If you’re a hack it’s always a delight when your predictions come true. One of the skills of this game is to take the asides, the unofficial comments and the ‘you didn’t get this from me but…’ briefings and turn them into news that’s as solid as possible.
You do this by applying the newly gained fact to what is already known and then hopefully bringing it all to life by using your experience and nose and extrapolating what else can be logically and therefore reliably deduced.
So when Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz told me some time ago that not only were they working on a hot Cayman – which turned out to be the GT4 – but a hot Boxster, I was left to surmise what kind of car might result. And yesterday’s unveiling of the new Boxster Spyder is, I am delighted to say, very much the kind of car I suggested Porsche would make.
What I still don’t understand about it is why it has not been accorded Motorsport status, that is to say that unlike the Cayman GT4, it has not been developed by the same wizards who do the GT3, GT2 and RS models.
The question I’ll find someone to ask today is why not? Is a Boxster in some way undeserving of such status, despite its Cayman sister qualifying with ease? Does Porsche Motorsport reckon there is something inherently namby-pamby about any open car? And should that fact alone automatically disqualify it from receiving its attentions? If so, no one told those in charge of that other Spyder known as the 918.