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Purpose built race car goes fast.

A car built to be faster than the fastest cars on earth might have gone faster than the other cars on planet earth.

2y ago


In a daring and frankly heroic maneuver, Porsche has decided to run their 919 Evo -- an LMP1 spec racer, only it's completely unrestricted -- around the 'ring. This has made the internet very excited as anytime Porsche does anything, the internet gets very excited. The reason for such a running and subsequent excitement is to "smash" the lap record at the venerable track that was set in 1983 by a different Porsche. If you can't tell from the tone so far, I am not very excited about this. I find the pursuit of an unofficial track record, undertaken by one of the fastest purpose-built race cars ever, under very specific conditions nonetheless -- to be utterly pointless.

anytime Porsche does anything, the internet gets very excited

Yes, there is something visceral and animalistic about watching machines go very, very fast. It stirs emotion and makes you wonder what else might be possible, if only we were dumb enough to try it. Which is wonderful. But this... feels different. It's sort of like selecting a brown Crayola from your crayon quiver and getting excited when the color applied to your Little Mermaid color-by-numbers coloring book, is indeed brown. It's a foregone conclusion, and that isn't very exciting at all. What if Porsche -- after taking great care not to let on they were attempting this epic record attempt, by closing the public track and posting a video on social media -- fails to break the thirty-five-year-old record? What if their modern, unrestricted specialty car that isn't competing against anything but time itself, cannot be bothered to go faster than a 1983 956 C?

I still wouldn't be that interested. And after a collective shrug, I suspect that the rest of the internet wouldn't either. Except maybe Ferrari fans. They'll love that.

Feel free to @ me.

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Comments (25)

  • Hahaha. I don't think you're right either. isn't alone on this one. Look at it this way, you mention the bellof record, but that record was done in a ground control, turbo powered group c car on a track that's 2km shorter as lauda's (who set the previous record) and people can't stop talking about that one either.

      2 years ago
  • Wholeheartedly disagree with this and have scarcely stopped oscillating at the thought 🙃 amusing, as ever, none the less x

      2 years ago
  • You write the best titles, Ryan! Loved this.

      2 years ago
  • I get your point, and yes it's a commercial (hype) practice without a doubt.. But still.. I believe far most enthusiasts is not hyped about whether or not they'll break the record (because they allready did unofficially, though not really, since that record was made on a different layout), but it's rather about pushing the boundaries as far as they can on a track, that is not so not forgiving at all. Like taking the next step in space travel.. Look at it this way.. Porsche could just let the car and project die. Do nothing special commercially, just as Ferrari and Lambo are doing it. Being all boring and stuff (because we are a luxury sportscarbrand at the top of the branding table - duuh, why raise a finger, people know our brand allready). Instead, Porsche is being enthusiastic about racing, and essentially, driving. Something for us who love driving fast (I'm very fine if you are not one of those, but then don't rant :p ) . Ofc. that says something about Porsche trying to be the drivers car choice, within the sportscar/supercar/hypercar segment, but I still sincerly belive Porsche is trying to do something else and rather special other than what the rest of the market is doing. With the arguements you raised, you could make the same arguementation about anything from racecars to hypercars, supercars, sportscars and so much more. Why care about the abillity to push the boundaries with a very specific element/task?? The car is purpose built for racing, yes, but that is what makes racecars and racingdrivers so cool. Not everyone gets to race around the ring in a racecar, trying to go under 5 minuttes. Pushing the extremes are allways interesting. Maybe you just need to see how long it would take you to drive the distance of the Nürburgring and compare it to 5 minuttes something? Or maybe just try and go the average speed of that car for one second? I don't know, but you got to admit, that racing around the Ring in 5 minuttes or possibly less is something special. And that is reasoning enough for me (at least).

    Have a good one! - Danish wishes


      2 years ago
    • Well said! I wrote an article about pushing boundaries a while back so that fully resonates with me. This just feels like a PR stunt that doesn’t have a downside for Porsche. As a side note, I am a complete speed freak. I can fully get behind the...

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        2 years ago
  • I'd never thought of it this way, great article!

      2 years ago


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