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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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Porsche 964… Courant d’air !

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Porsche Taycan Turbo S Review

This is a big deal and perhaps the most significant car I have ever written about in my short, prepubescent life as an editor writing about cars. I am also a sceptic of electric cars, I am just not a fan, this is a chance for Porsche to change my views. Some 350 journalists have […]

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Histoire des modèles Porsche à 4 places : de la 356 Type 530 au Taycan

Porsche a prouvé que la performance pouvait également être expérimentée dans des voitures offrant quatre vrais sièges depuis l’introduction des Cayenne, Panamera, Macan et dernièrement du Taycan. Mais cette idée remonte bien plus loin dans les années 1950 avec un premier prototype sur base de 356 allongé :  la Porsche 356 Type 530. Partons à …

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Miniature Make Up Eidolon au 1:43 – Singer DLS Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

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