Late last month, Porsche made some news when the company announced it would build an additional four examples of the limited-edition 911 GT2 RS, to replace customer models which perished in a ship wreck on the way to Brazil.
While it was a classy move from Stuttgart, a maritime disaster isn’t exactly the reason that any company wants to get publicity from. So the latest news about the weapons-grade 911 variant is far more welcome, because it just set a new production-car record at Road Atlanta. It’s a challenging circuit, for certain, and one of the most famous courses in the United States, so bragging rights here is a big deal.
And since Porsche’s U.S. headquarters is located just down the road, you can be sure the brass was gunning to have the record for the track in their backyard.
When our friends at Car and Driver tested the 700-horsepower 911 GT2 RS at Virginia International Raceway, during their annual Lightening Lap shootout, it even managed a faster time than the Corvette ZR1. Regular readers might remember when the ZR1 beat out Ford’s GT to set a record at that track, as well as the great write up our own Mike Musto did on the top-spec Corvette.
That said? It’s wild how quickly these records change.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that the GT2 RS is totally sold out. But your local AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealer has plenty of other models in stock. So if you’re looking to put a high-performance machine in your garage, head out and pay them a visit.