Haywood also gets behind the wheel of an original 904 Carrera GTS from time to time. It's in the collection of Brumos Racing, where Haywood is an executive and partner. The Brumos organization, which sold its vaunted Jacksonville, Fla., Porsche dealership last year, has kept the collection and will move it next year to a museum under construction.
In its day, the 904 was very responsive and a lot of fun to drive, Haywood said: "It's a very sleek and very sculptured car."
But advancing technology means that today's Porsches are faster and easier to drive despite the added tech that makes then significantly heavier, he said.
"When I'm often asked what's my favorite Porsche, I always say next year's because next year's is always going to be better than this year's," Haywood said. "My only caveat to Porsche was, you can put all this stuff in it, as long as it's faster than the car it's replacing. And they've always done that."
With the 2018 911 GTS, if buyers want to take a spin on the track, they'll have a new option. They can buy a set of ultra-high-performance racing tires that Porsche's engineers have calibrated especially for the GTS, said Achim Lamparter, who handles chassis and driving dynamics for the Porsche 911 program.
There may not be a big call for the tires.
"But we want to show the performance the car can do, and all our competitors are using ultra-high-performance tires," Lamparter said. "So we decided, even if we don't sell much of these tires, we have to do this."