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Nick Tandy Celebrated Porsche’s IMSA Championship With A Run Around Talladega

Last weekend Porsche ran at Petit Le Mans, the closing round of the 2019 IMSA championship. While the mid-engine 911 RSRs didn’t win their class, they did clinch several GTLM class championships. While IMSA was racing in Atlanta on Saturday, NASCAR was setting up for a race at Talladega just a few hours away in Alabama. As soon as Porsche finished the race and celebrated their season-long victories, the team packed up the Coca Cola-liveried cars and trucked across the state border east on I-20 to ‘Dega. What on earth are they going to do there?

Well, Nick Tandy is a massive NASCAR nerd, and he was given the opportunity to come to the Alabama oval to do a couple of laps in the 911. In case you were unaware, IMSA and NASCAR are owned by the same parent company, and the two series attempt He took that as an invitation to smoke a few Michelins, putting on a show for the fans. You can see exterior video of the car shredding tire from a viewpoint in the stands in the tweet below.


As cool as that is to watch, the in-car video is even cooler.

It’s pretty awesome to see Porsche’s sports car entry hauling ass on a NASCAR track. Porsche has some history at Talladega, too, having owned the top speed record there with Mark Donohue and the 917/30 from 1975 until 1987 (221.12 mph). While it’s a bummer that Porsche never took the 919 Hybrid there to re-take its closed-track speed record back, it’s still pretty neat to see the 911 RSR given a few minutes of flat-out running. There’s more in the car with aero tweaks and gearing, I’m almost positive, but Tandy still saw about 275 kph on the back straight, which is equal to 171 mph. With the right setup, I’m confident the RSR would easily clear 200 mph. But we may never know for sure.


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La Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo rate le coche à Brands Hatch

La Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo a déjà battu deux records mais il en est un qu’elle n’accrochera a priori pas à son tableau de chasse. Une partie de l’équipe de compétition de Porsche a passé le week-end dernier sur le célèbre et magnifique circuit de Brands Hatch, en Angleterre. Celle-ci y était en compagnie de […]


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Nick Tandy Brings Youngsters Up the Motorsports Ladder

It’s refreshing to see some of the big stars in motorsports not spending their off-time sunbathing on the beach, surrounded by supermodels and tropical drinks with little umbrellas in them. Some are dedicated to the sport which carried them so far, and hold a lot of empathy for the younger generation trying to make a name for themselves. Nick Tandy might still be piloting Porsche’s LMP1 cars, but he’s also running his own race outfit in Porsche Carrera Cup and lending his wisdom to today’s hot-shoes competing in one of the world’s most demanding one-make series.

Porsche Carrera Cup offers young drivers without much technical experience the chance to race against other young racers with the benefit of mechanical parity. Very little about the Porsches is adjustable, so the drivers must focus on their racecraft and their own pace as they’re unable to rely on any significant vehicular advantage. Additionally, the Carrera Cup Porsches are incredibly quick, the competition is fierce, and there’s a lot on the line; Porsche’s executives keep an eye on this category (as they do with all the drivers at every level in the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid), which acts as a springboard for the most talented drivers at the sharp end of the pack.

Tandy was one of those fast and fortunate few who, after winning Porsche Carrera Cup Germany in 2011, went on to become a world-renowned LMP1 racer and Porsche factory driver. In his Carrera Cup involvement with Joe Tandy Racing, a team he helped start with his late brother over a decade ago, he brings his experience, his understanding of a rear engined racer, and the specific wisdom that only a seasoned endurance racing ace possesses. He also realizes the value of surrounding his drivers with good people, and the well-connected thirty-three-year-old Brit, has done his best to stock Joe Tandy Racing with the best and the brightest.

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Porsche releases new C4 GTS British Legends edition

Porsche Cars Great Britain has revealed a special 991.2 C4 GTS British Legends Edition 911 to celebrate the achievements at La Sarthe of Brit Drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy. Available immediately in one of three colour combinations evoking the famous Porsche livery of each driver’s period winning car, this special GTS has been developed with the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur department for the UK market only.

