Only four seconds slower than a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS hustles to new Road America production car lap record
Road America is a 4.048-mile, 14-turn, up-and-down blast that flies by with average speeds in the triple digits, which might be why Porsche targeted the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin-based track for its latest production car lap record attempt. The GT2 RS succeeded in setting the new record with a time of 2:15.17 minutes.
In March, the GT2 RS became the record holder for the top production car at Road Atlanta, with a lap time of 1:24.88, and it’s second on the production car podium at the Nürburgring, second only to the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
The GT2 RS packs a 690-horsepower turbocharged flat-six that flows power through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Watching the telemetry data at the bottom of the video is fascinating, with the shifts coming hard and fast at 7200 rpm. In a straight line, the 3.8-liter engine can propel the factory rocketship to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds on its way to a 211-mph top speed. The average speed during the record lap clocked in at 108 mph.
The GT2 RS is Porsche’s most radical street car currently on sale, with a $293,000 price tag. Equipped with a smattering of high-tech materials, from a magnesium roof to carbon fiber fenders, trunk, and decklid, the rear-engine wonder car balances downforce with drag which allows both high top speed and enough pressure on the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 tires to hold the racing line through the fast sweepers at Road America.
The driver for this run was David Donohue, a familiar last name to racing fans. Son of racing legend and Porsche 917/30 driver Mark Donohue, David knows GT2 cars well, having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998 behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper.
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