New Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets 6:49:328-minute lap at Nürburgring Nordschleife
Mikko David · Oct 23, 2022 08:35 PM
Remember the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS we featured recently? Well, as it turns out, it just completed the 20.8-kilometer Nordschleife in 6:49.328 minutes. This lap time happens to be 10.6 seconds faster than the current 911 GT3.
This is the 5th fastest lap time for a production car in the course. The Lamborghini Aventador SV's fastest lap around the Nordschleife was 6:59.73 minutes. A Toyota GR Yaris did it in 8:14.93 minutes.
Porsche brand ambassador, Porsche Supercup champion, and 24 Hours of Spa and Daytona 1st placer, Jörg Bergmeister, piloted the highly tuned flagship of the 911 series. The 46-year-old German was also “intensely involved” in developing the new 911 GT3 RS.
Dealing with less-than-ideal conditions at the famed course, Bergmeister nonetheless delivered the expected lap time of the machine. “We lost a little downforce due to the strong, sometimes gusting wind, but I’m still very happy with the lap,” says Bergmeister. “In the fast sections in particular, the 911 GT3 RS is in a league of its own. Here it’s on a level usually reserved for top-class racing cars. The car is also setting new standards in braking. Fast laps on the Nordschleife are simply so much fun in this car.”
“Today the 911 GT3 RS delivered what it had already promised at first glance – absolute excellence on the racetrack,” says Andreas Preuninger, Director GT cars. “Considering the far from ideal conditions, with a strong headwind on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe and cool asphalt temperatures, we are satisfied with this time. The 911 GT3 RS is setting new standards for aerodynamics and the chassis. Never before has a road car embodied so much motorsport.”
The new 911 GT3 RS is designed uncompromisingly for maximum performance. The 386 kW (525 PS) road-legal high-performance sports car takes full advantage of technology and concepts from motorsport. In addition to the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with racing DNA and intelligent lightweight construction, the cooling and aerodynamic concept proves its direct kinship with its motorsport brethren. At 285 km/h, the 911 GT3 RS achieves a total downforce of 860 kilograms – three times as much as a 911 GT3.
The 911 GT3 RS with the Weissach package was equipped with the optionally available Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. The setup featured 275/35 R 20 tires at the front and 335/30 R21 rubber at the rear. The new 911 GT3 RS completed the previously standard shorter lap in 6:44.848 minutes.
Now sit back, grab your popcorn and appreciate the on-the-limit driving done with the new Porsche 911 GT3 to achieve this stunning lap time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
With an automotive career spanning 27 years as a former touring car racer turned automotive journalist and photographer, Mikko also handled marketing and PR for two major Japanese car brands before finding peace and purpose in sharing his views about cars, driving, and mobility.