Picture the scene. You can have two flying laps of a Formula One Grand Prix circuit. Which car will you drive?
Verstappen’s Red Bull is in the garage. Hamilton won’t lend you his Mercedes. Mick Schumacher has crashed again. And come on, you were never going to do the Portimao Circuit in a Haas.
Your racing team presents three cars.
A Porsche Cayman 718 S.
A Mercedes AMG GT Coupe.
A Honda Civic Type R.
Two laps. Which car will you choose?
Type R vs 718S vs AMG GT C
We could all spend the next hour debating the pros and cons of these three vehicles. Surely, you already have a preference?
The compact Honda street car that can do 0 – 100 km/h in five seconds, a car that was banned in the States for failing emissions tests (Honda lovers still maintain it was banned for being too fast). But the Type R doesn’t purr like a 718 and the Cayman will surely be smoother through the chicane.
With its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine and 503 hp, the Mercedes AMG GT Coupe undoubtedly has the highest spec. It’s the fastest on paper, but will it be the most fun? Maybe you’re not a Mercedes guy? Maybe it won’t be the most fun?
First you’ll do a reconnaissance lap with an instructor, learning the curves of the Portimao Circuit. This is the circuit where Kimi Raikkonen crashed. And he’s the most experienced driver in F1 history, so pay attention during the reconnaissance and your driving brief.
Now you have two flying laps. So which car are you going to drive?
Introducing the Ultimate Sports Car Experience
Actually, why choose? Why drive one amazing sports car when you can drive all three?
This is an experience for the genuine sports car enthusiasts. It’s not for the faint-hearted. On the Portuguese Grand Prix circuit you’ll do two flying laps in each of these three sports cars.
First the Honda Civic Type R, good for ragging around corners and migrating from street to track.
Then the Porsche. And remember this is the 718S not the 718, with its larger 2.5-liter, turbocharged flat-four engine.
Now you know the racetrack’s curves. So take the GT C for a spin on a Formula 1 racetrack.
No experience is necessary, but obviously this experience is wasted on people who will happily drive a Skoda.
We also know other experiences on this Portimao circuit, including an F1 experience and opportunity to drive a wide selection of cars and bikes on the racetrack.
Holiday in Southern Portugal
The experience takes place on the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, on Portugal’s south coast. Faro is the closest airport and there are many excellent beach resort properties along the coast.
So don’t just come for one day. You can have a great holiday with the whole family, perhaps even combining the Algarve with Lisbon or Porto.
Our travel designers will tell you more. We also know how you can drive a Formula 1 car on Barcelona’s F1 circuit. Ready to drive?