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’73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7… Du outlaw Matching Number !

Rassurez vous, je ne vais pas vous rejouer le refrain de la 911 Carrera RS 2.7, soit vous cliquer sur le lien, soit vous rodez un peu la fonction recherche. Par contre celle dont je vais vous parler, elle est unique… faite sur mesure. Mais pas de outlaw, ni de prépa en mode barbare. Non, […]

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Inside the world’s best Porsche collection

It’s just after midday and we find ourselves waiting outside a plain, nondescript building, its featureless, external monotony a brilliant contrast to the magic of what resides inside. That’s because within these walls you’ll find what is very likely the most astonishing, most unbelievable Porsche collection on the planet which, until very recently, has been kept a complete secret to everybody. You should prepare to be amazed.

It’s a complicated process to get inside the building but, after sharing introductions with the rather secretive owner, we’re lead inside. Greeted by a maze of stairways and corridors at first, our eyes take a little time to adjust to the bleached-out haze of white floors, walls and ceilings, illuminated by brilliantly white lights. The connotations here are almost surgical – for a minute you’d forgive us for thinking we’re about to take a look around a top-secret new hospital that’s soon to open.

Eventually we reach a wide set of windowless double doors, bright light from the other side visible through a minute gap where they meet. Pulling on each handle, the owner swings the doors open and steps back, imploring the three of us in our party to venture inside.

Staggering into the room, three sets of jaws hit the floor as our brains attempt to compute the information we think our eyes are relaying. There are no less than 54 Porsche sports cars impeccably laid out in this huge room which, like the corridors leading to it, is a complete whitewash from floor to ceiling. The cars within this hall, rather predictably, are all finished in varying shades of factory ‘weiß’. Welcome to The White Collection.

What started with a single Matchbox 911 Turbo has grown into what is the most awe-inspiring stockpiling of Porsche on the planet. It’s not just because of the unique colour either. The cars in this room are, almost exclusively, extremely rare and collectible models, and all boast low mileages. Don’t let the colourless hues fool you: each Porsche is extensively, bountifully specced, with most of the modern cars simply dripping in bespoke CXX options – but we’ll come to that later.

The collection is vast and immaculately presented. Walking towards the middle of the room, a row of 911 GT2s from 993 right up to 997 RS sit to our left – the 991 is in transit – all organised in chronological order. To our right there’s a row of air-cooled Porsche Rennsports ordered from first to last, including both M471 Lightweight and M472 Touring versions of the original 2.7 Carrera RS. The water-cooled Rennsports line up opposite, with the holy trinity of Porsche supercars in the 959, Carrera GT and 918 presented, in white, in the middle.

Flanking each end of the Rennsport displays you’ll find an extensive Turbo and Turbo S line-up, plus a long line of rare flatbacks which culminates in a 991 R. There’s a row of Cabriolets in the distance, plus every Porsche Speedster, and some choice Targas. All are meticulously placed in stringently straight lines.

Back to that white Matchbox Turbo. “I was given the car when I was a child and was mesmerised by its flowing lines, and so I cherished it. More than a car, I found art in its design. It continued to inspire me as I grew up,” says the Collection’s bashful owner, who wishes to remain anonymous. His first Porsche was a 993, though not in white. They came later, amassed over a period of years, though there’s an admission that “the collecting only became quite aggressive in the last six years or so. The aim, as you can see, was to have one of everything, in white, in the lowest mileage possible.”

Boasting what is likely the best independent Porsche collection in the world, the owner of The White Collection might also be one of the Exclusive Department’s best contemporary customers. The 918 has north of $100,000 in CXX options, and the R, GT3 RS and GTS Targa aren’t far behind. The total amount of CXX options in the room could be near to $1 million. Even cars such as the 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, which came with bespoke Gold metallic paint, was optioned in Carrera White Metallic and, popping the front bonnet, the entire boot is lined in luxury leather with contrast gold stitching, courtesy of the Exclusive Department.

Most 991 interiors are resplendent in CXX Yachting blue leather with white contrast stitching and seat piping, this specification a clear favourite of the meticulous owner. The inspiration for this lies on the far side of the room, among the flank of flatbacks, where a 3.2 Carrera resides with a factory Yachting Blue interior. “I just fell in love with the colour combination when I bought that particular car,” the owner says. “It works so well and complements the white exterior, so from that moment on I decided all the new cars should be finished this way.” That 3.2 Carrera’s legacy now includes a 991 R, 991 GT3 RS and 918, all with Yachting Blue interiors.

For the full exposé on The White Collection, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 175 in shops now, or get it delivered to your door. Can can also enjoy a special bonus gallery of the Collection via our digital editions for both Apple and Android

 

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Gorilla Glass: Lighter, Stronger and Coming Soon to Your Next New Porsche

Porsche has been dedicated to pioneering modern components and exotic materials for decades, employing new technology well before other manufacturers in many instances. Innovative materials like high-strength steel, deep-drawn sheet steel, light alloys like aluminum and magnesium, and featherweight plastics have been put into production by Porsche. In order to make its products more efficient and still provide that Porsche-ness that we all desire so, the company is continually pressing forward in this arena. For this newest innovation, however, Porsche has looked outside of the world of automobiles and reached across the aisle to the tech world.

Porsche has been on a mission to develop lighter window glass for years, occasionally making use of plastic rear and quarter windows for their Rennsport models. The problem with plastic, however, is that it scratches easily, and has less than optimal visual characteristics. It’s not practical for mass-produced Porsches, it’s fair to say. So, when thinner film glass started becoming the de riguer mode of creating screens for televisions, smart phones, and tablets, Porsche sat up and took notice. The material, colloquially known as Gorilla Glass is incredibly clear and without distortion, it is very low weight, and it is very strong. Despite the fact that your smartphone screen shattered the last time you dropped it, Gorilla Glass is actually quite good at remaining intact. A similar type of laminated glass was used on a test basis for the rear window of the 918 Spyder Weissach. The only major downside is the increased production cost. Porsche folks will pay for quality and lightweight, however. Gorilla Glass is also too thin and flexible to be useful for roll-down side window glass as of yet.

