We were met by protesters at the entrance to the new Victoria Island Motorsport Circuit in Canada. Not the kind of protesters we are used to though. There were no burning tyres, instead just a small group of people with placards and smiling faces. They were protesting about the noise of racing at the track, with messages saying the noise would be harmful to their children. What was interesting was they stood on the side of a major road where big logging trucks were chugging along noisily. Ironically what was not noisy, at least not at low speeds into the track entrance, was the latest flagship in the Porsche Panamera range. The reason is because for the first time in the history of the manufacturer, the range topper is, wait for it, a hybrid. Don’t panic — we are not talking Porsche Prius here, we are talking Panamera Turbo S E-hybrid, described by Stefan Utsch, the director of sales and marketing for Panamera, as "the fastest sedan on earth". Porsche is also claiming some incredibl...

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