Swiss ace Sandro Ziegler shows us that a quick lap in a Porsche 993 at Hockenheim requires three things: commitment, quick hands, and several weight-saving upgrades. Ziegler’s 993 Carrera 4 is still quite plain jane for a tuned track toy, but the modifications made turn the standard Porsche into a bonafide circuit scalpel which has no problem passing more powerful machines.
The reduced weight makes the car that much more agile and eager to rotate; oversteer is Ziegler’s style. The obvious changes are the removal of the air conditioning and carpet, but he’s gone a step further and replaced the windows with polycarbonate and added RS door cards. At just 2,650 pounds, the car does not need much in the way of horsepower to get going frighteningly fast.
Fortunately, Ziegler revalved the motor and dropped in a set of hot cams, which bring the output up to a respectable 270 horsepower. With a G64/21 gearbox, shorter ratios, and a lightweight flywheel, the engine stays right in the sweet meat of the rev range more of the time, and that gives Ziegler the response needed to balance his high-speed drifts.
The car is quite nervous during long lifts of the throttle, as well as when he nibbles at the curbs. Nevertheless, he seems to do both of these intentionally to get the comparatively underpowered Porsche pointed in a straight line quicker—or possibly just to entertain his growing YouTube fanbase.
Whatever the reason, the exuberance and the commitment are clear. Ziegler’s chutzpah and countersteering brilliance have made him a star overnight—as have videos of him chasing down faster cars like this Cayman GT4 at the Nürburgring. He’s recently picked up a 996 Turbo, and only the future will tell what sort of exploits he’ll get up to.