• Jul 22, 2010
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We didn't make it out to this year's Spectre 341 Challenge as time just wasn't on our side. Fortunately, we can live vicariously through a few of the participants, including Automobile scribe Ezra Dyer.

If you're not familiar with the event, it has roots dating back to the early seventies, when then-president of the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California, Hans Tanner, organized a hill climb up Nevada Highway 341.

In the years since, the event has waxed and waned, but the purpose has remained the same: run up the 5.2-mile hill, tackle over 20 turns and scrape just north of 6,200 feet in a time of 3:41 – or less. Can Dyer do it in a Porsche 911 Turbo? Make the jump to find out, read more about the event here and look for Dyer's account of the run in the October issue of Automobile.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Which 911 Turbo is it?
      cause there has been a lot of change between the first 997 to the one that's out now.
      more power
      Torque vectoring (uses brakes while cornering)
      Active engine mounts
      the PDK gearbox
      and further optimizations
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a current generation Turbo with the DFI.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put me on a 600 Supersport and i will shatter that time. Preferably the ZX636... :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live 15 minutes from there - and lets just say with my hardware (car) and software (me), I can do the same route...just in double the time. My brake start smoking first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      hmm - a Porsche 911 Turbo + a great hill climb + closed public road + 10x's = Hella friggin fun!

      Who cares about skillz, the car, etc etc etc - that would be a blast in a Gremlin!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, That looks fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy is an Amateur. I could have shaved off 5-6 seconds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're going to Monday-morning quarter-back it, at least explain what was amateur about it. From my perspective, he clipped almost every apex, he braked in the right areas for the most part, and he kept a steady foot in the corners. The only thing you can whine about (if whining is really what you're into) is he didn't shift as often as he probably should have to keep the needle pegged near the redline. That's it.

        But, more important than all the technical stuff...it looked like he had a lot of fun on a beautiful day on an incredible road. What else matters?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure you could have done 5-6 seconds better, in a video game. But when you're three feet from a precipice at 80 mph with oversteer, there are some different dynamics that come into play.

        Overall, though, I noticed he had the PDK in full-automatic, which is probably much to the benefit of his time. That would be one hell of a mess to try to manual shift on every turn. At the end he said 3:33 was his best out of 10 runs, and undoubtedly he tried manual shift mode for the PDK (who wouldn't?) only to find that the car does it better ... add in a stick and clutch pedal and you'd probably lose 10 seconds over the entire run. Overall, great run and congrats on the great time!
        • 4 Years Ago
        ezra's a bawse, watch your mouth
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually give him a lot of credit for just staying on the road. When those turbos spool it has easily enough power to break all four wheels in a straight line. (530 hp is a lie) Hitting boost in that car mid-corner is like instant death...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @xpolarx:

        The new Turbo has a basically flat torque curve from roughly 1500 rpm, so I don't think you really need to be down-changing to keep the revs up.

        Just ride it out on that 500lb/ft wave...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, he caught a fish THIS BIG!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh and I also caught a shark
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simonsays.... mmmuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
      • 4 Years Ago
      Which part of the track time wise did VR Alexander go of the track at?
      • 4 Years Ago
      -> Hmm, this event sounds like fun! I'd like to test my S2000 on this event one day (and hopefully with fresh tires).
      • 4 Years Ago
      *yawn* I actually clicked to the end to see the final time. So much more boring to watch a driver in a non-manual tranny car.

      Just leave it in "D' and let the car do the rest, not as impressive as the ones that did it before without all the electronic nannies...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oddly enough, I'm in complete agreement with most of the critiques here: I am an amateur, my borrowed helmet was too small and there was certainly another 5-6 seconds to be had. I never really got the hang of the fast corners. But the idea is just to show what it's like to head up that hill in a 911 Turbo (PDK, torque-vectoring rear end). So thanks for watching.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ezra
        At around 3:10 in the video I hear the warning tone from the instrument cluster, what was that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ezra, of your 10 runs, did you use each of the drive modes (Manual, Sport, Sport+)? Or did you do all runs in Sp+?

        The ONLY problem with the 911 IMO is that I couldn't have just one....I love to change my own gears, but the PDK Sport+ is so aggressive while maintaining excellent feel - I love what they've done to the new 997.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Next time, can you up the gain on the in-car mic? I'd really like to hear some of that engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VRAlexander died a few weeks ago at this event....
        • 4 Years Ago
        why did everyone hate that guy?
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