At Pikes Peak, the Porsche 911 Turbo S braved the storm and came out as an incredible car.
The Pikes Peak hill climb is a famous rite of passage for drivers, cars, and automotive brands. It’s a place to prove performance, dynamics, and driving skill in one of the most challenging environments a road has to offer, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S was ready to take it on. Leading up to the race, it was predicted by many that the new Porsche 911 Turbo S, while given minimal modifications for the race, was going to shatter the existing Production Car class record in the stunning clear weather that led up to the race. Once the moment of truth arrived, however, the weather quickly turned.
With torrential rain seemingly coming out of nowhere, the driver, GT3 Cup racer David Donner, braved the course anyway with his extensive Pikes Peak and 911 experience, and while he wasn’t the very fastest on the course, he was second only to a prototype racer that weighed about half as much, with twice the power and extensive modifications, with a time of 10:34.03. While the class record wasn’t broken, the car achieved a class win and the second-best time overall and achieved all this while being able to drive back from the race as a road-legal car that throughout the entire process required no repairs or maintenance. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is an incredible feat of engineering when it comes to performance, looks, drivability, and everything else you’d want in a car.