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Matt Farah Samples Two Sharkwerks Gems—4.1 & 3.9 GT3 RSs

Back when /DRIVE was making videos regularly, Joe Rogan’s Sharkwerks-tuned 997 RS made a special appearance. Throw it back nine years, and its slightly bigger brother has found its way into the hands of Matt Farah, whose enthusiasm for these hot-rodded GT3 RSs flows out of him by the bucketful.

2007 997.1 GT3 RS 3.9

Rogan didn’t spend any time fooling around with his GT3. After picking up the car, he sent the machine straight to Sharkwerks for a 3.9-liter conversion. With 85 horsepower over stock, a broader powerband, an 8,800-rpm redline, and a soundtrack to die for, it’s easy to see how people can justify the price tag. Clearly, it inspires people to make some pretty silly noises (4:30). That’s sheer enthusiasm.

Rogan doing a freakishly accurate impression of a Mezger motor at redline.

2011 997.2 GT3 RS 4.1

With an additional 100 lb-ft of torque over the white car, this car pulls « like a GT2 » from the bottom end, but without losing that incredible top-end bellow. With an exhaust note that sounds like Armageddon, an $8,000 billet crank, more wing and canards to complement the bump in power, the 4.1-liter stroker kit is something extraordinary, and worth the $60,000. Actually, going by the near-tearful state that Farah is in after a romp in these two screaming demons, it’s definitely worth it.

Time to start going through the couch for any lost change.

Two of Sharkwerks’ greatest GT3 RSs breathe new life into Farah’s veins.


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Porsche 992 Turbo breaks cover

Total 911’s spies have captured a 992 Turbo prototype in testing, showing for the first time its key visual cues over the rest of the incoming 992 range. Regular readers will note previous mules seen in public have been based on the current 991 car with tacked-on fenders, however this latest signing heralds a major development in pre-production of the car.

As you can see, the prototype in our pictures features a slightly different front end, with the rear end featuring a full-width light as seen on the rest of the 992 prototype range. The car sports even wider fenders, taking the car to nearly two meters in width for the first time, squared-off quad exhausts and, for the first time, a fixed rear wing. Side air-intakes feeding air to the intercoolers remain, though their shape has been disguised under a camouflage wrap deployed by Porsche. Power will once again come form a twin turbocharged flat six with an expected maximum power output of around 600hp.

The new-generation Porsche 992 Carrera is set to be formally revealed at the Paris motorshow in October, with its bigger Turbo brother due for launch in the first quarter of 2019.


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Everything You Want to Know about the Gunther Werks 400R and More.

The Gunther Werks 400R has been around for a while now. However, it’s only recently made the rounds to various automotive journalists and YouTubers. As a result, we know know a whole lot more about this über 993 and wanted to share with you what we’ve learned. Each video below has a slightly different feel and provides different info. Between them you’ll learn all there is to know about the GT3 RS like 993 people are saying Porsche should have built themselves.

With a Rothsport Racing engine producing 430 horsepower, this flat-six produces as much naturally aspirated power as the 993 GT2 made with forced induction. Not only that, but the engine revs to the moon, and it’s stuck in a mostly carbon-fiber body weighing just 2671 pounds. Gunther Werks, then, has gone above and beyond anything Porsche ever did for a road-going car of the same era. This is like a 993 RS 3.8 that’s been kicked up a notch, or twelve.

Gunther Werks claim that they start with a 993 and then strip it down to bare bones. Nothing is left behind from the original car, except the base chassis and the doors. Everything else has either been replaced with brand new components, or replicated in carbon fiber. Even the roof panel is crafted of bonded-in pre-preg carbon fiber reinforced plastics. This allows the 993 chassis, fully dressed, to weigh something like four-hundred pounds less than it would have in the late 1990s – A 1997 993 Carrera 2 is quoted at with a curb weight of 3075.5 pounds.

The parent company of Gunther Werks, Vorsteiner, is traditionally known for making body components and wheels, but this is their first real foray into building a full car. The 400R is limited to just 25 units, each one bearing unique paint work, choice of wheels, decklid, interior, and more. Sadly, all of these cars have already been spoken for, but if you are one of the lucky few to have purchased this carbon wonder for a mega $600,000 price tag, you now have an exceptional modified Porsche.

In the above video, you can check out Matt Farah driving the 400R in his « One Take » series. It’s pretty easy to tell from the smile on his face, and the blatant « this is awesome » vibe, that Matt really likes the Gunther Werks 400R.

The above video from /Drive shows the Gunther Werks 400R in all its glory. While Will Sabel Courtney gets the opportunity to drive the 400R for a bit, the folks from Vorsteiner explain how the Porsche was changed from its stock form, including much wider and stickier rubber set up in a much more square stance. The front arches have been seriously pushed out to help the new 60-inch track do its thing in providing a more neutral handling balance. There isn’t really any new information about the car in /Drive’s video, as compared to Matt’s, but it’s a higher level of production quality, and shows a bit of the production facility where they are made.

And, since you’ve seen Matt’s « One Take » on this modified Porsche, here’s a video where you can just listen to him drive it for a while. That flat-six engine really likes the higher revs, and it sounds like music to our ears.

What’s your take on the Gunther Werks 400R? Would you pay the $600,000 price for a unique 993, or would you rather spend that money on something like a Singer?


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Patrick Long Can Make You Faster on the Track in just 30 Seconds. Here’s How


Contrary to what the laymen might think, there’s so much more to going quickly than gusto, bravery, and a double-dosage of manhood. It’s an unfortunate assumption made by too many, as reaching the edge of adhesion depends much more on finesse, an understanding of weight transfer, and—crucially—some mechanical sympathy.

So much of this is due to finite resources present—tires, brakes, and fuel—and the need to conserve them as best as possible. Understanding the tire characteristics pushes a driver to exercise a little patience, discretion, and consideration in their driving, and in doing so, they learn how to best utilize their resources without overtaxing them. In other words, once the tire is pushed past its prime, it begins to hamper speed; not increase it. Even a high-end sports car like a Porsche can only take so much abuse, and discovering just how much abuse the tires (and brakes to a similar extent) can take will make a driver world-class. Patrick Long sums it up in the video below.

In addition to understanding your Porsche’s limitations, real speed comes down to balancing the platform accordingly with the right cornering phase—the traction circle explains this in greater depth. Learning how to smoothly transfer weight from the front axle, to the outside tires, to the rear tires, all while carrying some serious speed and enduring some real g-force, is what every professional driver does well.

For instance, trailing the brake slightly to load the nose of your Porsche upon corner entry helps the front tires bite and turn in. This is critical in a 911, which, due to its peculiar weight distribution, will always be subject to more understeer when compared to another car with more static weight over the front axle.

Spinelli looks like he might be a bit queasy from Long’s nuanced, technical driving.

However, the beauty of a 911’s rear-engined layout lies in its inherent traction advantage. If the driver has made it through the challenging entry and mid-corner phases without upsetting the car, they can exploit all that traction, transfer the weight abruptly to the rear end, and fire out of the corner with ferocity few machines can match.


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Drive : Road trip en 911 dans les Alpes en direction des Mille Miglia

Passer 20 cols en 4 jours… Voilà probablement le pire cauchemar du touriste lambda au volant de son monospace mazouté, transportant femme et enfants et le coffre rempli jusqu’à la gueule, solidement harnaché sur la galerie ! Pour un petrolhead en Porsche 911, c’est une toute autre histoire… En tout cas, c’est le défi sympathique que […]


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