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    Porsche Fastest at Paul Ricard LMS Test

    The Spyders posted the quickest and second quickest times for LMP2 over the two day test.
    The BIG news is that the 2008 997RSR was the quickest in the GT2 class, beating the F430's in all the test sessions.

    I don't want to throw fireworks just yet , but.....

    http://www.planetlemans.com/2008/03/03/lms-paul-ricard-test-days-final-session-report/

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    Two very good news updates. Thanks Spyderidol.

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    Hey Spyderidol, do you know the approximate weight of the Ferrari GT cars?

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    I'm not sure Modrocket, but the GT2 class has a minimum weight of 1,125 to 1,325 kilograms.

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    very good news!

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    Here are the rules for all the classes:

    LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 750 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms (in the ALMS: 750 hp/925 kilograms).

    LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with around 475 hp and an 825 kilogram minimum weight (in the ALMS: 475 hp/800 kg). The Porsche RS Spyder competes in this class.

    GT1 class: Heavily modified standard sportscars with up to 650 hp and a minimum weight of 1,125 to 1,325 kilograms (in the ALMS: 650 hp/1,125 to
    1,325 kilograms)

    GT2 class: Slightly modified standard sportscars with between 450 hp to 470 hp and a minimum weight of 1,125 to 1,325 kilograms (in the ALMS: 450 to 470 hp/1,125 to 1,325 kilograms). The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR competes in this class.

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    Yes, and I must confess that it saddens me to see Porsche competing only in the "lesser"categories of the Prototype and GT classes.
    A company with the glorious racing history of Porsche (and the importance of that history to its image)should be competing in the top classes.
    Thats why a V8 centrally mounted road car is so vital to it's product range (IMO, of course)

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    How is the weight determined for the GT2 class? Porsche dropped the horsepower from 2007 to 2008 by around 20 horsepower yet its weighs identically to the 'older' car. Is this Porsche's decision to maintain this weight or that of the ACO? Supposedly the F430 GT weighs 100 kilos less, which is a considerable difference.

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    I'm not sure that there was in fact a decline in power.
    Are you referring to the "published" figures?
    If you are, I wouldn't give them much thought. Nobody published the correct hp figures for their engines.
    There's a ratio that applies between power to weight, and it is enforced with air-restrictors.
    Porsche choose to go with the wider tires, and thus more weight, in exchange for larger air restrictors.

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    Fair enough. I should have known better that the figures might be misleading but I guess that with the 'excitement' of a new RSR blinded me from the reality of the specifications. I hope to see Flying Lizards take it to Risi Competizione this year.

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    They have started off well, so lets see what happens next week.
    Don't forget that practice for Sebring starts on Monday!
    I'll post the calender if anyone is interested.

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    12 Hours Sebring is next Saturday! GO LIZARDS!

     
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