Porsche Storms “Supertest’

By Bruce McCulloch

10.19.2007

As if recent news of the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport completing the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in 7:27.82 (see here) wasn’t enough of a shock, earlier today German publication “Sport Auto” announced that in their monthly “Supertest” the recently released 530bhp Porsche 911 GT2 has completed the Nordschliefe in 7 minutes, 33 seconds.

Such a figure indicates a new echelon in Porsche 911 history. Not only does this particular lap time match what Sport Auto driver Horst Von Saumra was able to do in the Pagani Zonda F, but it’s just a tad whisker – 1 second, actually – behind that of the Porsche Carrera GT which completed the Nordschliefe in 7:32.44 back in early 2005. Thus also means the RWD 911 flagship out performs other such supercars as the 806bhp Koenigsegg CCR, the 640bhp Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 – let alone its normal competition such as the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06. In short, thanks to regular testing at the ‘Ring and Porsche’s great attention to engineering detail, the heavier and much less powerful 911 has been able to annihilate most every car that has previously run in the Supertest – regardless of the power, weight and/or price.


And of course, the new GT2 was able to erase the previous fastest 911 lap time of 7:46 – set in 2002 – with the 996-generation of the GT2

Additionally, Sport Auto’s Supertest revealed the GT2’s amazing cornering abilities as it peaked at 1.35G’s through the corners, and more or less made runny eggs of the both the Porsche Carrera GT and Pagani Zonda F throughout both the 18 and 36 metre slalom course. And as per usual, the frenetic 911 did not fail to shock when it came to straight line performance, hitting 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 11.5 seconds and hitting an indicated 293 km/h (182 mph) on the Dottinger Hohe straight line of the ‘Ring; just 1 km/h (.62 mph) short of the Carrera GT and some 12 km/h (7 mph) faster than the Zonda F.

Suffice to say, Porsche engineers deserve mad props. With each and every successive generation of the 911, just when you think they’ve hit the peak, they manage to out-do themselves.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Those crazy guys from Zuffenhausen never know when to stop, do they? It’s always funny until somebody loses an eye.

  2. Let’s not forget the drivers. These are wonderful machines that are breaking the records, but you need a great driver to go along with the great car.

  3. Rumor has it that the new Nissan GT-R did in 7:15, but we await the Tokyo Auto Show for confirmation.

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