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VIDEOS:Jeff Zwart+GT2RS+Pike’s Peak=Modded Street Car Goes Racing

We absolutely love everything about the videos attached on the following page and all that they stand for. In the first one, the legend, the myth, the factory Porsche racing guru hot shoe Jeff Zwart drove a 997 GT2 RS a total of 1,132 miles from Porsche Motorsport’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California to the Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado, where he raced it in the 2011 event. The only modifications they did to the car were the installation of a factory European spec Club Sport roll cage, associated safety equipment and minor interior gutting, a Recaro race seat, slapped on some 18″ BBS 3 piece alloys with Michelin racing tires, and used lightweight plastic GT3 Cup doors. He ended up finishing in second place in his class behind a full tube framed Hyundai race car and set the record for the quickest street legal car to ever have run the course. We think that it’s all sorts of cool, and we are sure that you will agree. Please continue on the next page for the videos and pictures from the race, as well as a bonus we threw in from 2013. And here he sets the record for the […]

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1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car Bare Shell Repaint

This 1990 Porsche 964 series Carrera Cup car (chassis #9007) was the subject of a bare shell repaint thread back to it’s original Viper Green color on http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/, by forum member “NineMeister”. The shop who did the work, 9M in the UK, bought the race car in an estate sale unfortunately without any documentation to verify, but it is thought to have been the championship winning Trophy Cup car from that year. Their plan was to sympathetically restore it back to the factory specification and livery that it wore when raced during that successful season. Continue with us on the next page as we follow “Kermit” through it’s strip and respray… To start, there was a fair amount of body repair work that had previously been repaired fairly poorly, which is understandable for a race car, but 9M wanted to set about correcting it back to the original factory standard that it had when new. Looking at their quality rear quarter panel replacement work, there’s now nothing to indicate that it had ever been banged up before. The original idea of the project was to keep as much patina as possible, including it’s worn through paint next to the clutch pedal, but that […]

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Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades

Since Porsche 959’s are now legal to be roaming freely on our open American highways, Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California offers a conversion available in 2 phases to really bring them up to their full potential. To most die hard automotive enthusiasts, Bruce needs no introduction, but in case you still aren’t sure of who he is, maybe the video of his shakedown of a Porsche 917 on a public highway embedded in our previous 917 restoration feature here will help the comprehension process: http://www.carbuildindex.com/19504/1972-porsche-91710-008-restoration/. To say that this guy knows his Porsches would be a gargantuan understatement. Continue on the following page for more details on the warmed-over 959… He starts with extremely well cared for examples from his search all around the world. Since the cars are all wheel drive, a lot of them have been driven throughout the year in all sorts of weather conditions, so it is important for him to find clean, low mileage examples with 6,000 miles or less. The conversion costs between $100,000 and $140,000 with Phase 1 producing 575 hp and Phase 2 is said to make north of 640 hp. He installs a new Motec-based engine management system, new […]

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1972 Porsche 917/10-008 Restoration

This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced… Weighing in at just a scant 1,700 pounds, these twin turbocharged flat 12’s are said to generate almost 1,000 horsepower and 900 ft. lb. of torque. That translates to 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 3.9 and 0-200 in just 13.4. Yeah, hold on to your bloomers. While those figures are absolutely astonishing, what’s even more mind blowing is that the following year’s 917/30 models made 1,600 horsepower in qualifying trim. The engine and transmission in the car featured here are said to have been […]

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1973 Porsche 911 RS Restoration

This 1973 Porsche 911 RS was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by the marque experts at CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. The master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years, restoring some of the best 356′s and 911′s in the world to absolute show winning examples, and this particular RS is no exception. We can never go very long here without featuring a 911 build or restoration project of some sort, as the iconic model has been around for so many years in an assortment of so many flavors that we actually have to restrain ourselves from including too many. It is especially difficult when we have one of the best shops at our disposal at just a few finger taps away on the internet. They always include a multitude of detailed photographs of their meticulous projects, making it hard for us to hold back for the perfect timing. Unfortunately, what we don’t have is any back story of this car, so let’s fill in the blanks by starting with a bit of the 911 RS’s history in general, shall we? In order to race the legendary RSR, Porsche had to build a minimum of 500 […]

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