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Porsche gains new sponsor for online Esports Supercup championship

2020 Porsche Esports Supercup

Porsche has bagged a major sponsor for the second season of its virtual racing Esports Supercup championship.

Swiss watchmaker and timekeeper TAG Heuer has been appointed as title sponsor, seeing the competition officially branded as the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup.

With almost all physical motorsport postponed and cancelled, the Esports Supercup will offer a replacement for the regular Porsche competitions.

Take home money and glory

2020 Porsche Esports Supercup

Hosted on the iRacing.com online esports platform, a total of 40 different drivers will contest the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. 

Using virtual replicas of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars, the drivers will compete in ten rounds throughout the year. 

Each round includes a 15-minute qualifying session, followed by a 15-minute sprint race. The finale of each round is a 30-minute endurance race.

Winning the championship is about more than just virtual bragging rights, however. The Supercup champion will take home a share of a substantial $100,000 prize pool.

Broadcasting live from the internet

2020 Porsche Esports Supercup

Last year, Australian driver Josh Rogers became the 2019 Porsche Esports Supercup champion, beating German driver Maximilian Benecke. 

The top four drivers from 2019 are automatically entered into the 2020 season, with the remaining 36 having to qualify. 

During 2019 the Porsche Esports Supercup was broadcast live on the YouTube and Twitch channels for iRacing.com. Given the increased interest in esports, we expect the 2020 season will gain even wider coverage.

A weekend of virtual motorsport

2020 Porsche Esports Supercup

This weekend will see the first pre-season test for the 2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup take place, before the first races in May.

Following the planned calendar for the real 2020 Porsche Supercup, a number of the Esports rounds match with Formula 1 race weekends. 

It means motorsport fans will be able to watch an esports support race for Formula 1’s Virtual Grand Prix series. 

2020 Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup Schedule

2020 Porsche Esports Supercup

Event Date Location
Pre-Season Test 28 March 2020 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Round 1 2 May 2020 Circuit Park Zandvoort
Round 2 9 May 2020 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Round 3 23 May 2020 Donington Park Circuit
Round 4 13 June 2020 Circuit de la Sarthe
Round 5 4 July 2020 Nurburgring Nordschleife
Round 6 18 July 2020 Silverstone Circuit
Round 7 1 August 2020 Road Atlanta
Round 8 15 August 2020 Brands Hatch Circuit
Round 9 29 August 2020 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Round 10 19 September 2020 Autodromo Nazionale Monza

 

You could buy this practical classic Porsche – but there is a catch

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

Who would not be tempted by the idea of owning a rare and historic Porsche, for less than $40,000 (£30,000)? 

Forget ideas of buying a vintage 911 or 356 for that kind of money though. Your aspirations may need to be a little more agricultural and down to earth.  

Instead, you could become the proud owner of a Porsche Diesel Junior tractor. Like the one currently advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com

Tractors for the people

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

Company founder Ferdinand Porsche had experimented with the idea of an affordable tractor during the 1930s. World War II curtailed many of Ferdinand’s plans, including an early concept for a four-wheel drive tractor.

After WWII, Porsche signed licensing deals with various companies to enable their tractor ideas to be produced. In 1956, Mannesmann AG bought the rights to Porsche’s tractor designs, creating the Porsche-Diesel brand. 

Between 1959 and 1963, some 125,000 examples of the Porsche-Diesel tractor were made, although only around 1,000 were exported to the United States.

A diesel Porsche that’s still cool

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

Although a whole range of Porsche tractors were sold, the Junior model proved to be the biggest success. Farmers would need to find $1,750 to buy one new, whilst the fancy ‘Super’ would cost $3,600. 

It means that examples like this 1959 Porsche-Diesel Junior 108 are relatively rare in North America, boosting their collectibility. 

Power comes from an 822 cc air-cooled single-cylinder diesel engine, producing 15 horsepower. Performance is, understandably, sedate but it does at least come with a six-speed transmission.

Restored from a working life

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

Information as to the early origins of the Junior 108 offered for sale are relatively slim, according to the seller. 

However, it has been subjected to a recent and thorough restoration process in Germany. This has seen it returned to excellent condition, although still wearing the signs of a life spent working the land. 

Original data tags from the factory are intact, and new parts have been added sympathetically where needed. These include the plastic lights mounted on the fenders, along with new rubber fixings to keep the tilting hood in place. 

