There is a war raging in the exotic and hyper car manufacturers club to see who can run a car the fastest around the Nurburgring in Germany. The fastest production vehicle around the Green Hell was, until very recently, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with a lap of 6:52.01. Porsche has taken the lap record back for the home team with a run around The Ring of 6:47.03 crushing the raging bull by nearly five seconds.
That doesn't sound like much time, but on a race track five seconds is an eternity, the driver of that Lambo might not have even been able to see the 911 GT2 RS. Porsche had a goal for the 911 GT2 RS of making a lap around The Ring in 7:05 or lower and it crushed that goal by a whopping 17.7 seconds.
The Porsche effortlessly beat the Lamborghini on its first lap, although it's common for the car and driver to need a lap just to get settled in. Having a couple hot shoes to drive the Porsche cars certainly helped, and Porsche had a very skilled duo handing the wheel. One driver was Lars Kern, a Porsche test driver and the other driver was Nick Tandy, a Porsche factory race driver.
One very interesting tidbit about the driving duo is that Porsche had two 911 GT2 RS cars at the track and both performed consistently with each lap. If you are unfamiliar with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, it is the most powerful 911 ever produced. It packs in a 3.8L twin-turbo flat six making 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in a car tipping the scales at 3,241 pounds. That power goes to the ground via a modified 7-speed PDK able to survive all that twist.
The GT2 RS is able to reach 211 mph on the track and can hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. 3,241 pounds isn't exactly a featherweight compared to something like the Mazda MX-5, but Porsche went all out to get its car that light using magnesium in the roof, hood, and front and rear wings along with a carbon fiber engine cover. The 911 GT2 RS also gets polycarbonate rear and side windows, titanium rear silencers, ceramic brakes, and lots more.
The Lamborghini Huracan Performante is down on power to the Porsche with "only" 640 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, but it makes that power with a naturally aspirated 5.2L engine rather than turbos like Porsche uses. The Lamborghini will set you back a whopping $274,390 compared to the $293,200 base price for the Porsche. It's not clear of the Porsche cars used the $31,000 Weissach package that sheds another 40 pounds from the car to set the record.