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Présentation : PORSCHE 918 Spyder


Après de longs mois de gestation, la 918 Spyder est enfin présentée à Francfort sous sa version définitive. Mais, entre-temps, Porsche a sérieusement revu sa copie…
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eBay Deal of the Week: 1970 RCR Porsche 917 Replica

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The Porsche 917 is widely regarded as one of the most desirable and vicious automobiles to drive at speed. In race form it was powered by a flat-12 engine said to produce around 600 hp. That meant 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 240 mph. The car you are viewing here is a replica made by RCR and uses a chassis that is a combination of an aluminum monocoque front section, with a tube for tube back-half in the rear. The chassis is designed to have a Porsche flat-six engine coupled to a 930 gearbox. This is a stunning re-creation of one of the most iconic race cars in history, especially when clad in that famous Gulf livery. You can get more information on the car by clicking on the eBay link below, or check out some more pics after the jump.

Source: eBayMotors.com

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is an Everyday Supercar – Ignition Video

On this week’s episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago heads to Germany to test drive the latest itineration of the 991-series 911: the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Long considered a straight-line cruise missile designed for grand touring, Lago meets up with rally legend Walter Röhrl to take a closer look at the tech behind the […]
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Great Roads: D996, Côte D’Or, France

This Great Road was initially published in issue 101 of Total 911.

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Think ‘France’, then ‘Great Driving Roads’ and your thoughts probably turn to the south of the country, probably the Cote D’Azur. And with good reason, littered as it is with spectacular Cols combining stunning views with roads fit for a tarmac WRC stage.

But France is a country blessed with many great driving roads, and you needn’t venture to the far end of the country to find them. Take the D996, for example; this little gem sits in an area peculiarly rich in road names which resonate for Porschephiles: D928, D959, D965, D396 & D901 all within a few kms radius of the 996.

Its beginning at the Northern tip of the Cote d’Or just south east of Troyes – a 4hr trip from Calais – locates it perfectly to break up the monotony of the autoroute, and perfectly punctuated our drive to Geneva. It’s an absolute must for anyone heading SE across France.

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Cruising the A5 autoroute Eastbound from Troyes jump off at J23 which takes you to the D396 – the ‘Route de Dijon’. After 13 southbound kilometres the road becomes the D996 and you’ll wonder what the fuss is about, with the northern section remaining pretty dull for another 20kms or so.

But just a few kms before Leuglay the smooth tarmac starts to twist and turn with often well sighted fast curves serving up a tasty amuse-bouche to whet the appetite. Hors d’oeuvres consists of more smooth, curving – and virtually traffic free – blacktop south of Leuglay before we reach the main course North of Moloy.

With the trees closing in, and the road surface less than perfect, your full attention is now required and rewarded in equal measure as the road starts to follow gradient and throw 180-degree switchbacks into the mix. This drive is so much more enjoyable than cruising the autoroute, with typical mid-French vistas and cute towns serving the visuals cues otherwise missed on the Peage.

Stopping for a coffee at the delightful Hotel de l’Ecrevisse in Moloy serves as a perfect pause before the final stunning section of the 996 serves up a dessert of deeply cambered corners and complex combinations, a truly immersive driving experience delivering you all the way to Dijon.

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This being mid France there’s virtually no traffic, so whilst there may be no WRC stage here you might just feel like you’re on one!

Location: Côte D’Or, France

Latitude: 47.4167N, 4.8333E

Length of drive: 40 miles

Points of interest:
Hotel de l’Ecrevisse, Moloy

Food and accomodation:
Perrain Jean
9 Rue Pautel, 52120 Lanty-sur-Aube, France
+33 3 25 02 77 92

Hotel de l’Ecrevisse
1 Place Eglise, 21120 Moloy, France
+33 3 80 75 12 36

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Great Roads: A272, Winchester, UK

This Great Road was initially published in issue 90 of Total 911.

A272 Great Road

A lot of our Great Roads have been across the Welsh border recently, so it’s time for a bit of a change. Just to be different, our subject is a road that should be near a good few readers, without too much in the way of motorway slogs to reach. This month, we head south to look at the A272.

Cutting a winding swathe across the South Downs, it was suggested that the road’s origins go back to a route linking to the two cathedral cities of Canterbury in the east and Winchester in the west.

This is disputed somewhat, but what is certain is that it is a route that has evolved through time from a mainly rural landscape, and thankfully has pretty much stayed that way, being single carriageway almost its entire length. Because of this, it can at times be quite busy, and overtaking sections can be somewhat lacking.

As a road it has an interesting history, extending right to the present day. Not only is the route interesting for historical landscape; it is also distinctive in that it has a book dedicated to it – by a Dutch author, no less.

Pieter Boogaart’s An Ode To A Road covers everything from the road’s origins, to suggesting sights to visit within a few miles of the road’s length. According to Boogaart, the A272 “captures the Englishness of English life.”

Rather than go the whole length, we will look at one section between Winchester and Midhurst. We begin at the road’s highest point a little past Winchester, Cheesefoot Head – famous for being the location where President Eisenhower addressed troops before D-Day.

We then descend, the next mile pretty much setting the character of the drive. It may be fairly narrow in places, but is fast-paced, with long, sweeping bends that quickly switch, offering decent sight lines in the main.

As we arc through pastoral farmland in the first section, we probably have the widest road of the trip. Quaint villages slowly roll into view, each with their own centre – usually a pub that was probably a coaching inn years past – and then peter out again, bringing back the alternating views of closing in hedges and fields.

From Petersfield, the A272 roughly follows the River Rother, and tends to be a little narrower, with avenues of trees close to the road.

You’ll not be overtaking – those solid white lines have been decided on for a reason – but the switching curves are a thrill to pilot a car through. If you’ve been lucky, Midhurst itself will appear, sometimes apparently far too soon.

The joy of the road does probably link into Boogaart’s concept of the road having some sort of ‘Englishness’.

The rolling hills, plenty of bends and pretty villages – even cities – all hold appeal that captures not only the enjoyment of driving, but also perhaps harks back to that mythical open road we never get to drive day-to-day.

It will at times be busy. Get up early, and we mean early, and enjoy some glorious light, a great car, and a great drive.

Location: Winchester to Midhurst

Latitude: 51.0630N, 1.3167E

Length of drive: 31 miles

Points of interest:
Winchester Cathedral
Petworth House
Cheesefoot Head
Old Winchester Hill
Petersfield food festival

Food and accommodation:
South Down Hotel, Trotton
www.southdownshotel.co.uk

The Half Moon, Sheet
www.halfmoonsheet.co.uk

Annie Jones, Petersfield
www.anniejones.co.uk

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