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

Mechanically this Porsche is noted to be in great condition, with the single-cylinder engine firing into life with ease. The selling dealership even has an audio recording of this on their website, allowing buyers to experience the unique sound of this diesel motor. 

A number of hoses and cables beneath the hood appear to have been replaced during the restoration, along with the battery. Wiring behind the dashboard also demonstrates evidence of being updated.

The tires are in new condition, and mounted on wheels that were also subject to the restoration work. It means that virtually all the important mechanical aspects of this tractor have been covered.

For the Porsche collector who has everything

Porsche Diesel Junior 108 tractor

With an asking price of $35,000 (£26,800), this Junior 108 tractor is substantially cheaper than equivalent Porsche sports cars of a similar vintage. Examples of Porsche-Diesel tractors have recently attracted attention at auction on both sides of the Atlantic. 

A tractor like this would appeal to fans of agricultural machinery, or Porsche fans looking for the perfect addition to their collection.

Underneath the shiny paintwork, this is still a farm vehicle. It means this could be one of the few classic Porsches that could earn its keep by helping out with yard work and other duties.

Forget fast SUVS – RUF has announced the Rodeo Concept off-roader

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

Sports car maker RUF has revealed an impressive new off-road concept, said to have been inspired by the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance event in California. 

The German manufacturer, which has traditionally used Porsche chassis to create its own products, is expanding its horizons with the Rodeo. 

Whilst the Rodeo may have retro looks, the technology underneath means this is a thoroughly modern machine. 

Get ready to saddle up

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

The idea for the Rodeo Concept came from high-profile automotive events and car enthusiasts.

RUF notes that this includes famed collector Bruce Meyer, who was the founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Meyer is known for owning some of the most collectible vehicles on the planet, including the very first 1987 RUF Yellowbird. 

Phillip Sarofim, a RUF fan, is also said to have provided inspiration for the Rodeo, along with fashion mogul Ralph Lauren. In particular, the themes from Lauren’s 2011 Western Collection were used in developing the car. 

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

The styling of the Rodeo Concept also has a familiarity to a classic Porsche model. The 953 was used on the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, with four-wheel drive and high-riding suspension.

Like the Porsche 953, the Rodeo Concept has a lifted ride height combined with chunkier rubber for all-terrain action. However, the 1980’s Porsche did not come with a monocoque chassis made from carbon fiber. 

RUF has utilized the same lightweight carbon chassis as found on the CTR Anniversary, and the brand-new SCR. 

A full corral of horsepower

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

This means that buyers would have the choice of various RUF flat-six engines to connect to the four-wheel drive setup. A 4.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, or a turbocharged 710 horsepower CTR unit, could be options. 

Buyers opting for the turbocharged engine might want to make sure luggage on the roof rack is firmly secured, along with the spade attached to the engine cover. 

All the exterior add-ons for the Rodeo are matched with an interior that makes use of vintage saddle leather, with Western-inspired fabric for the seat inserts. 

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

Interest in Porsche 911s capable of off-road action has increased in recent years. The Keen Project has built classic Porsches inspired by Baja racing, with journalist Matt Farah being one notable owner. 

The reborn Gemballa brand, known for outrageous modified Porsches in the 1980s, is also said to be exploring a new off-road supercar. 

However, RUF’s marketing director, Estonia Ruf, is clear about the motivation of the Rodeo. She explains that the “Rodeo Concept combines that passion for cars with the love of western culture – an appreciation I found while studying in Oklahoma, USA.

“This car is inspired by some of our favorite people and our love for the countryside.”

New RUF SCR hits production

RUF Rodeo Concept Car

Along with revealing the Rodeo Concept, RUF has also reached an important milestone with the SCR sports car. 

Paying tribute to the 1978 RUF SCR, the new version uses a 510 horsepower 4.0-liter flat-six engine and a carbon fiber chassis. The combination of less weight and more power means the SCR has a potential top speed of 199 mph.

An integrated roll cage, six-speed manual transmission, and push-rod suspension are all included on the SCR. Limited numbers will be built each year, priced from €650,000 ($745,000 or £565,000).

This modified RWB Porsche 911 is an extreme machine up for sale

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI might feature hints of tartan on the inside, but that is nothing compared to the interior of this modified Porsche 911. 

But this is not just any German sports car, but one that has been specially modified by Japanese tuner Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB). 

From the exterior made to look like an original Carrera RS, to the upgraded engine and wide wheels, nothing has been left untouched

Rough World Concept

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

Currently available for auction on Bring a Trailer, this car began life as a regular 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe. The car lived in Texas and California, before the RWB conversion in 2015.

