PORSCHE STRUTS ITS STUFF AT GOODWOOD
Stuttgart brings out the big guns including new GT2 RS
Porsche chose the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 1st July for its global debut of the bonkers new 911 GT2 RS. The 700hp beast was seen driving in public for the first time on the 1.16 mile Goodwood Hill at the famous estate in Sussex.
It was none other than all-round driving legend Walter Rohrl doing the piloting duties. But Porsche's latest GT weapon and Rohrl were far from the only big beasts at what is the largest event of its kind, attracting a colossal 200,000 spectators over four days. The new 911 GT3, driven by head of the GT programme Andreas Preuninger, also tore it up on the Hill and the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, pedalled by Porsche Supercup racer and Carrera Cup winner Paul Rees, did its spangly gold thing, too.
But wait, there's more. The mightiest Porsche of all and the car that won the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the 919 Hybrid still covered in a layer of grime from its on-track heroics, was piloted up the Hill by 2015 Le Mans winner and current Porsche LMP1 driver Nick Tandy. The 919 was joined by its racing progenitors in the form of the 917/30 and another crowd favourite, the fire-breathing 935 ‘Moby Dick’ with Porsche 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood in the action seat.
Also making UK debuts was a pair of new Panameras spearheaded by the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and the phenomenal 680 hp Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid. Like the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, the E-hybrid uses electric power to boost its performance.
Finally, the Cayenne once again gave punters a chance to get a taste of the mudplugging prowess of Porsche's biggest SUV on a special all-terrain course behind Porsche's epic show installation, where an array of Porsche cars both old and new were on display including a new GT3 with a strange stick-like proboscis between its seats and a 918 Spyder in the natty Salzburg racing livery.
Porsches starred at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. Star turns included Richard Attwood at the wheel of the ‘Moby Dick’ 935