Me and My Cars: Narain Karthikeyan

28th Jul 2018 6:00 am

We talk cars and automotive experiences with Narain Karthikeyan, India's first Formula 1 driver.

What are you currently driving and why?
A Porsche 911 GT3. It’s the best track-oriented road car you can buy.

What’s next on your automotive wishlist?
Nothing at the moment. Hopefully, it will take a few years for a road car to be significantly better than the GT3.

What’s your money-no-object dream car?
McLaren MP4/4.

Who is your all-time greatest motorsport hero?
Ayrton Senna.

What’s the most fun you’ve had in a car?
Getting behind the wheel of any car is always fun, but it’s racing that always gives me the high. Every race start, waiting for the five lights to go out, is special.

What’s on your automotive bucket list?
I’ve done pretty much everything there is to do. But I’d still like to drive a modern F1 car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife

What’s your favourite road?
Coimbatore to Coonoor.

What would you do with your last litre of fuel?
Put it in my Porsche and do a hot lap - or half a lap, which is more likely!

Your ideal 5-car/bike garage would contain...
1. Porsche 911 GT3
2. Range Rover V8 Autobiography
3. Bugatti Chiron
4. McLaren F1
5. Jaguar E-Type

Which was your first car?
It was a first-generation Maruti 800, a car I learnt to drive in. We would often sneak it out for joyrides, drifting it and really just driving the hell out of it. It was supreme fun!

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