Honda, Porsche will be celebrated at the Race Retro 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2011

Race Retro, the leading International Historic Motorsport Show in Europe, is going to be commemorating the Porsche marque – 30 years of the Group C Porsche 956 and 30 years of the Honda Racing Corporation -- when it returns to Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, on February 24-26, 2012. Race Retro has selected Porsche as its vehicle marque for 2012.

From the 1948 birth of the legendary 356, the first sports vehicle to carry the Porsche brand, to the current-model 911 GT2 RS, Porsche has relentlessly brought the performance package. Devoted to continuous development and technical excellence, Porsche has engrossed itself in motor sport, and the advantages gained and the lessons learned are handed on to its road automobiles.

This high-octane philosophy constantly permeates the marque. Porsche’s motor sports traditions throughout the decades will be well represented at Race Retro, with various static race and rally displays in Hall 1. Additionally, there will be guest appearances by Porsche race and rally celebrities including several legendary Porsche drivers.

There will also be various sideways actions on the live action rally stage on both Saturday and Sunday, where a massive choice of rallying icons, such as a Porsche 911 RSR, will be showing their mettle.

Hall 2 will be home to Race Retro’s "The Porsche 956 at Thirty" celebrations. It is hard to appreciate that this Group C car first competed back in 1982. A timeless and evocative design, it powerfully and purposefully represents Porsche’s engagement with motor sport and its triumphs. The 956, as well as its successor 962, guaranteed various championship successes throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s.

One of the things that make the Porsche 911 GT2 RS a cut above the rest is that in terms of appearance, it is indeed an ultrahigh-performance sports car that is completely committed to motorsport. As expected from any top model coming from Porsche, it has a striking design with the extra-large air intakes on both the front and even the rear wing. The 911 GT2 RS more than proves its ultimate potential from the very beginning, an example of which are the different parts, mainly made of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic bearing in matt-black which shows its lightweight construction.

With the flared wheel arches on its front axle and the wider wheels, these same wheels have central bolts made of light alloy. Rounding out the dynamic look of the exterior is the "911 GT2 RS" designation on the rear lid and the doors. Indeed, the 911 GT2 RS sets new benchmarks not just on the racing circuit but the road as well.

Take the Nordschleife of Nürburgring for example. The 911 GT2 RS clocked 7:18 minutes on the lap; this is 14 seconds faster when compared to the 911 GT2. In terms of acceleration, it can go from 0 to 200 km/h (0 to 125mph) in merely 9.8 seconds while acceleration is from 0 to 300 km/h in 28.9 seconds. That the 911 GT2 RS is fitted with the Porsche Intelligent Performance means that this version is not only faster but even more fuel efficient. Even if it is more powerful than the 911 GT2, the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the 911 GT2 RS under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) are both lower by around 5%.

Powering the 911 GT2 RS is the bi-turbo 3.6-liter flat-six engine with output of 620 hp, 90 hp better than the 911 GT2. It has a rear-wheel drive with the engine being to the manual 6-speed gearbox. Unladen weight is at 1,370 kilograms, or around 3,021 pounds, and when compared to the 911 GT2, it is lighter by 70 kilograms (154 pounds).

This means that power-to-weight ratio is 2.21 kilograms (4.88 pounds) for every horsepower. Maximum speed is 330 km/h (205 mph) with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds. Fuel consumption is measured at 11.9 liters for every 100 kilometers (about 23.7 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions at 284 g/km. These are just some of the many reasons why this ultra-high-performance sports car will take the lead in the company’s fastest and most powerful sports cars.

It is no wonder then why it sets new standards in its segment. Production of the 911 Gt2 RS will be limited to 500 units and will be launched to the European market by September 2010 and the U.S. market a month later in October.

Topics: honda, porsche

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