Though the potential of the latest force-fed RS has never been in question, its newest record only solidifies its reputation as the ultimate track weapon. Perhaps more so than any of its contemporaries, the robust GT2 RS is one of the few cars which actually deserves the overused and often misappropriated accolade: "racing car for the road."
In addition to its record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the GT2 RS now holds the record at Australia's Bend Motorsports Park: a new, 4.8-mile circuit roughly with 35 corners. With over AUD$100M invested into the facility at this point, the high-speed circuit has the variety to test the GT2 RS completely, and the safety measures to push it regularly to and beyond the limit.
A miniature Nordschleife, the 35-corner course tests the consistency and precision of any driver, even the versatile and highly experienced Warren Luff. A a former runner-up in the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia championship Cup, Luff was chosen by Porsche to attempt the record, which he accepted eagerly.
At the end of the day, Luff covered the tight, technical, and massively challenging course in 3:24.709. As seen from the onboard footage above, the wow-speed traction is remarkable for something with 700 horsepower powering only the rear wheels, and the high-speed stability is something most dedicated track cars could only hope to match. Getting to see him balance this Porsche at high speeds—nursing the front end and catching the regular twitches from the rear—is a delight for any avid track rat.
Only occasionally does the stable GT2 RS break sideways over the curbs, but a quick flick of opposite lock reins the 911 back in-line. While obviously a demanding car that requires constant steering corrections, sensitivity, and commitment, it's capable in every department, and confidence-inspiring in talented hands.
“It’s certainly been a highlight in my career – something that I’ll remember for a very long time. It was a privilege to do it in such a special car.”