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The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a glorious Porsche bonanza

Porsche dominated proceedings at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed as Lord March dedicated his annual motoring garden party to the seven decades of Stuttgart’s favourite sports car. In what was a special 25-year anniversary of the Festival of Speed itself, a scintillating weekend of action with Porsche right at the top of the billing began on the Wednesday night with the unveiling of artist Gerry Judah’s 52-metre sculpture taking pride of place out the front of Goodwood House. Featuring six icons from throughout the company’s rich history, the magnificent structure’s unveiling began four days of celebrations with an unprecedented presence of Porsche cars taking to the 1.16-mile hillclimb course, with further motoring icons on states display throughout the Goodwood estate.

Highlights for Porsche fans included the dynamic debut of Andreas Preuninger’s Speedster concept up the hillclimb course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while this year’s Le Mans-winning ‘Pink Pig’ 991 RSR also took to the hill, still bearing the many hallmarks from its enduro at La Sarthe. Other racing greats from throughout the company’s history were on display, including the Porsche 919 e-hybrid in continuation of its ‘goodbye’ world tour. The Festival of Speed also gave a world debut to Singer Vehicle Design’s DLS project, the result of a new partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering, using expert consultancy from Norbert Singer and one Hans Mezger, to name but a few.

Wether you attended the 2018 Festival of Speed or not, our gallery will fill you in on all the Porsche-related action, missed or otherwise. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the best of the Porsche action from our exclusive gallery – see how many past and present Porsche racing greats you can spot…

Pictures courtesy of the talented Louis Ruff from Definitive Media.

 

 

 

 

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Video From 2 of Italy’s Best Tracks Show us Just What the 991 GT2 RS is Capable Of

Though footage of the latest GT2 RS driven hard is still quite scarce, there is one fortunate soul who’s been kind enough to soothe our frustrations and show us what the meanest production Porsche ever is capable of.

The owner, a man who goes by Powerslidelover, is a rare breed of auto junkie. Not only does he own a stable of hypercars including several flagship Ferraris, a Lamborghini Huracan Performante, and a 911 R, but he drives every one of them well beyond the limit of adhesion. The newest steed in his collection is a red and black GT2 RS, and he’s shown exactly how capable this 700-horsepower rocket is at two of Italy’s fastest tracks.

A long lift off the throttle coaxes the rear out of line.

The GT2 RS’ performance figures are well known, but putting them in context with a slew of contemporary sports cars is eye- opening nevertheless. Within the first few seconds of footage, the force-fed motor shows just how incredibly potent it is. Exiting Imola’s Rivazza at the same pace as the GT3 RS ahead of it, the GT2 RS takes only a couple of seconds before it streaks past effortlessly. The GT2 RS is relying exclusively on engine power to make that pass; the exit speeds were almost identical. That is a stunning sort of performance that makes its normally-aspirated sibling look more like a VW Golf than a track car built for use on the street.

That said, its straightline performance is only a third of the appeal. The GT2 RS appears playful and confidence-inspiring as it slides of over the curbs through the Traguardo section (0:25). Yet, it doesn’t look to cosset its driver and requires accurate and rapid countersteering—it sits right in the sweet spot between fearsome and friendly.

Additionally, this Porsche can be driven precisely, clinically, and efficiently: when the nose is nursed into some of the slower corners and straightened early, the engine deploys its power with unbelievable ease, as if it has four wheel-drive (0:54). Well-rounded would be a masterpiece of understatement.

The GT2 RS is strong in both slow and quick sections; relying on its innate traction and rear wheel-steering to help it in the former and the downforce to stabilize it in the latter. Yet, there’s still that weight distribution encouraging rotation (1:14) at speed, and while it appears far more civilized than its predecessor, the 991 GT2 RS is still barely leashed.

At Monza, the long straights serve to showcase the Porsche’s incredible, relentless acceleration. Nudging 200 MPH down the front straight is a simple as pulling a paddle, and the stability everywhere else is enviable. Still, a long lift off of the throttle is enough to coax the rear into a sphincter-puckering slide (2:08), and the power can easily overwhelm the rear tires in some of the slower corners. With precision, flair, and fun, he indulges in a bit of powersliding (2:22) and lives up to his name. He wasn’t going to drive straight the entire time, was he?

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Watch this GT2 RS Hit 212 MPH on the Autobahn

There’s something both civilized and brutal about the way the GT2 RS is able to accelerate. No fuss, no drama, and yet it consumes revs with a ravenous appetite and pushes violently towards the redline regardless of the gear its in. Germany’s Sport Auto got their hands on one earlier than most of the bigger publications, and took it to the Autobahn to test its mettle.

Obviously, a rear end with spherical bearings, Porsche’s electronically-controlled locking differential, and 325-section tires pressed into the pavement would generate stellar traction, but the effortlessness with which this monster launches from a dig is still hard to fathom. Not a hint of wheelspin or any of the histrionics you might assume a motor making a tidal wave of 553 lb-ft from 2,500-4,000 rpm; it applies all that power without a hiccup. Chalk it up to good hardware and good software.

