David Grover

Lon­don, UK

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

@prop­er­type­trol­heads @david­grover12 Model 997 Cup

Year 2014 Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2016

Model 991.2 GT3 RS Year 2018

Ac­quired May 2018 It seems sum­mer is slip­ping away al­ready. The RS, with its semi-track tyre, is des­tined for a longer spell un­der its blan­ket of pro­tec­tion, much sooner than I had first thought.

I was out in the car last week for a drive away from Lon­don to have more les­sons on the race car sim, which has helped keep my eye in and to fo­cus on lines, tracks and car types on cir­cuits across the UK. Th­ese ma­chines are very help­ful: they al­low mis­takes to be made, con­fi­dence to be built and his­tory of your ses­sions to be stored so you can gen­uinely im­prove through ac­tive prac­tice and the qual­ity of the coach­ing pro­gramme with it. Maybe by 2019 the real dif­fer­ence will be seen in di­min­ish­ing lap times in ac­tual race con­di­tions.

It’s just two weeks un­til the first proper trip out for the new car, which as I men­tioned will be to France. Here the mileage can get clocked up quickly, and hope­fully the sun will shine on the con­voy of cars. I have been plan­ning this for a few months and have a route to a new part of France all sorted across a mix­ture of road types, and ex­tra trips along the way to in­clude cham­pagne tast­ing, horse rid­ing and some his­toric ac­tiv­i­ties. There will be other 911s with us, and a cou­ple of other brands likely due to re­cent ve­hi­cle changes, so a fast group en­joy­ing empty roads in north­ern France. I would hope after this that I can share my real thoughts and feel­ings about the GT3 RS.

I have also gone through the op­er­a­tional man­u­als that ar­rived re­cently post de­liv­ery of the car, and it’s only the tech that I have still to get to grips with. With a new model th­ese are dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous vari­ants, and my cur­rent lack of knowl­edge still cen­tres with Ap­ple Carplay and set­ting the sys­tem up to suit my spe­cific tech needs. None of it es­pe­cially tax­ing, it just needs a lit­tle time and prac­tice.

In be­tween the Brands event and my trip I will be back to Sil­ver­stone to the PEC to try out their new RS model. Any reader who has a new car al­ready knows you get an in­vi­ta­tion to try an iden­ti­cal model to the one you have just bought or or­dered, de­pend­ing on avail­abil­ity.

The lat­est RS has re­cently ar­rived.

I know from past ex­pe­ri­ence that the tracks there are too small to se­ri­ously hus­tle even a 991 S or 4S around, but per­haps that feed­back is aided by my race and track ex­pe­ri­ence. I guess many own­ers never get any­where near even a ba­sic level of per­for­mance driv­ing, and for them it’s a great place to try their pur­chase.

I have lost count of the times I have been there, must be well over a dozen, but I would be mad to turn it down, so that is booked and I am look­ing for­ward to it. An­other op­por­tu­nity to feed back my real ex­pe­ri­ences of the lat­est RS vari­ant, and also try to find the lim­its of grip at lower than road speeds. More on that to fol­low.

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