PORSCHE STRUTS ITS STUFF AT GOOD­WOOD

Stuttgart brings out the big guns in­clud­ing new GT2 RS

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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

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