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We Hear: Porsche Cayman, Boxster GTS Variants to Get Power Bump

We said in our 2013 Best Driver’s Car competition that the Cayman S, which placed fifth out of 13 competitors, could use a few more horses. Now, a rumor started on popular European car forum Rennlist suggests Porsche may give us just that, hinting that higher-spec versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman with more […]
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The Smoke, The Sound: RWB In The Raw

The Smoke, The Sound: RWB In The Raw

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“I don’t like money. I like Porsches.” So says the man who eats and sleeps Porsches: Akira Nakai, the mad scientist behind Rauh-Welt Porsches, the widest, wildest 911s on the planet. The crew from Brazilian channel BufalosTV recently took a tour around Nakai-san’s RWB workshop, talking to the man himself and taking a ride in one of the epic RWB Porsches. Here’s the result – turn on YouTube captions for English sub-titles. Raw Rauh-Welt beauty.

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911 in Motorsport: Porsche Carrera Cup GB Silverstone preview

Michael Meadows leads the Porsche Carrera Cup GB pack as the series heads to Silverstone.
Michael Meadows leads the Porsche Carrera Cup GB pack as the series heads to Silverstone.

Four points. That is all that divides Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers, Michael Meadows and Jonas Gelzinis as they enter rounds 17 and 18 of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, is the venue for the pair of 28-lap races. However, unlike the F1 stars, the Carrera Cup GB drivers will be battling across the shorter 1.64-mile National circuit.

Meadows, the defending champion, has endured an erratic 2013 campaign. After Oulton Park, he was leading the championship by 23 points and looking comfortable. However, a disastrous weekend at Croft left him with a slim advantage over Gelzinis of just six points.

Gelzinis has been consistent and quick this year to mount a title challenge.
Gelzinis has been consistent and quick this year to mount a title challenge.

The British driver made amends with a perfect pair of races at Knockhill, before Rockingham once again saw the momentum swing back towards Gelzinis who slashed Meadows’s lead to just four points.

Meadows has undoubtedly been the fastest driver over the course of the season, his tally of seven wins (over double anyone else) confirms that tag. But, Gelzinis’s consistency has proved to be an equal match to Meadows’s pace.

Alongside his three wins, the young Lithuanian has taken eight other podiums compared to Meadows’s tally of just three. Rockingham was a perfect example of Gelzinis’s season where, despite not taking a win, he managed to secure a second and a third in tricky conditions.

Meadows (right) and Gelzinis (left) will hope that they find themselves a little further apart on the circuit.
Meadows (right) and Gelzinis (left) will hope that they find themselves a little further apart on the circuit.

While it is not possible for Gelzinis to take the title at Silverstone, Meadows could wrap up the championship if he secures a perfect points haul and his Lithuanian rival fails to score.

Of course, the man with the momentum at the moment is Scot, Rory Butcher. After a slow start to the season, the Fife-based racer has come on strong, scoring more points over the last three rounds than both Meadows and Gelzinis.

Last time out, Butcher (a master of damp conditions) dominated proceedings around the Rockingham Motor Speedway, with two victories closing the gap to the top of the points standings. He is now just 56 points behind Meadows and must be considered an outside bet for the title.

Butcher Porsche Carrera Cup GB
A double win at Rockingham has allowed Rory Butcher to close the points gap to Meadows.

After a scintillating debut season, where he became the first Porsche Scholarship winner to take a victory in his debut Carrera Cup GB season, Daniel Lloyd has had a more subdued season.

That is not to say that the KX Akademy driver has lacked the sparkle of his 2012 campaign. A win at the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit showed he still has the speed. However a lack of consistent pace compared to his rivals has left him slightly adrift in the title battle.

Total 911’s ‘one to watch’, Dean Stoneman was the revelation of the early season races, taking a double victory in the 2013 curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch. However, since then Stoneman has found his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup wrapped up in a series of incidents at both Croft and Knockhill.

Stoneman Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Stoneman is back. And he will be hoping to find the form that has made him a three-time winner this year.

As a result, ex FIA F2 champion was forced to sit out the Rockingham races as he served a two-race ban. Silverstone will mark his return to the 911 grid and, although they are faint glimmers, his championship hopes are still mathematically possible.

In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez could well be confirmed as the 2013 champion at the close of play on Sunday. The Spaniard needs a 45-point advantage over series debutant, Dan de Zille.

With a 60-point lead going into the 17th and 18th races of the year, the smart money would be on Jimenez, especially after his tremendous campaign to date.

Jimenez could wrap up the Pro-Am1 title this weekend.
Jimenez could wrap up the Pro-Am1 title this weekend.

There will be a new element to this weekend’s races too. Joining the Carrera Cup GB racers on the circuit will be the drivers of the GT3 Cup Challenge. This smaller national championship serves as a perfect proving ground for drivers before the step up to the Carrera Cup GB.

Justin Sherwood, driving for Team Parker Racing, has already secured the title after taking nine wins (and a third place) from the first ten races. However, he will still be pushed hard by Parr Motorsport’s Peter Kyle-Henney.

Kyle-Henney only started racing in April yet managed to take a win last time out at Brands Hatch. Of course, his path to the top step of the podium may well be blocked by Steven Liquorish who has finished second in every race this season.

The Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup will join the PCCGB on circuit at Silverstone.
The Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup will join the PCCGB on circuit at Silverstone.

Sherwood’s Team Parker teammate will desperately be looking for that breakthrough win.

