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    Test drove a 997 GT3 today

    Just got back from this Test drive....

    The instructor was Barry Horne (2003 Carrera Cup Winner)


    Started at PennyHill Park Hotel in Bagshot, and drove the car to Chobham test ground.

    Did some thrashes in 1st and second followed by hard on the brakes, then driving a constant circle until it broke traction, and he got me trying to unsettle the rear by fearce lift off, but the car was very well planted, and it was very hard to induce much oversteer, and when it did, it was very controllable.

    Then round the perimeter track for some high speed stuff, including 100mph hands off wheel ABS braking...the car stayed perfectly straight, and the stopping distance was awesome for a damp greasy track.

    It lasted about 1.5 hours, and was a good insight into the capabilities of the new car.

    My thoughts compared to my old MKII were that it didn't feel any quicker, if as quick.
    BUT, bear in mind i had the Manthey upgrades, and the car i drove today hadn't even done thousand miles yet......so it will prob lossen up a fair bit more.

    The PCCBs seem to have more feel than the ones on my TT, (which i drove there), but didn't really get a chance to push the repeatedly at high speed.

    The tyres are a revalation, the ground was semi damp in places, and on this circle thing, they didn't move anymore in the damp than the dry, or even going through puddles.
    They certainly inspired you with confidence.

    Lastly the Traction control is superb, i did numerous standing starts but with full lock on, to try and induce oversteer, as if pulling out of a T junction under massive power.
    The traction was awesome, and you couldn't even tell the TC was working.
    Did it again with the 'sport' button on, this allows more slip, and again, very controlable, with a bit of oversteer, but no drama.
    Treid the same thing with TC off, and i could not control the oversteer in time and just span big style.


    The sport button doesn't feel to give hardly any more power, but the exhaust note is much better, and gives a slighlty Ferrari-esque burble on the over run.


    All in all, a fun experience, and great way of getting a feel for the car in the right environment.

    the 997 GT3 feels that bit more planted than a MKII IMHO.

    I think the RS will be jusyt awesome:)


    G.

    Re: Test drove a 997 GT3 today

    I want one....but I think I've said it 10 times already. 11/2 hours test drive, nice.

     
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