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    Beastiology

    What a day! What a day!

    Since the stone age, man mistakenly went domesticating animals for transportation when they were better... untamed! Better kept merciless, evil and wild. It was said that an untamed beast would throw the equestrian off its back. But today I was blessed to ride a bad untamed beast that went snorting violently ripping the morning sky before hell broke loose in the arena.

    Allow me to start from the beginning...

    Few days back I received an invitation from Bahrain Porsche Club for a taxi ride with Fahad Algosaibi (the youngest ever winner in Porsche who made history at the age of 16) in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge race car at Bahrain International Circuit. Here are two links about this young champion:

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    http://www.porsche.com/middle-east/_...b5c6e4&lang=en

    The very second I finished reading the invitation I sent a confirmation and went counting the days for a lifetime experience. Woke up this morning at 5:00 am and drove off at 6:30 am to cross the bridge to the beautiful little neighboring kingdom. I was there before anybody else at 8:00 am and I had a chance to sit with this young legend who turned to be a very humble kind young man. We had coffee together before he went warming his car on the track. My turn came at 9:11 am (I had the second slot following a European member). Wore my helmet, gave up my phone and opened the car door.

    The first thing that hit me was how unbelievably light the CF door was. It felt literally like a light cartoon board. I sat squeezing myself in (head to my knees), surrounded by cameras, an old gentleman in Porsche racing suit went buckling up my 5 point racing harness seat belt. His hands went here and there, as he pulled each belt he asked me if I'm ok with it. Then I told him "you know I can sue you for sexual harassment!". And everybody burst into laughter The car door got closed and it felt like he spanked the beast for revenge...

    I know from my experience with hardcore roller coasters to hold my head back, my back straight up and stretch my legs braking with my two feet hard all the way through. But suddenly my jaws clanged and I am not sure when I could breathe afterwards.

    Forgive me but not even Shakespeare could put this experience in words, or James Cameron in a movie... You've got to try it to feel the thrill. I did skydiving, bungee jumping and I'm a licensed shark diver along with other extreme sports... but nothing can relate to another. And riding in a Porsche GT3 Cup car with a champion is a unique experience that I'd rank among the top thrilling experiences I did in my life.

    He accelerated like a rocket making a snake maneuver to free the slick tires from debris as we exited the pit. During the first lap honestly my brain malfunctioned. All I remember was being pushed back into my seat under acceleration, being pushed out of my seat under unbelievable downshifting and hard braking then being tossed from side to side on corners.

    The second lap however I got my eyes fixed on the speedometer. On a straight line we reached 275 km/hr (in my car I could reach only 220 km/hr two years ago on this line when it was stock). And in every downshift (with braking) the car drops 50 km/hr in a blink which was unrealistic for me to believe my eyes. From 275 km/hr to 220 to 170 to 110 km/hr all in a couple of seconds!!! Then he accelerated exiting a U turn corner from 110 km/hr... UNBELIEVABLE!! How could he comprehend under the intense G Forces between paddles, gearshifts and steering is beyond me. All members who were lucky to have this experience were mostly shocked by the braking power of this beast. And someone added, can you imagine adding other race cars on the track that require the driver's attention in addition to driving?!!

    Simply, our Porsches have nothing in common with the GT3 Cup Porsches except the badge! Our Porsche are sadly domesticated, tamed and housebroken. But the way this beast accelerates, brakes, downshifts and steers defies science... and unless you're a licensed racing driver, you won't dare and your mind won't believe a car could do what this beast does!!

    The event didn't cost us a penny... I'd redo it in the future even if it would cost me much. I even asked if they'd repeat it in the future to fly my 10 yrs old son from Jordan to Bahrain just to experience it. But I was told the regulations don't allow anybody younger than 18 to ride in a cup car

    For now I leave you with some pictures from the event with a thankful heart... Thank you God!
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    club members' unique Porsches... Street legal animal from RUF!!!
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    club members' unique Porsches... RS animals:
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    club members' unique Porsches... Oh yes, turbo S!!

    Check the red leather a/c vents!!!!!!
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    Re: Beastiology

    Amazing experience and report, thank you for sharing that with all of us!
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    Thank you for interesting subject


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    You're welcome guys.

    Here is a link containing more pictures... Mainly from the track:
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    Re: Beastiology

    Great post and thanks for taking the time.

    About the braking...

    Approach the corner at Full throttle. At the very last split second jam the brakes on hard. Enter the corner too fast and feather the brakes holding max lateral G force, just after the apex partly press the throttle then jam it to the floor. That is how we roll at the track!

    The CS is a very capable car. With Ceramic brakes and sticky soft tyres it can pull up just as good as a cup car . Its more about Guts than glory!! The young guys live on the edge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4by4 View Post
    About the braking...

