However, the McLaren P1 LM, a road-legal version of the track-focused 986bhp P1 GTR, holds the overall record for a road legal rear-wheel drive car, having clocked a 6min 43sec laptime at the Green Hell earlier this year. The difference is that it is not a series-production car like the GT2 RS, but rather a limited-edition conversion by race engineering firm Lanzante.
Porsche ran two cars around the ’Ring for the record run; one driven by test driver Lars Kern, the other by racing driver Nick Tandy, although Kern set the fastest time.
Rather than being a one-off flying lap, however, Porsche claims that the 7:05.00 target was beaten time and again during the record runs, with five of its laps ducking under the 6:50.00 threshold.
Andreas Preuninger, the GT model line director, said: “We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as this underlines the GT2 RS’s ability to reproduce this record result over and over again.”
Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s motorsport and GT car vice president, said: “The credit for beating our target goes to our development engineers, mechanics and drivers, who demonstrated an exceptionally strong team performance.”
The weather conditions were described as ‘ideal’, while the cars wore road legal Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres for the record run.