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    enjoys driving fast Jack Olsen's Avatar
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    I overlaid my own data on the 918 and 50th Anniv 911 and was surprised by the differences. Nothing shocking, other than those newer cars need to slow down more than me. Mass is mass, right?



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    Last edited by Jack Olsen; 05-25-2014 at 11:09 AM.

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    1:23.540 at WSIR is pretty disappointing for a car that costs $845,000- . . .
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    It's clear that you know the track better than the driver of the 918. Also what software did you use to create the info-graphic?
    If nothing happens and there is no one around why did it not happen?

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    It's odd. The driver is Randy Pobst, who knows Willow and is definitely a better driver than me.

    And while I thought that I might have a tire advantage, I see that the 918 has Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s on it, which are touted as fasre than the old Michelin Pilot Sport Cup +, which is a quicker tire than my Nitto NT01s.

    Now, Pobst doesn't want to risk going off the track in a $850,000 car -- so he's going to be conservative, even while going for the production car record.

    But the 918 weighs 3600 pounds. (And that's the trimmed-down Weissach-package version.) That's almost a thousand pounds heavier than my car. And it's 500 pounds heavier than the 991.

    It's a real accomplishment that the 918 is able to make up for that 500 pounds in that same corners as the 991.

    But I think there's a tipping point where technology just can't work any more miracles. A thousand pounds is a lot of weight.

    And of course the 918 doesn't really need to, since it's MUCH quicker than me around the whole track.

    The graphic is Motor Trend's. I just added my data on top of it. It's cool to see the elevation changes laid out like that. The track seems a lot flatter when you're on it.
    Last edited by Jack Olsen; 05-26-2014 at 10:05 AM.
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