Do you want to save seconds in your next assault on the Green Hell? Lars Kern says that the majority of drivers can’t avoid flinching a little in this curve to the left, because the surface is very bumpy. But the asphalt provides a superior grip and the centrifugal forces that act generated a lot of traction, so that is one of the few twists in the face of the Earth that allows you to speed up. Remember to disconnect before any sense of mechanical sympathy.

The Panamera Turbo that you used Lars to set the record in between cars, four-doors in the Green Hell was wearing the tires and the engine series with centrifugal fan. In fact, he was going to do it with one fresh out of the factory, but Kern, aware that the vehicle would reach speeds of 290 km/h a few centimeters of the guardarraíles and the trees, insisted in a safety cage and seat racing. Is fair, you will be in agreement. Of course, the anti-roll bars added to a weight of 50 kg to the model, so Porsche, cunningly, could have used a Panamera with less equipment to weigh less… But no.

Centrifugal forces are amazing

Ok, the unit used had ceramic brake discs, which saved a couple of kilos, but Lars recalls that she was also wearing the sound system Burmester upgraded, seats with heating, ventilation and feature massage, a glass thicker to better insulate the sound and other stories. I was nearly heavier than a Panamera can be. Which makes the fact that it gave a return to the circuit in less time than a Ferrari 430 Scuderia (7’39”) or a Bugatti Veyron (7’40”) even more surprising.

Porsche, like all manufacturers that invest in lap times at the Nürburgring, you know what they do to their rivals. So, Lars knows that the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde set a new record for a car of four doors in September 2016 (7’32”). We are fascinated by the enigma of the McLaren P1 (why this brand has ever unveiled its chronos to compare them with the record of 6’57” of the Porsche 918 Spyder, despite spending weeks doing test?). Lars is so intrigued by the possible response as us.

Oh, and she is also aware that, while his competitors spend several days testing at the Nürburgring, using tyre heaters and a whole team of racing to extract the best out of your car, the record of the Panamera Turbo was something more tailor-made. Gave eight laps, all between 7’38” and 7’41”. Very consistent for a plot so diabolical as the Green Hell. Types of Porsche took some spare wheels, but that was the maximum they did. If the vehicle had not had the safety cage, could have been used for transfers to and from the circuit.

 

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