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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2020/02/15 Ice Force+ with Porsche Ice Experience at Circuit Mecaglisse
π 2020-02-15 01:01 in Cars
After last year's Porsche Ice Experience Driving Course at Circuit Mecaglisse, I had to go back for level 3, Ice Force+ (+ gives an extra 4th day to practise more track lapping, and was well worth it).


Here's a marketing video:


Just like last year, we stayed at Esterel Resort

when not going racing on ice, there isn't much else to do but ice skating and snowmobiling
when not going racing on ice, there isn't much else to do but ice skating and snowmobiling

We met most of our time there having dinners after a long day of driving
We met most of our time there having dinners after a long day of driving


The first morning, we had a short class on car dynamics:



how controlled sliding through an icy turn is the quickest way compared to the sticky track line which doesn't work
how controlled sliding through an icy turn is the quickest way compared to the sticky track line which doesn't work

the most fun you can have, driving 90 degrees or more from the direction of travel
the most fun you can have, driving 90 degrees or more from the direction of travel

Every day, we then took a 40mn bus from Esterel to Circuit Mecaglisse, which is in the middle of nowhere:



we then got to meet our cars
we then got to meet our cars





we drove 992s and 991 Turbos
we drove 992s and 991 Turbos

someone, drove our car at 262kph, I don't think it was us :)
someone, drove our car at 262kph, I don't think it was us :)

we had 3mm studs for god like traction on ice
we had 3mm studs for god like traction on ice

Kees, our instructor, introducing the cars to us, with our assistant, Emilie
Kees, our instructor, introducing the cars to us, with our assistant, Emilie

The big whiteboard on the ground made it easy to write instructions
The big whiteboard on the ground made it easy to write instructions

By luck, I got paired with the best student in the group, Mathieu, so he doubled as my instructor :)



Kees, showing us how to do a scandinavian flick around a corner with a set of cars showing a snapshot of the line
Kees, showing us how to do a scandinavian flick around a corner with a set of cars showing a snapshot of the line


Our assistants worked hard for us :)



but more seriously, they kept us on track, and cleaned our cars of all the snow we shoved into them. Poor Emily got her wooden spoon broken by all our snow
but more seriously, they kept us on track, and cleaned our cars of all the snow we shoved into them. Poor Emily got her wooden spoon broken by all our snow

Here are a few nice pictures from our professional photographer:

driving sideways with the wheels straight
driving sideways with the wheels straight




this is why the cars had snow stuck everywhere :)
this is why the cars had snow stuck everywhere :)

we often helpded make the track a bit wider :)
we often helpded make the track a bit wider :)


yes, this is fun :)
yes, this is fun :)

I did my part helping clean the loose snow at the edge of the track :)
I did my part helping clean the loose snow at the edge of the track :)

I might have done this too :)
I might have done this too :)

Here are a few videos, 3 way snow drifting:

And videos of my crashing in snow banks in different ways :)

Thanks to all the instructors, also to Porsche for letting us drive their cars and make mistakes, and the great codrivers in our group (blue group was still #1 !) :)

After the program was over, we had a celebration dinner and prices for the best drivers:


Mathieu, my co-driver, won the price for best driver in our group
Mathieu, my co-driver, won the price for best driver in our group

This was so much fun, there are no higher levels, but I'm quite tempted to go back :)


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