Ferrari vs. Porsche in late brakingFebruary 18, 2019
The runway of the airport with the ocean at the end means that in this race the main time to stop.
Top Gear tasks are always fun. And in this particular task there is everything we expected: risk, reward, danger, competition, entertainment, and just a piece of educational value.
Matt Leblanc and Chris Harris are at one end of the airport runway, armed with two top-level sports cars: the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and the Ferrari GTC4Lusso.
Purpose? Accelerate as quickly as possible before you press the brakes. The loser is either a car that is slower, or one that stops already in the ocean.
Matt Leblanc at Ferrari has a performance advantage, at least on paper. Of course, driver durability is also a major factor – who is braver, and who will slow down later?
Ferrari reaches 285 km / h before Leblanc pulls on the brakes, and stops at a nice, neat stop with a couple dozen feet of pavement in front of the bumper. This is a neat mileage with an impressive result.
Next up is Chris Harris on the Panamera Sport Turismo. It uses the Panamera over-acceleration feature, which gives the engine an extra boost in power up to 20 seconds at a time. In this case, this is more than enough.
However, this is not enough to overcome Ferrari. Porsche reaches 266 km / h before Harris stops it. When Porsche finally stops, it is located on the very edge of the runway, a few steps from the water.
Although both Harris and Leblanc agree that Harris hit the brakes later than Leblanc, Ferrari was significantly faster and still won the race.
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