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How A GT2 RS Makes The Goodwood Hillclimb Look Easy

Though running the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill might look simple from the sidelines, it’s a complex course full of nuances. Cambers, pockmarks, crowns, and debris make the task all the more challenging—especially when trying to deploy some 700 horsepower.

At Goodwood, Porsche showcased a whole series of highlights from 70 years of sports car development.

However, there are few drivers better suited to managing these real-world conditions in hardcore supercars than Mark Higgins, owner of the four-wheeled lap record at the Isle of Man. To sneak between haybales and stone walls at 160 miles an hour takes courage and conviction, but also requires circumspection, mechanical sympathy, and an appreciation of every surface detail of the course.

Those traits are what helped the Manxman attack the Goodwood hill with such confidence; strategically dropping a tire in the first right-hander, and braking into Molcombe, a pockmarked corner which has claimed more cars than any other bend at this hillclimb, at a mortifying 120 miles an hour. With the honesty and humility to back off in the daunting final corners, known as « Birdless Grove, » Higgins strings together a lap that few mortals could set—even without the colorful commentating.


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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.

Photo credit: Autocar

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