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Picked up our white 718 Cayman yesterday at the Porsche Experience Center in
Atlanta, GA. I did the track experience in a yellow '17 base PDK car (just like
my white car). They let my wife drive the yellow car on the skidpad too! It was
fun! And since I'd just been racing my other car (vintage MG) at Summit
Point for 3 days last weekend, I had a chance to compare two very different cars
at racing speeds.We drove our new Cayman to Savannah today and will slowly
"meander" home to New Jersey over the next 8 to 10 days. It now has about 250
miles on it and the nose was peppered with dead bugs from the ride on Rt. 16 (we cleaned it). It
will be nearly broken-in by the time we get home.
 

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Sounds like an epic journey. Have fun.
 

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Thanks for sharing your fun! Enjoy the ride home, and please post some more photos.

You probably know not to use the cruise control while breaking in the new engine, to avoid prolonged constant RPM.
 

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Thanks for sharing your fun! Enjoy the ride home, and please post some more photos.

You probably know not to use the cruise control while breaking in the new engine, to avoid prolonged constant RPM.

Yes....but thanks. This is a good reminder.


I'm not sure I've seen that in the Porsche documentation but I always try to vary engine speed with new engines in any of the new cars I've bought (or old ones I've rebuilt).


We did Beufort SC today and am in Charleston, SC right now. The car is in a public parking garage right now. I'm sure it's safe from theft but I am sort of freaked out by the possibility of door dings....Oh well.
One thing is for sure: we are really enjoying the Southern Hospitality, the wonderful history and the food.
I've only seen 3 Porsches driving down here (not including the Porsche-badged Audi SUVs). One of our tour drivers commented on a Watkins Glen tee-shirt I was wearing. He was a Brit and this lead to him telling me he had owned an MG and Triumph. He said he was driving an older Boxter these days. When I told I'd just bought a new Cayman he practically went apoplectic with enthusiasm. :)


I'll put up some other photos as I can.
 
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Congratulations! Sounds like a really nice way to bring home a new car. Question: would you have been able to pay extra while you were PEC to have your wife experience the entire driving portion? It's cool they let her experience some of the driving, but I'm wondering because I will be bringing my wife to the PEC LA delivery.
 

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Congratulations! Sounds like a really nice way to bring home a new car. Question: would you have been able to pay extra while you were PEC to have your wife experience the entire driving portion? It's cool they let her experience some of the driving, but I'm wondering because I will be bringing my wife to the PEC LA delivery.

Yes, you can pay extra for other drivers to do the entire driving portion during your visit to PEC but you need to schedule this pretty well in advance. They have limited instructors and sometimes do larger corporate events (and the circuit isn't that big so it can't handle too many visitors). They like to schedule well in advance.


We did not pay for anything, since my wife and I "shared" the gratis track time provided to all new car buyers. I really wanted her to have the experience and especially do the kick plate (spins the car on wet surface). She had never done anything like this before (other than riding with me around some tracks in a pace car) and she really enjoyed it. I was happy to share: race at around 8 circuits a year and already get plenty of seat time at race tracks.


The person at PEC Atlanta to call if you want to add another person is Kathryn Aquino at 770.290.3500. She could probably give you some advice about who to call in the LA Center
 

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Picked up our white 718 Cayman yesterday at the Porsche Experience Center in
Atlanta, GA. I did the track experience in a yellow '17 base PDK car (just like
my white car). They let my wife drive the yellow car on the skidpad too! It was
fun! And since I'd just been racing my other car (vintage MG) at Summit
Point for 3 days last weekend, I had a chance to compare two very different cars
at racing speeds.We drove our new Cayman to Savannah today and will slowly
"meander" home to New Jersey over the next 8 to 10 days. It now has about 250
miles on it and the nose was peppered with dead bugs from the ride on Rt. 16 (we cleaned it). It
will be nearly broken-in by the time we get home.
I am jealous.:D It looks like a great experience. I am even more envious of your nice road trip home. Safe travels!!!
 

