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Porsche Just Set A Road America Track Record With The 911 GT2 RS

As if we needed Porsche to underline the sheer speed of the 911 GT2, it broke the unofficial Road America production car lap record on just its second lap…

Remind me later

Porsche is on a mission to prove just how fast the 911 GT2 RS is, with yet another lap record.

This time it’s Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, whose ultra-fast 4.048-mile layout of 14 turns was munched in 2m15.17s. That’s around two seconds faster than a privately-owned GT2 RS managed last year.

Porsche had already thrashed Road Atlanta’s production car lap record into line, beating the Dodge Viper ACR in the process.

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Porsche’s riposte was driven by 1998 Le Mans class winner David Donohue, and it took just two laps for the American to handsomely beat the benchmark time. Porsche says that shows how ‘approachable’ the semi-slick-shod GT2 is, which really just means it’s not actively trying to hurt you…

It ran the new record time courtesy of special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres, developed for the GT2 and GT3 RS with a stiffer sidewall and 10 per cent more corner contact patch than the standard Cup 2. They’re optional and come fully certified and road-legal, although owners report extreme sphincter stress when using them in the wet.

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The GT3 RS also ran at Road America on the same day, punching a 2m18.57s lap on the same semi-slicks. Both times were validated by Racelogic staff who provided independently calibrated Vbox Video HD2 kit. Now we know who to thank for the insane footage…