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What is the Porsche World Road Show & Why You Should Attend?

October 19, 2012 by  
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The Porsche road show is a traveling event done by Porsche Cars North America to showcase Porsche products. It’s a three-hour performance course session available to prospective buyers and enthusiasts by invitation. The event is held at numerous race tracks across the country for a few days at a time.

The cars provided for testing include the new Panamera GTS, the 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, the Boxster S, the Cayenne S, Cayenne Hybrid, Panamera S, and Panamera Hybrid.

Last Year, 9 Magazine Editor, Tim Deutch attended the Porsche Road Show at West Palm Beach Raceway. This year, I was invited and attended the event at Sebring International Raceway.

Within a large tent placed at the racetrack, Porsche setup a nice display and training area that included a lounge, video game play area and a Porsche Design Drivers Selection merchandise booth.

The instructors from the Porsche Sport Driving School were on hand and explained the program and procedures to registered drivers. The formal training lasted just a few minutes, then we were broken up into small groups and were treated to three distinct driving experiences.

Autocross:

If you have never autocrossed, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. A scaled down racetrack in the pit area was created using a series of cones that challenges drivers by combining all driving skill elements  cornering, braking, and acceleration. Participants were seated with a certified Porsche Sport Driving School instructor who coaches while you run the course. For this event, the all-new Boxster S (981 Series) was used. The Autocross allows the student to use 100% of the potential of this superb new vehicle in a controlled area. And when I say superb, I mean it. The new Boxster is absolutely amazing for this venue. (Read all about our take on the new Boxster S)

Technology Drive:

Designed to give the participants a chance to compare the Hybrid-drive Panamera and Cayenne models versus their V8 powered counterparts, the Technology Drive is a training session that focuses on the development of basic driving techniques and visual skills. An emphasis is placed on braking and a slalom where weight transfer management is mastered by learning to apply the correct amount of steering and throttle inputs. Coached via radio by a driving instructor, the participant will have the opportunity to practice high-speed maneuvering through a series of offset gates. Visual skills and hand–foot coordination are developed as students manage the vehicle’s weight transfer.

Lead-Follow:

This was the ultimate thrill. Instructors pace the participant around the race track in a Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and Panamera GTS. Track laps are performed in a lead–follow format and are designed to give every participant a chance to follow directly behind the instructor. Speeds gradually increase as students become more comfortable with the driving line. Just having the experience of driving these cars around the world-famous Sebring raceway was worth the trip.

Being able to test drive each of the cars back-to-back was the best part of the event. If you are in the market for a new Porsche, and want to experience all of the different models, then the road show is for you.

The Road Show Performance Course experience has been designed to allow you to spend time across the Porsche model range. You will be assigned to these vehicles on-site, and will not be able to choose the specific model. But Porsche has provided ample seat time in each vehicle and as always, the staff and event is 100% first class!

So how do you get invited to a Porsche World Road Show?

It’s easy. Go to your local Porsche dealership and ask them for an exclusive passcode. (The schedule of the Road Show is posted on the Road Show Website) All guests must register and select a dedicated date and session time. The full experience lasts for approx. 3 hours. And although the event is winding down for this year, Porsche has told us that the plan is to continue doing the Road Show for next year.

For a complete photo gallery of the experience, please visit our Facebook Fan Page.

 

Thanks to the Porsche Driving School Staff for allowing me to have such a wonderful day!

Photos: 9 Magazine