Meet the man who set a Nürburgring lap record in a Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera Turbo has lapped the Nurburgring attack
Panamera Porsche’s fresh Nordschleife in 38sec 7min fast. We asked the driver Lars Kern What on earth was thinking
Porsche test as well as an engine for development Lars Kern admits he was “a little confused” when his superiors have said they were planning a high-wage fast lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Turbo Panamera fresh.
“usually do This specific kind of thing with the 911 or Boxster,” he says. “although engineers are confident This specific was going to work.”
first generation Panamera Turbo S put a very fast standard 46sec 7min, although Kern – who was the driver Porsche for four years – was not sure where they can make up more time
not least because the turbo 4.0-liter V8. inside fresh Panamera Turbo develops 542bhp, while the Turbo S was the old 562bhp.
“inside lap of existing felt not bad as well as quick start I had no idea where to find the last eight seconds. Panamera Turbo less energy, too … I thought to myself, ‘This specific is actually going to be interesting,” “he says.
stepped up the pressure even further than of which when he saw the plate number of a car bearing the number “738”, in reference to the time the goal 7min 38sec of which engineers Porsche wants to achieve – as well as of which hit exactly. Kern set a fresh standard for a luxury saloon – admittedly somewhat niche lap to set the record, although moving to a certain extent for a car of This specific type
The Panamera is actually equipped which has a safety cage, equipment seat races as well as telemetry. although otherwise inside specifications of the showroom, riding on the tire road Yokohama. Oh, as well as is actually taken headlights off as well as replaced by those fake uses NASCAR. although there is actually no getting away by the fact of which This specific is actually a long process, a great car, which has a lot of weight even in courtesy front of of which big V8 engine.
Kern says advances in technology as well as the suspension of tires as well as the automobile was lighter than a great benefit, as was the fresh rear wheel, which Porsche Panamera as well as installed on the second-generation steering system.
“in a slow as well as narrow parts of the road the automobile is actually truly amazing,” he says. “With rear-wheel steering, This specific turns well as well as very graceful. I was sitting inside driver’s seat as well as you know of which you have a lot of length of the automobile behind you, although just turns out well.”
quick lap, as well as was the automobile running inside development of leadership The most extreme, turned Sports +, as well as management stability Porsche (PSM) off.
Kern saw speeds around 183mph on the main straight for a long Nordschleife. “This specific does not feel scary in This specific car because This specific is actually very stable. When you have all the settings in Sport + mode, all of which is actually solid as well as responsive although still comfortable to drive, so This specific is actually not bouncing around on the bumps.”
Panamera Turbo, still smeared with dirt as well as flies directly by the Eifel Mountains, as well as was on display at the official reveal of the fresh Panamera in Berlin yesterday evening. This specific is actually unlikely of which many owners will carry on the Nurburgring in their £ 100K plus LUXO- saloon, although Porsche is actually important to prove of which the automobile is actually at least capable of doing so.
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