    Approach the corner at Full throttle. At the very last split second jam the brakes on hard. Enter the corner too fast and feather the brakes holding max lateral G force, just after the apex partly press the throttle then jam it to the floor. That is how we roll at the track!
    IMHO (and please correct me where I'm wrong) the issues I noticed:
    1) the downshifting: our cars cannot downshift like these cup cars. Yes the racing stick shift helps but I believe the gearbox is different to take this constant abuse. I hope GT3 cup experts here can give us their input about the gearbox in these cars.
    2) the tires: cup cars use slick tires. Our street tires would screech like hell, smoke, overheat and burn if pushed like the slick tires. And it won't be as effective in braking.
    3) the brakes: the cup car didn't have ceramic brakes but Porsche Cup racing steel pads (I don't remember the official name for it). It would wear out fast, but still we can afford such on our cars yet it won't be effective without the support of the gearbox and tires that these cup cars have.
    4) last but not least, can our engines handle such g-forces and abuse? From first hand experience, I say no.
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    Re: Beastiology

    Quote Originally Posted by HassaanAbdeen View Post
    IMHO (and please correct me where I'm wrong) the issues I noticed:
    1) the downshifting: our cars cannot downshift like these cup cars. Yes the racing stick shift helps but I believe the gearbox is different to take this constant abuse. I hope GT3 cup experts here can give us their input about the gearbox in these cars.
    2) the tires: cup cars use slick tires. Our street tires would screech like hell, smoke, overheat and burn if pushed like the slick tires. And it won't be as effective in braking.
    3) the brakes: the cup car didn't have ceramic brakes but Porsche Cup racing steel pads (I don't remember the official name for it). It would wear out fast, but still we can afford such on our cars yet it won't be effective without the support of the gearbox and tires that these cup cars have.
    4) last but not least, can our engines handle such g-forces and abuse? From first hand experience, I say no.
    My track experience is not the same as a cup car but in a lot of ways its similar...just the acceleration is somewhat lacking.
    1. My shift may be slower but you have time when you are in braking mode. Shift speed here is not so important. Im not constantly pushing it for hours, but if Im on then I push it to the absolute max for 15-30 mins.

    2. Street tyres at the track?? Most club members and I use semi slick. Its street legal and super grippy. I use a super soft compound now which has more grip than a regular slick. You can only get 200-600 kms out of a set depending on what you are doing.
    BTW, I did a braking test against a GT3, my CS stoped shorter with stock tyres!

    3. Steel must be for cost reasons.

    4. Gen 2 can, I would not push gen 1 to hard. 10-20mins redlining the entire time, nothing beats it.
    Ive yet to get some G force measurements in the turns for the new tyres but they must be in the 1.3-1.5 range. Not so easy to stay in the seat without a full harness.

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    Re: Beastiology

    Hassaan my brother, you ROCK! Thanks for the great post and pics!

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    Re: Beastiology

    Great post, Hassaan! What an experience and great pictures!

    That series is the same as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge that we run in here in the US and Canada. From Porsche Motorsport factory, the cars come equipped the way you rode in it minus the passenger seat. The gearbox is different than the street box in that it is a sequential 6 speed box (meaning you can keep your foot flat on the throttle and just pull each gear). They use the steel brakes because of how long and well they last. They do not fade with heat and the compounds of the pads are better for racing conditions. For tires, these cars have Michelin race slicks on BBS race wheels. For the 2012 Cup, Porsche has chosen a different wheel.

    Again, great post and hopefully you can come back to the US and come out to one of our race weekends for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harris@TPCRacing View Post
    Great post, Hassaan! What an experience and great pictures!

    That series is the same as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge that we run in here in the US and Canada. From Porsche Motorsport factory, the cars come equipped the way you rode in it minus the passenger seat. The gearbox is different than the street box in that it is a sequential 6 speed box (meaning you can keep your foot flat on the throttle and just pull each gear). They use the steel brakes because of how long and well they last. They do not fade with heat and the compounds of the pads are better for racing conditions. For tires, these cars have Michelin race slicks on BBS race wheels. For the 2012 Cup, Porsche has chosen a different wheel.

    Again, great post and hopefully you can come back to the US and come out to one of our race weekends for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge!
    Harris is correct, its a sequential tranny, pull the go fast lever!

    Should be interesting to see if his turbo Cayman can match the speed of the GT3 Cup car on the same track, shame he didn't have it in time for this event...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harris@TPCRacing View Post
    Great post, Hassaan! What an experience and great pictures!

    That series is the same as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge that we run in here in the US and Canada. From Porsche Motorsport factory, the cars come equipped the way you rode in it minus the passenger seat. The gearbox is different than the street box in that it is a sequential 6 speed box (meaning you can keep your foot flat on the throttle and just pull each gear). They use the steel brakes because of how long and well they last. They do not fade with heat and the compounds of the pads are better for racing conditions. For tires, these cars have Michelin race slicks on BBS race wheels. For the 2012 Cup, Porsche has chosen a different wheel.

    Again, great post and hopefully you can come back to the US and come out to one of our race weekends for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge!
    Thank you Harris for your input... I have few questions, that I'd appreciate if you can educate me about:
    1) Are you saying GT3 Cup cars have no passenger seats? Before reading your question, I was wondering if such races have co-drivers and if so, what would be the use of co-drivers. I can see their use in rallies but not tracks.
    2) What's the mechanism of the gearbox that allows shifting without clutch?
    3) I think even if we improve our street cars' brakes, our street tires would screech like hell instead of improving the braking distance. Right?
    4) Regarding downshifting, does the racing driver observe the rpm to avoid over revs? Or does the gearbox have some of the mechanism of the PDK?

    Actually I was hoping I'd get an invitation from you guys to ride in one of your races... but without a passenger seat, I think I'll pass
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Man S View Post
    Should be interesting to see if his turbo Cayman can match the speed of the GT3 Cup car on the same track, shame he didn't have it in time for this event...
    The paper works are to start this coming Saturday...

    Yeah, I want to test that straight part on the track to see if I can top the 275 km/hr... but without sequential gearbox, steel brakes and slick tires to slow me down at the following corner... I hate to see my coupe turning into a cabriolet Formula 1
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    Thanks for sharing - looks like an awesome experience...
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