When it comes to driving up ski slopes, Top Gear has unfinished business. Time to put that right
TopGear-BBC (Dan Read)
Four years ago, almost to the day in fact, we had the bright idea of driving a Ferrari up a ski slope. At the time it made sense. The FF had four-wheel-drive, four seats and 651bhp, which is about 650bhp more than your average chairlift. So off we went, north to Scotland’s Glenshee Ski Centre where we travelled precisely one car length onto the piste before sinking into the slush, wheels spinning like circular saws.
In fairness it wasn’t the Ferrari’s fault. Even a proper off-roader would have struggled on the melty slope, which until that particular morning had been locked in a deep freeze. Whatever, we thought, as a Land Rover pulled us free. We’d be back. All we’d need is a good, hard frost. And so, with parts of the Cairngorms recently dropping to -15C, Britain’s chilliest lows for years, it felt like a good time to give it another go.
This time, to avoid embarrassment, we’d use something even more suited to the job. A Porsche 911 Turbo S. Well, we did have some 911-sized studded tyres leftover from TG mag’s icy extravaganza in Sweden (read about it in the next issue), and – fun fact here – it’s 30 years since 4WD first appeared on a 911, with the 964. Who doesn’t like a good anniversary of the introduction of a four-wheel-drive system, eh? Or to put it another way, we needed no better excuse to hit the slopes again.
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