The reason why I even in the first place ended up in Austria with a Porsche Cayman GTS was an invitation from a friend of mine. He told me they were a small group of friends planning a drive to the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in Austria with not only one but two Porsche 918 Spyders. When I heard the dates and got the question if I want to come and have a look at them – it was an easy thing to say yes to. Not only because it was an opportunity to see two masterpieces from Porsche on one of the most scenic driving roads in Austria and the whole world actually. But also because it felt like a surprisingly nice idea to for a day or two drive with others. This comment comes from me that have for the past years driven most of the time alone. For work there could be convoys and several drivers, socializing from morning to evening, but outside work I always preferred to go out driving alone. I enjoy it, it is a feeling of freedom and independency that is hard to beat. But at the same time I have lately also felt that I want to share the passion with other people more often.
So I drove to Austria to meet one old friend, get to know four new friends, and two Porsche 918 Spyders (that were sold by Centro Porsche Brescia).
Driving behind these cars was already a pleasure – two cars that sound mind-blowingly good when they take off. Then I had the opportunity to jump in the passenger seat in one for a ride up the mountain. The acceleration power from standstill to what felt like a very high speed was so brutal that approaching the first hairpin corner, without driver showing yet signs of planning to hit the brake, I for a very short moment wondered if the driver will be able to slow down the car in time. After a few corners I knew the answer – no doubt he will. From the passenger seat I can tell the car has incredible grip and balance through the corners. From the passenger seat I can tell the brakes are so strong you can drive it like he did. There are not many cars I would personally have the courage to brake that late into a corner, in those speeds, but when I saw the driver trusting his car like he did… The Porsche 918 Spyder seems like a remarkable driver’s car made for high performance driving – and racing.
The next moment it can silently roll down the hill in electric mode, and the car feels fast even when you turn off the petrol engine and decide to go electric only. At that moment you think to yourself what a special world we live in, when a car that is so fast can also function like this.
Later that day I got in the same car one more time. I said out loud “I trust you” and my words were not only meant for the driver, who indeed felt like a trustworthy person to sit next to in a car with 887 horsepower on a mountain road, but also for the 918 Spyder. I can not feel unsafe in a Porsche because their cars have never given me a reason to feel that way.
And they are also incredibly beautiful to look at aren’t they?