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Boxster Restoration Project

Since December 2016, Porsche Centres across the country have been engaged in a challenge: to source, restore and ultimately race a classic Porsche 986 Boxster at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

Eleven months into the project, drivers are being coached and instructed in readiness.

Technical Driving Challenge

On Monday 6 November two Technicians from Porsche Centre Nottingham visited the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone. Both were engaged in a whole day of technical driving training in a striking Miami Blue Porsche 911 Carrera S.

The drivers were competing for a spot to represent their dealership in a Porsche Cars Great Britain challenge to restore and race a Porsche Boxster 986 in a series of race events at Donington Park, Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

Driving the Porsche Carrera S, the two drivers were challenged with driving on various tracks.  The Handling Circuit, the Kick Plate and the Low Friction Track. Each track was designed to assess the abilities of the drivers, requiring a high degree of technical skill. The Carrera S has a voracious appetite for power, producing 420hp and reaching 62mph in a searingly hot 4.3 seconds and so was testing the drivers to their limits.

Handling Test

The Handling Circuit was an assessment of holding the lines, managing balance, maintaining pace and general technique. The Handling Circuit is designed to push the car to its limits whilst managing sharp turns, chicanes and wide bends.

Kick Plate

After leaving the Handling Circuit the drivers were taken onto Silverstone's skid pan known as the Kick Plate. The Kick Plate is specifically designed to teach and test driver's ability to manage wet conditions and to manage sway, roll, drift and steering in slippery conditions. The assessor in this instance was monitoring their reaction times, their level of control and their overall speed. The Carrera S is the perfect balance of poise and agility due to its rigid yet lightweight body, and the optimum positioning of the powertrain at the rear of the vehicle giving an immediacy to the power from the 2981cc engine.

Low Friction

Having undertaken this challenge, the drivers were then asked to pit their wits against the Low Friction track. This time they were assessed for their level of control general technique and pace. This provided another opportunity to demonstrate their ability to manage understeer and oversteer at high speeds in situations where grip is minimised.

Each of the driving challenges were scored by a Porsche Driving Consultant. One driver came out on top over the course of the day. The scores were incredibly close in a tight competition with one driver scoring 70 and the other scoring 71 out of a possible 100 points. It is he who will be submitted as Porsche Centre Nottingham's choice of driver to represent them in driving the restored Porsche Boxster 986 in Porsche Cars Great Britain Restoracing Challenge taking place next year. Watch this space for further updates regarding the upgrade project.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Turning a Corner

Silverstone Kick Plate

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