One of the great ironies about high performance cars is that very rarely, if ever, will you ever be able to reach their full potential while driving. However, a lack of air traffic due to the pandemic has resulted in passenger traffic at Sydney Airport slowing to a minimum. Bad news for airlines, maybe, but good news for a certain enterprising sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart with a new sports car in hand.
Porsche and Sydney Airport have coordinated with several government and regulatory agencies to safely and temporarily close runway 16L / 34R, one of two runways that lead into Harbor City’s azure botany bay, giving potential Porsche customers the unprecedented opportunity to send The new Porsche 911 Turbo S drives a long, straight stretch on asphalt.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is based on the eight generations of the ‘nine eleven’, which is internally referred to as the 992. Its 3.7-liter six-cylinder with two turbochargers delivers a very healthy 478 kW plus 800 Nm of torque and reaches a speed of zero to 100 km / h in 2.7 seconds, zero to 200 km / h in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 330 km / h, which the drivers could tickle on their way down the 2.2 km long runway.
The lucky Thrillseekers were able to bring the Porsche to speeds of over 300 km / h – for comparison: a Boeing 737-800, one of the world’s most frequently used commercial aircraft and the mainstay of the Australian domestic fleet – averages 260/290 km / h. h at startup. If they shared the runway with some Qantas pilots, they would scare the hell out of them.
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‘Launch Control’ sounds like a relatively simple concept. Get an open runway, some fast cars, and hope for good weather. But the event almost never happened: such an endeavor required a lot of planning and imagination.
“It started as a far-fetched idea that became reality and experienced once in a lifetime. It will probably never happen again, ”reports Belinda Coen, Marketing and Event Manager at the Porsche Center Sydney South.
“From a logistical point of view, there are so many things to consider, especially safety. Much work has gone into understanding the length of the runway, the speeds the vehicle can reach at different lengths, and then working backwards in the location. ”
“COVID-19 has put a massive strain on the aviation industry, and with our passenger traffic dropping 97%, we were able to consider an event that would simply not have been possible under normal circumstances,” said Josh Clements, Head of Media & Communications, told DMARGE.
One of the benefits of 2020 was that companies of all sizes and shapes were forced to innovate and take risks. We welcome both Porsche and Sydney Airport for this great collaboration – and for the opportunity to experience some of the best sports cars in the world that are pushed to their limits.
Read more about the event here and see the new 911 Turbo range here.
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