Attwood, Bell and Tandy have all had a direct hand in choosing the spec of the car too, with the C4 version of the current 991.2 GTS chosen to evoke the all-wheel-drive layout of the current 919 e-hybrid piloted by Tandy in the World Endurance Championship. It is also the fastest 911 in the current Carrera range. Alcantara and carbon trim provides a direct link to the cockpit of the racing cars each driver successfully pedalled to the top step of the podium at Le Mans, while a comprehensive standard specification including Sports Chromo Pack and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control further enhances the car’s motorsporting aspirations. A choice of either seven-speed manual or PDK transmissions is available.

Though the spec of each British Legends car is identical from a technical aspect, the three variants are all distinguishable by their liveries, with the Attwood car finished in Guards red with black centre-lock wheels to evoke the Salzburg livery of his 1970 Le Mans-winning 917, the Bell GTS finished in Sapphire blue metallic to evoke his 956’s Rothmans livery, while the Tandy car is finished in Carrera white metallic which of course honours the appearance of his 919 hybrid from his 2015 triumph. All versions then carry small side decals featuring the iconic number of each driver’s Le Mans conquering car, with the driver’s signature printed on a discreet plaque mounted aft of each car’s B-pillar.

Generously specced and unique in their appearance, these cars offer a rare opportunity for motorsporting aficionados to suitably honour their most admired Brit racing driver from Porsche’s hallowed works roster. However, theres a high price for such admiration, as the GTS British Legends editions are available from £122,376, slightly more than new 911 Turbo money. The cars aren’t part of a numbered production run but Porsche GB says the number available will be small, Total 911 estimating this to be around one example per Porsche Centre.



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Watch the new Porsche GT2 RS Lap the Nurburgring Faster Than Any Production Car Before It.


Six minutes and forty seven point three seconds (6:47.3). That’s the record crushing time Porsche’s new GT2 RS recorded as it lapped the Nurburing Nordschleife. For those counting, that’s nearly five (5) full seconds faster than the previous record held by Lamborghini’s Huracán Performante (not to mention more than 5-seconds faster than the 918). In fact, as production cars get faster and faster, they are quickly encroaching on the Group C cars of the early 1980s. 1983, the only year Group C ran the Nordschleife layout used for production cars, saw Stefan Bellof set the overall track record in qualifying. The 6:11.15 set that day is unlikely to be broken any time soon. At the actual race that followed, Bellof set the best time of the day as well, a 6:25.91. Today, a street legal 911 is able to post a lap time within 22 seconds of a 956 over the same 12.8 mile lap. Let that sink in while you watch this monster in action.

The record attempt was undertaken by a combination of Nick Tandy and Lars Kern, with the actual record ultimately claimed by Lars. Prior to setting the record lap, the two first broke the current record, a 6:52, with five consecutive 6:50 laps. According to Andreas Preuninger, Director of the GT model line, “It’s not just the record time achieved by the GT2 RS that demonstrates the vehicle’s caliber, but also the consistency of performance in every lap. We’re particularly proud of the fact that this was achieved with two different vehicles and two different drivers, as it underscores the ability of the GT2 RS to reproduce the record over and over again.

GT2 RS is Fastest Porsche 911 Ever With Production Car Record Crushing Ring Time

The Porsche GT2 RS used for the record was fitted with standard N-Spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (265/35 ZR 20 front and 325/30 ZR 21 rear), and a fixed back bucket seat with full harnesses for improved safety. Kern, the record setter, competes in the Carrera Cup Australia, as well as the Nurburgring-based VLN endurance racing championship. Over the 12.8 mile lap Kern averaged 114.4 miles per hour.

Speaking after setting the lap time, Lars Kern said: ‘The pure performance of the new GT2 RS can hardly be expressed in words. However, without the perfect harmony and balance between the chassis and the tires, such a fast time would not have been possible.

The 700 horsepower GT2 RS tips the scales at just 3,241 pounds, and is capable of a track speed of 211 miles per hour (though it appears they achieved just under 190MPH on the less-than-flat main straight at the ‘Ring).

Congratulations to Porsche, this is truly a triumph. Not only is the GT2 RS the current fastest production car at the ‘Ring, it also sits near the top of the non-production car list, and well ahead of Group A cars running the same track configuration. A stunning achievement.

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