Both championships will get separate qualifying sessions on Saturday afternoon before combining for the two races on Sunday. The first encounter gets underway at 10:20am, before the second race (televised live on ITV4) starts at 3:10pm.

The GT3 Challenge Cup cars will run yellow windscreen strips and three-digit numbers to distinguish them from the Carrera Cup GB 911s.

The start of the season now seems a distant memory, but the racing has remained close all year.
The start of the season now seems a distant memory, but the racing has remained close all year.
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Les Fiat Panda et 500L prochaines cibles d’Abarth ?

 

Le célèbre préparateur turinois Abarth, relancé par Fiat en 2007, est revenu sur le devant de la scène pour le plus grand bonheur des amateurs de sensations fortes. Et après s’être consacré avec succès aux Fiat 500, 500C et Punto, il pourrait prochainement venir griffer du logo au scorpion la dernière 500L voire la Panda.

Abarth, préparateur italien créé en 1949 par Carlo Abarth, s’est forgé une belle réputation au fil des décennies en réinterprétant avec brio et sportivité des modèles de tout genre, tel que l’Autobianchi A112, les Fiat 500, 600 et 131 Rally (championne du monde des rallyes en 1977, 1978 et 1980) ou encore la Porsche 356B Carrera GTL.

Aspiré par le groupe Fiat en 1971, les préparations labellisées du Scorpion se font alors plus rares, jusqu’en 2007, année durant laquelle le géant turinois relance Abarth en tant que marque.

Immédiatement, le piquant préparateur s’occupe de la nouvelle Fiat 500, véritable phénomène de la fin de la décennie, puis de la Punto, en les dotant toutes les deux de l’excellent 1.4 MultiAir, qui développe entre 135 et 180 ch selon les versions.

Une motorisation que le directeur Europe d’Abarth, Marco Magnanini, imaginerait aisément sous le capot d’autres modèles Fiat, comme il l’a indiqué au site britannique MSN Cars. Sont plus précisément visées ici la 500L (celle-ci serait alors une parfaite concurrente à la Mini Countryman S) et la ludique Panda. Le dirigeant italien ne s’est toutefois pas hasardé à préciser une échéance.

Quant à une nouvelle coopération entre Abarth et Alfa Roméo, un temps évoquée, elle a été clairement réfutée. Si certains se souviennent des variantes très réussies des Alfa Roméo 1000 et 2000 dans les années 50, il semblerait que le nom de Abarth soit désormais exclusivement lié aux modèles Fiat.

DU NOUVEAU POUR 2012 DANS LA GAMME ABARTH

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Great Roads: B4518, Mid Wales, UK

This Great Road, written by Ali Cusick, was initially published in issue 96 of Total 911.

Great Roads: B4518, Mid Wales, UK

We’re back in one of our usual haunts – a good jaunt in mid Wales – for another fun length of tarmac: the B4518.

Starting at Llanidloes, pretty much slap bang between the Welsh/English border to the east and the sea to the west, we head roughly north on a curving route towards Snowdonia. As you might expect, this is pretty much classic Welsh reservoir country, and sure enough we take in one on the drive. It’s a bit of a joke to say you could stick a pin on a map of mid Wales and still find a good drive.

Nevertheless, it’s at least partially true, for the fairly low population density, open greenery and scenery makes for an interesting driving infrastructure compared to the cities, though it still takes intelligence to ferret out the better roads in the area. We usually drive it south to north, though neither way short-changes the driver.

The start soon throws off the houses and village shops, and then the drive begins in the manner to follow: a good, two-lane road, close hedges and gentle curves, with a steady rise to work against. A little further on, we shrug off the hedges from the roadside as the view opens out to green rolling valleys, with the road threading ahead, still rising in altitude.

This is how we continue for a few miles or so until we pass the water feature on the left – Llyn Clywedog Reservoir – where there’s a small lay-by if you fancy a break to take in the surroundings with the family. This is a good driving route, with a nice open aspect to the road. With nothing too tight or poorly sighted, it’s a good, steady weave, all the time working the car against the rising terrain.

A little further on, the road changes character a little as it weaves through a few farms and village communities. We’re now down to a single lane and some tight bends that do require slowing down. Don’t lose heart, however, for this is a lovely place to be.

Here, between Staylittle and Pennant, there’s good sightlines in the main and decent progress is made through typical Welsh backwaters despite the single track. The final section opens out, rolling towards the end after Bont Dolgadfan as the lower reaches of Snowdonia appear in the distance.

It’s a common route to take from South Wales to the north, which adds up a few good bits of road… and some not so good, we have to say. It’s easy to create a circuitous route from the bottom to the top of good stuff, though, and the B4518 usually gets included. There’s good driving off the route too, as you’d expect, particularly towards Machynlleth if you want to explore.

Of course, being Wales, you may have to slow down occasionally for a village, but that usually means there’ll be a good pub lunch to keep you going on to the next route. Perfect!

LOCATION: Llanidloes

LATITUDE: 52.4459 -3.5401

LENGTH OF DRIVE: 15 miles

POINTS OF INTEREST:
Centre for Alternative Technology
Clay pigeon shooting
Red Dragon Bushcraft courses
Devils Bridge Falls, Snowdonia
Bryntail Lead Mine
Lots of walking

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION:
www.unicornllanidloes.co.uk

www.lloydshotel.co.uk

www.purnellsrestaurant.com

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