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Porsche : Une 917K homologuée pour la route

Porsche : Une 917K homologuée pour la route

On doit cette affaire étonnante à un résident monégasque qui possède dans son garage l’une des plus mythiques et des plus irrésistibles voitures de course de l’histoire du sport automobile, la Porsche 917K. Une voiture qui s’est notamment imposée aux 24 Heures du Mans 1970 et 1971 mais aussi dans 15 courses du championnat du […]

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Porsche va toujours très bien sur les marchés

Porsche va toujours très bien sur les marchés

C’en est à croire que le constructeur du quartier de Zuffenhausen à Stuttgart fait fi du diesel gate et de ses conséquences, pour l’instant essentiellement en matière d’image et de ventes car pour les chiffres il faudra patienter jusqu’en début 2018. Les 718 Cayman/Boxster, 911, Panamera, Macan et Cayenne participent tous à l’effort de croissance […]

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Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive par Porsche Exclusive

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive par Porsche Exclusive

L’été dernier Porsche mettait sur la route la deuxième génération de sa grande berline Panamera. Il n’est pas question de revenir ici sur les qualités de ce nouveau modèle qui est une remarquable évolution de la limousine mais plutôt de parler personnalisation de la version Executive qui est la version « rallongée » de la grande Porsche […]

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The top six Porsche 911 racing drivers of 2016

2016 was the year that the outgoing 991 RSR struggled on the international stage, failing to defend its FIA World Endurance Championship and United SportsCar Championship crowns.

However, there were still a number of standout drives behind the wheel of various racing 911s, with Porsche’s Juniors stepping up to the plate and a number of impressive privateer performances. Here are our top six racing drivers of 2016:

6) Matthieu Jaminet

Mathieu Jaminet (F)  Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Austin 2016

After winning the International Cup Scholarship and securing himself a Supercup berth for 2016, young French ace, Mathieu Jaminet repaid Weissach’s faith with some standout drives in the Porsche’s premier one-make series.

Although he had to wait until round seven at Spa for his first Supercup victory, Jaminet was always a major player at the front of the pack, keeping his more experienced competitors on their toes. His double victory in the season finale was imperious.

5) Dan Cammish
Dan Cammish

Having won the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB, a lack of budget forced Dan Cammish to return to the series this year, rather than progress full-time to the Supercup.

Under immense pressure (only a resounding title defence would suffice), the British racer was even more impressive in 2016, setting a new record for the number of PCCGB wins in a season and taking his second successive crown. He will be one to watch in the 2017 Porsche Supercup.

4) Matteo Cairoli
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spa 2016

Winning more races than anyone else in the 2016 Porsche Supercup, Matteo Cairoli left no one with any doubts to his innate speed behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Momentum appeared to suggest the Italian was on his way to a maiden Supercup title until bad luck intervened in Texas. Porsche were impressed enough though to sign him up to their new ‘Young Professionals’ programme for next season.

3) Ben Barker
Gulf Racing: Ben Barker

By his own admission, Ben Barker didn’t perform in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, a brace of third places being his reward for four seasons of toil behind the wheel of the 991 GT3 Cup.

However, at the wheel of Gulf Racing’s 991 RSR in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Briton showed his class, regularly lapping as fast as the established pros. He may not be a factory driver, but he proved he was the next best thing in a top class 911.

2) Patrick Long
2016 PWC - Utah Motorsports Campus

The consummate pro in 2016, Patrick Long was dropped into various drives during the season, helping the Abu Dhabi-Proton squad to two GTE-Am class victories in the FIA WEC.

It was in the Pirelli World Challenge – campaigning the new 911 GT3 R – where the Californian excelled though, bouncing back from the closure of the team he started the season with to come within a whisker of snatching the title for Wright Motorsports.

1) Sven Müller
Sven Müller (D)

In both the Porsche Supercup and the Carrera Cup Germany, Sven Müller was the man to beat this year, becoming just the fourth man to win the two titles in the same season.

The young German ace drove with both improved speed and, more importantly, increased maturity in 2016. It was a close to a flawless performance as possible and it is no surprise that he is now and fully-fledged factory driver at Weissach.

