Top Gear meets Dario Franchitti
Triple Indycar champion, married to a movie star, car nut. Super Dario lets his driving do the talking in a Fezza face-off
Posted: 28 May 2012
The 458 was traded in for a Porsche 964 Speedster earlier this year. He put his dog in the footwell and drove 700 miles in a day to St Petersburg, Florida, for the first round of the Indycar championship, "I was so sunburnt. I completely forgot." The next round was in Birmingham, Alabama - it should be a 190-mile drive, but he found a 270-mile route for his ‘hotrod' - a 1973 Porsche 911 T that now features a 3.8-litre 330bhp engine from a 993. "It is the most fun car. It's so loud you have to wear an intercom, and it'll spin the tyres in second, third, fourth."
So what about the F40 on the Duke's Pass? "It can get rather busy, and the F40 is a bit big - the Duke's Pass is more like a rally stage and with the width and stuff it's a bit interesting. The faster, flowing ones are sometimes more fun in the F40." He pauses. "In truth, they're all pretty good fun in the F40," he laughs.