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Here’s The Fast Way Around Sonoma Raceway In A GT3 RS

One of the advantages of such a color is that it’s easily seen in another driver’s mirrors.

« You need to learn how to drive a slow car fast before you can drive a fast car fast, » says Joe Kou, Spec Miata racer and owner of this GT3 RS. Running in an anemic Miata and focusing on maintaining mid-corner speed obviously pays off in the punchier cars, as we can see here. With that wonderful blend of circumspection and aggression that only an experienced, confident driver can muster, Kou sets a 1:44.8 lap around one of California’s best tracks while demonstrating the Porsche’s numerous strengths.

With great stability at speed, the GT3 RS encourages Kou to lean on its aero grip through Turn 1 (0:24). A tight line, an early lift, and plenty of patience keep him rolling good mid-corner speed through one of Sonoma’s fastest and least forgiving corners. An almost imperceptible dab of the brake later and Kou rolls back to full throttle carefully over the crest of the off-camber Turn 2 (0:31). Considering the car’s weight distribution and the off-camber nature of the corner, the fact it doesn’t exhibit any understeer at those speeds is remarkable. Those two carefully navigated corners are where Kou beat his baseline lap by the greatest margin.

Just as impressive is the traction over Turn 3A’s crest (0:40). « That car powers out of corners like nothing else, » Kou says with a smile. However, it can still spin the rears with a bit of provocation—or, in this case, a pavement change. As Kou descends down the Carousel towards its apex, a flick of opposite lock shows the rear steps out at the corner’s hard-to-spot apex (1:05). Nevertheless, the poise and purchase on the pavement give him the confidence to stay flat. Without a doubt, the GT3 RS brings the best out of a handy driver.

A skilled driver is also ready to acknowledge their mistakes. After watching a friend carry more speed in this car through the Turn 8 chicane, he admits there’s time to be had there. « I lose about quarter of a second through Turns 8 and 8A, » he concedes. However, with so little ahead to see, it’s completely forgivable.

More chutzpah, getting to full throttle earlier in Turn 5, and the absence of traffic would put Kou comfortably in the 1:43, or even the 1:42-range. Though this generation of Porsche’s GT cars are friendlier than their predecessors, this stirring footage makes it clear they still require a skilled hand to get those last few seconds.

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Soul Of Porsche – Porsche 911’s Hall of Fame !

Quand la firme de Zuffenhausen décide de réunir toutes les générations de Porsche 911 en Asie, ce n’est pas pour faire un strip poker dans un tripot de Macao. Non, c’est pour tourner des images splendides dans un pays qui ne l’est pas moins et des caisses pas trop mal non plus. Indice : c’est […]

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Is Rain the Great Equalizer? GT3 RS Hunts GT2 RS At Spa-Francorchamps

They say rain is the great equalizer. Well, the two fastest of the latest GT lineup put that old chestnut to the test on a sodden Spa-Francorchamps, where turbo power shouldn’t offer much of an advantage. Does it?

Interestingly, the turbocharged grunt of the GT2 RS seems more useful at slower speeds.

Getting passed on the inside of La Source (0:10), we can see what the GT2 RS’ additional 180 horsepower can reap if the road is straight. However, the man in the GT3 RS is quite handy, and seems to roll more mid-corner speed and avoid running off-line in the tricky conditions.

After the force-fed car ahead misses the braking point for Bruxelles (1:09), the GT3 RS is back in contention again. Through Pouhon, one of the most challenging corners on the track, the GT3 RS claws back some distance. Either the normally aspirated motor is that much more tractable, or the man ahead isn’t as comfortable at high speeds. In any event, we know the GT2 RS isn’t as friendly when the limit is surpassed, and having run off-line a few corners prior, he’s likely driving cautiously.

Interestingly, the GT2 RS has a slight advantage in some of the slower corners—the 516 lb-ft from 1,900 rpm helps. It just goes to show that, even on a fast track, additional power is only good if it’s exploitable.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante & Porsche 991 GT3 RS… Atmoféériques !

Aujourd’hui, sur DLEDMV, on va vous envoyer du lourd… Deux bombes tout juste civilisées, dont l’ADN est d’être aussi à l’aise sur piste que sur circuit. Deux missiles sol-sol avec d’un côté la Lamborghini Huracan Performante et de l’autre, la Porsche 991 GT3 RS… Des chevaux mécaniques prêts à arracher le bitume en faisant fumer […]

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Cars to buy in 2019

The winter road salt is beginning to recede, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on its way, and with it, the promise of another season of driving excellence at the wheel of your favourite Porsche 911. But which 911? If you’re thinking of a change to your stable or have your eye on something new for 2019, then look no further than Total 911’s annual and ever-popular ‘cars to buy’ guide to help steer you in the right direction.

There remain bargains to be had when comparing 911s with other models in the same price point, while many other models still represent guaranteed investment-grade quality, providing you’re prepared to play the long game. There’s also a host of 911s ready and willing to provide you with oodles of fun – more fun than any amount of cash in the bank can offer. So wether you’re looking for road or track-based frolics, a great value 911 or a decent investment proposition, we’ve got the answers readily compiled for you over the next 12 pages.

And don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve sought the opinions of experts from around the industry, those who work within the Porsche marketplace on a daily basis, and whom in the ensuing years have seen values of cars peak and dive, and trends come and go, building a healthy resistance against market naivety as a result – and their knowledge and insight is hereby being passed exclusively to you. We’ve asked more specialists than ever, our panel this year offering wisdom from a combined 101-years of experience selling fine Porsche. As a result, no other resource will offer such a compelling insight as to what 911 models you should be focussing on for 2019.

This year, to reflect the breadth of 911s on offer, we’ve split the experts’ choices into three categories: best value, long term investment, and outright fun, all of which provide compelling options for a variety of budgets. It makes for a tantalising read: have your wallets at the ready as we present the 911s to buy for 2019…

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