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New European Bike Speed Record Set Behind A Porsche Cayenne Turbo

While the world land speed record for a bicyclist was just beaten at the Bonneville Salt Flats last week, an incredible 183.9 miles per hour, Porsche had recently helped another cyclist—Neil Campbell—set the European record on a two mile paved runway in England. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo was chosen for the task because of it’s twin abilities to accelerate quite quickly and to push a lot of air out of the way to help the bike run aerodynamically uninhibited. The bike and tow rig were specifically built for this task, the Moss-built carbon fiber bike featuring a long wheelbase and a stepped-down gearing system for high speed stability. The runway was cleared and the Cayenne (driven by British drag racing champion Andy Frost) pushed off from the start with the bike and Campbell in tow.

This is hardly the first time Porsche has been involved in a cycling speed record attempt, as Jean-Claude Rude rode behind a specially modified Kremer 935 race car in 1979.

“We’ve got so little space that it was essential that we got up to speed as quickly as possible. The acceleration of the Cayenne was incredible – it was like being strapped to a rocket. I was pedalling throughout, harder and harder, before I released from the car at just over 100 mph and got my head down and gave it all I could. All the time the Cayenne was right ahead of me, clearing the air – it was so stable. I look back on the pictures and think ‘what was I thinking’ but I was focused I didn’t really take it all in. It’s an incredible feeling – to get 149 mph on such a short runway is beyond anything I expected. We’re within touching distance of the world record. I can’t thank my team and supporters enough for the help and confidence they’ve given me.”

Campbell beat his own prior record of 135 miles per hour, which he’d just set back in June, reaching 149 mph behind the Cayenne. I simply cannot imagine what it must feel like to pedal at 149 miles per hour. Even more crazy, Campbell is after the overall cycling speed record with further attempts to come.


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Indy 500 Champ Dario Franchitti Tests Gulf Porsche 917 Against Contemporary Rivals, Ferrari 512S and Lola T70

If given the opportunity to test three of the most raw and brutal racing machines of the 1960s, it’s likely most of us would jump at the opportunity. This Gulf-Wyer Racing 917 was once muscled around by the likes of Jo Siffert and Derek Bell, and while I think quite highly of my own driving, I have no doubt that I’d be absolutely pants in comparison. With that giant throbbing flat-twelve engine roaring away behind the driver’s head, a surprisingly reclined seating position, and an austere driving cockpit ahead, I might have been too intimidated once behind the wheel to actually move away from a stop. Dario, however, is among the most accomplished drivers of all time, and even he felt a bit of trepidation.

Compared to its contemporaries, the 917 was a certainly the most successful of the bunch, though there were certainly more Lola T70s built. Each of these incredible machines are worthy of praise, but the Gulf 917 is certainly the most iconic. It is interesting that Mr. Franchitti notes that the 917 has a much larger steering wheel than the 512 in a bid for driver comfort and focus over 24 hours. That attention to driver fatigue was all important back then, and has carried through to today. With minor decreases in noise, vibration, and harshness, drivers can arrive to the end of their stint with more focus and speed than they otherwise might.

And, in case that trio review wasn’t enough 917 for you, here is a short video that shows a couple of on-board views out the back of the Porsche. Really, it’s all about that sound, so crank up your speakers and put the video on repeat. You’ll be in Porsche heaven in no time at all.


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Porsche’s GT2 RS Wins Car & Driver’s Lightning Lap With A New Record Time

It seems like just yesterday we were hearing about Porsche’s wild 918 Spyder taking the new VIR production track record during C/D’s Lightning Lap in 2014. That record was taken down just last year when they ran a Ford GT just one tenth of a second faster than the 918. One tenth of a second seemed right at the time, and a massive step forward for technological progress, because the GT doesn’t use any hybrid or four-wheel drive to accomplish its lap time. This year, the Ford was sent home with its tail between its legs, because three cars not only beat its time, but demolished it completely. The McLaren 720S and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 ran more than three seconds faster than the old Ford’s time. Porsche’s GT2 was a further TWO SECONDS quicker around the lap with a 2 minutes 37.8 seconds lap. That’s a full 5.2 seconds faster than Ford’s low-slung carbon-tub car, with a 911.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the GT2 RS:

