The winter holidays have come and gone, and before you know it, the roads will look a whole lot more inviting. Now is the time to start planning that epic road trip that’s been swimming around in the back of your brain, and if you’re looking for inspiration, just hit play. Chronicling a six-day journey across the western U.S., this ten-and-a-half minute video features a nice mix of sports cars enjoying incredible scenery via winding ribbons of tarmac. This is driving nirvana.
Adventure Drives was responsible for organizing the event, offering participants a departure from the craziness of rallies like the Gumball and Bullrun. Instead, AD focuses on actually enjoying the journey, without the bravado of who got the biggest speeding ticket.
The video starts in Denver and ends in Napa Valley, bouncing between Telluride, Park City, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Mammoth Lakes along the way. The caravan is made up of the usual suspects, such as exotics from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche, but the roster also includes more accessible machines, like a Subaru BRZ, Audi A5 Cabriolet, and a first-gen Acura NSX.
There are plenty of videos out there showcasing the world’s great driving roads, but watching this, you realize you don’t need a passport to enjoy them. So – what are you doing this summer?
Between the useless advice memes and pointless status updates regarding comments made by that rude barista (if you see her every day, maybe you should go to another coffee shop?), there are actually some interesting things to be found on social media. For example, Porsche recently held a contest to celebrate eclipsing 10 million fans on Facebook. One of those fans, 27-year-old Austrian Ingo Georges Vandenberghe, was lucky enough to win, netting him the oh-so-sweet prize of a 1,000-km (621-mile) road trip around England and Wales inside the cockpit of a 918 Spyder.
The hybrid hypercar was joined by two other electrified offerings from Stuttgart in the form of a 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid and Panamera S E-Hybrid, demonstrating the long-range capability of these performance vehicles in sip mode. The journey began April 27 in central London, first heading to Oxford, then Wales and the Cotswolds, finally ending at the Porsche Experience Centre at the UK’s preeminent racing track, Silverstone, on April 30. Once in the proper environment, Vandenberghe got the chance to experience the 918’s full potential as it was unleashed around the famous British circuit.
The 918 was wrapped in a special material to encourage Porsche fans and owners to sign the car at its various stopping points. You can check out highlights from the trip in the near future at www.porsche.com/10m.
Continue reading to learn more about Porsche’s road trip prize.
U.S. Highway 129, cutting through the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, is a ribbon of tarmac that spans the gap from Tennesee to North Carolina. The section of the road that cuts through Deal’s Gap is known as the Tail of the Dragon, and it is regarded as one of the best driving roads in the world. With 318 turns in a span of only 11 miles, it is easy to see the appeal. Still, with so many sharp hairpin turns and sheer drop-offs on one side, the Dragon is not to be trifled with. Since 1995, nearly 40 people have lost their lives on this tiny strip of asphalt.
Despite being only an hour from my house, I have never tackled the Tail of the Dragon. Sitting in my driveway is one of the latest and most advanced toys from the house of Porsche, a 2014 Panamera S e-Hybrid. What better vehicle to tame the Dragon with than a plug-in hybrid that is over 16-feet long and costs more than my house? Best yet, I got news that a plug-in charging station had just been installed at the top of the mountain and nobody had used it yet.
I took it as a sign that I needed to be the first. I pointed the big Porsche south and went hunting for Dragons.
Read on to see how my first trip to U.S. 129 went.
Few companies cater to the petrol-head quite like Porsche. Sure Ferrari provides excitement, and Lamborghini is the maestro of theater, but Porsche has cornered the market on feel and precision.
Beyond that, Porsche also seems to demonstrate a peculiar, un-German ability to create cars that are very pretty. Not the sensual beauty the Italians have mastered, but still pretty.
Late last year the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh decided that Porsche had done so much in the field of design, that it deserved to be recognized. They then began the laborious task of collecting an eclectic assortment of metal from the brand’s storied history; from the Type 64 of 1938 up to the 911 GTS R Hybrid race car.
As a man with a slight fetish for German autos, the exhibit intrigued me. The NCMA is only a six-hour drive from my house, through some of the most beautiful roads and scenery in the U.S., and I had just been granted the keys to a 2014 Porsche Cayman S.
It was a recipe that sounded like a Porsche enthusiast’s perfect weekend.
Read on to find out more about my journey, the Cayman S and the NCMA exhibit.