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>At the famed 20.8-kilometer Nürburgring Nordschleife, Porsche has set a new lap record for road-approved production cars in a 911 GT2 RS equipped with the Manthey Performance Kit.

In the presence of a notary, Porsche development driver Lars Kern drove the 515 kW (700 PS) 911 GT2 RS and achieved the best time of 6:43.300 minutes. Porsche engineers in Weissach and Manthey’s Nordschleife specialists in Meuspath worked closely together to produce the new Performance Kit.

The goal at the Nürburgring was to beat the current road-car record of 6:48.047 minutes. With an average speed of 185.87kph and with road-legal Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires, Kern was 4.747 seconds faster in the 911 GT2 RS.  

Watch the Porche 911 GT2 RS equipped with the Manthey Performance Kit achieve the lap record

Vice President Model Lines 911/718 Frank-Steffen Walliser stated:

 “Our GT customers often use their cars on the circuit, such as on track days. The engineers at Manthey and Porsche have together developed a perfectly tuned package that allows the 911 GT2 RS to deliver even higher performance.” 

Even with the high-summer conditions giving track temperatures of 41 degrees, Lars Kern was still able to beat the record. Kern shared: 

“The 911 GT2 RS sticks to the track like glue with the Manthey Performance Kit – you feel as if you’re in a racing car, especially on faster corners. It is truly breathtaking how the car puts its 700 PS down, and how incredibly well it brakes while always remaining easy to control.” 

racing around the Nurburgring

Perfectly Matched Components 

The Porsche Tequipment Manthey Performance Kit comprises the chassis, aerodynamic and brake components that were specially created for the 911 GT2 RS. The package also comes with the Weissach Package’s light magnesium alloy wheels.  

The most noticeable changes are the aerodynamic components. Added flaps on the front spoiler enhance the downforce on the front axle in combination with a carbon underbody and extra air guide elements in the area of the front wheels. It increases downforce to 70 kilograms from 49 kilograms at 200kph. At the same speed, downforce is more than doubled to 200 kilograms from 93 kilograms on the rear axle. The feat was made possible due to the new rear spoiler, aerodiscs on the rear wheels, and a modified diffuser.  

Porsche 911 GT2 RS equipped with the Manthey Performance Kit

Numerous years of motorsport experience enabled Porsche and Manthey to develop the track-optimized coilover suspension. There are three different settings on the front shock absorbers, while the rear has four different settings.

The PCCB ceramic brake system possesses special racing brake pads reduce fade, while also enhancing control precision and responsiveness. More direct pedal feedback is ensured by the steel-encased brake lines. The 20-inch front and 21-inch rear magnesium wheels reduced the weight by 11.4 kilograms and are available in Black, Aurum, Brilliant Silver, White Gold Metallic, and Platinum.  

Tires

An added water tank for spray-cooling the intercoolers increases the overall volume by around nine liters, thus increasing the time between refills. Vice President GT Cars Andreas Preuninger explained:

“With these newly developed parts, we have made an extremely good car even better. The 911 GT2 RS with Manthey Performance Kit is perfectly tailored to the needs of those customers who like to take their cars on track, especially the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This 6:43.300 time for the whole lap is equivalent to 6:38.835 for the old shorter variant, so makes a real statement.” 

Porsche 911 GT2 RS equipped with the Manthey Performance Kit breaks record

[Source: Porsche AG}

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: Porsche Smashes the Nürburgring Lap Record
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/porsche-smashes-the-nurburgring-lap-record/
Published Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 03:12:17 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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