Month: September, 2015
Most Porsche fans would agree that it’s a real pleasure to take a look at a quality Porsche racecar that once tore up the tracks and pushed the limits of racing technology. But it’s so much more exhilarating to dust off that old car, tune it up and take it out to a real racetrack for a special event like the Rennsport Reunion at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
Porsche race cars were designed to be pushed to the limits. To be forced down the track and taken to new levels of performance than any car before them. They were meant to be on the track, and that’s where they spring to life and really shine as the vehicles they are. Many racecar owners agree that there’s no better way to remember one of the finely crafted Porsche racecars than pushing their limits once again and putting them up against other top-notch cars. Plus it makes for an immensely entertaining spectacle for everyone in attendance.
Preparing for the Rennsport Reunion
There’s an immense amount of preparation that goes into the big day at the Rennsport Reunion. Not only do each of the race cars have to be tuned up and prepared to run at top performance throughout the day, the modern-day race car drivers have to adapt to the older technology and really get the feel for the car they’ll be operating, because it’s not like the experiences they are used to.
That’s why most drivers test drive the vehicles before the race, and get in some practice runs to really get a feel for the car and the driving dynamics that it offers. That’s a vital step for top-level performance, and it’s something that all of the drivers have to go through to be serious contenders. Many of the leading professional drivers from the car’s era also make a trip out to the big event and push the vehicle’s they’re very familiar with to the tests once again. This creates an interesting dynamic of old seasoned drivers using vehicles they know well, and young skilled drivers learning some new handling dynamics and putting their training to the test against them.
Whether you’re a fan of old Porsche cars, old Porsche drivers, modern day racing or you just like watching cars go fast around the track, there’s something special about watching a collection of top race cars from different eras come together and compete against one another. Of course some cars have the advantage over others, but that’s not really what it’s all about. It’s an exciting spectacle like nothing you’ll see elsewhere, and it’s a real treat to keep an eye out for every couple years out at the Laguna Seca raceway.
Last week Porsche unveiled a stunning futuristic version of their 911 vehicle that would draw notice for its looks alone, but the most shocking thing about this car was that it was a full-electric vehicle. That’s right, no internal combustion motor in that car. Instead it’s built with a whole lot of battery power that Porsche says will deliver a range of over 310 miles, that’s pretty impressive for a vehicle that’s supposed to be packing as much power as this car is.
Huge Power and Speed
The 800 volt electric system used in the Porsche Mission E production vehicle provides a whopping 600 HP and can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in just 3.5 seconds. That’s fast enough for anyone to stop and take notice. To give you an idea of how fast that is, that’s right on the same level as the McLaren MP4, a Lamborghini Diablo or the Porsche GT2 997.
While the vehicle’s bound to be heavier than standard 911 cars, Porsche claims that it’s still going to have that sharp acceleration and excellent handling that its vehicles are known for. The car comes packed with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering. It’s equipped with the powertrain from the famed 919 hybrid car that crushed the competition during the 24 Hours at Le Mans, and it reportedly is capable of traveling around the Nurburgring racetrack in less than eight minutes.
Just a Concept Car
During the presentation of the vehicle Porsche was very careful to refer to the vehicle as a “concept car” the entire time. That’s because they deviated away from the standard for Porsche cars by making available four doors instead of two. That’s a big change for a Porsche vehicle, but it’s hard to say if the changes will stay in the production model, or if there is even going to be a production model in the future.
Lightning Quick Recharging
One surprising boast that Porsche made about their new vehicle is that it can be recharged to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. That means that 400 KM of range can be added to the vehicle through 15 minutes of charging, that’s pretty impressive and would beat out the Tesla vehicles. This very fast recharge time is thanks to an 800 volt system that Porsche is using, that’s double the 400v standard used by other automakers.
In Development for the Future
There’s no real deadline on an electric sedan, and Porsche won’t even say that they’re officially making one at all, but reports strongly suggest that an all-electric sedan is being produced for release in 2018 or 2019 by the automaker. That gives auto buyers a few years to wait still, but it’s an exciting prospect for the future.