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 |  Jul 20 2012, 5:45 PM

Challenging drivers from all areas of motorsport, Porsche is now offering the “Grid Fit” challenge — a workout with a leader board meant to test and improve driving-related fitness.

For about $150, participants can test themselves on the course, which spans 10 different exercises. It starts with a one-mile run and is set up as a circuit. Following the opening cardio, the course tests reaction times with a Batak session in front of a light wall. Then: pushups, pull ups, tire lifts and more before a second Batak to measure reaction time under fatigue.

To someone who hasn’t raced, driving might seem like a cinche, but it actually takes immense physical fitness and endurance, as Porsche Human Performance Center director Eliot Challifour can attest.

“The exercises included in Grid Fit work many of the main muscle groups essential for motorsport fitness and the fact that they are completed in a circuit means that physical and mental stamina are also keenly tested,” he said.

So far, 10 drivers have run through the course including Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2012 Scholar Daniel Lloyd, though he doesn’t hold first place.

“Grid Fit demonstrated the benefits of pre-season training for me,” said Lloyd. “We are now five race weekends into the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season and I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt at the challenge. I’m now working to maintain my fitness levels to ensure that I deliver the best performances possible right through to the last race at Brands Hatch in October. Incorporating regular attempts at Grid Fit will help monitor my performance. I also have my eye on the top spot on the Grid Fit leader board.”