From hotel valet to Hollywood
At the start of her career, Sera Trimble worked for a hotel, where she parked guests’ cars. It was during this time that she first drove a 911. She came to the attention of a film producer who was a guest at the hotel and, recognising her driving skills, spontaneously invited her to a film set. A short time later, Sera travelled to LA with high hopes to become a professional stunt driver.
Of course, major breakthroughs are not achieved overnight. It takes hard work. During her first years in LA, she invested her hard-earned cash in a variety of driver trainings and used every opportunity to improve her driving skills. She always had one goal in mind: becoming a professional stunt driver. And even today, Sera faces new challenges in her job on a daily basis. On the set, she needs to understand the performance of every vehicle and instantly discover how to push its boundaries. She has to focus, in order to do her best and filter out the trivial. Just as Porsche has done with the 911 over the last 50 years. To get it to where it is today. To improve it year on year until it becomes perfect.
The new 911 models are beautiful, and performance-wise you can’t get any better
Privately, Sera drives a 911 Carrera (G series) from 1986. She loves its raw uncompromising and understated attitude. In her spare time, she drives out of LA into the countryside, where she can fully focus on her driving. When she attends rallies in the Californian canyons with her friends, she is at one with her 911, feeling every bump in the road. Sera understands it so well that she knows exactly what to do to get the best out of it. And then to enjoy that magical moment when you feel the weight in the car shift as you drive it through corners.
The 911 has always combined sporty driving and a high level of comfort. Depending on the road conditions and the driving mode, the upgraded Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) actively and continuously controls the damping force for each individual wheel. Result: reduced body movements and thus more comfort with increased dynamism.
Performance pushed to the extreme
Sera has yet to drive another sports car that maintains its performance as consistently as the 911. Even under intense conditions and over very long distances, the engine power is not only undiminished, it continues to increase. The power output and efficiency of the horizontally-opposed engines have been once again increased in the new 911. With the new standard 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the power of the engine is transferred even more efficiently to the road.
Fascination that unites people
What Sera particularly likes about Porsche is the community of Porsche drivers and fans. Thanks to her love for her 911, she has made many new friends. People who have helped her to become a professional stunt driver and who share her love of driving.
One of them is Dorian Valenzuela. During his time as a NASA engineer, he used his knowledge of technology, physics and mechanics to work on his cars. In 2015, he opened his own workshop, DV Mechanics, where he restores and technically refines cars. Here, together, they fine-tuned Sera’s 911, working on it until it became what it is today. Every step of the way, Dorian has helped Sera to improve and customise her 911, making it her own. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for Sera.
People are so passionate about Porsche. It's contagious when you’re around people like that The performance, the design, how the car drives, every detail comes together. It's why this is one of the best sports cars in the world
The seemingly impossible
The climb to the top is rarely perfectly paved. At the beginning of her career, Sera was told that it was impossible for her to be a successful stunt driver. So what is the impossible? Let’s put it this way: a great deal is possible with a timeless concept and a strong inner drive, as Sera Trimble has proved during her career. And as proven by the 911. Over and over again.