What do you do if you want to break the record you set at last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car? Trade it in for a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, of course! That’s exactly what seven-time Pikes Peak Champion Jeff Zwart did. As we previously outlined, Zwart drove a race-prepped version of the GT2 RS street car 1132 miles from L.A. to the base of the famous Colorado mountain. When he got there, he proceeded to set several records.
The 620-hp GT2 RS was fitted with upgraded safety equipment, including a fire suppression system, roll cage, and a race seat with harness. But this Porsche was far from a full-race stripper – its interior still had a navigation-equipped audio system and air conditioning to keep Zwart comfortable during his journey from Santa Ana south of L.A. to the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.
Porsche claims the GT2 RS averaged 22.6 miles-per-gallon – not bad for a 620-hp, race-equipped sports car traveling from sea level to the 9390-foot starting line. After a quick stop at a local Porsche dealer for final preparation, Zwart and the 911 GT2 RS were ready for Sunday’s 4720-foot hill climb. Zwart shattered last year’s record by a full 24 seconds, completing the grueling 12.5 mile, 156 turn course in 11 minutes 7.869 seconds. He also set the record for the fastest street-legal car ever to race up the Peak.
Check out the videos below documenting the journey to the mountain and Zwart’s race to the top!
Source: Porsche Motorsport