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Inside the Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid: Studio F.A. Porsche’s New Yacht.

 

At 8.42 1966 911s long, the $16-million Dynamiq 115 Hybrid is not a particularly large vessel. The largest yacht in the world, the Azzam, is just over five times Dynamiq’s length. What Dynamiq does, is offer Porsche virtues in a luxury yacht, and packs a lot of functionality in a relatively small hull. The list of features and trims evokes Porsche models, including the use of Houndstooth upholstery, Targa-style mullions, and Mission-E inspired transom. Did we mention the optional Panamera Sport Turismo E-Hybrid? Along with more conventional yacht options, that too is on the option list.

The strikingly unconventional GT115 launched at the Monaco Yacht show, where it was first seen in motion. The video shows a very stable looking yacht, which to my eye seems much more stable than its shallow 4’9″ draught would suggest. Where the vessel truly stands out is inside.

Spacious Sundecks

The low overall length does not appear to hinder the level of available space. The sun decks come in four sections, with more than one thousand square feet of available space. The standard layout includes four zones, including an aft sunbathing area, alfresco dining area, a bar and barbecue area, and as well as a forward sunbathing area. The sun decks are configurable, including an available sundeck pool. Exterior space can be augmented with an optional sunbathing pad on the forward area of the main deck.

The standard furniture package is from Minotti, which includes fittings and furniture for both the inside and outside areas. As an option, customers can opt to outfit the sundecks with a full array of deck furniture from Glyn Peter Machin, at a cost of some 355,000 Euro.

Several upholstery options are available, though our favorite is the Mocha leather with classic Pepita Houndstooth upholstery set against lots and lots of carbon fiber. Continuing with the Porsche theme, each door sill plate is rendered in brushed aluminum, and resembles the door sill plate from a Porsche model. A Panamera Sport Turismo E-Hybrid is available as an option, and will be trimmed to match the yacht.

The Porsche design elements are set against high-gloss Macassar ebony veneers, Persian carpets, and Sahara Noir marble. The intent was to create a modern gentleman’s superyacht, and the execution appears stylish and distinctive, without being garish.

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“The aim was to use sporty, masculine and elegant materials to best effect,” says Dynamic CEO, Sergei Dobroserdov. “We pride ourselves by always having function in mind, so while luxurious we also wanted to ensure that the interior was practical and user-friendly. »

By all appearances, they have achieved that goal. The interior layout appears intuitive, with spacious, numbered cabins belowdecks.  Dynamiq lists the crew and guest capacities at six apiece, with three cabins available to guests, and three to crew.

The Porsche themes continue in the cabin, including the continued use of Pepita Houndstooth everywhere from the carpets to the chairs in the pilothouse. The fittings and hardware throughout the ship seem virtually plucked from the Porsche accessories catalog. Like the new 911T, the GTT 115 is available with multiple options for glass thickness, depending on how quiet occupants prefer the cabin.

Cabin materials are somewhat unconventional. While the wooden elements of the floor are traditional caulked wood, the designers have opted for an alcantara « headliner » in the main dining area, which offsets the high-gloss of the Macassar ebony furnishings.

The Minotti interior package includes furnishings as well as accessories, though this can be augmented by a Bottega Veneta accessories package with blankets, throws, picture frames and desk accessories. A Monaco-inspired furnishing package by Sabrina for Dynamiq is also available.

The vessel appears uncluttered, with an absence of ships’ boats and other maritime necessities on the outside. Dynamiq have opted instead to keep the 15′ tender and optional Jet Ski in a forward garage. This keeps the tender and associated davits and hardware away from the aft sunbathing areas, where they would normally be stored.

The exterior color palette is unconventional as well, and includes vibrant shades from the Porsche catalog, such as Monte Carlo Blue, GTS Yellow, Graphite Blue Metallic, and more understated colors like Carrara White.

While my own taste in ships trends closer to square-riggers than mega-yachts, I still think this is a magnificent ship. Often branding exercises, even ones done with the best intent, come off hollow. As a former long-time Saab owner, I always found it was tricky to find the connection between the cars and the jets Saab was always bragging about their link to.

This yacht, in truth, seems to have more to do with Porsche’s present direction. I suspect that Dynamiq will have no trouble selling all seven.

For fans of smaller vessels, a 70′ boat, also designed by F.A. Porsche is coming soon.

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996 v 997 Turbo

If you’d been lucky enough to work as a motoring journalist in the 80’s (when budgets were generous, and launches went on for days) you’d have laughed at the proposition that the 911 Turbo would evolve into the definitive secure, all weather supercar within the next decade or so. The original 930 Turbo may have become mildly more approachable with the 1989 advent of the G50 gearbox, it’s 5 ratios making lag slightly less of an issue, but here was a car that always carried a serious sting in its tail.

A reputation cemented by a dastardly combination of short wheelbase, turbo lag, tail heavy weight distribution and strong lift off oversteer characteristics meant only the most skilled could extract the best from it, whilst many less skilled would find themselves in trouble, and a consequently broken car. Of course for some this defines the very appeal of a 930 Turbo, but for many the car proved hugely exciting but occasionally terrifying to drive – particularly if rain had fallen.

