Ahead of its official international unveil this week, your tribe leader and LMP1 veteran Mark Webber has been let loose in the new 911. The top secret test drive took place around Porsche’s fast and demanding private development circuit in Weissach, 30km northwest of Stuttgart.
Mark was given the green light to push the new 911 to its limits in a final shakedown, all under the watchful eye of August Achleitner, also known as “Mr 911”. Herr Achleitner is officially Vice President Product lines 911 and 718, making him a man with a fair bit of expectation resting on his shoulders this week. So he was as eager to hear what a former racer and WEC champion had to say about the car as Mark was keen to just get in and drive it.
This close to the big day, Mark was also one of the first people to inspect and drive the car with its camouflage almost completely removed, taking in the carefully but distinctly evolved profile of this critically important eight generation 911, internally referred to as the 992.
Returning from a series of flat-out laps around the familiar twists and turns of Weissach’s historic test track, Mark seemed genuinely blown away. “In a word, that was awesome. There are so many highlights. The wide front axle, for example, seemed to give it greater cornering performance and turning-in became even more precise. The different front and back wheel sizes make a big difference to stability when you’re changing direction quickly too. As for the design, I love it: it’s very clear and typical Porsche.”
While Mark was getting acquainted with the new car our media team shot a short film featuring all of his early impressions. Look out for it here on the tribe soon, and via the centralised video portal ‘newstv.porsche.de’. This is the new hub for all of Porsche’s exclusive video content – free of charge and with no registration required – where we will also be screening the live unveil of 992 at the LA Motor Show at 5am CET on Wednesday, November 28.