« For something with its spec sheet, the GT2 RS is surprisingly forgiving. A sharp turn of the wheel concurrent with a mashed gas pedal will induce oversteer, but with smooth inputs, you can floor the throttle a beat or two before it feels sensible. Braking from 165.2 mph doesn’t cause so much as a wiggle of instability from the heavy end. Where other cars bounce over curbing, the GT2 RS seemingly glides over concrete serrations. It is hard to believe how little body roll there is. »

That’s not all, because Porsche entered two additional cars in the Lightning Lap competition, a brand new GT3 which ran just 9.2 seconds slower than the GT2 RS with a two minutes 47 seconds lap, and dead on exactly the same time as the 991.1 GT3 RS ran a couple of years ago. It wasn’t fighting for the overall title, but it was the 17th fastest car in Lightning Lap history.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the GT3:

« As you get comfortable in the GT3, more of your focus can turn to enjoying the speed it generates—and the sounds, the 4.0-liter hammering redline 18 times per lap. What’s a small-block? Ferrari who? You’ll forget every other major perform­ance player when ripping the GT3 up the Climbing Esses…« 

Then there was the 718 Cayman GTS, which punched way above its weight class, setting a 2 minutes 56.7 seconds lap to beat Audi’s TT RS by more than two seconds. More impressively, perhaps, it was just a few tenths of a second slower than last year’s Audi R8 V10 Plus, and nearly a second quicker than a 997.2 Turbo S back in 2011. In this year’s field, however, the 718 ranked just 9th.

Here’s what Car and Driver had to say about the 718 Cayman GTS:

« Before staring down the Corvette ZR1 on our final day at VIR this year, we first went out in the Cayman. Like starting your day with a cup of coffee or stretching before a run, a lap in a Cayman is the preparation you need before a big mental and physical challenge. And while it might not have supercar power, it has the magic. »

To see the full leaderboard from all past Lightning Lap events, including this one, click this link. You’ll see a lot of Porsche on that list.


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Introducing the Chronograph 70Y Sportwagen PCA Edition

PCA members are deeply passionate people, and deeply invested in both Porsche as a brand, and as an institution stretching back decades. I’ve been a concours judge, and observing PCA concours judging in person is an intense experience; the breadth of knowledge about materials, finishes, and even fonts shared by these people is immense. Porsche appreciates that, and when it comes time to create a timepiece, they embrace that level of enthusiasm.

Porsche Design’s timepiece, the Porsche Design Chronograph 70Y Sportwagen PCA Edition, embraces 70 years of Porsche heritage and wraps it in Porsche Design’s new top-of-the-line timepiece. Limited to just 70 pieces globally, it features Porsche Design’s first-ever proprietary movement; the Werk 01.200 with Flyback function, load-path optimized movement bridge, and COSC certification to guarantee maximum precision. Each unit is numbered, and can only be purchased by PCA ID holders.

Porsche Design incorporates numerous design cues from historic Porsche models. The rotor is styled to resemble the classic Porsche Fuchs alloy wheel, a world-first in high-end timepieces. The shape was specially approved by Porsche cars for use on this special timepiece.

Inside the Chronometer

For the first time, Porsche Design created their own bespoke movement. Where the Rennsport Edition VI Chronotimer used a ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, the new timepiece uses a COSC-certified Porsche Design Caliber WERK 01.200, Chronograph with Flyback function. Even considered alongside the rest of the Porsche Design lineup, this makes for a unique timepiece.

The new movement and rotor fit in a 30mm movement housing, and afford a 48 hour power reserve. The 25 jewel movement operates on a 4Hz (28,800/hour) frequency.

