Thou Shalt Track Thy Tow Vehicle

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I love reading the particularly disgruntled letters that come in to the Porsche Club of America’s Panorama magazine. One such fellow complained that he was done with PCA, as he felt as if Porsche was moving away from its storied racing heritage with models like the Cayenne. You sure about that, bud?

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Welcome to Onboard of the Week, a feature where we spend that pesky time between races looking at awesome footage from inside the car.

I’m probably preaching to the choir to anyone who’s seen an IMSA race over the past few years, with Macan and Cayenne support vehicles tearing down the track. Just in case you doubted the hilariously unexpected track chops of Porsche’s crossovers, though, here’s a couple instructors at a MSR-Houston trackday thrashing on their Cayenne Diesel. (Woo torque!)

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“I know there’s a Porsche engineer somewhere who’s like, ‘somebody is doing it—yes!’” says driver Monica Harrison in the video.

Sure, it’s still a large, heavy vehicle, but it’s hilarious seeing it harass a Cayman for a little while in the rain. One of those things is not like the other. A Spec E30 shows up later in the video and gives it a point-by.

“[W]e were understeering every time you hear us groan, and oversteering every time you hear us laugh,” explained owner and passenger David McNett.

Sure, a wet track will make grip more of an issue than usual and be a hilarious equalizer, making a Cayenne catching up to a Subaru BRZ a thing that can happen.

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That being said, a tow vehicle that doesn’t suck to drive to someone used to nimble trackrats is the ultimate holy grail. Porsche seems to have pulled it off.

So, let’s hear that argument about Porsches no longer being designed for the track again...

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Photo credit: Blair Hart


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“One such fellow complained that he was done with PCA, as he felt as if Porsche was moving away from its storied racing heritage with models like the Cayenne.”

What this means is that he thinks he’s a racer boy, and hates that his local Porsche club has Macan and Cayenne owners who like to participate in things. God forbid a guy who thinks he should be lapping the ‘ring associate with an SUV driver. He must be a Caymen/Boxter owner, too. My experience is that 911 guys just move forward, just bein’ happy the 911 lives on, and the Caymen/Boxter guys defend the Porsche purity thing with a sense of entitlement. Hey, the Boxster very likely helped save Porsche, and the SUVs help sustain Porsche. As a 911 guy, all I can say is, “Who cares!” and “Is that your Cayenne? Thanks for helping Porsche live on!”