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Porsche sets new Nurburgring record

Plus, Ferrari's hybrid supercar, the new 911 GTS, and other car news.

Audi RS3 to get first rear torque splitter

Audi RS3

The new RS3 is the first Audi to have an RS Torque Splitter.

The new RS3 is the first Audi to have an RS Torque Splitter, a device which distributes drive torque between the rear wheels in a fully variable manner.

Powered by a 2.5-litre 400hp/500Nm five-cylinder engine, the compact RS3 hits 100kmh in 3.8 seconds before peaking at 290kmh.

Unlike a rear axle differential and the previous multiple disc-clutch package on the rear axle, the torque splitter uses one electronically controlled multiple-disc clutch on the respective drive shaft.

During dynamic driving, it increases the drive torque to the outer rear wheel with the higher wheel load, which significantly reduces the tendency to understeer.

In left-hand curves, it transmits the torque to the right rear wheel; in right-hand curves to the left rear wheel; and when driving straight ahead, to both wheels. This results in optimal stability and maximum agility, especially when cornering at high speeds. When driving on closed roads, the torque splitter enables controlled drifts by applying all of the engine power to just one of the rear wheels.

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Porsche sets new Nurburgring record

Porsche has set a new lap record for road-approved production cars on the 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife racing track in a 911 GT2 RS fitted with Manthey Performance Kit.

The best time of 6:43.300 minutes was achieved on June 14, in the presence of a notary, with Porsche development driver Lars Kern at the wheel of the 700hp car.

The new performance kit was developed as part of a collaboration between Porsche’s engineers in Weissach and Manthey’s Nordschleife specialists in Meuspath. The previous record was 6:48.047 minutes, posted last year by a more powerful Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.

Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

911 GTS variants arrive

Porsche has released the latest GTS version of its iconic 911. Powered by a six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine delivering 480hp, it has 30hp more than the current 911 Carrera S and the previous 911 GTS.

Five model variants are now available at prices starting at $618,188 before COE – 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel-drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet; 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel-drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet; and 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel-drive.

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Plug-in hybrid supercar from Ferrari

Ferrari hybrid

The 296 GTB is a mid-rear-engined berlinetta powered by a new V6 turbocharged engine delivering 663hp.

Ferrari has unveiled a plug-in hybrid supercar. The 296 GTB is a mid-rear-engined berlinetta powered by a new V6 turbocharged engine delivering 663hp. This is paired with an electric motor producing 167hp to make a total of 830hp.

Combined with a host of aerodynamic features, the car is capable of doing the century sprint in 2.9 seconds.

It could arrive as early as end-2022, and be priced above $1 million.

This article was originally published in The Straits Times.

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