Porsche Teams Up With Manthey Racing To Take Back The Ring Record With a GT2 RS

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Porsche Teams Up With Manthey Racing To Take Back The Ring Record With a GT2 RS

Manthey Racing is a name that most Porsche-philes are familiar with, having competed in numerous race series around the world and being a solid technical support provider for non-works teams. With high-end manufacturers seeking to hold Nurburgring records, Porsche sent a GT2 RS to Manthey Racing for a couple of tweaks, resulting in the 911 GT2 RS MR and a new lap record.

In just 6 minutes and 40.3 seconds, the GT2 RS MR completed a lap of the infamous Green Hell, wresting the record title back from Lamborghini when they set a 6 minute 44.97 lap time with their Aventador SVJ earlier this year.

Being the fastest Porsche road-going 911 ever created, the GT2 RS was already a formidable beast – but with some tweaks to the suspension and aerodynamics, they managed to shave 7 seconds from the previous GT2 RS record title at 6 minutes 47.3 seconds.

Unfortunately, the records can be a little difficult to discern. Every manufacturer will add prefixes to their record title – for example, Honda quoting that their record was for front-wheel drive road cars, and the Panamera taking the four-door record – and this tie up with Manthey Racing means that while this is still a road-going car, it’s not a factory production car.

That being said, it could all change if Porsche were to offer the MR package as an official equipment option – in the same way that certain records are difficult to accept because they aren’t completed on dealer-offered tyres. Regardless of what you believe, it’s always interesting to see who is going to make a run for the next record.



Aswan

Aswan

Places more value in how fun a car is to drive than outright performance or luxury. He laments the direction that automotive development is headed in, but grudgingly accepts the logic behind it. Can be commonly found trying to fix yet another problem on his rusty project car.


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