Porsche has announced that its new and improved GT3 ran an impressive 7:40 second lap around the Nürburgring. A company spokesman also didn’t miss out on the opportunity to reiterate Porsche’s stance that Nissan fudged the GT-R’s lap times.
Andreas Preuninger, the head of High Performance Cars at Porsche, said that the time was technically unofficial (as there was no third party to verify the time) and that the lap was run with other vehicles on the track.
The driver was ‘Ring ace Walter Rohrl, who set a 7:42 second time in the previous GT3 for a test by Sport Auto Magazine. Preuninger did say that had Rohrl been going full-out he would likely have shaved two seconds off that time.
Even at a 7:38, however, the GT3 times still rate well-off the pace of Nissan’s GT-R, prompting Preuninger to once again state that Porsche believes Nissan isn’t being truthful with either its numbers or its car. Porsche cites the 7:54 lap time they managed with a GT-R as being very far off the 7:29 time Nissan claimed. Nissan has since, however, improved upon that time with a 7:27 run.