS with Manthey Performance Kit.
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