Classic Styling

The titanium case measures 42mm in diameter and 15.33mm thick. The front and rear faces are convex Sapphire crystal with scratch-proof hard coating and sevenfold anti-glare coatings. The rear fascia is the screw-down type, exposing the Fuchs-styled rotor, and the case is water-resistant up to 5 bar.

The dial blends classic styling with modern materials, and incorporates white indices with a mechanical function display at 9 o’clock over a carbon face. A 30-minute counter is positioned at 12 o’clock with a 12-hour counter positioned opposite at 6 o’clock. The date window is stationed at the 4 o’clock position.

The strap is constructed of vehicle-grade calfskin leather with black Alcantara accents. Red stitching is used on inner surfaces, contrasted by blue on the outer surfaces. The strap shares its quick-release system with most current Porsche Chonographs, and a large strap is available upon request.

The new timepiece is available for pre-order on the Porsche Design website, and at press time approximately 20 of the seventy numbered pieces are available. This limited edition piece will retail for $9,911, and will be available for sale and viewing at Rennsport VI.


  • Case
    • Diameter: 42.00 mm
    • Height: 15.33 mm
    • Material: Titanium
    • Finishing: Titanium carbide coating
    • Crown: Screw-down
    • Glass: Sapphire crystal convex with hard coating, scratch-proof and with sevenfold anti-glare properties on both sides
    • Case back: Screw-down with tinted sapphire crystal
    • Water-resistant: Up to 5 bar
  • Dial
    • Carbon with white indices, minute, hour, mechanical function display at 9 o’clock
    • Chronograph second hand, 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock
    • Date window at 4 o’clock, tachymeter scale
  • Strap
    • Black vehicle leather (calfskin) with black Alcantara ®
    • Inside red seams, outside blue seams, inter-changeable strap system
    • 1 additional strap size L
  • Clasp
    • Titanium folding clasp with pusher, black titanium carbide coating, glass bead-blasted
  • Movement
    • Limited Caliber: Porsche Design Caliber WERK 01.200, Chronograph with Flyback function, COSC-certified
    • Rotor: Porsche Design – Rotor « Fuchs »
    • Diameter: 30.00 mm
    • Height: 7.90 mm
    • Power reserve: 48 hours
    • Frequency: 28.800 per hour [4Hz]
    • Jewels: 25

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A Beautiful Porsche Restoration Is Not The Work Of A Moment

Part of the beauty of a restoration is in the search. We are hunters as a species and we delight in scouring the globe — or usually the internet — to find just the right project car for our needs. Once you uncover the perfect barn find Porsche the real fun beings. In my years in the Porsche community I’ve known countless fools who restore cars only to discover that once they’ve landed the prey by finishing the restoration process, they become complacent and desire to get back on the hunt as soon as possible. Within a year of restoration, many cars get sold off and they’re out searching for the next Porsche to return to showroom clean. It’s a vicious cycle.


Porsche 911 – Gobin Associés

Sit back and enjoy this wonderful story. It's all about passion. Great film by Cinecopter ProdThe car was restored by Atelier GOBIN

Geplaatst door Elferspot op Dinsdag 11 september 2018

Porsche 911 – Gobin Associés

Sit back and enjoy this wonderful story. It’s all about passion. Great film by Cinecopter ProdThe car was restored by Atelier GOBIN

Posted by Elferspot on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The video here is a dramaticized version of real life, but it’s a beautiful piece of insight into the process of finding the right car, finding the right restoration specialists, finding the right parts, and getting the job done. The folks at Atelier Gobin in France put together this short film over the course and lifetime of a longhood 912 restoration. Clearly they played up a few facts, like the car being covered in actual dirt when they « found » it. Aside from the over-the-top aspects of the video, it does a nice job of showcasing their talents. The car is stripped down to nothing and built back up into a gorgeous example right before our eyes.

If every restoration were this easy, however, maybe we’d all take it up as a hobby.


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