Porsche has once again reclaimed their title as the fastest road-legal car to circle the Nürburgring.
We say “road-legal” because the car that did it is definitely not stock. We just don’t know exactly what was done to it to make it non-stock.
Porsche and Lamborghini have been fighting a turf war at Germany’s famous Nürburgring race track. Way back in 2017, Porsche grabbed the fastest production car title from Lamborghini with the 911 GT2 RS lapped the Green Hell in an astounding 6:47.25. Then, over the summer, Lamborghini fired back with the fighter jet-inspired Aventador Superveloce Jota, shaving off a full two-and-a-half seconds from Porsche’s time with 6:44.97.
At the time, Lamborghini seemed to be deliberately thumbing their noses at their German competitor. It seemed almost certain that Porsche would return fire with yet another, even faster car. And so they have.
It’s called the Porsche 911 GT2 RS M. The MR here stands for Manthey-Racing, a German racing team based in Meuspath that also makes aftermarket parts for Porsche vehicles. They also happen to be 51% owned by Porsche, so when the parent company asks Manthey-Racing to do something, they listen.
We know that Manthey-Racing did something to the 911 GT2 RS since Porsche’s press release says it was "equipped with the new performance kit from Manthey-Racing." We also know that at least part of the kit was a new racing seat, although that seat apparently wasn’t any lighter than the original and was only there for “safety reasons.”
Besides that, all we know is that the car remained road-legal and "the targeted modifications included the areas of chassis and aerodynamics. The technicians focused on suitability for on-road driving at all times." Whatever that could mean.
If you’ve ever seen a lap of the Ring, in-camera footage from the record attempt looks pretty much like all the other laps, only a tiny bit shorter. In this case, nearly 5 seconds shorter than the Lamborghini SVJ.
The Porsche GT2 RS M lapped the Nürburgring in 6:40.33.
Now it’ll be just a few months wait before Lamborghini comes back with something even faster than the SVJ.