This driver makes sliding a Porsche 911 on snow and ice look easy.
The Porsche 911 has a reputation for being scary to drive at the best of times thanks to its unusual rear engine and rear-wheel drive setup that can make it skittish and tricky to tame. But keeping it in check on snow and ice with next to no grip? That takes some serious skill. Romain Dumas entered the WRC Monte Carlo rally last weekend in his Porsche 911 GT3 rally car, and a video captured from the event shows what a handful a rear-engined Porsche can be.
It’s a testament to Dumas’s driving skills that he kept it in check. Precise throttle control was needed to prevent the car from careering off course in the challenging conditions, because, as you can see, the 911 constantly wants to fight back. It’s a glorious, awe-inspiring display of car control.
His skills behind the wheel perhaps aren't surprising when you look at Dumas’ racing pedigree. This is the same man that won the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans last year and the World Endurance Championship, as well as securing two victories at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Dumas makes it all look so effortless and easy, but that really wasn’t the case. He had to work hard wrestling at the wheel just to keep the 911 on the road: "That was a drive on the razor's edge. 13 of the 14 special stages were driven on snow and ice," he said. "You had to be incredibly careful not to end up off the road." We bet he still enjoyed it, though.