“The Porsche RS Spyder I raced was awesome and the handling was so much better than the Audi, but it was underpowered! We had the best races because they drove by us on the straights and we killed them going through the corners – frustrating but good racing.
“So, if I had to pick one car, I would go for the Porsche 917K, definitely. I'd love to get a taste of that just to sample the sheer power it produced, as well as it being a handful to drive.
“Let's say it like this: my favorite sports car that I have ever driven was the Acura ARX-02a. But the sports car that I saw in Le Mans while I was a kid and would love to test drive there is the Peugeot 905! It seemed like a beast with huge horsepower and mega wing!”
“The Jaguar XJR-14 – a lot of horsepower, downforce and brakes; the Porsche 917K is the iconic racecar; there's the 1966-'67 Ford GT40, an incredible machine with a wonderful heritage… And then there's the Porsche 962 – fun, fast and agile but also mild-mannered and rhythmic.
“The problem is, there are just too many fun cars I want to drive.”
“Although I've driven the '83 Le Mans-winning Porsche 956 up the hill at Goodwood, I want to drive the '87 winner, the Rothmans Porsche 962. When I was a child, I wanted to be Derek Bell and drive that car at Le Mans. It looked so cool with the white BBS wheel covers front and rear.
“Watching that car and Derek win Le Mans was the moment I knew my ultimate dream in racing was to win that legendary race one day.”
“I'd love to drive the old Porsche 917, but if I were to say which car I was never able to drive that I would love to drive, it would actually be the Formula 1 Tyrrells, 001 or 002, that Jackie Stewart drove.”
“I'd love to have raced a Porsche 956 and I think that's partly because I saw my father [three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack] drive one at Sandown in 1984. That was the first big race I'd ever attended and those cars made a big impression on me.”
“For me, the Nissan GTP-ZX Turbo from the late '80s is the ultimate. When I started racing, I'd watch it go by and it would just blow me away. It was visually stunning, but the sound and vibrations it made were stunning, too! And It was so much quicker than anything at the time. When you saw that car, the feeling you got was what made you want to be a racecar driver.”
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