Founded in Japan, Rauh-Welt Begriff creates bespoke 911s for customers across the globe. Founder Akira Nakai travels the world to fit the bodywork to each custom car the company builds, giving each a unique touch. 

Translated as ‘Rough World Concept’, RWB typically takes inspiration from Porsche GT race cars from the 1990s. However, this one has been inspired to look like the desirable Carrera RS from the 1970s. 

Backdated and widened

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

Before the RWB conversion, the Porsche was repainted in Light Yellow. The sunroof was removed, the fuel filler was moved to inside the front trunk, whilst the passenger-side mirror and windshield wiper were also chopped. 

The widebody RWB kit added new bumpers, a lengthened hood, and a rear engine cover with a ‘ducktail’ spoiler. Carrera decals were added to the side, along with a RAUH-Welt graphics on the windshield and spoiler.  

Drilled door handles, European-spec lights, and new chrome trim were also included.

Lower and more powerful

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

To ensure the 911 sits right, a set of three-way adjustable Moton coilovers were installed, with 17-inch Fuchs-style alloy wheels. Brake calipers and rotors were all replaced in 2018.

The air-cooled 3.2-liter flat-six engine has also been enhanced, with Jenvey individual throttle bodies fitted. A new ECU was installed to control it, whilst a Fabspeed catalytic bypass is mated to a dual-exit exhaust.

Although performance figures are not quoted, the work should mean this Porsche produces more than the 217 horsepower if originally left the factory with.

Not so mellow yellow

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

A five-speed manual transmission is controlled by a shifter topped by a Porsche 917-inspired wooden shift knob. It is one of the subtler parts of the interior, which is finished in a dramatic yellow tartan upholstery. 

The incredible yellow material covers the inserts for the sport seats, door cards, dashboard, and the storage bins replacing the rear seats. It makes for a bold statement, but one that works with the overall image of the car. 

Creature comforts like electric windows and climate control have been retained, whilst RWB also installed a MOMO Prototipo steering wheel. 

Media starlet

BaT RWB Modified Porsche 911

Attempting to put a price on a RWB Porsche is not easy, given the uniqueness of each build. That this car was featured in Super Street magazine, and driven by Porsche tuning icon Magnus Walker, will only help the desirability. 

The overall mileage covered by the Porsche is unknown, although 7,000 kilometers have been added since the car moved to Canada. Located in Vancouver, the Porsche is being sold on a British Columbia registration. 

Being such a rare vehicle, the RWB 911 has already provoked many comments on Bring a Trailer. The auction runs until Wednesday, March 4th, leaving plenty of time to prepare for that interior. 

Buyers can now leave their actual fingerprint on a new Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Exclusive Manufaktur Fingerprint

Buyers of exclusive German sports cars have long had the chance to add their own custom touches. However, Porsche has upped the ante with a new direct printing option.

It allows customers to add a replica of their very own fingerprint to the bonnet of a new 911, creating a truly unique vehicle. 

The bespoke creation is due to a new printing process, developed by the Exclusive Manufaktur department at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen headquarters. 

This fingerprint won’t polish out

Porsche 911 Exclusive Manufaktur Fingerprint

Sports car owners might typically spend ages detailing their cars to remove fingerprints. Porsche’s new process ensures the large scale replica applied to a new 911 stays for good. 

A specialist team at Porsche’s paint shop worked to develop the printing technology, allowing the complex design of a fingerprint to be replicated. 

Using a similar concept to an inkjet printer, a robotic arm is in charge of applying the fingerprint design. A clear coat is added afterwards to ensure the hard work is not rubbed off, with the bonnet polished to a gloss finish. 

Technology with a human touch

Porsche 911 Exclusive Manufaktur Fingerprint

Christian Will, Vice President Production Development at Porsche AG, comments that the “ability to control the nozzles individually permits targeted application of every paint droplet” with the new print head technology. 

Porsche will initially limit the painting technique to fingerprints for now, plans are in place to expand it to other customer-specific designs. 

For now, the fingerprinting option will be offered solely for the latest Porsche 911, starting in March 2020. Priced at €7,500 (£6,300, $8,100), this is a rather pricey way to add a custom touch to a new sports car. 

Leaving a mark

Porsche 911 Exclusive Manufaktur Fingerprint

Porsche is also keen to note that all biometric data is handled “to make sure it cannot be used for an unauthorised purpose”. How important that is when you have decided to publicly display your fingerprint to the world is another matter. 

