King of the Ring: 911 GT2-RS
Watch the all new Porsche 911 GT2-RS decimate the Nurburgring record with a time of 6:47.30...
Writing an article on a car such as the Porsche 911 GT2-RS is always a difficult task. How do you go about introducing such a superb machine? To be honest, you cant. The car speaks for itself. Petrol heads of today normally have a numbers fetish which they only release late at night when browsing the automotive news whilst hidden under their Ferrari duvet cover, or alternatively sat on the loo reading the latest copy of EVO. However, I have some bad news for you lot. The new Porsche 911 GT2-RS isn't one of these cars where you can dribble at the statistics, you just have to see it in motion, so here is a link to a video of the new Porsche demolishing the old Nurburgring record set by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante:
This isn't to say that the figures that come with this £207,000 mutant aren't deeply impressive. The car is powered by a twin turbo 3.8L 6 cylinder engine, producing 700HP. It has a kerb wight of around 1.5 tonnes and yet is capable of 211MPH and 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, not bad for a jumped up beetle with a big wing...
As expected the interior is 90% roll cage
Now, obviously I have not had the opportunity to drive this car yet, so, this article then is more of a celebration of what Porsche have created, as well as a low down of what we can expect to see when these widow makers hit the streets *hairs stand on end*.
So, whats what with the 2018 GT2-RS? Well, it is without a doubt Porsche's loudest, most aggressive and as expected, most expensive 911 in history. The GT2 legacy is one that is based around fear, its about RWD cars that give a raw and down right dangerous driving experience. However, the new GT2-RS gives "fear" a whole new definition. So, how have Porsche made all of this power and performance accessible to the average man, who at the end of the day, will be the pilot of this machine.
Loving those red accents
Porsche have fitted the car with a plethora of geeky tech to keep this car on the grey stuff, and hopefully keep the heart of its driver beating...First of all and probably most noticeably is the use of aero. The car is a complete re-profiling of the old GT2-RS (2011) shape. A massive race style rear wing consumes the rear of the car, whilst bonnet vents and vast air intakes found on the bumper take center stage at the front end. However, this car is still unmistakably a 911, and we have to respect Porsche for this. The shape they are using has been around for some time now and there are obviously more aerodynamic shapes that can be used, just look at McLaren's latest vehicles such as the 720S. And yet, Porsche have stuck to their roots and achieved legendary status with this body shape. We digress.
So what else keeps the Porsche on the road? Obviously a spot of staggered rubber, and in this case 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, draped in ultra-high-performance tires in 265/35 and 325/30 sizes, whilst the car is slowed by carbon-ceramic break rotors.
It looks brilliant in my opinion!
What about the interior then? Well, you wouldn't be blamed if you expected this car to have about as much opulence as an Asda shopping trolley, because after all it is a track developed RS model. However, upon closer inspection, it seems that the cabin of the 2018 GT2-RS looks like a place you wouldn't mind spending some time! They have taken, what seem to be the seats from a 918 spyder and dropped them into the new car, whilst at the same time peppering the snug cock-pit in red micro-suede and black leather. You also probably expected there to be enough scaffolding in the back to erect a cathedral, and you are correct. Porsche normally get a little bit of stick for this, however I am on their side this time. The 911 GT2-RS is so savagely fast that a roll cage is a real necessity, however the medley of piping also helps to stiffen the car and improve handling.
The question on everybody's lips at the moment is, "how do I get my hands on one then?", and to be honest, even if you have a spare £200,000 lying around, this car is still going to be somewhat of an enigma. A few different figures have been flying around, but the latest say that just 1,000 of these dream machines will ever be produced. Maybe with a bit of luck I will find one on the side of the road with a sign reading "help yourself", otherwise this car is a unicorn, for many an unobtainable entity which will remain on a poster in the bedroom. What it is then, is a showcase of what cars are capable of and where the bar for supercars now rests.
Hector Lopez-Valido #Thespoolingturbo