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Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition in Cannes

Customer deliveries of the Porsche 918 Spyder are well under way and now another example of the German hybrid hypercar has been spotted out and about. This particular Weissach edition was spotted in Cannes at the hotel Carlton Cannes. Finished …

Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition in Cannes
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Opinion: Why the Porsche 959 is a 911

Let’s get one thing straight. The Porsche 959, Zuffenhausen’s mildly bonkers, Eighties Supercar, is a 911. It may not have featured often in the pages of Total 911 (apart from issue 108) but it has as much right to sit in our magazine as a 1964 Porsche 901, and here’s why.

Firstly, the 959 is rear-engined, just like a Porsche 911. You’d think that, building a supercar from scratch would result in a mid-engined layout, but that’s where you’d be wrong because, despite it’s massively flared body, the steel monocoque chassis underneath the 959’s clothing is essentially the same as a 911 too.

Another similarity between the 959 and the 911 is the engine hanging out the back of that gorgeously sweeping body. It’s a flat six, just like a 911 (although this one 2,849cc unit with two, sequentially-mounted KKK turbochargers).

Its side-on silhouette is very reminiscent of the classic 911 shape, albeit bulked out to match the technological prowess underneath the body.

Naysayers in this argument will argue that the 959 was marketed as a separate model while the 911 (despite its internal type code differentiations) has always remained branded ‘911’ across every generation.

Yet, at Zuffenhausen, the 959 type code was considered part of the 911 development strain (as was the 961 racing variant). With the above technical similarities, it’s not hard to see why.

Of course, the 959 is not identical mechanically to a contemporary 911 far from it, in fact. The supercar featured ABS (a Porsche first), a clever torque-vectoring four-wheel-drive system, and adaptive ride dampers.

The 959 was partly developed to replace the 911 in the Rothmans Porsche Rally Team line-up.

None of these things were available on the 911 Carrera 3.2, or the 930 3.3 that occupied the 911 range at the time of the 959’s launch in 1986 but this doesn’t mean that the 959 didn’t influence future 911s, because it did.

The 964 generation, the first major revision to the 911 platform, featured ABS and four-wheel drive from launch while the 993 Turbo is arguably the spiritual successor to the 959 with its all-wheel drive system and twin turbochargers.

Yes, it didn’t look identical to a 911 in the mid-Eighties, but it wasn’t far off (and it’s easy to see where the 993 got its sloping headlights from). The 959 is pure 911, just beefed up a lot thanks to its place at the top of the technological tree. If the mid-engined 911 GT1 deserves its place in Total 911’s pages, the 959 more than deserves our spotlight too.

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The 959's influence on the Porsche 993 Turbo is clear to see both aesthetically and mechanically.
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Tuthill spectacularly release Porsche 911 RGT rally car

Tuthill Porsche, the world-renowned 911 rally preparation specialist, has given its new stage warrior a spectacularly unveiling on the 2014 Harry Flatters Rally, held on the famous Epynt military range roads in Mid Wales.

The 997-based Porsche 911 RGT rally car, built to the FIA’s World Rally Championship GT class specification, was used as the course car on the challenging tarmac rally with Richard Tuthill at the wheel.

“We enjoyed an amazing first day in the Porsche 997 RGT rally car,” explained the 1996 British Junior Rally Champion. “The car lands beautifully from jumps, is incredibly nimble through the narrow tight twisty stuff and hugely competent in the fast sections.”

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The 911 RGT was able to run as the course car on the Harry Flatters stages after being given special dispensation by the MSA. The competition mileage has proved invaluable to Tuthill who used the rally to test tyre and setup combinations.

After a positive reception amongst both the public and fellow competitors in the service park, Tuthill is hopeful the MSA will officially recognise the GT class leading to similar cars being used in earnest.

Tuthill Porsche first international event with the 997 RGT will be the unrelenting WRC round in Germany, running from 21 August to 24 August in the Baumholder military range and Mosel wine valley.

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Porsche 930 Is Maddening, Wonderful

Taking off again was agonizingly slow as the 3.3-liter engine struggled to respond to my planted right foot, that was until the turbo spooled up and the forced induction shoved me squarely into the leather sport seat, by which time the car was barreling into a corner, boost and all… Read Full Article
 
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OLDTIMER GP AUG 8-10

next week i will be at the OLDTIMER GP AT THE NURBURGRING AUG 8-10

 

 

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