Customers are kept fully informed of how the process works, and have control over their personal information. 

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur has also recently announced two new body kits for the latest 911. These might be a more conventional option for buyers wanting to add a personal touch to their new car.

Get beach ready with this 1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet up for sale

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

With the Northern Hemisphere still gripped by winter, cruising along the beachfront in a classic convertible might seem like a distant dream

But, if you like to be prepared for summer fun, you could start planning ahead by adding a new sports car to your garage. 

Currently listed for sale by Mohr Imports on ClassicCars.com at $149,500, this 1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet could certainly help achieve those summertime goals. 

From Stuttgart with love

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

Porsche 356 models have established themselves as a dependable option for those investing in classic cars. Values have remained constant in recent years, avoiding the decline seen by other collector models.

It means that whilst some may baulk at the idea of paying more than double the price of a new 2020 Porsche Boxster, this 356 B is at least on par with expected prices.

Helping justify the price tag is the ground-up restoration work that the car was subject to. This work was commissioned by a previous owner, with documents recording this included. 

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

Being a 356 B makes the one of the later examples in a Porsche family that spanned two decades. Introduced for 1960, the rear-engined 356 B gained numerous styling tweaks to distinguish it from previous versions.

A fuel-filler cap mounted in the front fender, and an engine cover with twin grilles, were some of the alterations. Porsche also added raised headlights for the 356 B, along with details such as a bigger handle to open the front trunk.

Cabriolet versions of the rear-engined 356 B were relatively rare and expensive. The folding soft top roof and wind-up side windows pushed the starting price to more than that of a Chevrolet Corvette. 

Grey body, red heart

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

This particular car has retained its original ‘Normal’ 1.6-liter flat-four engine, as confirmed by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The four-speed transmission has been replaced by a unit from an earlier car.

A disc brake conversion has been undertaken on the front axle, replacing the standard drums. The seller notes that this helps the car perform better in modern traffic, and that 356 B feels planted on the road. 

Continental tires have been fitted, with the spare wheel in the front trunk also present. 

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

According to Mohr Imports, the Slate Grey paintwork matches the original color code, and has been recently resprayed. Chrome brightwork is said to be generally good, with only minor evidence of wear. New wing mirrors have been added, too. 

One of the notable features of this 356 B is that it comes with a rare matching factory hardtop. Other fitted options include a Blaupunkt radio with two speakers. 

The red leather upholstery appears to have been dyed previously, looking a deeper color than Porsche’s usual hue. Some minor wear can be found inside, but no parts are cracked or broken.

California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

Mohr Imports are based in Monterey, California. It means the 356 B could be a perfect option for Monterey Car Week action later this year. 

Being a desirable Cabriolet will undoubtedly help attract interest in this classic Porsche. The inclusion of a hardtop roof also means it could be used for more than just the summer.

Given the investment status of Porsche 356 B models, a new owner may just want to keep it tucked away in a garage. However, that would be a waste of an attractive open-top cruiser.

This Porsche collector has a penchant for bright colours

Porsche collector loves bright colours

When life leads your passion for speed away from racehorses, where do you go? Super sports cars aren’t a bad place to start. One might look to Modena to keep the equestrian link alive, less obvious is Stuttgart, translated literally as ‘Stud Garden’. There you’ll find Porsche, with a bucking stud on its crest not unlike that of its Italian rivals.

Lisa Taylor had to give up her equine vocation following a riding accident. By day, she’s vice president of the aerospace company her car-mad father started in 1970, working with her two siblings. Wild speculation is not required regarding where she got her love of cars from. Racing is still in the blood, so she partakes in autocross racing and has a side gig as a Porsche driving instructor.

Porsche collector loves bright colours

She used to run her very own ‘stud garden’, but has since swapped out the fast four-legged creatures for those of a wheeled (and often bewinged) variety, and they aren’t subtle.

“The paint has to match the character of the model,” she says. And match her paint choices do. Open the doors to the repurposed stable she calls her ’barnage’, and the arresting Star Ruby, Maritime Blue and Racing Yellow hews of a slice of her Porsche collection will greet you. The vibrant Star Ruby pink is worn by a 2016 991 GT3 RS. If you wince, either at the sight or the potential depreciation, believe it or not you’re behind the curve. A friend of Lisa’s offered her $100,000 over the sticker price when she took delivery, purely for the colour.

