Tired: Porsche 911 Safari rally cars. Wired: Porsche 356 rally cars lovingly restored by stylish French guys. Holy moly, this rakish ’59 P-car is a thing of beauty and the story behind it is even better. In quite possibly the best short car video Petrolicious has produced to date, you will hear about how this father and son found and restored this “auratium green” 1959 356A Type 2 over hundreds and hundreds of labor hours after following a trail of spilled gas to the barn where it was residing. Sounds like these guys not only got to spend a lot of time together during the build, but they also made some great friends in the automotive community along the way and the result is a ravishingly beautiful little car. I wish more people would stop sticking LEDs and LS engines in old vehicles and rebuild them like this. If you’re as smitten with the thing as I am, you can see even more pictures and backstory over on Petrolicious. … [Read more...] about This Dapper Porsche 356 Is My New Favorite Car Restoration Story
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Porsche is melding old and new school at the upcoming 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. The German automaker is diving headfirst into its heritage pool and its pulled out two great color schemes. The famed Pink Pig and Rothmans' liveries will be on full display, and they'll be wrapped around the bodies of a pair of Porsche 911 RSR race cars. This is Porsche's future shaking hands with a bit of its glorious past. First we need a bit of a history lesson. The Pink Pig is a moniker initially applied to a monster race car from 1971. A one-off Porsche 917/20, the Pink Pig featured wide bodywork and a short snout. Thus Porsche designer Anatole Lapine coined its name and applied a pink paint scheme. This pink paint was joined by a butcher's outline of sorts that highlighted the various cuts on a pig. With the Rothmans car, Porsche isn't the only automaker to don the blue, white, and red colors. Rothmans was a European tobacco brand that clearly loved playing in the motorsport space. The iconic … [Read more...] about Historic liveries will line Porsche’s 911 RSR race cars at Le Mans
NÜRBURG, Germany — A flimsy air fence is the only thing separating my borrowed Porsche 911 GT3 RS from the baddest-ass racetrack on earth. The proximity is so tempting, you could hardly blame me for my smoldering fantasy to ditch the Nürburgring’s sterile Grand Prix circuit and hit the hallowed Nordschleife, unfettering all 512 horses on the forest-lined über track.I’m officially here to test Porsche’s newest RS model, but given the new Porsche’s large-scale aspirations, the Grand Theft Auto-style “What if?” becomes an irresistible reverie. The 690-hp 911 GT2 RS that plays big brother to the GT3 RS is the reigning king of the ’Ring, with a blazing lap time of 6 minutes, 47.25 seconds, but the non-turbo GT3 RS, the most powerful normally aspirated 911 ever, is only nine seconds behind the twin-turbo range-topper. With a lap time of 6:56.4, it’s a shocking 22 seconds quicker than its predecessor and holds the … [Read more...] about First Drive: 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Bhuvan Chowdhary Cars June 5th, 2017 Porsche’s road racing achievements by now, have been documented so many times that one could probably re-construct a forest (if that was a thing) from the paper that has been used to print all their road-racing success stories over the years. That being said, there’s the other side of the company’s motorsport past that isn’t talked about as much as road racing, apart from these, a few rare instances here and there. This has been, in most part, due to Porsche not crediting their own creations enough, to favour other machines that were more relatable to road and track performance. Despite this being the case, the ones who followed Porsche’s motorsport legacy through the late 1960s and 1970s can and will never leave their loyalties with the incredible off-road machines that Stuttgart once made that trumped almost every dirt road. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, … [Read more...] about What’s A Porsche 911 Safari Car And Where Do You Get One?
Selflessly testing the widely-held theory that you can use Stuttgart’s finest as an everyday car, Kyle Fortune tries family life with a 911 Carrera Coupé Our car: Porsche 911 Carrera Coupé List price when new: £76,412 Price as tested: £84,891 Official fuel economy: 34.0mpg (EU Combined) Read more long-term tests March 13th, 2018 Fuel economy this week: 21.5mpg I’m not expecting any sympathy, but the Porsche 911 Carrera has gone. I’ll admit to being more than a little bit distraught when the man from Porsche came to collect it; still, better to have loved and lost and all that… And love it I did, which isn’t unusual for long-term test cars, but there’s usually a lengthy list of provisos attached to that. With the 911 there really wasn’t. I’d asked to borrow it out of a genuine interest to see if a sports car would work as a daily driver. Not just a car for selfish old me, … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 Carrera – long-term test: is a 911 really the best all-rounder?
