At the freshly paved Road America race circuit in Wisconsin, Porsche has beaten the production car lap record with the Type-992 911 GT3 RS. The time – 2:13.8 – was set by Dimitri Dimakos, a Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America veteran, beating the previous record of 2:15.1 set by David Donohue in a 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS in April 2019. The new lap record was completed when track conditions were optimal, with an air temperature of approximately 24°C and a track temperature just over 32°C.
Prior to driving the lap, the privately owned production specification road car was fitted with the optional and road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R N0 high-performance tires in a size 275/35 ZR20 on the front and 335/30 ZR21 at the rear. A track alignment was also carried out.
Aided by an advanced active aerodynamics system and a newly developed, motorsport-based 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine, the current-generation 911 GT3 RS completed the lap in a time that was 4.5 seconds faster than the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
“The biggest thing is not necessarily the lap time, it is the ease with which the car can achieve that lap time and the confidence it inspires in the driver,” said Dimakos. “The car can be driven by someone who is a novice or intermediate-level driver and still be very fast and comfortable to drive. The braking is nearly identical to what we run in the 911 GT3 Cup car. I was braking at exactly the same spot. No wiggling at all. The car stopped exactly straight [and] turned in great.”