Joining ‘Rubi’ are ‘Vudi’, the Voodoo Blue 991 GT2 RS, ‘Mari’, the Maritime Blue GT3, ‘Bumble Bee’, the Racing Yellow 2019 991 RS, and ‘Ame’, the Amethyst Metallic 911 Turbo S.

Porsche collector loves bright colours

That Turbo S is the subject of some very fond memories for Lisa. Having picked it up from the factory at Leipzig, she headed straight for some laps at the Nurburgring. Because running-in periods are best spent on the ’Green Hell’…

She’s been very persistent as a Porsche customer, robbing one Will Smith of a very specific production number for his 911 GT2 RS. Yes, that Will Smith. Fortunately, the ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Fresh Prince’ actor wasn’t as insistent on having 107 as Lisa was. Similarly, she pestered comedian and prominent Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld until he sold her his 2004 Cayenne Turbo. Not a collector’s Porsche by any stretch of the imagination, but for some reason, she had to have that one.

Porsche collector loves bright colours

Rally-ready Porsche 911 is the perfect commuter car

She has a love for older Porsche’s too. The car to turn her into a ‘Porsche girl’ in 1981 was a 911 Carrera Targa. One drive in that sealed the deal. “I was so impressed by the handling and the power that I sold my Mazda RX-7 the very next day and bought a 911 Targa in Guards Red”. A prominent classic in her collection today is a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, which she used in the Steve McQueen Rally.

How many Porsches does she have, exactly? “Not even my parents know the exact number,” she says. As for what’s coming next, there’s a new Speedster and a Taycan Turbo S with her name on it.

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Turbocharge your coffee table with this limited edition RUF book

New RUF Limited Edition Book

Many German companies produce modified versions of Porsche sports cars, but RUF stands out from the rest of the crowd. 

Building models completely from the ground up using bare chassis, RUF is seen by the German government as an automotive manufacturer in its own right

A new limited-edition book aims to capture the story of the company first founded in 1939, and how it has created some of the fastest sports cars on the planet.

A story of junior and senior

New RUF Limited Edition Book

Founded by Alois Ruf Sr. in Pfaffenhausen, Germany in 1939, RUF first operated as a simple service station. Although Alois Ruf Sr. experimented with his own vehicle designs, it would not be until the 1970s that the Porsche fascination began. 

Following the death of this father, Alois Ruf Jr. took charge of the company in 1974. An interest in the Porsche 911 led him to start creating modified parts for the famous sports car. RUF would then build its first full production model in 1975. 

This story of the origins of RUF is the subject of the eponymously titled book from Waft Publishing, acting a complete archive of the 37 different RUF cars made to date.

Rapid history lesson

New RUF Limited Edition Book

Broken into two sections, the first part of the book is titled “Alois and Friends”, which details the story of the man behind the brand. In “Yellowbird and Friends”, the evolution of RUF vehicles is chronicled, with the hardcover book spanning 588 pages in total. 

Waft has made the book in two types, with 911 copies of the the $310 (£240) ‘Limited Edition’ version to be sold. 

Fans can also buy the ‘Very Limited and Personalized Edition’ for $600 (£465), that comes finished in the same Pepita Ruf fabric as used in RUF cars. Limited to 356 copies, opting for the ‘Personalized Edition’ also sees the buyer’s name embroidered onto the front cover. 

Given the price of new RUF cars, opting for the book might be a more affordable option for fans of the marque. 

Porsche 911 GT2 RS review: wing and a prayer

There’s already a new ‘992’ Porsche 911 parked on every side street in west London, but we’re yet to see any go-faster versions. On past form, these will include a Turbo and Turbo S, GT3 and GT3 RS, plus the flagship GT2 RS.

The GT2 RS is the 911 at the peak of its powers. And the outgoing ‘991’ version is still the fastest, most powerful road-legal 911 to date: a hardcore hero with two seats, a titanium rollcage and an Airbus-sized rear wing. A 700hp twin-turbo engine means 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 211mph flat-out, plus the ability to blitz the 12.9-mile Nürburgring circuit in six minutes 47 seconds. Among series production cars, only the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has gone quicker.

Arriving at Porsche HQ, I sign a disclaimer promising not to die, then collect the keys. The GT2 RS bristles with mechanical malice, its familiar silhouette peppered with aggressive aero addenda. The 3.8-litre motor clatters like a bag of bolts at idle, but proves even-tempered and superbly tractable around town. With the paddleshift PDK gearbox in auto mode (only the naturally-aspirated GT3 RS had a manual option), this racetrack refugee initially feels no more taxing than a common-or-garden Carrera.

