DRIV­ING FLAT OUT

Wheels Asia - - Feature -

2016 con­tin­ues to be a good year for me­dia jour­nal­ists, as they em­bark on Round 2 of the Porsche Me­dia Driv­ing Academy

ar­lier mid last year, Wheels Asia re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to join the ranks of se­lect jour­nal­ists, to em­bark on a three-stage driv­ing course, or­gan­ised by Porsche Asia Pa­cific. Ti­tled the Porsche Me­dia Academy, the multi-staged pro­gram aims to fur­ther hone and re­fine the driv­ing skills of jour­nal­ists, al­low­ing them to push the sporty range of Porsche cars to near their max­i­mum per­form­ing lim­its.

Last year, Wheels Asia was kindly in­vited to at­tend the ‘In­di­vid­ual’ course of this ex­cit­ing pro­gram. Held in Thai­land’s Bira Cir­cuit, jour­nal­ists from all over the Asia Pa­cific re­gion

Egot to un­der­stand the ba­sic dy­nam­ics of driv­ing, as well as the var­i­ous elec­tronic driv­ing aids that modern Porsches are all equipped with and try it out for them­selves, per­form­ing late brak­ings, swerv­ings with these aids set to ac­tive, to fully ap­pre­ci­ate Porsche’s ex­ten­sive R&D ef­forts.

This year, as con­tin­u­a­tion to last year’s pro­gram, Porsche Asia Pa­cific in­vited Wheels Asia once again to the Me­dia Driv­ing Academy, this time as a par­tic­i­pant un­der the ‘Pro­fes­sional’ course. As the sec­ond course to the three-course ap­proach, se­lected jour­nal­ists got to drive harder and faster, putting the var­i­ous Porsche cars to their lim­its, while learn­ing how to ap­proach and tackle the cor­ners on a cir­cuit. Dur­ing this course, jour­nal­ists also got to un­der­stand the finer points of driv­ing fast and ac­cu­rately, a crit­i­cal part of cir­cuit driv­ing to clock faster times.

This year’s Porsche Me­dia Driv­ing Academy’s ‘Pro­fes­sional’ course was held at Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit, a world-renowned For­mula 1 race cir­cuit that has seen var­i­ous mo­tor­sport dis­ci­plines utilise it through­out the many years of its op­er­a­tion. A per­fect venue then, to test the per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Stuttgart-based au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer. The weather on that day how­ever, did not take kindly

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