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The person at PEC Atlanta to call if you want to add another person is Kathryn Aquino at 770.290.3500. She could probably give you some advice about who to call in the LA Center
Funny. I just read this right now, yet I left a voicemail for her today to schedule a delivery date in April. Thank you so much for letting me know you can pay extra for another person. Even though my wife doesn't wanna do the driving portion, I'm going to spring for it anyway and kinda force the matter. She doesn't drive stick, but we've been having her practice on my Golf R. Bottom line: I want my wife excited so she takes the initiative to want to continue learning manual, that way I don't always feel like an ******* for buying manual transmission cars that she can never drive. She's already missed out on driving some pretty cool cars, I don't want this 718 to be another. I'm looking forward to having an experience similar to yours...
 

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Wow! It blanked that word ? it wasn't that bad...
 

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....Even though my wife doesn't wanna do the driving portion, I'm going to spring for it anyway and kinda force the matter. She doesn't drive stick, but we've been having her practice on my Golf R. Bottom line: I want my wife excited so she takes the initiative to want to continue learning manual, that way I don't always feel like an ******* for buying manual transmission cars that she can never drive. She's already missed out on driving some pretty cool cars, I don't want this 718 to be another.....

I'm in the same boat: my wife doesn't drive a stick and she's missed out on a lot of our interesting street cars including the Lotus Super 7 and MGB that we currently own. I specifically bought the Cayman because it seemed like the *one* sports car I could tolerate (and afford) but would still be useable by her.
The dual-clutch gearbox really appeals to me (I'm a mechanical engineer) and I simply didn't want anything with a fluid-type torque convertor.


I knew we could share the track time but I never mentioned it until we were at PEC, when I brought it up with Kyler (the driving coach). He said that lots of couples do this and he liked the idea. And at that point, my wife was probably too mortified to object :)


But as I said, she had a great time and continues to talk about it.


By the way, you can't use a GoPro or similar in the school car but there are good viewing/photo spots of the track from several balconies at PEC. I got some decent shots of her driving which I intend to print and frame. She's taken lots of photos of me racing on-track and I know she'll get a kick out of this. I do wish I'd had the telephoto lens on my camera.....you may want to consider that.
 

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:) My wife does drive manual, but after one year of ownership, she still has not been behind the wheel of our Cayman. She afraid that something will happen to the car while she is driving it. Actually, I think that she's concerned she will damage "my dream car". I'm still trying to convince her otherwise.

We are planning a trip to PEC next year. I have convinced her take part. Looking forward to the experience.
 

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Truth be told, I'm worried about a couple of potential mishaps with my wife driving the 718 on her own:

1- there's no hand held emergency brake for me in the passenger seat to help correct her
2- THE WHEELS!!! I bought her the X5 1 year ago, and she's already curbed her wheels several times. When (not if, but when) she curbs the wheels to the 718, I'm going to have to just grin and bare it ??????
3- I mostly worry about her stalling in an intersection, turning left or somewhere that it's difficult for another driver to see her till they're too close to avoid her

All that being said, I'm willing to take all these risks because I believe she will have a lot of fun driving this car, along with whatever car I get after.
 

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Some of the PEC sessions involve driving on their race track (which is pretty small, narrow and with lots of guard rails). There may be other cars on the track and there are two approved passing zones.

Other parts of the sessions involved an autocross, a drag race start, wet skid pad and the "kick plate". You drive over the kick plate at about 30 mph and when the rear wheels are on the plate, it suddenly kicks the entire rear of the car to the right or left (you never know which way it will kick). This will cause the car to spin out. Since the track surface is soaked with water, it's very hard to straighten the car out, and "correct" it, but it can be done if you have quick reactions.

We both were able to correct for the spin after some trial and error, but my wife was better at it because she instinctively put the brakes on and didn't try to outsmart the computerized on-board stability system. I tried to correct with throttle which is what I've been doing with my MG for 40 years. Old habits die slow. :)

The attached photo shows my wife driving over the kick plate on her first try.
 

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It's snowing and I'm bored so I put together a page with some photos from the trip (top link off this URL)


www.npmccabe.org
 

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