I’d been to the centre twice before, so was well versed in the handling circuit. We’d already run plenty of laps in the new Boxster and Cayman R so, when it was time for our turn in the 911, we booted straight for the kick plate and spent half an hour going (mostly) backwards and forwards on there.
For a long time, we had it to ourselves. I found the 991 C2 easier to catch after that initial skid than the mid-engined Porsches – I guess due to familiarity with the 911’s balance – but, when a 911 novice turned up in a Speed Yellow 991 Carrera 4S for his turn, I was sure they would struggle. Mark was less convinced. “The new Carrera 4 is an excellent chassis. Even with the stability management off, I bet he gets it right.”
Sure enough, one kicked-out rear end later, the car quickly found the straight-ahead and toured off the end of the skid pan. Watching this video of the new 911 C4S last night, it was obvious that, even with the traction control off, the four wheel drive was one step ahead of the conditions. I’ve said it before and it’s still true: if I was buying a 991, 4wd would be the one I’d go for.
Here’s a great video, showcasing the 991’s 4wd heritage on an icy Silverstone Porsche Centre circuit. See all of the 991 Carrera 4 videos on the Porsche minisite.