Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Bergen County, NEW JERSEY
I've owned a 996 C4S and now a Cayman S.
Regarding the 911, with the engine weight over the rear wheels, you can rocket out of corners at the track. You can get on the gas very early because of this. (slow in, fast out) It took me a while to learn this technique. My lap times dropped dramatically when I did.
When I used to track my Corvettes (C4 & Z06) the 911 was always the toughest competition.
The engine weigh over the wheels also ensures that every horsepower makes it to the back wheels. You can have a 500hp Z06 and you will just overwhelm the tires if you get on the gas too quickly, with a 911 whether its 320 hp or 450 hp turbo, every horsepower makes it to the wheels with this rear weight bias. 911's don't need a lot of horsepower to be fast because of this.
A Porsche is one of the few cars you can drive to the track in stock form, race all day and drive all the way home with no problems.
The brakes will NEVER fade which is the problem with tracking most street cars. This helps a lot at the track. You will have better lap times because you will be able to go deeper into corners.
A Porsche will never run hot, track it all day, open the engine cover and the engine is still normal operating temperature.
Most sports cars will start to overheat with extended track use, but usually the brakes will fade before this happens.
Porches are also a blast to drive. Even an older 911, it may not have the horsepower of a modern car but it is light weight and fun to toss around. You will take the long way home and its a blast on the curves.
All Porsches are fun to drive, even sitting in traffic. It drives like no other car because of that rear weight bias. If you blindfolded someone they would know they were in a 911.
I think their mid-engine cars, like the Cayman S are even better. All 911's have understeer. The Caymans S is the most neutral car I've ever driven.
2007 Lotus Exige S Lazer Blue
1996 Porsche 993 Turbo
1995 Acura NSX
2011 BMW 1M
2014 CLA 45 AMG
S54 BMW M Coupe (coming soon)
2008 Porsche Cayman S
2008 M3 sedan Interlagos Blue (sold 10/11/13)
2002 Porsche 996 C4S (sold)
2008 Cherokee SRT-8 (sold)
2003 BMW M3 (stolen 8/7/03)
2002 Corvette Z06
1995 Corvette Admiral Blue
1984 Toyota Supra