The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS beat the Nürburgring time of the GT3 by 10.6 seconds.
The powerful track weapon completed the 20.8 km long Nordschleife in 6:49.328 minutes, at the wheel of the former racing driver and current Porsche ambassador Jörg Bergmeister.
On the shorter track, which excludes the T13 straight, he set a time of 6:44.848 minutes.
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The latter is over two seconds faster than the time set by Porsche with the double-turbocharged 991.2 GT2 RS and just around 1.2 seconds behind the current production car record holder, the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
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Technically, a Porsche 911 clocked the fastest Nordschleife time of 6:38.835, although this was a 911 GT2 RS modified by Manthey Racing.
“Today, the 911 GT3 RS kept what it promised at first glance – absolute top performance on the racetrack,” says Andreas Preuninger, Head of GT Vehicles at Porsche.
“In view of the far from ideal conditions with a strong headwind on the long straight of the Döttinger Höhe and cool asphalt temperatures, we are satisfied with this time.
“The 911 GT3 RS sets new standards in terms of aerodynamics and chassis. Never before has a road car embodied so much motorsport.”
Bergmeister noticed that he was losing some downforce due to the strong wind but was happy with the car’s performance – especially with the braking.
The GT3 RS arrives in Australia in the second quarter of 2023 with a starting price of US$500,200 before road costs.
It takes the base of the 911 GT3 and cranks the details up to 11.
Power still comes from a naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six but has been boosted by 11kW to 386kW thanks to new camshafts with modified cam profiles.
That power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with shorter ratios than the GT3.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h flies in 3.2 seconds, and at full throttle you will reach 296 km/h on the track.
Instead of a traditional three-radiator cooling system, Porsche has fitted a larger single radiator where the trunk is located on other 911 models.
The approach borrows from the new 911 R race car and gives Porsche the space to create a more aggressive active aerodynamics package than we’ve seen elsewhere in the 911 generation.
The nose accommodates continuously adjustable wing elements, the rear wing is movable. According to Porsche, the 409 kg of downforce at 200 km/h is twice as high as the last GT3 RS and three times as high as the GT3.
Push a button on the steering wheel and a flap on the rear wing opens, essentially giving the driver an F1-style drag reduction system; perfect when stuck behind a Mercedes-Benz on the autobahn. The rear wing also acts as an air brake during heavy braking.
The side blades on the front wheel arches are inspired by those of the Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, while air from the central front radiator flows over the roof, where it is directed outwards by two fins. They are designed to ensure that no hot air is supplied to the engine, which is of course mounted at the rear.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic was used for the doors, front fenders, roof and front bonnet to keep the curb weight at 1450kg – roughly on par with the PDK GT3, despite upgraded hardware making the GT3 RS even more capable on the track power .
Speaking of upgraded hardware, the front track of the RS is 29mm wider than that of the GT3. The suspension has been modified to prevent the car from tipping forward under hard braking, and both the electric driver assists and rear-wheel steering are more aggressive than the GT3.
The front brakes are 408mm units and the rear are 380mm units. The pistons on the front brakes are larger in diameter than on the GT3, and the brake discs themselves are thicker. Carbon ceramic with 410mm front and 390mm rear discs are optional.
In track mode, drivers can adjust the essential details of the car’s behavior.
For example, the rebound and compression damping of the front and rear dampers can be adjusted individually, and the function of the differential can be modified in no time at all via four dials on the steering wheel.
The cabin houses a row of carbon-backed bucket seats and a steering wheel clad in high-grip Alcantara. A steel roll bar, fire extinguisher and six-point harness are part of a free Clubsport package.
The Weissach package is back for 2023, bringing CFRP front and rear anti-roll bars, rear tie rods and a CFRP shear panel on the rear axle. The roll cage is CFRP to save 6kg over the steel unit and magnesium wheels are an option.
If you opt for the Weissach package, you also get paddle shifters with what Porsche calls “motorsport-derived magnetic technology” paddle shifters for a more satisfying click.
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