Thursday, September 7, 2017

Porsche: World’s best selling sports car sprints to the top of the world’s longest running race by Automotive World

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First run in 1905, the Brighton Speed Trials can lay claim to being the longest running motor race in the world, and in 2017 saw the best selling sports car in the world – the Porsche 911 – feature in a starring role. Fifty years after winning its first competitive event on British soil, the 911 emerged as the fastest production car and took a class win with a place in the overall shootout final after covering the quarter-mile sprint along the Brighton seafront in just 11 seconds.

Driving the twin-turbo 580 hp 911 Turbo S in class C4 (road going series production & modified series production cars over 3501cc) was Esmee Hawkey (19) from Chislehurst. The Kent-based racer, usually accustomed to winning races in her Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, quickly adapted to the unmodified four-wheel drive 911 proudly bearing the iconic ‘911 HUL’ registration plate, a long-standing Porsche Cars GB press car moniker.

Two timed runs produced a fastest of 11.0 seconds with a terminal speed of 130 mph, a second run of 11.07 seconds proving nothing was due to chance. Hawkey and the 911 Turbo S covered the first 64 feet of the quarter-mile run in just 1.99 seconds, motorsport-derived technologies such as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive, launch control and Sport Response combining with Hawkey’s skill and experience to result in a class win by over half a second

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