Had some unforgettable moments at Sirbb Circuit during the Porsche workshop. Porsche bought over Porsche certified instructors from all over the world and invited people to try some of the best features they had to offer in their cars, they were 9 Porsche models in total at the event.
If you don’t want to get into details and just want an overview with a few cars drifting I uploaded a video showing 3 of the exercises which I will go into detail about on the blog post. Basically the instructor would show you how it’s done while you’re sitting next him, then you switch places and try to do it yourself.
Our group started with the hardest task, speed drifting with a timer. Every cone hit is a 2 second added penalty. I was actually surprised I did pretty well on my first go, keeping in mind the instructor gave me a step by step explanation. On my second try, which is the timed one; I messed up on one of the 360 turns.
The Porsche Panamera GTS launch control test was one of my favourites. On the video above you can see how fast it can go from 0 – 100km. We were instructed to have our left foot strong on the brake paddle, and our right foot strong of the drive paddle. The engine would start roaring then the word “Launch” would appear on the wheel. You then remove your left foot from the break and the Panamera GTS would bolt, notice how it’s front part jumps from the ground on the go.
Finally, I got to try the Porsche Stability Management (PSM). Porsche wanted to display how smooth and fast the Cayenne stops with its new technology even when your going full throttle and need an emergency break. You can easily dodge anything passing by while speeding as long as it’s not another big vehicle.
Overall the 6 hour event was a lot of fun, at the very end everyone was seated with an instructor in a Porsche and went for a 2 lap serious drifting. if you’re investing in a Porsche here are some interesting features to read about: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche Stability Management (PSM).