Porsche has beaten itself, lowering the lap record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife with some help from Manthey Racing.
The Porsche-owned race team has developed the Manthey Performance Kit for the new 911 GT3. Racing driver Kevin Estre drove the new machine around the 20km circuit in 6:55.73 seconds, more than four-seconds faster than the standard 911 GT3 (which lapped the same track in 6:59.92 seconds).
The upgrades for the already very quick sports car, include changes to the aerodynamics and chassis. There’s more downforce thanks to a larger spoiler lip and side flaps at the front and a larger rear wing. The swan-neck-supported wing is both wider and has a larger Gurney flap as well as bigger end plates. The rear diffuser has also been changed to include longer fins, which are also now made of carbon fibre rear-inforced plastic (CFRP). The other noticeable change are the aerodiscs on the rear wheels.
Porsche and Manthey Racing have also developed new four-way adjustable coilover dampers, as well as allowing for adjustments to the suspension struts and compression without tools. The 20- and 21-inch forged alloy wheels are 7.3kg lighter but are fitted with the same Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres as the standard GT3 that set its Nurburgring record.
The Manthey Performance Kit for the 911 GT3 is currently only available in Europe but will be made available to other markets, including Australia, in the near-future.