Four-Season Marvel

Driving A Great Sports Car Year-Round

CHILDHOOD DREAMS DO COME TRUE. I purchased my first Porsche, this 2015 911 Carrera 4 GTS, about a year ago and enjoyed it the whole summer on and off the track.

Come autumn, I contemplating purchasing a set of winter tires but was not sure if I should expose my dream car to the harsh Canadian winter. Most two-door Porsches spend wintertime tucked away in the garage or storage. I love the car so much and wanted to drive it all the time, so I purchased a set of Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4s and am so glad I did. The car handles amazing in the snow and, plus, it’s a whole lot of fun!

I try to avoid short driving trips and never rev the engine above 2,000 RPM before the oil reaches at least 50 degrees Celsius. A car-wash multi-pass keeps the Porsche clean all the time. A couple of hard stops before parking in the garage keeps the brake rotors dry and rust-free.

A Porsche ski carrier allows me to hit the slopes a few times this winter as well.

In the summer I wrapped the car with 3M vinyl clear film to protect the gloss black paint from the track’s rubber scuffs. The wrap also provides additional paint protection for winter driving.

For further protection, before exposing the Porsche to too many of nature’s wintry elements, I purchased two cans of Fluid Film rust prohibitor from Canadian Tire, lifted the car and removed all the skirts from underneath with the intention of spot rust-proofing any exposed metal parts. To my pleasant surprise there were none. All visible parts are aluminum and the sub-frame is coated with a thick rubberized coating.

I installed wire mesh in the front bumper intakes to protect the radiators from leaves, debris and flying rocks.

I try to avoid short driving trips and never rev the engine above 2,000 RPM before the oil reaches at least 50 degrees Celsius. A car-wash multi-pass keeps the Porsche clean all the time. A couple of hard stops before parking in the garage keeps the brake rotors dry and rust-free.

These are a few things that I feel will help to keep the 911 in a good shape for many years to come. I believe that Porsche cars are designed to be driven all the time, year-round, in any kind of weather. We are very lucky that we can experience this engineering marvel in all four seasons.

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