Teenager Learns How to Use Launch Control…in His Porsche 911 GT3

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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.

6speedonline.com 14-Year-Old Learns How to Use Launch Control in His Porsche 911 GT3

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.

6speedonline.com 14-Year-Old Learns How to Use Launch Control in His Porsche 911 GT3

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.

6speedonline.com 14-Year-Old Learns How to Use Launch Control in His Porsche 911 GT3

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.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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