Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Taycan Turbo S set new lap records at Buddh International Circuit

Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Taycan Turbo S set new lap records at Buddh International Circuit

Porsche India has set two new lap records for a production car and production  EVs, respectively, at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC). The records were set in a  Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a Taycan Turbo S driven by India’s first Formula 1 driver Narain  Karthikeyan. The lap times were validated by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India  (FMSCI), the Indian motorsport body affiliated with the FIA. 

Driving the GT3 RS, Narain Karthikeyan broke the previous record of 2m 00.266 seconds — set by Karthikeyan himself in a 911 GT2 RS in 2019 — and registered a new lap time of 1m  59.854 seconds. The new record makes the Porsche 911 GT3 RS the fastest production car  around the Buddh International Circuit and the only one to lap the circuit under two minutes. 

Registering speeds of over 250km/h on the straights, the 911 GT3 RS’s new record cements  its place among the Stuttgart-based brand’s illustrious list of accomplishments. 

The 525 PS 992-generation 911 GT3 RS is powered by Porsche’s 4.0-litre naturally  aspirated flat-six engine (911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption* combined (WLTP) 13.4 l/100 km,  CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 305 g/km). The GT3 RS, touted as the ultimate road going track car, also gets its speed from a strong focus on aerodynamics, specifically  additional downforce to give it more grip in corners and several degrees of adjustability via  simple-to-use controls on the steering. 

“In the back section of the circuit, the GT3 RS comes into its own and it must be, I guess, 20- 25 kph faster than the GT2 RS in the long D and the fast corners. That’s why you gain a lot  of time. It’s a track weapon, fantastic to drive. I’m a big Porsche fan, they’ve done a great job  with this car,” said Karthikeyan. 

Besides the GT3 RS, the Taycan Turbo S also set a new lap record and became the fastest  production EV around the BIC. The Taycan Turbo S is powered by a twin electric motor set up that delivers power to all four wheels and generates 750 PS with 1,050 Nm of torque  (Taycan Turbo S: Electric power consumption* combined (WLTP) 23.4 – 22.0 kWh/100 km,  CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 0 g/km, Electric range* combined (WLTP) 440 – 467 km,  Electric range* in town (WLTP) 524 – 570 km). 

The four-door sports luxury EV, also driven by Karthikeyan, attacked the BIC and registered  an impressive lap time of 2m 10.313 seconds. 

After Karthikeyan’s lap with the Taycan Turbo S, the former F1 star sees a promising future  for EVs. “I can’t believe how fast this thing accelerates. The steering is fantastic too. It’s so  precise and has great feedback, which lets me accurately place the car on the track. EVs are 

so much more enjoyable to drive now and the fun factor in cars like this Taycan Turbo S is  right up there. I think there’s a bright future for performance EVs,” said Karthikeyan. 

“With the 911 GT3 RS and Taycan Turbo S, we highlighted our inherent Porsche DNA,” said  Manolito Vujicic, Brand Director, Porsche India. 

“Demonstrating our unparalleled prowess in both traditional internal combustion engine (ICE)  vehicles and battery electric vehicle (BEV) segments, we have cemented our status as the  fastest car brand in India, excelling on urban streets and dominating the racetrack alike.”