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Sep 29.17 Porsche Pairs with Magnesium for Speed Record
A magnesium roof, front lid, and front and rear wings have helped power the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS to a (unconfirmed) record 6:47.3 lap time at Germany’s famed Nurburgring track on September 20. A carbon fiber engine cover, polyurethane front and rear aprons, polycarbonate rear and side windows, and titanium rear silencers are other prominent lightweight elements that are letting Porsche lay claim to being the world’s fastest production car. (The previous speed record was the 6:52.01time set by the all-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracán Performante in 2016. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive car was the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR at the start of September.)

The GT2 RS boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six (rated at 700 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque) and a modified seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Top speed is 211 mph, approximate weight 3,241 pounds, and can hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds according to Porsche.

Production numbers aren’t specific, but some 1,000 units at $293,200 a pop in the U.S. look about right.

See the onboard record-setting video at https://www.motor1.com/news/181753/911-gt2-rs-nurburgring-record/


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