Lulled into a false sense of serenity, I head west and arrive at the ‘Lambourn Triangle’ – a lightly-trafficked loop of Berkshire B-roads used as a test route by car magazines. Passing a national speed limit sign, I flatten my right foot and a wall of power wallops me between the shoulder blades. With 553lb ft of torque from 2,500rpm, the turbocharged Rennsport accelerates with the intensity of an avalanche, the industrial rumble of its flat-six amplified to a primal roar. Its sheer ferocity scrambles my synapses, pummelling the breath from my lungs. Mentally and physically, it feels all-consuming.

Thankfully, the Porsche has a chassis equal to its straight-line speed. Its ball-jointed, solidly mounted suspension is closely related to the 911 Cup car, but adaptive dampers and helper springs add a degree of civility. Brakes are huge ceramic composite discs with six-pot front calipers, while soft-compound Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres offer motorsport-grade adhesion – on dry tarmac, at least. Keep the throttle pinned until VMax and the RS generates 450kg of downforce, equivalent to nearly a third of its own weight.

The result, once I’ve recalibrated my brain to that pulse-spiking performance, is a car that’s fluid, intuitive and richly rewarding to drive. Turn-in is razor-sharp, the GT2 RS hard-wired into every ripple of the road, yet its ride is supple enough not to feel skittish. Rear-wheel steering improves stability at speed, too. As my confidence grows, I push harder, feeling the weight shift, brakes bite and tyres squirm. Despite that sledgehammer shove, everything moves with a measured directness that speaks of meticulous German engineering. I’m still in awe of this uber-911, but I’m no longer intimidated by it.

The turbocharged 911 has come a long way, from wayward ‘widowmaker’ to laser-guided missile. However much I up my game, the GT2 RS rises to the challenge. It’s a fitting flagship for the 991, and already a future classic. At present, the new 992 is only available in 385hp Carrera and 450hp Carrera S guises, but RS versions are already deep in development. How much further can Porsche push the 911? I’m not sure, but don’t bank on Lamborghini holding that lap-record for long.

Price: N/A (£228,548 when new)

0-62mph: 2.8 seconds

Top speed: 211mph

CO2 G/KM: 269

MPG combined: 23.9

Porsche 911 GT2 RS: in pictures

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Super Bowl 2020: Behind the scenes of incredible Porsche video

Porsche 'The Heist' Superbowl TV spot

Porsche’s ‘The Heist’, a 30-second commercial played during the 2020 Super Bowl, was a cruel tease. Nine of the company’s coolest sports cars, supercars and racing cars teamed up to chase down an electric Taycan, stolen from the Porsche Museum.

Cool though the advert was, we were left wanting more. And Porsche has delivered, with a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

There were five locations and up to four cameras running at once. A total 150 people were enlisted to work on the production, plus 10 incredible cars.

The stars range from the new ‘992’ 911, to the legendary Carrera GT and incredible 917 sports racer of the 1970s. Yes, there was even a Porsche tractor involved.

“We have a lot of experience preparing historic vehicles for all kinds of operations, but driving a 917 through the centre of Stuttgart, at night, was a first even for us,” said Alexander Klein, head of heritage experience at the Porsche Museum. 

“When we travelled to the location in the Black Forest, the roads were covered in snow, and stayed that way until the evening before the shoot. Fortunately, we were prepared and had different tyre profiles and compounds with us, especially for the racing cars. We did not make any technical changes to the museum vehicles though.”

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We see all of these cars in pursuit of the Taycan, leaving the museum in a brisk convoy, going around the famous Porsche roundabout in Zuffenhausen. Behind the wheel of the 917 K was Porsche factory driver Lars Kern, while world record-holder for drifting, Harald Müller, was also involved. 

Of course quite literally behind the scenes, is another Porsche that didn’t get a starring role. Arguably, though, it had the most important job of all: carrying the ‘Russian arm’ camera rig. The Cayenne Turbo is painted in matte black, with its lights blacked out so there are no reflections. This Porsche was made as invisible as possible.

Porsche 'The Heist' Superbowl TV spot

The Cayenne is a popular choice for filming in Hollywood. Its comparative performance and agility combine with its sturdiness, to make it good for mounting a giant – and very expensive – piece of filming equipment.

The Super Bowl is widely accepted to be the world’s biggest sporting event. As such, it also carries the most expensive advertising space. A 30-second spot can cost millions, so it’s fitting Porsche would prepare something so epic.