Avid Driver
    Category: Forbes Life By : Yessar Rosendar Read : 929 Date : Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:37:50

    Agoes Rudianto for Forbes Indonesia

    Porsche is the ultimate driver’s car, with models such as the iconic 911 and the mid-engine Cayman. Ali Setiawan is one of the top enthusiasts of Porsche in Indonesia—he has been the president of the Porsche Club Indonesia (PCI) for the last two years. He is keen about all things Porsche, and he has arguably the ultimate Porsche, a 911 GT3 RS, for his daily drive. He is qualified to drive racecar Porsches on the track, has restored and owns the first Porsche, a model 356 from 1965. He also was the first person in Indonesia to own the new Porsche Cayenne, and has the previous model for his wife. His passion for Porsche started a long time ago, when he saw a 911 Turbo (known officially as the Porsche 930) when he was in college in Australia. His first Porsche was a Cayman S, which he bought for its light weight and mid-engine layout.

    “I like Porsche because it’s agile on the track. Once you have driven a Porsche on a track, you will be hooked,” Ali says. Based on his experience, he says the Cayman’s mid-engine layout makes it stable on the track while the rear-engined 911 with a rear wheel drive is more fun in corners. He chose the GT3 RS because it is one of Porsche’s purest track-oriented models, and has a powerful naturally aspirated engine.

    The GT3 RS is definitely is not for the faint of heart because it is equipped with the maximum degree of motorsport technology possible and still remain street-legal. Powered by a four-liter six-cylinder engine with 500 hp, the car has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine in the 911 family. It can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and to 200 km/h in 10.9 seconds.

    “I like the sound of a naturally aspirated engine, and its rear-wheel drive is fun and easy for power slides,” says Ali, who is head of global markets for HSBC Indonesia. For those who really want to experience a Porsche, he recommends joining the club, as it is one of the most active car clubs in Indonesia. The club has more than 20 events per year—from track days to club drives overseas. Started in 2011, the club has active members who own more than 100 cars in Jakarta and Surabaya. The club is officially registered with Porsche AG in Germany, so a new chapter only can be established in a city with a Porsche dealer or workshop. The club also holds non-car events for members, such as family days and dinners.

    “I want to bring together all the Porsche enthusiasts,” Ali says. Ali takes pride that the club maintains a separate identity from the Porsche distributor in Jakarta, although the dealer does help with some events. The club gets its own sponsors for events throughout the year, such as Pertamina Turbo, the fuel brand for sports cars. For local sponsors, Ali had to negotiate with Porsche in Germany as the brand had already preferred partners here. The problem was that many of these preferred partners were not active in supporting events in Indonesia. To run the club, the annual Rp 12 million membership fee is not enough to support all the events every year.

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