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida — The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has established itself as the premiere East Coast concours in recent years, and miraculously avoids much of the pretension and rarified atmosphere of other high-end collector car events. This year, as last year, the show was scheduled for Sunday but was moved forward to Saturday on threats of rain later in the weekend. Entrants seemed better prepared this year, meaning virtually all show vehicles were ready on time and attendees were able to enjoy a spectacular field of cars and great weather. Here are 11 of our favorite cars from the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. 1963 Ferrari 250/275P The winner of the Best in Show Concours d’Sport award, this Ferrari race car was built to compete in the World Prototype Championship in 1963. Originally fitted with a mid-mounted 3.0-liter V-12, this car was a factory racer and the overall winner at the ’63 ADAC Nurburgring 1000 Kilometer race with … [Read more...] about 11 Amazing Cars from the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
The UK's Autocar claims to be the world's oldest car magazine. More crucially for us, being in the business since 1895 also suggests that it's printed more automotive advertisements than any other publication.Lucky, some of those end up on a dedicated Twitter account, like this gem from 1984, which informed the public about Porsche's involvement in designing the Airbus A310's flight deck. The wide-body jet was introduced just a year earlier by Swissair. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Porsche explained how it made perfect sense for Airbus' second ever airliner to come with a touch of Weissach, knowing that the 911's interior design is clear and uncluttered, providing great visibility and readability. Airbus wanted to figure out how to create a cockpit with the lowest possible stress levels for pilots—Porsche's army of expert engineers came up with an optimal control environment.The ad also details how Ferdinand Porsche's first breakthrough was an air-cooled six-cylinder … [Read more...] about When Porsche Put The 911’s Engine Into Airplanes
Aston Martin V12 is an exercise in frustration. Like an MMA fighter performing the cha-cha on "Dancing with the Stars," some concepts are best left unfulfilled.Porsche, though, does a brisk repeat business at its five global ice-driving camps. It owes much of that success to its ice-carving tool of choice, the 911. For any adherent trying to suss the intricacies of weight transfers in that ever-evolving, rear-engine outlier, the ice holds answers.Driving on a low-friction surface is the best place to get instant feedback on cause and effect, as close to driving in a vacuum as we're going to get. Any decisive input equals an effect, an easily quantifiable result: You either head in the direction you hoped for, or somewhere else – possibly a snowbank. (It also reminds a driver that simply bobbling the steering wheel and stabbing at the gas without express intent leaves the car a muddling mess and with no obvious trajectory at all.)In North America, Porsche holds a February-long … [Read more...] about Porsche 911 tackles snow like a beast at ice-driving camp
Last week, Turn 10 released the Totino’s Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 7. It also unleashed a pair of free Hyundais for all players, too.We’ve been spending some time with the nine new cars, and for our first set of test drives, we’ve got a trio of varied machinery:1967 Nissan R380 II1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau2019 Hyundai Veloster NTake a break from hunting down the latest Bounty Hunter target and find out how they perform below.1967 Nissan R380 IIAn evolution of the Prince R380, this lithe little Datsun houses a pumped-up version of the legendary Skyline’s engine. In race trim, the 2.0-liter straight six belts out 220hp as it screams past 9000rpm.We took it to Road Atlanta where, despite its half-century age, it surprised us with its sheer grip. Braking can be kept until far later than you’d expect… except that downhill entry into the final chicane. Whoops.1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S LeichtbauTurn 10 seems to be making up for lost time … [Read more...] about Forza 7 January Car Pack Test Drives: 911 Leichtbau, Nissan R380, and Veloster N
Do you like the idea of a classic Porsche 911, lifted onto huge rally-spec tyres and modified to take on the toughest rally courses in the world? If not, have someone check you for a pulse, because you can’t buy one if you’re dead. This odd-looking chunk of brilliance is prostate surgeon Erik Brandenburg’s TransSyberia Rally car with which the man himself competed in the 2007 event. Despite being a privateer entry it actually led the fearsome race until late in the rally, when deep water crossing delays dropped it to ninth behind massively modified and factory-backed Porsche Cayennes. It’s rear-wheel drive and more or less unstoppable in the right hands (as long as you stay out of deep rivers). Brandenburg has built 20-25 replicas in various liveries, so one day you could join in the fun with your own 911 Safari. We definitely, 100 per cent want to do that. The tyres are huge 215/85 R16s from Hankook; truck tyres designed for mud and gravel. The traction on … [Read more...] about Feast Your Eyes On The Rally 911 That Almost Humbled Porsche Itself