Most enthusiasts will remember that we set a new production car lap record at the Buddh International Circuit, with Narain Karthikeyan – India's first F1 driver – just four months ago, notching up a blistering 2min 7.629sec lap in his own Porsche 911 GT3. We’ve now broken that record, too. Driving the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Karthikeyan has once again set a new lap record at the Buddh with a searing lap time of 2min 0.26sec. That's nearly 7.5sec quicker than the 911 GT3's time!
Launched in India last year at a price of Rs 3.88 crore (ex-showroom), the GT2 RS is the most powerful road-going 911 ever made. Its 3.8-litre, twin-turbo flat-six engine makes a colossal 700hp (200hp up on the GT3) and 750Nm of torque. All that power goes to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK automatic gearbox. 0-100kph takes a scant 2.8sec, and its top speed is rated at 340kph.
The car Karthikeyan broke the record in was also specced with the optional Weissach package, which adds a carbon-fibre roof, bonnet and anti-roll bars and magnesium wheels to shave off a crucial 30kg from the 911 GT2 RS' kerb weight of 1,545kg.
Speaking after his record-breaking run, Karthikeyan said, "Compared to the 911 GT3 we set the previous record with, the GT2 RS is a completely different animal. It was a rush to break the record by such a big margin, and I think I even surprised myself with the final lap time."
It’s yet another feather in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS' cap, as it also holds the production car lap record at the Nürburgring. In October 2018, the 911 GT2 RS – customised by Manthey Racing – beat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ's time of 6min 44.97sec by lapping the Nürburgring in 6min, 40.3sec and laying claim to the fastest production car crown.
Think the Porsche 911 GT2 RS' lap record at the BIC will be topped anytime soon? Which car do you think can do it? Let us know in the comments.