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Gunther Werks 400R driven: best ever 993?

“I said they were out of their minds. Bespoke bodywork, running gear and everything else that goes along with building a custom car in that short a time. ‘We’re not a TV show, we’ll not do it in a week’”. That was owner of Rothsport Racing, Jeff Gamroth’s response when the call came from Peter Nam at Gunther Werks. They didn’t do it in a week, as Gamroth said, this was not a TV show, but the sheer persistence of Peter Nam and his team saw the 400R to go from concept to the car I’m sitting in today in just six months.

I stumbled across the project mid-summer, Gunther Werks drip-feeding a Facebook group some details of what would become the 400R. If you’ve never heard of the firm before that’s no surprise – I hadn’t. Gunther Werks is a new company, but it’s not come from nowhere. Nam owns Vorsteiner, which specialises in aftermarket wheels and carbon fibre styling for premium manufacturers, Gunther Werks is a natural progression of that. With it Nam has been extremely clever, assembling a team of highly respected names in the air-cooled Porsche community to create the 400R. The a-list roster includes Jeff from Rothsport Racing, Joey Seely from E-Motion Engineering and Carey Eisenloher.

The idea itself, is a simple one. Take a 993 and develop it as if Porsche hadn’t replaced the 993 with the 996 twenty years ago. Not as a mere Carrera though, but as a GT3. Different to the usual backdates, then, this is more of a continuation, bringing the car forward rather than modernising mechanically with a reverential stylistic nod backwards. The 400R is a 993 for today, the past blast forwarded into the present, using modern technology to enhance and improve, all without denying it of its original appeal and driver appeal. Building on it. That was a key goal, Nam determined to create the very best 993 as it could be now, focussed on driving, Gunther Werks demanding that its customers don’t buy it as a trinket, but as a car to be used. And used as intended – hard.

If the concept sounds easy the execution is anything but. It is genuinely difficult to comprehend that the 400R was a standard, pre-Varioram Carrera 2 back in May 2017. To create it Gunther Werks tasked its team…

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The Ultimate Porsche Comes From California

When Rob Dickinson, the lead singer for ’90s British rock band Catherine Wheel, moved to Hollywood in the early aughts, he drove a 1969 Porsche 911 that he lovingly dubbed the “Brown Bomber”—a classic car he restored to serve as a lightweight daily driver. Before long he was approached all over town—not for his autograph—rather […]

 

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Vidéo : en plein cœur de l’Amérique au volant d’une Porsche 911 Singer

Petrolicious nous invite au cœur de l’Amérique pour nous faire découvrir un superbe road trip synonyme de liberté automobile totale. Mot après mot, phrase après phrase, Matt Euson, propriétaire d’une Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 modifiée par Singer Vehicle Design, nous conte sa passion pour sa sportive allemande. Surnommée « The Indiana Car », cette Porsche 911 Singer est exceptionnelle à plus d’un titre. Son kit carrosserie Singer et son habitacle en cuir accompagne un flat-6 préparé. Sa sonorité se lâche ainsi dans les paysages à couper le souffle de l’Indiana. Le plaisir de conduire prend, grâce à cette vidéo, tout son […]

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When It Comes To Singer, The Devil Is In The Details

There aren’t many folks who own a Singer Reimagined Porsche 911 who are comfortable sharing their car with the world. These cars are usually kept locked away in secret, revered as jewelry pieces in a collection. They aren’t often sold on the second-hand market, and they are only occasionally shown off at events, car shows, or track days. Singer have crafted what is perhaps the ultimate expression of Porsche, and yet they’re only really known to their individual owners. Thankfully, vintage car collector, and Singer owner, Matt Euson has given a full video interview to Petrolicious. Not only that, but he actually drives the thing, taking the car to the office, to pick up his kids from football, or on date night. Give it a click, you’ll surely enjoy his take on the gorgeous car.

As Euson mentions in the video, it’s hard to tell a Singerized car from a ‘regular’ backdated hotrod Porsche from a distance. As you get closer, however, you’ll notice that the car is something special, because the devil is in the details. Singer re-works every single part of the Porsche for maximum usability and visual presence. Anybody with a modicum of mechanical skills can put together a nicely turned out 964 backdate with a 4-liter engine, but unless you get the details right, it’ll never be just right.

When you look at a Singer-special Porsche up close, you can tell you aren’t looking at just another ‘normal’ Porsche. The paint, the trim, the exterior lights, it’s all just perfect. They spend the time making the car as special as it possibly can be from the outset. The paint is miles deep, the color palettes are specially crafted, and the interiors are absolutely works of art. More than anything, we’re ecstatic that this car, The Indiana Car, is used as a Porsche was intended. They’re meant to be driven.

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Diamonds in the Ruf

You’ve seen the tape, right? Stefan Roser, a 1987 Yellow Bird and a VHS cassette at the Nürburgring. The footage from that record-breaking drive is perhaps the first viral video ever created. As a result, most motoring enthusiasts know about the CTR ‘Yellow Bird’ and RUF Automobile, the ingenious company that created it. Like the Yellow Bird nickname, that Nürburgring video lap sensation wasn’t planned: it just happened, catapulting the hitherto relatively unknown manufacturer firmly into the consciousness of car fans the world over.

Technology would again play into RUF’s hands, its manufacturer status seeing it being included in Sony’s smash hit PlayStation game Gran Turismo 2 when Porsche itself wasn’t. That gaming exposure further cemented the small, bespoke manufacturer’s status among petrolheads, but for all the Yellow Bird’s 211mph achievements, RUF still flies under the radar.

Deliberately so, RUF remains something of an enigma. We know it produces its own cars, having had manufacturer status since 1981, but, really, few know anything else. The Pfaffenhausen-based company opened 78 years ago in 1939 with Alois Ruf Sr, a talented engineer repairing, improving and building vehicles. However, it was his son, Alois Ruf Jr, who would indulge in his passion for sports cars – and specifically the 911 – within the family business.

RUF attracts a different audience – a discerning clientele, who appreciate the engineering, the subtleties that define RUF’s models. Sure, a yellow, 469hp, turbocharged narrow-bodied 911 that monstered a performance test for American magazine Road & Track’s 1984 and 1987 ‘The World’s Fastest Cars’ features doesn’t exactly describe that, but then you don’t humble contemporary Ferraris, Lamborghinis and, yes, Porsches, without next-level engineering capability and skill.

It is that which defines RUF, that exacting attention to detail, with the focus on integrity rather than simply beautifying. If form follows that function it’s a bonus. RUF is about hand-built, small-volume vehicles, built as Alois and his family like them, and by family, that also includes its loyal customers.

US-based Arling Wang is among them. A long-time Porsche enthusiast and owner of LA specialists Rstrada, he’s also had a close relationship with Ruf for over six years now. Even better, he personally owns four RUF creations, and has visited Pfaffenhausen on countless occasions – so he’s better qualified than most to comment on Alois Jr’s enigmatic concern. Wang begins describing it, “With RUF it’s much more about a personal relationship. Every car you buy, you get to know them more.”

Wang buys into that relationship as much as he does the cars themselves, adding: “Ultimately the RUF package speaks to a certain owner, somebody who likes to have different things. For me, it’s about being low key, yet more sophisticated. If you know, you know; with a RUF it’s very much for you, it’s not for other people.” He adds: “It’s such an interesting company, all they do in-house is essentially run a family business, they don’t really care about what people say about their product, they only care about the people who believe in them.”

For the full article on Ruf Automobile’s incredible 911-based creations, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 160 in stores now or get it delivered to you via our online shop. Alternatively, download a digital copy to any device via Apple Newsstand or Google Play

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