Video: Porsche 991 Turbo S at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
What an experience. After first going when I was still a pupil in middle school, I’ve been attending the Goodwood Festival of Speed on-and-off for years and, every time I go, I always wish it was me in one of the awesome cars taking to Lord March’s famous hillclimb course.
Then, last week, Porsche GB asked me if I would like to take the new Porsche 911 Turbo S up the hill on the opening day of the 2014 Festival. Before they could even finish their question, my head was nodding uncontrollably. Of course I would.
The 991 Turbo S, complete with Launch Control and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes, is the ultimate tool for the Festival of Speed course, where you only get two runs to wow the crowds.
Whilst it is great to see the fantastic cars that Goodwood always curates, a little bit of my heart breaks when I see these historic racers trundling up the hill on a demo run. Whilst I wasn’t going to be timed, I still wanted to exploit the new Turbo S’s formidable pace.
Yet, the narrow course can catch out the unwary and, as Sir Chris Hoy showed in a Nismo GT-R, all the clever computer systems in the world wouldn’t save me if I attacked the 1.16-mile driveway ham-fistedly. Thankfully, the car is still in one piece and I had a great time. Thank you Porsche. Enjoy the onboard.
You can read more about the 991 Turbo S in our head-to-head with the 993 Turbo S, available now in Total 911 issue 115, found in stores and online now. Alternatively, you can also download it straight to your digital device.