Yesterday, we were lucky enough to join Porsche at Brands Hatch for their penultimate 70th Anniversary celebrations – the Festival of Porsche. Take a look through the below to see a few of our highlights from a sunny day out with Porsche.
Celebrating Porsches that ranged from the stunning 356 to the astounding new 919 Evo racing car, the day saw hundreds of Porsches and Porsche fans descend upon the famous British racing circuit. Unlike a lot of modern car shows (that focus on either old or new vehicles) it was amazing to see the evolution of the Porsche marque being pushed close to their limits out on track.
One of the day’s main attractions was the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition. This racing series, that was new for this year, saw multiple Porsche Classic dealerships (including three of our own) restore a 986 Porsche Boxster S and convert it into a racing car. With all cars built to be identical, the series let a field of novice racing drivers test out their skills on a level playing field.
The Porsche Classic Restoracing competition was held alongside two other, highly competitive, racing series – the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship and the Porsche 4-Cylinder Challenge. Both featured a range of Porsche models, across a range of different classes, competing in some of the closest and genuinely most exciting racing that we’ve seen in some time; we’d highly recommend heading to your local circuit if the series visit.
Besides the competitive motorsport, a true highlight of the day had to be the multiple demonstrations by Porsche’s breathtaking new Porsche 919 Evo - you may have seen our multiple news stories about this incredible car after it easily broke all-time lap records at both Spa-Francorchamps and the Nurburgring.
In case you haven’t, however, the Porsche 919 Evo is a version of Porsche’s Le Mans winning prototype that has been relieved of all motorsport regulations and the results are genuinely astonishing. Set to one of its fast modes for the day, the Porsche 919 Evo was allowed to push as hard as necessary to set fast lap times and to wow the crowds.
The result was that the 919 Evo was able to set lap times of around 30 seconds – that’s 20 seconds faster than the average lap time at Brands Hatch Indy and around 10 seconds faster than the fastest ever racing bike time on the Indy circuit.
The track action was rounded off by three demonstrations of Porsche’s most famous racing and road cars. Ranging from the howling Carrera GT to the Rothmans Porsche 956 that was being driven by Derek Bell – the very racing driver that raced it back in 1982 – it was amazing to see (and hear) so many legendary Porsches all sharing the same race track.
Following their day at Brands Hatch, Porsche will conclude their 70th Anniversary celebrations at Leguna Seca with the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI from 27th – 30th September 2018, so we’ll have more Porsche content to come soon. In the meantime, however, we’d like to know which of Porsche’s models is your favourite! Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Linkedin.