The Porsche 911 R is the perfect car for this Tour de France route

Since the new Porsche 911 R’s launch last month, Zuffenhausen has been running a series of driving lesson videos featuring factory driver, Patrick Long and two lucky online competition winners.

The aim has been to provide the two drivers with the toolkit needed to extract the maximum out of the purist focussed 991 R, from carving the correct lines to the perfect heal-and-toe technique.

Now, in the series finale, the two drivers get their greatest test yet: a closed-roads blast up the Col d’Aspin in the French alps, a classic stage from Tour de France Auto (scene of a famous victory for Gérard Larrousse in the original Porsche 911R in 1969).

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Winding its way up the side of the mountain, the 12.15km time trial stage features a number of consecutive hairpins, many lined with sheer drops into the valley below.

Watching his two protégés, factory racer (and Total 911 guest columnist) Patrick Long calls the shots from the skies above, courtesy of a helicopter that also provides some pretty incredible footage of the 991 R in action.

The video may be a little staged for some people’s liking but it’s hard to deny that the new Porsche 911 R is being driven as intended, especially when Mr Long gets behind the wheel at the end. Enjoy.

For more of the best and latest Porsche 911 films, make sure you check out our dedicated video section now.

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