A big one, this. Porsche vs. Ferrari vs. McLaren. Wings, turbos, and 700hp. Yes, car safety has moved on in the last 50 years and the electronics are very clever these days, but to see these three growl down the pitlane is to experience trepidation.
They stalk: zero ground clearance, barking exhausts, ticking brakes, frantic fan fizz, the tinkle of grit spat up from hot tires, movements tight to the point of rigidity. Not racing cars? Well, the title up for grabs here is best track-going supercar, so maybe not far off.
Consider the componentry: The 911 GT2 RS has rose-jointed suspension. Like the Cup racer. Suspension setup (super-stiff springs, slacker anti-roll bars) that’s borrowed from the Cup, too. Ferrari transferred as much of its GTE endurance racer to the 488 Pista as it could, then called up its Formula 1 team’s titanium supplier and ordered conrods and turbo components. Titanium. Carbon. Inconel. Magnesium. It’s all here. Almost everywhere you look.