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2010-06-08 07:02
After its unsuccessful bid to gain entry to this year’s F1 grid, N.Technology refocused its efforts on bringing Porsche’s four-door performance car into the circuit racing fold.

It may appear peculiar that an Italian company is going racing with German machinery, yet this is par for the course with regards to the Italian V8 Superstars series, where M3s, AMGs and RS4s make up the bulk of entries.

The likelihood of Porsche fielding a factory Panamera in German touring car racing (or alongside 911s at endurance racing events) any time soon is extraordinarily low. N.Technology therefore saw an opportunity to do something unique and get the first Panamera racecar in the world onto a starting grid.

German concept, Italian execution. N.Technology's Panamera racer rolls out for a test run before its racing debut this weekend.

A purer Panamera

Drawing upon a wealth of touring car racing experience (having successfully campaigned Alfa Romeos in BTCC and WTCC racing) N.Technology’s Panamera S racecar made its first track outing last week.

Although the N.Technology Panamera’s final colour-scheme is still to be added it looks like a proper series racing machine with the track certified aerodynamics surfacing. A new front splitter, bolder fenders at both axles and an ornate rear wing flesh out the Panamera racecar’s suite of styling upgrades.

Aluminium space frame construction and a stripped-out cabin trim 550kg off the Panamera’s licensing mass, rendering the N.Technology Porsche as a 1 320kg racing machine.

Neat power hike

Powering the Panamera S racer is a freer-breathing version of the roadcar’s 4.8l V8 with 36 units of additional power to peak the N.Technology fettled engine at 330kW, neatly midway between the roadcar S and Turbo Panameras. Drive is to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.

The N.Technology Panamera racer rolls 18-inch alloys at each wheel corner shod with Michelin racing rubber. Hidden behind the magnesium wheels are racing spec rotors, which are 5mm smaller up front than the stock Panamera’s 360mm discs. In terms of suspension the racing car has three-way adjustable dampers at both axles.

Set to debut this weekend at Hockenheim (which is the fourth round of this year's Superstars series), the N.Technology Panamera S will be piloted by Italian touring car legend Fabrizio Giovanardi.

If all goes well South Africans should be able to see the Panamera racer in action when the V8 Superstars finish off their season at Kyalami during the last weekend of November.

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