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Is a 911 GT2 RS Faster Than A 918 Spyder at Hockenheim?

Unlike many cars of its ilk, this GT2 RS sees a great deal of track time. Whether it be racing against current GT3 Cup cars or highly modified Nissan GT-Rs, sebastian vittel’s RS is a regular sight at tracks across France and Germany. It’s been given a few tasteful modifications to suit it to the regular beating it takes; utilizing Endless pads, steel brakes, taller wing supports from a GT3 RS, and a Manthey alignment for even more purchase on the pavement. As we see in the footage below, its performance is enough to run with the 918 Spyder—a car which costs nearly six times as much. This stellar performance makes you wonder whether the GT2 RS is merely the quickest 911 on the market today, or if it’s the defacto Porsche flagship of recent years.

Despite having only two driven wheels, the GT2 RS actually betters the four-wheel drive 918 Spyder in low-speed acceleration. This is a real asset at the tight and technical Hockenheim, where strong speed out of the hairpins leading onto the long straights pays dividends. It’s the turbocharged, two-wheel drive GT2 RS which excels in these slow-speed acceleration zones, and only once they have room to stretch their legs a bit does the 918 stretch a small lead. Not exactly what one would think when considering the specs, eh?

Weighing roughly 500 pounds more than the GT2 RS, the 918 isn’t quite the agile thing that the latest RS is, but it has a habit of belying its weight and putting it to lighter, more powerful cars. So much of that comes down to the way the 918 makes great use of its hybrid power when driven through all four wheels. With minimal wheelspin and wild torque from zip, shouldn’t that make it the king of hairpins?

Only once is vittel beaten off a hairpin (1:50), but it’s his too-early entry that’s to blame.

Well, sebastian vittel once again proves the versatility of the RS with this duel. Granted, these two aren’t pushing more than 8/10ths, the 918 isn’t exactly track-tuned, and traffic does allow vittel to close the gap after the hypercar begins to walk away. Nevertheless, it’s a strong showing from both, but it’s the RS which looks even stronger after making quick work of what ought to be the quickest in the Porsche stable.

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Touring Car Ace Thrashes a GT2 RS Around The High-Speed Magny-Cours

With a lengthy career in touring and GT3 cars, Theirry Blaise has that sort of confidence and composure that allows him to thread the needle at high speeds. Combine one of France’s fastest tracks and the fastest road-going car produced by Porsche, and that calm at triple-digit speeds becomes quite useful. We’ve seen how the car behaves in a pro’s hands at slow speeds, so here we see how the car is truly better suited to the faster tracks.

Though the majority of his career was spent in touring cars with half the power of the GT2 RS, endurance racing in a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup surely prepped the Frenchman for the characteristics of its road-going, turbocharged brethren.

Changing direction and riding curbs, the GT2 RS shows great stability in Blaise’s hands.

Perhaps that’s why Blaise appears so confident and calm while clearly pushing through Magny-Cours long and intimidating bends. With plenty of long, tightening corners, his throttle application is all-important, and a careful deployment of the turbocharged thrust is clear to the keen eye. Under power, it’s surprisingly composed car at high speeds; only mild dabs of opposite lock are noticeable.

Where the car does appear a little friskier than some might like is during high-speed braking maneuvers. Note the way Blaise juggles the weight of the sashaying car when hitting the brakes at 0:34. With the grass and the walls so near, and the speed so high, it takes a man as brave as he is coordinated to do that repeatedly.

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However, it must be predictable and confidence-inspiring to get so near to the white lines with the rear dancing around. That predictability is also evident in the many tightening corners, we get to see how the car tends to understeer gently, even when feeding in the steering with some smoothness. Observing his line through the Turn 12-13 complex, as seen at 1:17, it looks like he’s confident enough in the car to abruptly change direction and ride the curbs. It rewards his bravery, and shows us that, if a driver is comfortable with the rear slithering around under braking, it truly becomes an extension of their body.

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