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Porsche Panamera is the fastest car on Nurburgring Nordschleife

The premiere of the new generation of the Porsche Panamera is approaching, and the current prototype is being tested on the world’s most famous track, the Nurburgring Nordschleife, on which it set the fastest lap time in the category of cars from the E-segment.

Porsche is still keeping the technical details of this car under wraps, but what we do know so far is that it is equipped with the Active Ride suspension, which was first introduced on the Panamera earlier this year. This prototype was fitted with a new optional carbon aerodynamic body kit, which included four-way adjustable Gurney spoilers for the rear wing. Porsche experts claim that the Gurney wing reduces the lift of the front part of the car and creates downforce, but the exact data is not specified. It was mounted on specially developed 21-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

The Porsche Panamera covered the 20,830 km (12,943 mi) long track in 7:24.17, which is 5.64 seconds faster than the Panamera Turbo S, and three seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S.

“The powertrain, the aerodynamics, the chassis, the new ultra-high-performance tires from Michelin – many aspects have contributed to this best time. The new Porsche Active Ride chassis has made a particularly big contribution. The car stays parallel to the road at all times. Its cornering and body stability are on a whole new level. As a driver, this gives me a good feeling and further underlines that our development doesn’t just offer maximum day-to-day driving comfort, but also makes a real difference on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. No other Porsche offers such a wide spectrum between comfort and sportiness. The new Panamera combines the positive properties of an exclusive touring saloon with the handling of a sports car,” said Porsche test driver Lars Kern.

Source: Porsche

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Lotus Evija X destroyed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Another annual motorsports festival, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, has come to an end, where we saw the premieres of several new cars, as well as the Lotus Evija X’s attempt to set the fastest track time.

The Lotus Evija X is a limited edition super powerful electric car that set the third fastest lap time at the end of April on the most famous track in the world (Nurburgring Nordschleife). The 20,830 km (12,943 mi) long course Lotus Evija X finished in 6:24,047, which is slower than the Volkswagen ID.R (6:05.336) and the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo (5:19.546).

At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the British car manufacturer tried to set the fastest track time, but an accident occurred and the cause is currently unknown. Automotive journalist Harry Metcalfe believes that it could be a problem with computer software, which is very possible because even a small interruption of one of the four electric motors is enough to push the hypercar off the track. However, there is also a chance that the driver caused the accident by pressing the gas pedal more than he should have.

Lotus Evija X is powered by 4 electric motors, 1 placed at each wheel, with a total power of 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) and 1,257 lb-ft (1,704 Nm) of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3 seconds, from 0 to 300 km/h (190 mph) in 9.1 seconds, and achieve a limited top speed of 349 km/h (217 mph).

Source: Lotus

2025 Red Bull RB17 Hypercar

In 2022, it was announced that one of the top engineers and designers of Formula 1 cars, Adrian Newey, is developing a hypercar in collaboration with Red Bull, the RB17. Now the car has been officially unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This two-seater is a blend of two decades of innovation in Formula 1, which helped Oracle Red Bull Racing win six constructors’ titles. Also, it is the most aerodynamic car in history, with a new diffuser and multi-functional active suspension that allows the driver to change the mechanical balance of grip between both axles, making it more comfortable than an F1 car and an LMP1 race car. Equipped with a carbon monocoque chassis, the car weighs less than 900 kg, and only 50 examples will be produced. Each will be introduced to the Red Bull family through a great customer experience, including a series of on-track events where car owners will get the chance to experience some of the world’s most famous tracks.

The event was attended by Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner who said: “We are excited to unveil the RB17 hypercar at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is one of Red Bull Advanced Technologies’ most authentic and exciting projects. With 20 years of heritage in the world of Formula 1 and As a performance-focused organization, we designed our own hypercar from the ground up. Combining technical innovation, achievement and emotional appeal, the RB17 is a car that sets new boundaries. I’m proud of the team and excited to present it.

The RB17 is powered by a naturally aspirated V10 engine (around 1,000 hp) combined with an electric motor (200 hp / 149 kW) with a total power of over 1,200 hp, paired with a carbon gearbox that sends power to the rear wheels. That is enough to develop a top speed of 350 km/h and achieve lap times like a Formula 1 car.

Also at the presentation was Group Technical Director Adrian Newey who said: “I’ve been thinking about the idea of ​​taking on the challenge of designing our own hypercar and this has been a fantastic project from concept to delivery. It’s really amazing to pull the covers off and see the birth of the RB17. This hypercar has everything we stand for, undeniable power, speed and beauty. It’s very adaptable in its capabilities, and we’ve gone to great lengths to design it as a two-seater, so the driver can enjoy a thrilling drive at Formula 1 speeds with a friend.”

Source: Red Bull

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