According to Motormouth, Porsche had forgotten to book the track in advance for the day they had planned to set a timing for the recently launched 911 GT3 RS. Upon reaching the track, they found out that the GM development team that had booked the track for testing the Corvette ZR1 for the whole day.
“We went there, pretty much the first to arrive at the track, with an official and two stop watches,” said Oliver Berg, Porsche's GT product manager.
After realising their mistake, Porsche approached the boys at GM for a favour and managed to get an hour of their track time to attempt a new lap record with the GT3 RS.
“Most of the engineers here know each other,” said Berg, “Because they’re always testing at the Nurburgring, and there is real camaraderie between them, a nice atmosphere.”
Interestingly, Porsche needed less than an hour to get what they needed.
“When we started the first lap everybody had their mobile phones out,” said Berg. “Before, when we ran in traffic on a busy day we were in the low sevens, so we thought we could reach the sixes. But then the first lap was - Baam! - six-fifty-nine…”
“The first thing my boss said was ‘Oh we can stop now, we’ve achieved our goal.’” said Berg. “And the Corvette guys were just standing there with their mouths on the floor. They didn’t expect us to do that on the first lap.
“Then, second stint – Baam! – fifty-nine, third stint – Baam! – fifty-nine…”
“Fourth stint – and baam! – fifty six… They’ve been there all week, and we didn’t even need the hour – we left after half an hour. And the Corvette guys are still ‘Huh?’, speechless… But really nice guys.”