Slickly designed cars, (literally) breakneck speeds and tracks that have you booking holidays before the lights go out, Formula 1 is often hailed as the pinnacle of motorsport. But is it?
FHM headed on down to the British GP at Silverstone with Jorg Gray to witness a championship that lies cosily in F1’s shadow – The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. After two days of wet concrete, burning rubber and ear-splitting engines, what did we learn? That you can take back your Sunday afternoons and keep your conscience intact, because the Porsche Supercup ticks all the motorsport boxes for a lot less effort.
Here are our five reasons why we think it’s better than Formula 1:
01 It's all about the drivers.
Forget all this 'is it the car or the driver' nonsense. The Porsche Supercup levels the playing field by giving every driver the same car - a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to be precise.
If you're more Maldonado than Massa behind the wheel, you won't get away with it for long here. There’s no need to dance around problems with ERS, DRS, ECU or any other annoying acronyms; race results are dictated by talent alone. Sit back, relax, and watch the best man win.
02 It won’t take up your life.
No need to write off an entire afternoon or miss your mate’s BBQ for this sport. The Porsche Supercup takes a measly thirty minutes. All the action, all the fun, and all the time left to do your own thing.
03 There's more action.
Possessing enough downforce to flatten you faster than a steamroller, F1 cars stick to the track like glue but, as a consequence, have a tough time over-taking. With a sports-converted Porsche 911, there's a lot less faff. Less faff = less downforce = increased overtaking = more chance of contact.
Add to this the fact that the 911 GT3 Cup is beautifully closed wheeled, you don’t have to worry about a shunt or two resulting in a trip to the pits, guaranteeing you 30 minutes of wheel-to-wheel racing.
04 There are fewer names to remember.
Unlike F1, the Porsche Supercup welcomes the older guys. With the likes of 19-year-old Danii Kyvat making Jenson Button more than a little nervous in the F1 paddock, this championship breeds drivers for the endurance world and rarely lets them go. Which means it’s easier to follow the guys you like and means you have fewer newbies to get acquainted with every year.
05 It’s got Porsche 911s.
What else do you need? If you don’t recognise the Porsche 911 as one of the best road cars in the history of automobiles, you should schedule a CAT scan. It’s all very well ogling the beauty of Adrian Newey’s RB10 or the svelt lines of a Mercedes-Benz AMG W05 but, sadly, they will only ever be a fantasy. A 911 Turbo might require a pretty stringent savings plan but it’s more than jus a dream car, it can be a reality.
Words by Ally Wybrew.