► The fastest Porsche 911 yet
► New GT2 RS sets Ring record
► Hot lap of 6min 47.3sec
Ever watched those Nurburgring laps and wondered how on earth the drivers know which way to turn next? Us too. Which makes the new Porsche 911 Ring record all the more impressive.
The new GT2 RS has out nine-elevened itself, with a blistering Nordschleife time of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds. That's the fastest Porsche 911 laptime around the world's most famous - not to mention demanding - circuit of all time. You can watch the eye-wateringly fast lap in its entirety, filmed from the on-board camera, above.
Just how fast is 6min47sec?
For context, that's 10 seconds quicker than the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar. It's also faster than Lamborghini's Huracan Performante, which recorded a 6min 52sec time.
The electric Nio EP9 has lapped the Nordschleife in 6min 45.9sec, but did so wearing special tyres and is a car with more in common with bespoke racing machines than street-spec road cars.
Yawn... It's just not relevant to road cars!
Fair point, we understand your cynicism. Yet for a certain type of Porsche driver, one for whom the stripped-out vibe and 2.8sec 0-62mph time are important, the Ring record matters.
The lap record was set on 20 September 2017 by 30-year-old German race and development driver Lars Kern (above, second from right) on production roadgoing Michelin Cup 2 rubber, according to Porsche.
Frank-Steffen Walliser, vice president of Porsche's GT car division, said: 'At the start of the development process, we set ourselves a lap time target for the GT2 RS of less than 7 minutes and 5 seconds... This result makes it official: the GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built.'
Our Porsche 911 GT2 RS review