• Oct 23, 2009
Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Joetwint Porsche 996 is scary fast. Twint scored a world record top speed of 231.4 mph in the Texas Mile, and at a recent run the Evolution Motorsports-tuned 911 managed to hit 224.711 mph, but it also had a bit of a spill. Hit the jump to watch video of the massively-boosted 996 take off like a rocket and reach speeds of over 200 mph in a matter seconds. The video would be impressive enough even if it were simply a standard run, but this clip has a bit of a surprise ending.

About 54 seconds in, the incredibly high speeds achieved by the 996 prompted the sunroof to pop right off. That's bad when you're going 85, but when you're cruising at nearly one third the speed of sound, it can be catastrophic. A few seconds after the impromptu top-popping, the 996 gets sideways and ends up taking an unscheduled tiptoe through the weeds. The video is pretty entertaining, but it's also informative. If you're building a world-beating track star capable of speeds of over 200 mph, don't opt for the sunroof.

[Source: YouTube via 0-60 Mag]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! That was fast! I also would have loved to see some video from outside of the car. Did anyone else get really nervous watching the video?

      I know there are a lot of troll on this thread, so I hate to sound like one, but the music in the video sucked. I'm glad they cut it off during the action.
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the way, look how quickly the driver gets the speedometer pegged (the one to the left of the tach, which sits in the middle.) Amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Good job on living through that" a phrase you both do and don't want to hear often in life.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Time to invest in a DRAG CHUTE if you are going to be racing at those speeds.

      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell is wrong with you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You're an ass. Are you bitter because you drive a Camry to a cubicle every day?
      • 5 Years Ago
      could never understand the fascination with Porshes. Sure they're fast, but they're ugly as sin, and obviously fall apart and lose control at high speeds. What use is that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        When the Porsche went sideways, it looks to me the driver simply remained calm and rode it out until the car straitened out on its own. I could see no noticeable attempt to counter steer. The Porsche spun past 90 degrees to where the tail was leading the car for a moment. Perhaps he had some really sticky tires on the back which coupled with their width (when compared to the front) drug the back end back in line. Having a flat or boxer type engine may have also been instrumental in keeping the Porsche from flipping over due to its low center of gravity. This is one luck driver as the outcome may well have been different had the car snowballed into the weeds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah - the boxer is just in the wrong place - had this been a tuned Cayman it would have been much more stable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn that car is fast! I wish they would have had an external camera at the event.
      • 5 Years Ago
      4wd kept him from spinning the hell out....impressive

      effin good humour at the end
      • 5 Years Ago
      Evolution Motorsports is awesome.
      The made the VRAlexander Carerra GT and I think his super fast 996 also.
      Both were on Supercars Exposed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, he's bitter because he can't even afford a Camry to drive to his "barista" position.
      • 5 Years Ago
      people here seem to know that the most successful sportscar of all time is crap.
      And yet so many motoring writers & racing driver own them. the whole racing success is of course a lie and damn it, you do not see them in dozens of most racing series from Le Mans to Targa Tasmania.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaXo70IVpAM

      Maybe a 911 is too fast and requires a more talented driver. I have never driven one hard, as I would not flog a car I do not own, but they are rewarding as they drive like a lotus and you can tell when you are driving well.
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