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Learning to Drive a 911 on Ice Requires a Lot of Patience

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: Fifth Gear - YouTube

From Road & Track

When it comes to driving on ice, patience is the name of the game, especially when it comes to Porsche 911s. With a lack of weight in the front and the engine in the back, getting it around turns requires serious precision. Tiff Needell found that out when he attended Tuthill Porsche's ice driving school a few years back for an episode of Fifth Gear.

Needell decided it would be a good idea to see if he could learn how to drive a 911 on ice, and even try to beat Ryan Champion, a professional rally driver, on a real stage road. He visited Tuthill's Below Zero driving school to take on the challenge. There, he learned the basics out on a frozen lake before being sent out onto the stage.

Despite getting little more than a sighting lap on a snowmobile before driving the ice-covered, tree-lined stage, Needell manages to set a respectable time of 2:18. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to beat Champion, who set a time of 2:04 on the same course.

Still, it's fun to watch someone go from struggling to get around a corner to learning how to drive a 911 properly on ice, especially when that someone is Tiff Needell.

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