Porsche’s footage of the new GT3 besting both the old version and the GT3 RS is an N/A thrill ride
Love them or loathe them, braggy Nurburgring times are a great barometer of automotive progress, so long as you pay attention to details like track changes and tyre usage. Case in point? The new 992-generation Porsche 911 GT3, which Porsche development driver Lars Kern steered around the Nordschleife in six minutes and 55.2 seconds for the 20.6-kilometre version of the track (6:59.927 for the full 20.8km version).
There still aren’t many production cars to have dipped under the seven-minute mark, but what stands out more is just how much faster the 992 GT3 is compared to the 991.2 version. It pulled out an astonishing 17 seconds on its predecessor, despite only having an additional 10bhp to its name.
It didn’t have an artificial leg-up in terms of tyres, either – as with the old GT3, it used Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Rs, which are on the options list. All of that extra pace came from the platform, the suspension and the aero.
On that front, the GT3 is wider than its predecessor thanks to the use of the new 992-gen shell, yet overall weight is roughly the same. At the front there’s a double wishbone suspension setup, dispensing with the tradition of road-going 911s always using MacPherson struts. Finally, the aero package includes a new ‘swan neck’ top mount wing. Commonly seen in motorsport, this design allows for cleaner flow underneath the wing, the side where air travels faster.
In the video at the top of the page, Lars Kern is – as you’d expect – absolutely on it. As well as monstering the 991.2 GT3’s ‘Ring time, he also managed to beat the 991.2 GT3 RS by a second. And yes, the 9000rpm-capable, naturally-aspirated flat-six (a very rare treat for a brand new car these days) sounds amazing throughout.
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Riot is kicking off the second act of Valorant‘s Episode 2 with another character that can bend the rules of reality. The developer has revealed Astra, a Ghanaian agent who wields the “energies of the cosmos” to control the battlefield. She can enter an astral form to place “stars” that produce gravity wells, explosive novae and smoke-like nebulae. You can also create a “cosmic divide” between two stars that blocks bullets and suppresses sounds.
Astra will be available to play on March 2nd alongside a new battlepass. Free users will get a new pistol, a new Versus card, a new buddy and a new spray. Those who pay, meanwhile, will get an axe, a Cavalier Vandal and Operator, another Versus card and their own spray.
It’s too soon to say how well Astra will work in practice. However, her addition helps outline Riot’s ongoing strategy with Valorant. Like Blizzard did with Overwatch, Riot is betting that a constantly expanding character mix will keep its game fresh after the novelty of the core game wears out.
Valorant has a new agent named Astra: Abilities, and more to know about the character – Sporting News
Valorant revealed a new agent on Saturday and her name is Astra. Although Astra won’t be fully available to use in-game until March 2.
Astra becomes the 15th agent in the game. Her backstory is that she’s a space-themed Agent from Ghana. A teaser from Valorant in the YouTube description says with Astra, you can “harness the cosmos and control the fight.” In the video, Astra’s first words are, “You can tell a person’s character by their first action.” And then her first action is a sniper shot.
A more full description of Astra is below:
Astra harnesses the energies of the cosmos to reshape battlefields to her whim. With full command of her astral form and a talent for deep strategic foresight, she’s always eons ahead of her enemy’s next move.
Astra is a Controller, which means she uses smokes, walls, and other abilities to help block the sight of the enemy.
We’ll go through Astra’s full abilities list below.
Astra abilities in Valorant
Astra has four main abilities, and then her ultimate ability. Her four main abilities are Gravity Well, Nova Pulse, Nebula and Dissipate. Her ultimate ability is Astral Form/Cosmic Divide.
We’ll go more in depth as to what those abilities are below. (this information is via Valorant Leaks)
The Gravity Well will pull players within the area toward the center before it explodes. Any player trapped inside will become fragile.
When the Nova Pulse is placed, it will charge briefly before detonating. When it goes off, it will concuss all player within the area.
This is Astra’s signature ability, and it’s essentially just her smoke. You simply place a star, and then activate it to transform it into a Nebula.
When you dissipate a star, it allows it to be placed in a new location.
Astral Form/Cosmic Divide (Ultimate)
Activate to enter Astral Form where you can place stars with primary fire. Stars can be reactivated later, transforming them into a Nova Pulse, Nebula, or Gravity Well.
When cosmic divide is charged, use secondary fire in astral form to begin aiming it, then primary fire to select two locations. An infinite cosmic divide connects the two points you select. Cosmic divide blocks bullets and heavily dampens audio.
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