Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your new Nurburgring production car lap record holder: the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The time it managed? Six minutes, 47.3 seconds - nearly five seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante.
Yes, we know the all-electric Nio EP9 went slightly faster with a 6min 45sec lap set earlier this year, but with only a handful being made to order, it’s not exactly a production car, is it?
What’s particularly impressive about the GT2’s time is it beats the 6min 48sec lap set by the Radical SR8 LM, another car with dubious ‘production car’ pretensions due to the fact it was an actual racing car with number plates. The GT2 on the other hand is a proper road car with an actual roof and an ability to navigate things like speed bumps and pot holes - it just happens to also be staggeringly fast.
On 20 September Porsche sent out its factory driver Nick Tandy (who came straight to the ‘Ring from the World Endurance Championship round in Austin, Texas) and test driver Lars Kern to chase the record. The GT2 RS set a 6min 52.01sec lap on the first attempt, with Kern eventually setting 6min 47sec on a lap that began at 19:11 during “ideal outdoor conditions.” The average speed for the GT2 - running Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres at the time - was 114.4mph.
If you’re not impressed yet, make sure you watch the video at the top of this page. It’s mesmerising stuff.