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911 GT2 RS MR is the fastest road-legal sports car on the ‘Ring’

Porsche has set another new record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in cooperation with Manthey-Racing. On Thursday, 25 October 2018, the Porsche GT2 RS MR with 515 kW (700 hp) completed a lap of the 20.6-kilometre long circuit in 6:40.3 minutes.

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Doug DeMuro Lends His Two Cents on a Garishly Green GT2 RS

Never short on enthusiasm, Doug DeMuro dives in headfirst with a list of salivating stats on Porsche’s fastest force-fed track toy, as well as a bold byline: « This thing is faster and more powerful than the road version of a Le Mans race car from twenty years ago! »

That divisive wing, the fender louvers, and even a water-spraying system for the intercoolers (which DeMuro confuses as the coolant reservoir) convince the most skeptical observer that this is a bonafide track toy, and not something merely masquerading as one. It’s also quite proud of its status as Porsche’s current flagship, and takes every opportunity to relay its name.

As a svelte track scalpel, it’s been lightened. Weight saving measures include decals in lieu of heavier badges, the rear and rear-side windows in lightweight glass, fabric cloth loops in place of conventional handles, as well as a locking buckle in place of the typical hydraulic struts supporting the engine cover. However, these measures are just as much for a sense of occasion and bragging rights as they are for trimming heft; some features aren’t as light as they might seem to be.


Some might not be fond of the garish exterior, but nobody can deny its theater and presence.

As a tech-heavy machine, there are endless facets for the detail-oriented driver to fuss over when not scaring themselves with the outrageous thrust. A G-force meter, as well as horsepower and torque graphs are available to the driver in real time via the dash screen, so all the well-heeled geeks can obsess over minutiae while hustling down a straightaway or burbling down the boulevard. It seems like the perfect car for DeMuro, though he might opt for a subtler shade of green.

« That feels like the 918, » a bewildered DeMuro utters. His face says it all.

There are cars more comfortable, but as far as hardcore track weapons go, the GT2 RS is one of the more livable. Cup holders, a smooth-shifting PDK, a relatively quiet exhaust note make it usable around town. When coupled with hypercar acceleration, informative steering, as well as a controllable chassis, there’s a lot to like. It’d be a stretch calling it a plush pussycat, but the relative civility of the car make it a unique machine.

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The 2018 Porsche 912 West Coast Rendezvous Was A Celebration Of Four-Cylinder Enjoyment

Over a decade ago, the first 912 Rendezvous was held in the tiny German-style town of Solvang, California. That first crew of 912 owners decided on Solvang because the organizers didn’t think the average 912 would be capable of a drive any further north from Los Angeles. Back then the 912 Registry barely existed as a group, it was just a ragtag group of Southern Californians. This year nearly a hundred flat-fours convened for the festivities, and I was among them in my 1976 Porsche 912E. My own car was, far and away, the rattiest car in attendance. Apparently the level of care for 912s has grown exponentially.

Here’s how it went down.

The multi-day festival began on Thursday with a pair of drives, one from the north and one from the south, organized to get everyone to Solvang. I arrived too late for the drives, having come from Reno, Nevada, but from the sounds of things, they were a blast. Given that I had to leave well before sunrise, I was a bit exhausted after 9 hours in the saddle, but my little Talbot Yellow machine and I made it to the event without a scratch.

With the cars already tucked in for the evening, we had a lovely welcome dinner with a slideshow of photos from all of the past Rendezvous.

The next morning, it was time for another day of driving. Some spectacular views and even better driving roads were planned for the surrounding area. The first canyon road was bumpier than most of these cars had ever experienced, but the remainder of the day went quite well on that front.

My 912E wasn’t the only fuel-injected model from 1976. In fact there were three more.

One intrepid driver used his engine compartment to re-heat some chicken on the drive for sandwiches made at the lunch stop. Genius.

The snake of flat-four-powered Porsches wound north, then east, then back south again to near the point we started from. Our destination was the Kohler Winery, where we enjoyed a prepared cold-cuts sandwich lunch. While we would never condone drinking and driving, there may have been a few people drinking a glass of a nice Shiraz.

The winery was also a full farm with Emu. Weird looking birds.

And then Saturday morning, the driving gave way to a car show in the center of Solvang. The show went about as can be expected when nearly 100 old cars charge into town and take over a parking lot in the center of a tourist town. We were inundated with gawking traffic and pedestrians and people taking selfies with 912s. It was an excellent time for all involved. The entrants and public both enjoyed the cars for a few hours, and we all had a good time.

For classification purposes, the cars were split into their individual years, and there were extra classes for Outlaw, 912E, and Targa models. Awards were given to people in each class, as awarded by popular vote. The best-in-show award was given to Bud O’lea’s gorgeous example. I didn’t win anything, but I didn’t try very hard. My 912E hasn’t been washed in 24 months, and I’m not about to start now.

These folks are in for a treat in 2019, because I’m the event chairperson next year. Get ready, it’s going to be a riot. I’m already excited.

 
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Who will be the 2019 Porsche Junior?

Eleven young upcoming racing drivers dream of taking the next step in their motor racing careers – to be accepted into the Porsche Motorsport Junior Programme. In their bid for this, the talented youngsters took part in a three-day selection process in the southern French town of Le Castellet.

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Cleaning Up

Particulate matter doesn’t stand a chance: as of September 1 of this year, all new Porsche models with gasoline engines will be successively outfitted with particulate filters, with six- and eight-cylinder models receiving two filters, one for each cylinder block.

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