First up for the day were the new Cayenne and Macan Turbo SUVs through the off road outback of the Barber property. Fun, but not what I came for. I was ready for speed.
Next up; the Panamera, a 4-door sports car that is nice but sedate after the Cayman and 911--not my cup of tea. I then strapped in for a ride-along with a professional race driver. I thought I had put down some hot lap times but two turns into the ride-along lap and I knew this lap was going to be a lot faster than I had driven. I was whipped through corners at speed at least 30 MPH faster than I had accomplished and I quickly realized that I would need LOTS more seat time to be competitive with a pro.
Multiple laps got the adrenaline going and we moved to a paved lot for the lane change drill, a (relatively) low speed exercise between lines of traffic cones to test suspension transition abilities. Fun, but a letdown after the race course hot laps.
|$844,000 Porsche 918 Spyder. No, I didn't get to drive it.|
|$83,000 paint job.|