When Porsche sent us our first Porsche 991. We decided we would test out its capabilities on the backroads in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our trip culminated in a drive up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. As we got above tree line (a little past 4000 feet) and had a little more room to go a bit faster (maybe 30 to 40 mph), I remember thinking to myself, "how the hell does Jeff Zwart do this at more than twice the speed and three times the altitude?" That man has some serious courage. Not sure what I mean? Watch the video below as Jeff tests his 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in preparation for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. I was holding my breath just watching...
As you watch and listen to the video it's fairly clear that this is not a standard (normally aspirated) GT3 Cup. Those sounds you hear sound like a blow off valve/waste gate from forced induction. However, we're waiting to hear more from Jeff and Porsche. Rumor has it this particular hill climbing Porsche will give the word "hybrid" a whole new definition.
UPDATE: Porsche just got back to us and that sound is a combination of the sequential gear box PLUS a turbo. Apparently, Jeff has mated the engine from his 2011 Porsche GT2 RS with his 2010 GT3 Cup car giving him the "best of both worlds". More to follow!
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