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Top five Porsche drives of 2016 – Lee’s picks

Politically speaking, the year 2016 looks like it may be judged unfavorably by many, but when it comes to 365 days of driving truly exquisite Porsche 911s, you certainly won’t hear me complaining. Encompassing a wide variety of Neunelfers from early air-cooled legends to modern day greats, the top five I’ve had the privilege of driving for you range from lightweight, naturally-aspirated flat sixes to twin-turbocharged, all-wheel-drive behemoths. It just goes to show, the 911’s ability to enthral comes in many forms and reaches far and wide into all manner of automotive tastes. What other car can honestly match it?

Our test drives always appear in lavish detail in Total 911 magazine of course, but keep an eye on our YouTube channel for even more access to all manner of Zuffenhausen’s greatest ever sports car – because next year is going to be our biggest and best yet. Now, in reverse order, here’s my top five Porsche 911 drives of 2016:

 

5) 2.7 Carrera MFI Targa

The 2.7 RS is the halo 911 for many reasons, but in sharing its 210bhp flat six with mechanical fuel injection, the G-series 2.7 Carrera holds much admiration among those in the know. Our 2016 look at the lineage of the 911 Targa presented us with a 2.7 MFI example from Canford Classics, and I was captivated by its performance. A willingness to rev freely, with quick steering and a firm yet forgiving suspension made for an enlivening drive. Wonderfully direct with a turn of pace that belies its added Targa weight, it’s by far the best roll-hooped 911 derivative, in my opinion.

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4) 964 RS N/GT

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not exactly overawed by the 964 RS. I just don’t think it’s anywhere near as special as other Rennsports, its drive easily mimicked by a lesser Carrera 2 with only a few choice tweaks. However, the hardcore N/GT is a marked step up. Its spartan interior, amplified acoustics and firm suspension are pure race car traits in a 911 equipped with license plates. What’s not to like?

I was lucky enough to drive two this year, this Maritime blue example sold at Silverstone Auctions’ Porsche sale, and a special 1 of 20 N/GT Racing Package from issue 139. I was enthralled by the sheer pedigree of the N/GT but also its tactility, something that’s missing from many modern Neunelfers.

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3) 996 GT3 RS

One of the last Rennsports for me to drive, our test against the 996 GT2 in issue 143 showed me the 996 is also one of the most underrated. Building from the 996.2 GT3’s tantalising package, on paper the RS received only minimalist weight saving and no power increase, yet the reality is thanks to a revised suspension and stiffer engine mounts, the RS is a different yet reassuringly compliant beast.

Best of all, as the last Rennsport bereft of any real driver aids, it’s just you, the open road and 381 untamed horses. With every driver input directly affecting the car’s behaviour, when you drive the 996 GT3 RS you wear it like a glove, so to speak; a fabulous, classic experience for a 911 with such relative modernity.

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2) 959

Is it a true Neunelfer? With a flat six boxer engine mounted aft of the rear axle, it’s certainly hard to argue otherwise. Porsche’s quintessential supercar was the yardstick for automotive excellence for decades, its overarching 911 influence shaping subsequent Neunelfer generations in turn. Only when walking around it and taking a seat inside do you truly appreciate the amalgamation of G-series, 964 and even 993 componentry on the car.

As I found out in issue 142, the 959 comfortably has the ability to embarrass newer generations of sports car, boasting active suspension, all-wheel-drive with active torque distribution, twin turbocharging and a lightweight body construction in its arsenal. It’s as scintillating to drive today as it was back in… 1986. Yep, despite all that tech, the 959 is 30 years old – yet still feels utterly indomitable as a driving machine.

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1) 911 R

I can only apologise for finishing with a naturally obvious choice. The 911 R may have topped the majority of group tests and ‘best drive’ countdowns for this year, but it’s with good reason. Even away from a backdrop of capable but uninvolving 991 GT3s and GT3 RSs, the 911 R is a breath of fresh air, a true ‘best of’ in terms of parts resulting in a machine with breathtaking sporting pedigree.

Fast, frenetic and completely intoxicating by its very nature, the R is the most special Neunelfer since the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 of 2010, and for me will be the 911 of the decade. Driving it on deserted Scottish roads last May was one of my greatest privileges of 2016.

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What five 911s have you most enjoyed reading about in Total 911 this year? Comment below or tweet us@Total911

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