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Magnus Walker : ce prénom et ce nom vous semblent familiers. En effet, Magnus Walker est un personnage original, sympathique, accessible et surtout passionné de modèles Porsche 911 refroidis par air et notamment Turbo. Entrepreneur, créateur de mode, présentateur de télévision, conférencier et collectionneur important de Porsche les plus prolifiques au monde, l’homme aux dreadlocks, …

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Outlaw v Outlaw: Magnus walker drives PS Works Clubsport

“It’s the perfect day for a road test, right?” so says Magnus Walker, who’s knelt down while swapping over his trusty Doc Martins for a rather more svelte pair of black Converse-style shoes. It’s a blisteringly hot summer’s day in the UK, though the Urban Outlaw’s retiring boots have barely trodden down on British soil, Magnus having only arrived in the country via the Eurostar from Paris around an hour ago for his book tour.

However, there will be no more intercity train journeys for Total 911’s long-time friend today. That’s because he’ll be taking his position in the more familiar confines of an air-cooled Porsche 911, even if the roads upon which he’ll be driving it through are more than 5,400 miles away from his usual stomping ground of California’s Angeles Crest Highway.

The car itself is no ordinary air-cooled Neunelfer, either. This is the PS Clubsport Series 2 from the eponymously named independent Porsche specialist, Paul Stephens. By way of a background, in 2007 Paul Stephens introduced a lightweight coupe called the PS Clubsport, which sat alongside its Autoart range of cars. Created from the ethos of ‘less is more’, the Clubsport was by Paul’s own admission “a very light, formidable car capable of showing a clean pair of heels to more modern machinery on a twisty road or circuit.”

A decade on from that first car, Paul felt the time was right to introduce a PS Clubsport Series 2, launched under the PS Works programme. Very much a car that appears to encompass the current market lust for a do-it-all classic 911, Paul says the build has been inspired by the road-going performance 911s, taking styling elements from all eras. The result is billed as a truly individual car for a similar outlay of a new, ‘standard’ Porsche 911.

Sitting resplendent in the summer sunshine, there’s no question the new PS Clubsport has an ‘Outlaw’ look about it, which is exactly why Magnus is here to drive it. Can the Urban Outlaw himself verify the car as Britain’s best new Outlaw build?

Paul begins by showing Magnus around the car, which despite its pre-impact bumper appearance actually started life as a 3.2 Carrera. The original car was stripped and restored in preparation for painting, with the roof de-seamed for cleaner styling and increased top speed. Inner wheel arches were rolled…

The full article is available in Total 911 issue 156, in shops now or available here.

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video: Magnus Walker – Miami Outlaw

It’s been a while since Magnus Walker graced our screens. In his latest video though, the LA-based Urban Outlaw, Porsche collector and friend of Total 911 swaps the west coast for the east, taking in a visit to the Sunshine State. Prepare for some cool Miami vibes, a delicious flat six sound track, and Magnus doing what he does best. Enjoy!

 
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Porsche : les fantastiques miniatures Hot Wheels à la sauce Magnus Walker

Les fans de miniatures vont se les arracher ! Le plus connu des collectionneurs de Porsche, Magnus Walker, vient de dévoiler, en partenariat avec Hot Wheels, cinq Porsche à l’échelle 1:64 inspirées des allemandes qui figurent dans son garage de Los Angeles, là ou l’Anglais vit. On trouve ainsi dans cette série, qui sera disponible dans quelques mois au sein de la collection Hot Wheels Premium, deux 356s, une 935, une 964 et une 911 GT3 RS (type 991). Cette dernière reprend exactement la livrée de la Porsche 911 de Walker que l’on a vu dans le court métrage Urban Outlaw en 2012. LesVoitures.com vous propose […]

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SharkWerks

It is incredible to think that SharkWerks is only just over a decade old. Already a household name in the international Porsche industry, their tuned cars and products regularly reach as far afield as Europe, the Middle East and Australia – and what’s even more phenomenal is how this envious global following has been cultivated through the hard work of just four people.

Regular readers of Total 911 will, of course, be familiar with the breathtaking ‘Sharkafied’ Porsches created by Alex ‘Sharky’ Ross, Joan Wood, James Hendry and Dan Kennedy, each creation hailing from the humble SharkWerks premises in Fremont, California. But how and why was the company formed in the first place?

James, who cofounded SharkWerks with Alex, tells me the story of the company’s beginning during my tour of their nautically-themed headquarters: “I met Alex back in 2004. We were both Porsche owners and weren’t happy with what was available in our area in terms of performance tuning,” he says, “so we quickly decided the reasonable thing to do was to start our own business to put that right.”

SharkWerks was born in 2005, just in time for the 997-generation of 911 to begin reaching dealer showrooms. Not long after, these same new 997s would find their way to Fremont for tuning, and the tradition has continued through every Turbo, GT and Rennsport release since, right up to and including today’s 991s – with owners known to have driven their new 911 straight from the showroom floor to SharkWerks’ front door.

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Needless to say, the focus at SharkWerks has always been towards the water-cooled Porsches thanks to the big power gains their flat six engines offer, with every variety of 996, 997 and 991 variants tuned to improve outright performance as well as driving experience.

