The FIA World Endurance Championship came to Germany for the first time this weekend with the 6 Hours of Nürburgring race on Sunday, August 30. Expectations were high for Porsche; after all, the carmaker would be on home turf. And the company, its cars, and its drivers didn’t disappoint. The number 18, a Porsche 919 Hybrid with Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb alternating in the driver’s seat, started in pole position and led the early part of the race. The number 17, another Porsche 919 driven by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, ran just behind, but surged to the lead when the 18 was handed three fuel penalties. Porsche also notched the top two spots in GTE Pro, as the numbers 91 and 92 Porsche 911 RSRs took the top two spots in their class. All eyes now turn to Austin, Texas and the Circuit of The Americas, which takes place a few weeks from now.
Speaking of Mark Webber, the driver’s a well-known Porsche fan who owns the last Porsche 911 GT2 RS when it rolled off the lines. Motor Authority reports that he’s just taken delivery on a Porsche 918 Spyder that’s tricked out in the same livery as the 919 Hybrid that he drove to victory at the Nürburgring.
And in other Porsche news, the company unveiled the 2016 911 GT3 RS at The Gathering in Beirut, Lebanon. The 2016 Cayman GT4 was also on display, though neither car’s launch date has been confirmed. The 911 GT3 RS sports leaner, meaner styling, bucket seats, a 4.0L 500 hp engine, and a 7-speed transmission. Given that the RS goes from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds and a 7:20 lap time at the Nürburgring (best in class for the 911), it’s probably a good thing that the car sports a roll cage.
There’s no Autobahn in Manchester, and Nashua’s a long, long way from the Nürburgring. But if your need for speed comes with an appreciation for performance and German engineering, Porsche of Nashua should be on your itinerary. We have the 2016 Porsche 911, the 2016 Porsche Boxster, and a wide selection of other Porsche cars (alas, not in Mark Webber’s livery). Stop by today to see what we have to offer, and schedule a test drive.