Webber in driver’s seat with cars for every need
UTE man Mark Webber turns to a Nissan Navara when he’s not hitting 300km/h on the grand prix circuit in his Red Bull Racer.
The hauling capacity in the back makes the big difference for a man who spends at lot of time at his luxury mansion in Britain doing ordinary stuff such as carrying bicycles and dogs, as well as his friends and family.
Webber also has a V10-powered BMW M5 and an ageing Renault Laguna in the garage, as well as a Yamaha motorcycle. Then there’s the ride-on mower his father Allan drives when he visits from Australia to watch his son in action.
But Webber has a new love from the Porsche family — even though he gets free cars from Infiniti and Renault as part of his Formula One sponsorship package.
The man who earns an estimated $10 million a year splashed out last year on a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, priced at $560,000 in Australia. ‘‘I’m very, very happy to have one of these at home,’’ Webber tells Carsguide. ‘‘It’s amazing. By miles the best road car I’ve been in.’’
The RS is a 500-run limited edition version of Porsche’s quickest 911. It takes the 3.6-litre twin-turbo engine from the all-wheel drive Turbo model — complete with 456kWs and 700Nm of torque — and fits it into a much sharper rear-wheel chassis. The result is a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.5 seconds.
Porsche has made the most of the Australian’s car choice with a YouTube video showing him taking competition winners for a spin in a GT2 RS— although not his.
There are other cars in his life, including at his holiday home in the south of France, but these are the basics. ‘‘I’ve got the Nissan Navara, Infiniti M37, M5, Porsche Turbo and Porsche GT2 RS, and a Yamaha Fazer,’’ Webber says.
He also has a Red Bull RB6 he was given by his team as a reward for his success last year, although it’s not the car he really wanted.
Webber was promised the car he drove to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, but that was before he trashed it during his scary 250km/h backflip at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.
The Nissan ute gets a lot of work but Webber reveals his other Porsche — a 911 Turbo — is his first-choice as a daily driver. ‘‘If I’m on my own, I’ll go in the
F1 drivers like to have a bunch of cars — I love my driving
Porsche Turbo; if there’s a group of people I take the Infiniti (a fourdoor luxury sedan),’’ Webber says.
‘‘I think F1 drivers like to have a bunch of cars, obviously, and we have a deal with Infiniti and Renault, so we work with those guys closely, but if I want to have a motorbike or different types of historic cars or other cars— I love my driving— we can do that.’’
He has a Yamaha Fazer motorcycle for fun, but resisted the temptation of an all-out road rocket in favour of the ‘‘naked’’ approach.
‘‘It lets me know how quick I’m going, which is always good. My dad had a Yamaha dealership for 20 years, so I’ve got a huge background in motorbikes.’’
It’s no surprise to hear that Webber prefers to do the driving himself. ‘‘I rarely am a passenger, I always drive,’’ he says.
Mark Webber, who earns an estimated $10 million a year, splashed out last year on a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, priced at $560,000 in Australia