However, it is the turbocharged cars that offer the greatest performance gains, and this is an area close to the heart of Alex ‘Sharky’ Ross in particular. So nicknamed because of his lifelong obsession with the fearsome elasmobranch fish, Sharky grew up in London, England, and has fond recollections of the mesmerising 930, complete with that appropriately named whaletail.

This obsession with forced-induction Porsches would follow him to America, culminating in the purchase of a 996 Turbo in 2001. He continues the story: “When I first got it, my friend (at the time) Dan and I were looking at ways to get more power and race people at the quarter-mile track in Bakersfield.”

“From stock to tuned we were quickly able to go from 12 seconds to 11 seconds. That part was relatively easy. By 2004 I had met James at a local shop and he was interested in helping me get more serious with modifications to try and get the car into the 10 seconds.”

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“There weren’t many folks showing up to the racetrack with 911 Turbos but we stuck at it and, admittedly, it was a somewhat short – some would say juvenile – but nevertheless fun way to test and tune.” This hunger for more testing and tuning led to Alex’s 996 Turbo securing the National Hot Rod Association’s street car quarter-mile record at 10.5 seconds – a record that stood for well over a year.

The blue touch paper had been lit and now others were talking. Alex continues: “I couldn’t really continue to have meet and greets on my garage floor at home, so James and I started up a small shop. Our friend Todd at EVOMS also gave us a nudge, inviting us to line up with his shop 996TT at the drag strip in Arizona for a double attempt to get to 9 seconds.”

Sad but true, we both made it about an eighth of a mile as he grenaded his transmission and I lifted the heads on the motor on the same run. No, we didn’t get into the 9 seconds, but a bond was born that day. We all went home and learned from it. That really kicked off the engine-building programme on those cars and laid the foundation for what we do nowadays.”

“At that time, James and I were also dabbling with going to private track days, and corners started to become more interesting. Setting up these understeering AWD cars to handle better was another fun challenge. I think that by living, driving and testing these cars in all sorts of scenarios we got a good gauge for what works and what doesn’t.”

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“Testing, tuning & R&D’ing on our own cars is a philosophy we still have today. We don’t trial and error on customer cars and once we have gotten our cars to what we feel is dialed, true and tested, then we release parts, kits and packages.”

As you can see, SharkWerks isn’t merely a trio of businessmen looking to profit from California’s thriving Porsche 911 sub-industry. Far from it. These are drivers who love cars, know a lot about how they work and where they can be bettered, and are ready to help those who want in on this knowledge, particularly when it comes to a car with Zuffenhausen’s prancing horse affixed to its nose.

Even better, it quickly becomes apparent during our visit that Alex, James and Dan are all convivial, affable guys who enjoy what they do immensely. Adept at discussing the most intricate Porsche engineering details, they’re not afraid to share their sense of humour with you either, advocating a genuine family-like atmosphere unlike anything I’ve ever experienced at a specialist.

However, a customer isn’t paying for charm, so what of SharkWerks’ products themselves? Again, only excellence reigns supreme. SharkWerks’ most famous work comes in reengineering Zuffenhausen flat sixes, often involving an increase in capacity using their own tooling.

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Their 3.6 to 3.9-litre conversions on the 997.1 GT3 were groundbreaking from the outset (Alex, James and Dan marketed this long before the factory RS 4.0-litre, don’t forget) and this set the benchmark for further adventures with the Rennsport’s Mezger heart.

The pinnacle of this came in the form of the brilliant RS 4.1 – based on the factory 3.8-litre 997.2 GT3 RS – our cover star of issue 122 and undoubtedly one of the greatest 911s we’ve ever had the privilege of driving. It really is that good.

Away from all-out engine tuning, SharkWerks stock a range of their own bespoke parts for customers to buy individually. And, when they’re not making their own performance products, SharkWerks are working with others of a similar repute in the industry.

As such, their list of partners is enthralling, with the likes of EVOMSit, TechArt, Werks1, Tubi, RSS, Cargraphic, Brembo, Bilstein and HRE collaborating to cover every possible dimension of Porsche performance tuning. Dan, a friend of Alex’s and who has worked at SharkWerks for eight years, underlines the importance of SharkWerks’ parts arm, particularly with regard to international business.

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He tells us: “Export is a huge part of what we do. About 25 per cent of our products go to the Middle East, 25 per cent to Europe and the rest currently goes to the Far East.”

Interestingly, SharkWerks split their upgrades down differently to other tuners, too, giving more flexibility as to the individual needs of each car, as James explains: “We don’t offer stage tuning as such as it’s arbitrary, instead we offer areas of tuning in suspension, engine and the like.” Whether it’s turbocharged or naturally aspirated, SharkWerks’ ten years of experience means that they are well versed at getting the very best from a Porsche 911.

And what of the future? Well, Alex is keen to keep it in the family, so to speak. “I don’t ever see us growing or expanding into anything else. We’re a tight-knit, family-run operation and quite resistant to change, PDK, more buttons and driver aids! I think after ten years we’re starting to feel old and grumpy perhaps?”

I mean, do we really need 28 different flavours of 911, not to mention 12 Panos, ten Cayennes et al? I hope Porsche settles down a bit and re-focuses on making fun driver cars,” he says. If it doesn’t, this will no doubt turbocharge the ever-growing appeal behind what SharkWerks are doing with Porsche’s icon, all the way from the tranquillity of that premises in Fremont.

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