Teenager Learns How to Use Launch Control…in His Porsche 911 GT3
Many 14-year-olds learn about geometry or read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ This young man learns how to launch his $185,000 911 GT3.
One of the simple truths of life is that children don’t have a choice. They’re born into their circumstances whether they like it or not. They can take their first breath in a war-torn country or in a completely different part of the world. Luke, the boy shown in this DragTimes video, was fortunate enough to be born into a life in which he can have his very own 2018 Porsche 911 GT3…at the age of 14.
It seems that one thing he did choose was how his GT3 was configured. He gives DragTimes head Brooks Weisblat the full tour. Luke’s car sits lower than stock on a set of satin black wheels with a Guards Red lip and features seats with a red GT3 stripe on them, red stitching and HVAC vents, a fire extinguisher, “the full carbon pack,” carbon ceramic brakes, and a few other visual upgrades. Final price? $184,900.
Luke’s not stopping there, though. He tells Weisblat, “I’m going to do a full straight pipe that’s coming from Sharkwerks.” He also has plans for special decals to set his GT3 apart from others.
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Given his age and the GT3’s performance abilities, Luke has a lot of things to learn. One of those is how to use his GT3’s launch control. Weisblat is happy to teach him. In the process, he does some learning of his own.
Weisblat tells his young student, “You’re going to put your left foot on the brake. OK. And then when I tell you to go, you’re going to floor the right foot. It’s going to rev up really high and then when I say go, you’re going to go.” Luke does as instructed, but shortly after taking off, the engine slumps, preventing the 911 from rocketing forward with full grip and power.
Weisblat and his crew soon determine the traction control is to blame. He turns it off for the next attempt…partially. The GT3 bogs again. One of Weisblat’s colleagues suggests fully turning the electronic nanny off for ideal results.
As they say, the third time’s the charm. Luke and Weisblat charge off the line, leaving their audience cheering and a couple of tire streaks behind them. Let’s hope that Luke continues to learn how to handle his car so it doesn’t end up with all of the dings and scrapes that many first cars get at the hands of young drivers.