Now people always ask me why most like
to drive hypercars: Lamborghinis, Ferraris, that kind of thing.
But what I’d really love to drive is a Porsche 919. The hybrid, lemans-winning Porsche
endurance racer with about 900 horsepower that weighs under a ton and
has a load of downforce, that has to be the ultimate driving experience. And I’m
about to drive it. But before I do I need to be briefed
about what I’m about to experience and how to handle the Porsche 919 prototype. What you need to do is speak to the man
who drives the car day in and day out, Neel Jani. He’s also charged with the 919 Evo,
and did that ludicrous lap around Spa where the footage looks speeded up. It doesn’t even look right. So I don’t even know what’s going on inside here. Talk me through this thing then, because
there’s so much technology in the car, but you have to harness it to help you.
Yeah. You have to understand the technology you have to understand the
hybrid, the electrical engine, and then use it to your benefit. Because if you don’t
quite understand it, it can actually quite quickly work against you. So
it’s it’s worth it to sit down, usually with the engineers, and have a
look at the data — as you just did before — just to understand what can you do as a
driver to use them for your benefit. So, given your racing background, did it take time to adapt to this type of car? It took two, three tests just because… but I grew up with that car to be honest, because that car was completely new, we
built it and I was there in the whole development phase, so basically we grew
together, you can say. We have the high downforce kit on there, and…
the level until you can swing the car really needs a lot, but that’s for me
a real racing car, you know? It’s you, the person, are the limit. You, the man, are the limit and not the machine. So it’s really man against machine. While, let’s say, in the GT car, the car is the limit, your tire, whatever, you know, You are stronger than the machine. [With the 919, there are] so many g-force and is so quick and you have to jump limits in your head where
you say, “It’s not possible, cannot do it,” and then, why, it has to be possible
actually. You feel like it’s possible. Then you to stay on it. Well, well done. Thank you don’t become a museum piece anytime soon. Oh, I hope not. — Cheers. Thank you. Wow! Wow, wow, wow. Oh, the boost out of the corners, with the hybrid, the electricity. It’s savage! The car feels a bit different in every corner. There’s a sense that it’s doing stuff I don’t know about. Whoa. It’s more like a spaceship than a car. Goodness me. The traction of it. And the speed it wants you to carry through the corners. I’m not even scratching the surface here. This is the spiritual successor to the 917. Absolute dominance. Just engineering deployed to crush a racing circuit. Woo hoo! The g forces are something to behold.