Porsche: ‘Your neck nearly comes off’: What it’s like driving one of the world’s fastest cars

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(CNN)”Six G-force, your neck nearly comes off,” Neel Jani grins.

Jani isn’t a jet pilot or an astronaut-in-training; he’s a racing driver and the car he’s talking about is the Porsche 919 Hybrid.It was built by the German manufacturer for the FIA World Endurance Championships (WEC) and won three times, including three victories at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    “The body is the limit, not the car,” Jani tells Nicki Shields for CNN’s Supercharged TV Show at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.”The car could probably go quicker; it’s you, the body and the brain which cannot follow anymore.Read More”It’s the quickest Porsche ever built.”Jani and German driver Andre Lotterer were teammates in Porsche’s third successive WEC victory in 2017 and have linked up once again, taking the wheel for the manufacturer in its Formula E debut season.”That’s the ultimate beast,” Lotterer says of the 919, which has a top speed of nearly 360 km/h (223 mph), according to Porsche. “Insane acceleration, it’s the only car that accelerates as quickly as this on the planet.”Anything you drive after is not as good, you’re spoiled. Fun is an understatement!”Jani and Lotterer also introduce Shields to the Porsche 956 which is mounted upside down on the roof to demonstrate its legendary downforce.And they speculate on the most valuable car in the museum, arriving at the Porsche 917, a long-time holder of the speed record at Le Mans. “They go for eight digits,” says Jani, of the re-sale value. READ: Formula E boss hopes racing series will ‘accelerate’ adoption of electric vehiclesREAD: Germany’s ‘Big Four’ compete for the first time in motorsport history

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    Porsche is a name in the motorsport world synonymous with speed and success.With history at the highest level in racing stretching back to 1950, the German manufacturer has become a leading name both on the track and on the road.

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E season

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonMexico City, R4: Porsche’s Andre Lotterer (right) led the field off the grid from pole in what was an incident filled Mexico E-Prix.Hide Caption 1 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonA huge crowd reported to number about 100,000 turned out to watch the electric racing series.Hide Caption 2 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonA helmeted fireman watches on as the race unfolds.Hide Caption 3 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonAustralia’s Mitch Evans, driving a Panasonic Jaguar Racing car, overtook Lotterer on the first corner and built up a sizeable lead to win by more than four seconds. Hide Caption 4 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonSantiago, Chile, R3: Victory goes to Maximilian Günther of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. Hide Caption 5 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonAt 22, Gunther became the youngest Formula E race winner in history.Hide Caption 6 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonThe E-Prix Antofagasta Minerals was the third round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.Hide Caption 7 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonDiriyah, Saudi Arabia, R2: Alexander Sims sets the early pace during the second E-Prix of the season in Diriyah.Hide Caption 8 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonBMW’s Sims celebrates following his maiden Formula E victory.Hide Caption 9 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonDiriyah, Saudi Arabia, R1: Porsche’s Neel Jani leads the pack in practice ahead of the first Formula E race of the season in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.Hide Caption 10 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonSam Bird celebrates after winning the first race of the Formula E Championship.Hide Caption 11 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonNico Müller of Switzerland turns a corner in Diriyah.Hide Caption 12 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonPascal Wehrlein comes over the crest of hill during practice ahead of the first E-Prix of the season.Hide Caption 13 of 14

    Photos: The 2019/20 Formula E seasonDaniel Abt avoids some spilled liquid on the track in Diriyah.Hide Caption 14 of 14

    This season, Porsche has joined the electric racing revolution and lines up on the Formula E grid for the first time.It’s a particularly tantalizing addition to the rapidly growing sport as for the first time in motor racing history, the “Big Four” German manufacturers — Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Audi — will all compete in the same series for the first time.Jani has been racing with Porsche in various disciplines since 2013 and Lotterer has joined from rival Formula E team DS Techeetah, where he was part of the last season’s championship-winning team.

      Both drivers know the pressure is on to win races and ensure Porsche’s new Formula E car takes its place in this museum.Watch the video at the top to see more of Nicky’s tour of the Porsche Museum.

      Source: edition.cnn.com

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