Porsche is good at building race cars, and what the company learns on the track trickles down to its passenger vehicles. This is what makes driving them so rewarding.

In a new video, Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport, discusses the link between Porsche's track and street cars, and he also takes a look at the future of motorsports. Click past the jump to watch.


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      MStone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone who hates on Porsche has obviously never driven one.
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      nvedamuthu
      • 3 Years Ago
      On a slightly off topic note, I think that if everything that the Camaro ZL1 is getting in terms of traction management (launch control, perf. traction management, etc.) and the 580 hp upgrade, they could easily be able to compete on the track and the strip with the Panamera Turbo S.
        me
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nvedamuthu
        This is a Porsche story anyway, no one gives a damn about Camaros. Autoblog is full of Camaro/Mustang/Wagon leghumpers.
        Moe Khan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nvedamuthu
        The Panamera is hardly a track car.
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome. This is yet another reason why we love Porsche. Or why I love Porsche. Dunno what all the hatin's about.
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      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Porsche 911 is a historically good track car and I think the track R&D has helped Porsche stay in the rankings of supercar status, but honestly who needs a street legal race car? There are so many stories of wrecked exotics these days that it is obvious that the performance of modern day supercars far exceed the driving ability of those who can afford to own and drive one. On the other hand I believe that most supercars are garage queens or utilized as public attention magnets or both. This begs the question, what is the philosophy behind the GT3 RS4 and similar track bred street cars? Track days perhaps? What customer does Porsche have in mind for this vehicle? A pro racecar driver who is looking for a daily driver? I really like ther GT3 cars and we all know that supercars are not practical but I question the practicality of building them in the first place.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        are you serious ?
        Kimithechamp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        Eh, there's enough track days and autocross events, even someone who's been burning dung through the winter to save up would have the opportunities at their finger tips to stretch its legs, and their abilities. People like being challenged... it's one of the most compelling things about driving a car. In addition, there are motorsports country clubs popping up here and there, where your entire vacation is centered around personal time on a track. But more to the point, people (including race car drivers) have been wrecking cars from the time the first one rolled away under it's own power. I don't find that a good case to cease developement of performance related vehicles.
        Peter T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        The cars you are referring to are obviously not intended for your 'average joe'. If you can buy one of these machines then you should be able to do anything you want with it. People also buy cars because of their 'exclusiveness' which is basically what most cars above +$150,000 are about. Every car enthusiast has a dream car they wish to own and that is why Porsche or any other manufacturer build these machines. These cars are usually sold out or unavailable to buy before anyone else can get their hands on it. I would love to have my very own GT3 RS4....
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