We all have those memorable days in our life that spark an ear to ear grin every time we think back to them. I recently had one of those days. It wasn’t a wedding or birth of a child – it was my day at the Porsche Sport Driving School.
Located at the Mt Cotton Training Centre and Queensland Raceway, the Porsche Sport Driving School is built on the clear philosophy of whatever your driving goal, Porsche ensures that you achieve it. Across 5 levels of training, you will learn to finesse your driving style step by step, covering everything from the basics of vehicle control through to professional driving skills. Once you have a solid foundation of driving dynamics and responding correctly to critical scenarios, you can really start to spread your Porsche wings.
I attended Porsche Sport Driving School to experience the ‘Precision’ training and drive the Cayman, Boxster S, 911 Carrera S, Panamera and more (yes, they actually get you behind the wheel of each these models) through various driving exercises at the Mt Cotton Training Centre.
The course covered high-speed emergency braking, understeering and oversteering, an introduction to the race line and closed circuit lapping. And what does that all mean? It means practical experience in learning how to control each vehicle with precision, under the tutelage of professional race drivers. But if you’re worried it’s just a leisurely Sunday drive around cones in a car park, you can dispel that myth immediately. Throughout each exercise you’ll find yourself with the pedal fully planted to the floor, which is an inexplicably empowering sensation when sitting in the driver seat of a Porsche. We were given the chance to really push the cars, but being the engineering marvels that they are, they’re more than capable of handle it.
Purposefully getting the car sideway on a skid pan covered in water and deisel fuel, learning racing lines on high-speed closed circuit laps and gunning for a best time through a challenging slalom and handling course, are all a part of the experience. With plenty of vehicles at their disposal, organisers did an exceptional job at minimising downtime. We were constantly trying new vehicles and moving onto new activities. During one of our short breaks, we even went for a hot lap in the highly revered GT3, with a professional driver behind the wheel. While it was exhilarating, it probably shaved a few years off my life, but it was totally worth it.
After putting the Porsches through their paces, it becomes clearly obvious these vehicles are more than just the status symbols they’re commonly perceived as. Whilst built for style and comfort, the performance of these beauties are exceptional. We were even taken on a little off-road trail to show us that the Cayenne isn’t just a soccer mum’s troop carrier, it was actually designed with four wheel drive performance in mind.
If you can’t get enough of the Porsche Sport Driving School experience, you may find yourself progressing to the ‘Master’ and ‘GT3 Cup’ levels, where Bathurst winner and Chief Instructor Tomas Mezera will coach you to utilise the full potential of the 911 GTS and even a genuine, factory-built 911 GT3 Cup Car. You will work closely with engineers to navigate the state-of-the-art data acquisition system to increase your understanding and improve lap times and consistency.
While the price tag of $1,485 for the introductory ’Precision’ level course is no loose change, it can easily be justifiable for such and amazing experience. Driver training can be tailored to meet individual or group requirements, making it the perfect activity for a buck’s party (pre-drinks), team-building or workplace incentives. Whether it’s on the tarmac or snow and ice, The Porsche Sport Driving School will teach more than you could ever learn in everyday traffic or on the open road.