Patrick Dempsey may be known to millions as McDreamy, a nickname he earned during his 10 seasons playing a hunky neurosurgeon on 'Grey's Anatomy,' but the actor's off-camera exploits deserve a different moniker. McSpeedy makes sense.
Following in the footsteps of more than one leading man before him (think Steve McQueen and Paul Newman), the Maine native is as comfortable behind the wheel as he is in front of a camera. Unlike the vast majority of gearhead actors, Dempsey has actually met with some success on the racetrack, qualifying for the Baja 1000 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The guy knows what he's doing.
Dempsey's most recent four-wheeled adventure took him to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the mother of all endurance races, where he shared Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driving duties with pros Joe Foster and Patrick Long – the team finished a very respectable fourth in class. Dempsey's 15-month journey to the storied French event was documented in a four part series, which premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery's Velocity network.
When we caught up with McSpeedy and asked him to describe his ideal rides, the perfect pairings of vehicles and roads, he waxed poetic. Here are a few of the gas and electric-powered ways Dempsey daydreams about spending his time out of the hospital.
The Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nürburgring
If you think hybrids have to be dull, you're clearly not up to speed on Porsche's 918 Spyder ($845,000), which Patrick Dempsey recently test-drove at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
"It's a remarkable car," he says of the 762 horsepower, all wheel-drive, gas/electric hybrid. "It's so quiet, it just moves along.... But when you get on it, the thing just roars to life."
Dempsey reckons the 12.9-mile German roller coaster known as the Nürburgring Nordschleife would be the ultimate place to test the 918 Spyder's limits. Just don't expect him to plunk down the cash for the exotic anytime soon. "I would love to order one," he explains, "but I've been spending too much money on racing to buy a 918."