DRIVING FLAT OUT
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