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    A meeting with a hero

    I visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2-3-4 July (a report will follow), but I wanted to give this as a teaser.

    A meeting with Mr. Andreas Preuninger.

    It's one of the great things of the Festival of Speed, you get to meet the people and get to see the cars you'd never hope to meet and see.

    I was looking around the GT2 RS, and I had some questions (why did it have 997.1 mirrors, was it because of the carbon front wings that the extensions look different than on the GT3 RS, ...), suddenly I noticed Mr. Preuninger arriving, and we got to talk, such a great guy, very down to earth and very much a petrolhead, very aware of the need for purity in the GT-models. The best man to have in charge of the GT-cars.

    The day before I had a very good talk with someone from Porsche UK, we talked for almost an hour, the guy was amazed by the amount of 'secret' info (regarding GTS, 991, ...) I had just by browsing the internet , it was hilarious to see him trying to deny everything but on the other hand letting me know I was right. Smiley

    A great experience, and great to know there are some passionate guys at work at Porsche.


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    Very cool, looking forward to reading your report!


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    trip:

    Very cool, looking forward to reading your report!

     
    +1 Smiley


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    Re: A meeting with a hero

    That's great Porker -- congratulations! Smiley

    Andreas Preuninger is an awesome engineeer, a great sports car enthusiast and a true gentleman!

    Andreas-Preuninger_GT3-RS.jpg

    I suspect that if Andreas didn't already work for Porsche, he would be a keen member of the Rennteam community! Smiley

    Look forward to hearing your feedback from Goodwood!

    Smiley SmileySmiley


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    Good stuff! . What does A. Preuninger think of the GT2 then? I would go for the GT3, this is why I am asking.


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    Boxster Coupe GTS:

    That's great Porker -- congratulations! Smiley

    Andreas Preuninger is an awesome engineeer, a great sports car enthusiast and a true gentleman!

    Andreas-Preuninger_GT3-RS.jpg

    I suspect that if Andreas didn't already work for Porsche, he would be a keen member of the Rennteam communitySmiley

    Who's to say he isn't SmileySmiley


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    easy_rider911:
    trip:

    Very cool, looking forward to reading your report!

     
    +1 Smiley

     +2


    Re: A meeting with a hero

    Can't wait to read your complete report!Smiley


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    Looking forward to it. These kind of meetings info are prime


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    Re: A meeting with a hero

    Andreas Preuninger of Porsche Motorsport explains the differences and similarities between the Porsche 911 GT3 road car and the 'strictly for race' models...

    Andreas-Preuninger_Porsche-911-GT3_Grid-TV_Image.jpg

    Andreas-Preuninger_Porsche-911-GT3_Grid-TV.jpg

    ...click on image for video...

    Andreas-Preuninger_Porsche-911-GT3_Motorsport-video

    Smiley SmileySmiley


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     I met him last year at the GT3 launch event at Silverstone. What a great and passionate guy. Talking to him you really got the feel that the GT cars are his babies, a real petrol head, who gave an in site into all the design decisions taken with the cars, he was also humble enough to listen to all the GT drivers suggestions for improvement...... Just don't mention sun roofs on GT3's to him :-)

     

     


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    All Porsche employees I have met so far have been very passionate, friendly and down-to-earth. Haven´t personally met the guy who initiated the Sport Chrono stopwatch though...


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    Very nice Porker! What did you think of the GT2 RS?


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    Good stuff! . What does A. Preuninger think of the GT2 then? I would go for the GT3, this is why I am asking.

    I only got his opinion on the GT2 RS vs. the GT3 RS, I asked him if it was similar in purity. He said the GT2 RS was really conceived as a GT3 RS -pure- but with lots more power. He also admitted always some of the purity gets lost in turbocharging an engine and having less revs to play with. But altogether it's a more focused GT2, which should remind you of the GT3 RS's dynamics.

    About the drivability he said it was perfectly controlable...

    ... in dry weather. Smiley

    It was funny to talk to the Porsche UK-guy about Preuninger, apparently his nickname is mr. Wahnsinn, he likes to drive very quickly and apparently is a very good driver.


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    Mike S:

    Very nice Porker! What did you think of the GT2 RS?

    I love the concept and I'm sure I'd love the way it drives. Esthetically I wasn't convinced with the carbon roof and Porsche shield bonnet-sticker (which looked cheap), also the red interior isn't my taste, but these are all things one could configurate differently.

    An all black GT2 RS would be awesome, I'm still in the GT3 RS camp though.

    The sound was reasonable for a turbo'ed flat-six, definately louder than the GT2, and I assume even more on the inside as it does without much sound deadening. The acceleration seemed simply brutal.


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    Thanks Porker, valuable insight, indeed, on the GT2 vs GT3 question! 


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