Video: 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

This is me driving the 2011 Porsche Turbo S on the airport runway test track at AJAC’s annual TestFest event. It’s also where Automobile Journalists Association of Canada members spend a week driving and voting for the next Canadian Car of the Year.

I didn’t bring a video camera this year, but my pals at Wheels on Edge were there shooting all kinds of video. And, they just so happened to have a sticky camera rig to slap onto this prestigious sports car just before I took it out for a final track session…

… In the beginning you can hear us joke about whether the camera would stay put or not. It does for most of the five lap affair, but the last two are a bit out of frame. You can still see me through the rear quarter window though and the ending is kinda funny.

Just before the end, at about 140 km/h on the fast super giant slalom section, the car starts to understeer and nearly goes into a spin (you can hear the tires screech in protest). I managed to save it and just drove off the course where the track marshals didn’t seem to disapprove. One of them was waving his hand like it was on fire, blowing on it in approval.

When I’m at a track, I like to drive with the assists off and in Sport plus mode (the Porsche rep was like, “Don’t tell me that!” LOL! :P) to get as visceral of an experience as possible out of dream machines like this. Who wants to putter around in a supercar? I, for one, do not.

Anyway, I’m going to look into updating my camera rig of my own for next year because there’s a lot of great video opportunities at TestFest. Hope you enjoy the vid as much as I did in making it. Of course, James and his father Rob were the ones with the neat idea to put the camera on the car in the first place, so don’t forget to check out their site more cool automotive video.