While also available on McLaren’s 720S, Porsche lays claim to the title of first automotive manufacturer to use Gorilla Glass in mass production applications, as the current GT3 RS uses the space age material for the rear and rear quarter windows as does the GT2 RS. Porsche is currently experimenting with the possibility of building windshields out of the material, because testing has proven that it would be substantially more resistant to hail and stone chipping, while also being more scratch resistant. An interior layer of 2.1mm standard glass with a layer of PVB safety film and a 0.55mm layer of Gorilla Glass has proven to be more flexible and shatter resistant in crash testing, up to 200% stronger than conventional glass windshields. Perhaps most important to Porsche fans, however, is weight. The current 911 back light weighs in at 5.8 kilograms of conventional glass, but the current glazing on the rear of the new GT3 RS (and 911 Carrera T) weighs a scant 3.7 kilograms. That’s a 2.1 kilo drop or nearly 5 lbs.

Thus is the ever forward march of progress.

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Porsche Says These Are Their 5 Lightest Models, Kind of…

In an era of ballooning waistlines for ordinary cars, Porsche’s commitment to lightweight stands out. In 1991, a new Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16v tipped the scales at a bit under 2,500 lbs. Today, a new Jetta GLI weighs about 700 lbs more. By contrast, a 1991 Porsche 964 Carrera 2 with a manual transmission is just over 100 lbs lighter than its modern counterpart. Indeed, a new GT3 and an RS America are separated by under 70 lbs. By modern standards, either is a flyweight. Neither car comes close to cracking the top 5 lightest Porsche models of all time.

To be fair to the 1.5 ton GT3, most of the Porsches in the Top 5 are dedicated racecars. Only the Carrera 2.7RS Sport is a traditional road car, and the 356 Sport Leicht is about as stripped out as early 50s GT racers come. The 2,150 lb (975kg) Carrera 2.7 RS Sport is not only the heaviest of the bunch, it’s the heaviest by a substantial margin. Though the Carrera RS is one of the lightest 911s, it weighs as much as the two lightest cars on the list combined.

The list does contain some glaring omissions, and isn’t a good reflection of the actual Top 5 lightest Porsche models. Most production 356s weigh in at under 975kg, save for the C convertibles; the heaviest of the lot. The mighty 917K tips the scales at 800kg, easily ousting the Carrera 2.7 RS Sport from the Top 5. Indeed, at 850kg an IMSA GTP spec 962 also undercuts the apparently-porky 2.7 RS.

While the 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Sport is a remarkable machine, it’s pretty clear that anything over a ton isn’t going to cut it in Porsche circles. Though Colin Chapman is credited with coining the phrase « simplify and add lightness, » Porsche managed to implement that philosophy, and build durable, reliable cars.

Can you guess the lightest car on the list before watching the video? Let us know your guess in the comments!

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Ghost Outlaw: reviving the UK Outlaw movement

For as long as the 911 has been in existence, people have sought to modify it. It is the reason Porsche’s Exclusiv department was created, it being an official approach in tending to the bespoke requests of customers. Away from Stuttgart, a Porsche tuning scene has always thrived, most notably in California, where the ‘Outlaw’ style has long been prevalent.

There are many reasons for this. While other factions of style from within the Porsche tuning fraternity, such as backdating, forward-dating or even the Singer-inspired cars are fairly rigid by definition of their appearance, an Outlaw car can take on many forms, for each build is distinctly personal to its owner. Each has its own unique story to tell.

It’s more than that, though. In our contemporary Porsche world where matching numbers and absolute originality are coveted by collectors, causing many owners of classics to adhere as closely to stock spec as possible, the Outlaw cars are perhaps more ‘Outlaw’ than ever, palpably going against the grain in a crusade for individualism. That message arguably rings louder than ever, too: as more and more reverse their tuned car back to stock spec to protect its value, Outlaw cars appear to be shrinking in number.

They’ve become ‘one percenters’ of their culture, to coin a phrase borrowed from our two-wheeled Outlaw cousins. Owners of Outlaw cars are proud of that; they aren’t remotely concerned about the value of their classic 911s, electing to modify, drive and enjoy their experience from behind the wheel rather than park the car and cultivate retirement plans.

Of course, the Outlaw scene has had numerous dignitaries keeping its metaphorical crank spinning over the years, including members of the R Gruppe or, more recently, one Magnus Walker. The Urban Outlaw himself has hand-crafted a sizeable collection of Outlaw Porsches over the years, ranging from an early short-wheelbase 911 (dubbed the ’67R and later sold to Prodigy frontman, Liam Howlett), right up to a water-cooled 996 GT3. However, Magnus’ favourite Outlaw Porsche of the moment wasn’t built by himself, nor was it ever resident in California for that matter. No, the Urban Outlaw’s current most admired 911 lurks in the shadows of dense moorland around the UK’s Shropshire borders.

Dubbed the ‘Ghost Outlaw’, in part a reference to its owner’s wish for the car to remain nebulous among wider Porsche culture, it has already achieved notoriety online, in part thanks to that high appraisal from Magnus. Not so much a phantom car any longer, but nevertheless a 911 with plenty of soul, the Ghost Outlaw name aptly depicts the spiritual journey encountered by the car’s owner right from the day of purchase. Here is the car’s tale.

To read the full feature, get your copy of Total 911 issue 161 delivered to your door or download from Newsstand to any Apple or Android device. 

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