Porsche 993 C4S
I attended Bobby Archer's racing clinic
the other day. If any of you don't know, Bobby is a former Speedvision
champ and he races Vipers. He and his teammate, Debra Loth, both are currently
campaigning T1 Vipers. Needless to say there were seven Vipers at the school,
two of them were trailered to the track with one being a TNT555, plus Debra
brought her T1 Viper. My C4S was the only non-Viper; there was a Boxter
scheduled for the class, but he didn't show up.
This was the first time I attended an
instructional event and it was surely a humbling experience. Bobby also
drove my car in addition to riding with me, and its amazing how fast he
is, but makes it seem like he's out for a Sunday drive.
I also appreciated the comradery shown
by the Viper guys, as I was thinking they would snub me and my P-car. They
really praised the C4S and were surprised how fast it is. One of the Viper
owners also brought a guest who is an expereinced shifter kart driver.
He told me don't tell the others I said this, but I would much rather have
your Porsche than a Viper.
In the afternoon, one of the Viper guys
asked if we could swap cars, so here is my 5 lap compare of a Viper GTS
vs C4S using a 10 pt scale:
This comes as no surprise, 3350 lbs, V10
with 410 RWHP, this is truely a rocket sled; but the thing that impressed
me the most was the low end torque/power and how quickly you can accelerate
out a very slow corner even in 3rd gear. I previously owned a 400 RWHP
Mallett C5, and I was still surprised how much faster the Viper felt due
to the low end power. Now if my C4S had another 100HP, shed another 150
lbs and had some RS gears this might have been a more interesting compare.
10, C4S 6
Well, I only did 5 laps in the Viper,
but was surprised at how well the car handled, very flat with little roll
and it went where I pointed it. However, it is still a big car to throw
around and in comparison the C4S feels like a go-kart.
10, Viper 8
The brakes on the Viper really did not
give me much confidence to come into a corner fast, you really had to stand
on the brakes and it was obvious that you were trying to stop a heavier
car. When Bobby drove my car he said, boy, its obvious this car has brakes.
10, Viper 6
This one is very subjective, and beauty
is in the eye of the beholder. The Viper is also pretty curvacious, and
I suspect on the street it would turn alot of heads. These are both beautiful
cars, so to be fair.
9, Viper 9 (we'll reserve a 10 for the Ferrari's)
Actually, I didn't focus too much attention
on the Vipers interior, but it is very cramped, I didn't like the feel
of the pedals, and there is a lot of plastic. I would not want to take
a long road trip in a Viper.
10, Viper 5
I am very happy with the way the C4S performed,
however, it seems that the Porsche would be a lot better with a nice 3.8L
upgrade, with an RS transmission/clutch/flywheel. The Viper owner walked
away amazed at how good the Porsche is, especially the handling and brakes.
Debra, also gave me a ride in her T1 Viper and it felt like an amusement
park ride, WOW!!! After that I can't imagine what an F1 or Indy car would
be like to drive.
Further, as others have said repeatedly
on this board, the best investment anyone can make in their car is in the
"nut" (Calvoism) behind the wheel. Bobby Archer's school was excellent
and a great way to spend the day. I'm ready for more.
Doug's D&M racing web site
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