The gear changes are rapid fire and genuine motorsports-fast, and without any delay, they exploit every single one of the 700 ponies on tap. But more than horsepower and traction, it has the torque to make it a genuine highway king. Once it nips past 200 kph 124 mph) in 8.3 seconds, the needles continue climbing and they don’t stop until the RS hits a GPS-confirmed 212 mph (though the speedometer reads 221 mph/356 kph)—beating its advertised top speed by one mph. Despite the car’s considerable drag—like some bewinged bullet train firing from Weissach to Vienna—it simply never falters.

Though some feel the turbocharged RS cars lack the sonorous engine note and linearity of the normally-aspirated RS lineup, these force-fed motors have so thrust they offer their own unique experience. Barring a hybrid hypercar, a Bugatti Chiron, or a McLaren 720S, nothing really can compete above 120 miles per hour.

Considering the ease with which this car hits its top speed, this might be a familiar sight for GT2 RS owners.

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GT2 RS Proves More Civil Than Imagined

I have to be honest. The first few times I watched Matt Prior’s reviews, I felt a little underwhelmed. Here was a middle-aged man with a gift for language, seated behind the alcantara-wrapped wheel of an exciting sports car, and somehow he made this divine piece of machinery seem clinical, bland, and practical. Yet, the more I listen to him, the more his approach speaks to me. Simply put, his enthusiasm is just thinly veiled by a little English reticence, but his appreciation for the mundane points, and the way he sheds light on the duller (yet valuable) aspects of a six-figure sports car implies decades of experience.

So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the first of the big-name publications’ reviews of the GT2 RS is not full of fireworks. Instead, Prior, mumbling over the uncharacteristically loud rumble of the flat-six behind him, describes the everyday experience offered by Porsche’s fastest production car to date.

But Prior also acknowledges the usability offered by the latest iteration of a Porsche that has always been spoken of in hushed tones. The GT2 — especially the 997-generation RS — has always been considered an uncompromising weapon with sharp edges and little cushioning— »unhinged » is the word Prior chooses.

The outrageous figures and the Nurburgring lap time of the GT2 RS speak for themselves. The 991-generation RS is something that not only smokes tires and greys hairs, it’s also the first of the GT2 lineage with a hint of civility—and perhaps there’s nobody better than Prior to point that out.

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2018 Porsche 991 GT2 RS first drive review

It has smashed the Nurburgring production car lap time, the 6 minutes 47.3 seconds it monstered around Germany’s most famous track a high bar indeed. Riding on suspension virtually unchanged from a 911 Cup racer in Nurburgring specification the ball jointed, adjustable race dampers and the addition of rear-wheel steering inevitably played a huge part in that time.

Then there’s the 700hp on offer from its heavily reworked, water-spray intake cooled 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six. Then there’s the fact it’s sandwiched between a huge rear wing and some underbody aero. The net effect of that, as well as the pouting, posturing aero up front that allows over 450kg of downforce at 211mph – more if you play around with the big wing’s angle of attack.

Senior stuff, but then the GT2 RS has always been a bit unhinged. It’s Porsche’s GT department’s riposte to those commentators who say they’ve lost the focus on speed over purity. And it’s an unequivocal one, the GT2 RS the most powerful, fastest production 911 ever. It reaches 62mph in 2.8 seconds, 124mph in 8.3, passing 186mph at 22.1 seconds and not letting up all the way to its v-max.There’s rear-wheel drive, less weight, and fast-shifting PDK, the RS badge dictating all of those, it a visual as well as a physical assault on all of your senses.

That near racecar specification should result in calamitous manners on the road. It just doesn’t, the revelation with the GT2 RS not the incredible performance, but the chassis. Taut, controlled, it steers with real accuracy, the GT2 RS’s nose eager to turn in, the wheel weighted beautifully and communicating exactly what those front wheels are doing. That rear-axle steer helps with its sensational agility, the grip huge, the traction mighty. Push it harder and it’s got the potential to be playful, too.

While all that imbues it a pervading sense of menace, as is correct for a GT2 RS, for all its lunacy there’s civility, or, more correctly sophistication. The GT2 RS is a car that works on the road, allowing, where possible, to use its performance. The engine’s power is relentless, the physicality of its force in the laugh out loud and swear sphere.

Yes, it lacks the exotic high-revving nature and aural appeal of its naturally aspirated GT stable mates, but counters with any rev punch, eye-widening pace and a bass-rich soundtrack that fills the stripped, caged cabin. As Andreas Preuninger says: “it’s the alpha 911,” and he’s not wrong. For the most comprehensive review of the GT2 RS from anywhere on the newsstand, pick up issue 160 of Total 911, in shops November 29.

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