Posted Dec 10th 2013 11:57AM
Raising The Technological Bar, One Decade At A Time
"Do not pass the factory driver in the 911 Turbo S."
Fifteen minutes later, I'm skeptically pondering that admonishment as I strap into the carbon-fibre tub of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the German automaker's latest supercar. The two-seat, gasoline-electric hybrid, with a total output of nearly 900 horsepower, looks to be a masterpiece of engineering that qualifies it as not only the most sophisticated machine Porsche has ever built, but also its quickest and fastest road car of all time.
But that doesn't change the fact that I'm an amateur driving an all-new car on an unfamiliar European racing circuit. I silently chuckle at the request to avoid passing accomplished racer Timo Kluck in the company's flagship 911 sports car – all things considered, the warning seems a bit absurd.
Yet after just four laps, as I shatter 250 kilometres per hour (156 miles per hour) down the front straight, I find myself running up his Turbo's tailpipes.