Watch Walter Rohrl Thrash a Porsche 911 Turbo S in the Snow

A wild ride with a brutally fearless 67-year-old.

Snowy Swedish landscape rushes past my face at a dizzying rate, as I feel the rear end of the Porsche 911 Turbo S kick out suddenly. My heart is beating so fast I'm sure there's tiny man wailing on a tiny snare drum inside my chest, but I refuse to let myself blink lest I miss a single moment. I'm gripping the red leather door handle in the 911's snug cockpit for dear life, but the crazy man behind the wheel is so calm he might as well be knitting socks.

This is Walter Rohrl's office. The 67-year-old has dozens of rally racing wins under his belt and serves as a Porsche test driver, so this type of driving comes naturally. Even sliding sideways at high speeds on a frozen, snow-covered rally circuit, he's cool as the other side of the pillow. "Isn't this great?" he asks. Maybe I said something, maybe I didn't -- I don't recall doing much of anything aside from giggling like a second-grader. It's not every day a rally racing legend takes you for a joyride in a Porsche 911 Turbo S, and I'm not totally convinced this isn't a cold-induced hallucination.

"Bump!" he warns. We're mid-air for just a moment over the icy hump in the road, but Walter has already dialed in a bit of steering for our landing. It's a thing of beauty to watch as he uses the throttle to coax the 911's rounded rear into a short slide, using that momentum to then shift the car's weight in the other direction. Of course, we end up perfectly positioned to accelerate out of the next turn's apex. I'm clenching my jaw with enough force to bend a steel beam. Rohrl looks so relaxed he could be thinking about the smoked fish and charcuterie he just ate for lunch.

Rohrl is absolutely surgical at the helm of the Turbo S. Every tap on the brake, roll on the throttle, and adjustment of the steering wheel is measured and deliberate. One look at the clear-eyed racing veteran's massive, butcher-like hands tells you he is in full and total control. We're just along for the ride.

Check out the video below for the full on-board experience with Walter Rohrl in the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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