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Manthey Racing Cayman 718 GTS Hounds GT3 RS at the Nurburgring

Though no slouch from the factory, the Cayman 718 GTS’ blade can use a bit of sharpening if it’s to keep in touch with the venerable 991 GT3 RS. One owner and skilled shoe, a certain sebastian vittel, sent his off to Manthey Racing to fulfill the potential of the 718 chassis. Agile, easily controlled, and reassuring, it’s enough to run with a well-driven GT3 RS at the Nurburgring.

A Few Important Tweaks

Though the list of modifications supplied by Manthey is short, each item is very effective. They contribute to feel, feedback, and confidence—qualities that go very far on as treacherous a track as the Nurburgring. Controlling the body are Manthey racing Special KW competition suspension with a setup tailored to the crests and crowns of the ‘Ring. Special Endless brake pads and stainless brake lines sit underneath the BBS Cayman GT4 forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli Trofeo R rubber. For a little more reassurance in the quick stuff, a TWL carbon rear ducktail spoiler helps, and a half cage provides a little stiffness and security, as do the Schroth harnesses.

The engine is untouched and produces the same 367 horsepower as it did when it rolled off the dealer’s lot. It’s not an exceptional amount of thrust, but the PDK gearbox makes the most of the punch available. In fact, the Cayman seems slightly underpowered for the amount of grip it has. Even in slow corners, it never snaps or overwhelms the rears. This, in some sense, eases the driver’s mind and allows them to focus on cornering speed.

The planted rear only once snaps: in the middle of the quick Wehrseifen (3:03), where a mid-corner adjustment helps point it in the right direction.

Agility Its Best Asset

The way the Cayman points into corners is perhaps the reason why it’s so capable around the 12.9-mile track. When he makes his way past Ex-Muhle (3:37), vittel can keep his foot flat to the floor and carry wonderful speed through the fastest corners as he doesn’t have to consider making a speed change (through lifting or braking) at the corner entry. The tighter the course gets, the more the incisive front end helps him, and he can constantly close whatever small gap with a few additional mph into and through the corner.

It’s obvious that the well-balanced chassis, moderate amount of torque from down low, and pointy front end make this Cayman extremely capable. Those assets, combined with vittel’s tidier lines and the benefit of traffic, allow him to keep in touch with the GT3 RS ahead until the front straightaway, where the blue car fires off into the distance. It’s easy to say who the more satisfied driver was at that point.

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Retard de 2 mois de la livraison des premiers Porsche Taycan

Mauvaise nouvelle pour les premiers clients du Porsche Taycan : Porsche vient de leur annoncer via leur concessionnaire que la production a pris du retard de l’ordre de 10 semaines ans préciser la cause réelle : problème de software comme sur l’Audi e-tron lors de son lancement, process industriel, …,? Décidément, le report de la …

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Sélection du nouveau pilote Porsche Junior pour la Supercup

Douze pilotes ont pris part à un programme de sélection sur le circuit portugais de Portimão pour devenir le nouveau pilote Porsche Junior. Le pilote choisi par Porsche recevra un package de sponsoring complet comprenant 225 000 euros pour une saison dans la Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Les jeunes talents nommés pour participer étaient Vitor …

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Watch This Club Racer Pass 41 Cars In One Race

Racer Cory Friedman has put his hands to the steering wheel of a number of Porsche’s greatest race cars over the years, but he may have had the best drive of his life at Daytona during last month’s season-ender PCA Club Racing event. He normally races a 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and in fact had already qualified quite high for this GTA3 class event, but when Shannon Herford offered Friedman the chance to race the ex-Ben Barker and Andrew Baker Gulf Racing UK GT3 R used in the Road To Le Mans series of events, he jumped at the chance. Even if that meant throwing away his qualifying time and starting from dead last on the 43 car grid.

Now, in order to retain his lead in the points championship, Friedman needed to finish in second place. Luckily the GT3 R has significantly more power, aero, and grip than the Cayman GT4s and GT3 Cups found throughout the GTA3 class, which allowed him to make some pretty slick maneuvers. When you have more grip and a higher top speed than the competition, Daytona is exactly the place you want to be. The first few laps are like playing Forza on easy, as he patiently tiptoes through the scrum. Once the pack starts to spread out, however, you can see his focus change to more long-range racing. Setting up passes strategically to cause the least damage to his lap times.

The 16 lap sprint has Friedman passing an average of 2.5 cars per lap. And that doesn’t include lapped traffic!

Settle in, because this 10,000 RPM 170 MPH romp is a classic for the ages. Check it out.

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FE – Porsche espère un top 10 pour ses débuts

Porsche espère marquer ses premiers points dès ses débuts en Formule E, ce week-end à Dariya.

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