1995 marked the beginning of the evolution towards the 911 Turbo as we know it now; the 993 Turbo introducing technology that had first appeared almost a decade earlier in the seminal 959. Twin turbos delivered an even bigger, yet more manageable hit of power. Married to modern chassis technology & four wheel drive, the 911 Turbo was suddenly a car capable of covering ground with immense speed and security. And if the 993 generation Turbo heralded a new direction in the evolution of the 911 Turbo, the 996 cemented what the 911 Turbo would come to stand for: the definitive all weather supercar.

The 996 represented so much for Porsche, bringing with it the biggest revolution in the 911’s development so far. It introduced a new way of building cars (hence the commonality with its Boxster cousin), a water cooled flax six for the first time and truly modern aerodynamics; the platform would form the basis of the 911 for the next 15 years. It also formed the basis of the 911 Turbo that many regard as the optimum balance of speed, usability and purity of driving experience.

Why? It offers perhaps the perfect blend of compact dimensions (it’s little wider than a 718 Boxster), immense performance from the unburstable Mezger flat six, and a chassis which delivers a secure, communicative driving experience with a purity supposedly lost to PASM & computerized chassis control systems of future generations. Or so the accepted wisdom says….

To read the full in-depth feature of our definitive 996 v 997 Turbo test, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 159 here or download from Newsstand. 

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Why Porsche needs a new corporate identity

Porsche Vice President Marketing Kjell Gruner discusses the background to the sports car brand’s new look – and who will work with this in the future.

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Win This Scholarship and it Could be Your Path to Racing for Porsche

Applications are now being accepted by the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) for the IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship, supported by Porsche and Yokohama.

Who’s Eligible?

If you’re between the ages 16 and 25, and have no previous full-time Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama experience, then you’re eligible to earn the scholarship. Successful candidates must have a strong desire to compete in the series, outstanding previous race results and proven on-track potential in junior racing categories and the ability to build a compelling business plan for securing the remaining funding needed to compete in a full season of the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series.

2017- Daytona- IMSA- Jeff Stone, Hurley Haywood and Jake Eidson

Last season’s scholarship recipient, and FLATSIXES.com contributor, Jake Eidson, made the most of his support by securing the 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup Championship. Eidson was part of long-standing GT3 Cup championship team, Kelly-Moss Road and Race and wrapped up the title at Sonoma Raceway in September, at the penultimate round of the season.

What the Winner of the 2018 Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship Receives

The 2018 Scholarship recipient will receive these rewards with a combined value in excess of $80,000:

    • Full-season Premium Entry into the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
    • Parts credit from Porsche Motorsport North America
    • One set of Yokohama tires for each 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama event
    • Tool credit from Sonic Tools
    • Complete OMP driver suit and other accessories
    • Promotional consideration by RACER Magazine

About the Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship

The scholarship is named after legendary Porsche racecar driver Hurley Haywood, one of the most accomplished sports car endurance racers in history. He earned five overall victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two wins at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – all in Porsches – during his remarkable driving career, which spanned five decades.

Haywood also was a mainstay of the illustrious Brumos Porsche team as a driver and a leader for more than four decades. He currently serves as the chief driving instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Besides Eidson, previous IMSA Scholarship recipients were Victor Gomez IV (2016), Elliott Skeer (2015) and Michael Lewis (2014), all of whom remain active in North American sports car racing.

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Peter W. Schutz, Savior of the 911, Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts that we pass along the news of Peter Schutz’s death; the courageous man who kept the 911 alive, dragged Porsche out of the doldrums, and revitalized their racing program. Not only did Schutz possess a fighting spirit, but he listened to his peers and worked with some of the brightest minds to grace Porsche. These qualities helped him take Porsche from a struggling outfit when he joined, to tripling their sales a few years later.

In 1981, when Schutz joined Porsche, where he would act as CEO until 1987, they were experiencing their first recorded losses and on the verge of replacing the iconic 911 with the 924 and 928. Wisely, Schutz held onto the brand-defining 911 and instead diversified the model; introducing the popular Cabriolet, the exotic Speedster, and the techno-heavy 959—the latter serving as a test bed for technologies that would make the 911 a more palatable product. His championing of these offshoots stemmed from the intelligent men he surrounded himself with—namely Porsche, Bott, Falk, Singer, and Jantke—and his willingness to listen to them.

Ray Shaffer (left) poses with Peter Schutz (right). Photo credit: @ray.shaffer

He was also a fighter and a pragmatist, and this helped Porsche’s motorsports program immeasurably. Instead of chancing Le Mans success with the unproven 924, he revitalized the aging 936 and famously proclaimed “as long as I am in charge of this company, we will never go to any race without the objective of winning.” This single-minded and sensible approach to competition helped take Porsche Motorsports to the level of consummate professionalism it’s known for today, and any Porsche fan owes him their respect.

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