Tom Cruise made an appearance at the F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone last weekend. He celebrated when Lewis Hamilton overtook Charles Leclerc in the race’s final lap just like other fans. But no matter how convincing he was, Sir Tom Cruise was actually at the Formula 1 race to get his Top Gun on in a 2022 Porsche 911 GT3.
Tom Cruise drove a 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 at Silverstone
Cruise lingered suspiciously in the background wearing a black baseball hat and black sunglasses. But he wasn’t there to enjoy the F1 festivities; he was there to partake in a new project for Channel 4. Cruise challenged former Formula 1 drivers Mark Webber and David Coulthard to an on-track battle. While Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” song from the original Top Gun soundtrack played in the background, Cruise drove around.
The video was a promo for the new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, which looked pretty good as the men drove around the track. In the video, Cruise showed up (literally) the other men in his own silver 2022 Porsche 911 GT3s. “Who is this joker? How did he get here?” they asked, as Cruise laughed and said, “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.”
With a few Ice Man jokes and some further nods to Top Gun, Cruise noted he had the need. The need for speed. Overall, it was pretty funny. All of the men appeared to be enjoying themselves on the track.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 looked better than Tom Cruise
The promo video was good fun for Channel 4, a local television channel in the UK. Much like in Top Gun, Cruise delivered his lines reasonably well. In his silver Porsche 911 GT3, he slammed gears and noted, “There are no points for second place.” Classic Tom. You can hear fake machine gun noises as Cruise shifted gears…with the paddle shifters.
The 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 squealed around the track tailed by the other two GT3s. These new Porsche vehicles are track-ready and handled just fine for a few novice drivers. All of the Silverstone scenes are dispersed with fighter jet footage from the movie, which was dramatic enough. At one point, Cruise had Mark Webber in his sights using the “missile lock” feature, aka the parking sensors. Hilarious.
The new GT3 has 502 hp, a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 197 mph. It starts at $161,100 and the new Touring Package makes it even cooler with the removal of the rear wing.
A promo video that F1 fans can get behind
Top Gun: Maverick is due in theaters this November, and this promo will likely be the start of many videos leading up to the release. You can watch the full promo here on YouTube, and it is worth the click. Overall, watching Tom Cruise drive the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 and deliver classic lines from the movie is just as funny as you would expect it to be.
Even though this was a promo for Channel 4, Top Gun, and Tom Cruise, the best part was probably watching the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 kick it at Silverstone. Not to mention the exclusive Shark Blue color looks insanely good on the GT3.