Whether it be fear or ecstasy, the GT2 RS MR is a special implement which can bring out that intense emotion better than perhaps any other road car.
Seeing this kid's ear-to-ear grin is a reminder of the overwhelming effect a quick car has on the young, and why they often become obsessed with all things quick and four-wheeled. Six-year-old Max Mitchell gets to experience what a quick but conservative lap around the world's trickiest track in what is possibly the fastest road-going car in the world. What a charmed life.
The GT2 RS MR, fitted with some of the more important go-fast bits from the famous Manthey Racing, is enough to snag a 6:40.3 at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife. A comprehensive aero kit, stainless brake lines, better pads, Manthey-tuned KW coilovers, and magnesium wheels round out most of the Manthey kit. Interestingly, no power adders come along with this package, though an additional water sprayer ensures the driver gets to enjoy the full 700 horsepower without any temperature-related dropoff. Though the stat-centric cynic might not feel these mods justify the astounding price tag, they improve feel and confidence—which count for a lot at the Nurburging. Just look at the way this mega-stable machine goads Mr. Mitchell down through the treacherous Fuchsröhre (2:03)!
For obvious reasons, Max's dad isn't putting it all on the line, but he is pushing hard enough to pass everything on the track—even his talented friend in a Schirmer M4 Ring Taxi. With some wet spots on the track and a well-used set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires underneath him, there's no way he's anywhere near the limit of this monster. Perhaps that conservative approach better illustrates just how ridiculously fast the car is, even at 6/10ths.
The body control, aerodynamic stability, and unbelievable traction help keep Max at relative ease. Perhaps he's too young to appreciate the danger, but maybe the car is just that composed. Either way, let's hope Max's dad sticks him in a kart soon—he may have a bright racing future ahead of him.