On Saturday 5 May the first round of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition was held.
Our team, consisting of Will Heslop (Driver), Andy Hulme (Warranty and Quality Control) and Ben Humphries (Porsche-trained Technician), travelled down to Brands Hatch early on Friday morning to road test our 996 Boxster and to give Will an opportunity to get to know the track.
Centre Principal Simon Priest joined the team the afternoon and commented, ‘I have been asked on numerous occasions why we chose the Pink Pig race livery. We originally wanted to use the 1970 917 ‘Hippie’ Le Mans style but we were beaten to that choice by another Centre!’. Simon says that they chose the legendary colours of the 1971, 917 ‘Pink Pig’ Le Mans car, a race livery designed by Anatole Lapine to look like a German butcher’s cuts of meat, so they would stand out on the grid.
Competing against 12 other restored Boxsters, our ‘Pink Pig’ qualified in third place. Will took second place in the first race, but it was then announced that the driver of the first placed car was a professional driver and, as the rules state that drivers must be novices, Will was in fact the winner.
Will also went on to win the title of ‘fastest man on the track’ in his class by achieving a top speed of 115.89mph. Unfortunately, due to a burst power steering pipe, Will had to retire during the second race.
The Boxster has spent the last few days in the workshop being prepared for the next race, which will be held at Silverstone on 2 June 2018.
* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since September 01, 2017 certain new cars have been type approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions. From September 01, 2018 the WLTP will replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Due to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel consumption and CO₂ emission values determined in accordance with the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those determined in accordance with the NEDC. This may lead to corresponding changes in vehicle taxation from September 01, 2018. You can find more information on the difference between WLTP and NEDC at www.porsche.com/wltp.
Currently, we are still obliged to provide the NEDC values, irrespective of the testing method used. The additional reporting of the WLTP values is voluntary until their obligatory use. As far as new cars, (which are type approved in accordance with the WLTP) are concerned, the NEDC values will therefore be derived from the WLTP values during the transition period. To the extent that NEDC values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. They are intended solely as a means of comparing different types of vehicle. Extra features and accessories (attachments, tyre formats etc.) can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Additionally, weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual handling, can affect the fuel consumption, electricity consumption, CO₂ emissions and performance values of a car.