The Porsche 917 Concept Study: The Perfect Road Car?

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Let’s be honest, the car world is not perfect. Every car has its flaws. Some are too big, some are too small, some have a small engine, others have too big of an engine; the list goes on and on. Because of this, our minds are constantly plagued with “what ifs.” What if the Ferrari 488 didn’t have turbos, what if the Porsche GT3 had more power, what if McLarens had souls? I don’t know about you, but I could literally spend all day thinking about “what if” scenarios for cars. Out of all of these, one has truly stuck out to me,”What if Porsche built a 917 road car?”

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The Porsche 917 was as Porsche called it, “The most famous racing car of all time,” having won them their first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and countless other victories for many decades, in many different divisions. One day when I was little, I was looking through my dad’s old Porsche magazines and on one of the pages, there was a spec list for all the 917s ever made. As a kid, and even now, I was always obsessed with the numbers. I knew every horsepower figure, engine size and 0-60 of any car that you could mention, so you could imagine my excitement when I read that a Porsche had 1200 horsepower, a flat 12, and 1200 hp. Even as a 7 year old, my first thought was, “Why don’t they use this engine in a road car?”

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Eventually, I found out that this magical car that I had read about was none other than the legendary Porsche 917, specifically the 917/30, the crazy turbocharged one. A few years later, I got my first phone and with that came the magic that was YouTube. I was now watching Top Gear on the daily and falling in love with cars even more. One day, I don’t know why, the memory of the Porsche 917 popped into my head and with that, the same question of why it wasn’t a road car. With that, another question came into my head,”What did this flat 12 even sound like?” Within 5 minutes, I was blown away by videos of the 917K screaming down the straightaways followed by the nuclear blasts that they called downshifts. (Link to that video HERE). This made me wonder even more why Porsche hadn’t put this godly engine in a road car.

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Fast forward to a few days ago, when Porsche unveiled the 917 Concept Study at the Geneva Motor Show. The 917 Concept Study is a stunning interpretation of what a modern day Porsche 917 would look like, a celebration of the Porsche 917’s 50th anniversary. Long story short, it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a 917 road car. Imagine the scene now: you’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in a road legal 917, rowing your own gears, listening to the howl of 12 angry cylinders right behind your head. You approach a tunnel, your nerves tense, the hair on the back of your neck stands up as you downshift, heeling and toeing ever so perfectly as you hear the engine crackle, then, everything goes silent, you have entered the tunnel. But out of nowhere, you unleash all 12 angry beasts behind you, their howls echoing off the tunnel walls as you blast into hyperspace. Name me a more perfect moment, name me a more perfect car.

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A Monster: The Porsche 919 Evo Part II

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“But the 919 wasn’t dead yet, because Porsche had something very special up its sleeve, something VERY fast, something you’ll be able to read about next week in part II of the 919’s story…”

The Porsche 919’s racing career came to an end after Porsche decided to retire the monster after the 2017 LMP1 racing season. Normally, when a racecar is retired, one of three things will happen to it. The remaining examples will either be showcased in a museum, they will be locked away in an automotive warehouse, or they will be auctioned off to some very wealthy collectors-we hope to collect many iconic racecars in the coming years. All famous racecars from the Ferrari 250 GTO to the Porsche 911 GT1, and even the Porsche 917, suffered this fate, but not the 919. Porsche had something the world had never seen before hidden up its sleeve.

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When the 919 was built, Porsche knew they had created something special, perhaps something as special as the 917, but the 919 had one major, deal breaking flaw: it was a racecar. Since Porsche had built the 919 as a racecar, they had to comply with hundreds if not thousands of ridiculous FIA Racing Regulations. For example, cars must weigh a minimum of 1920 lb, they can be no longer than 183 inches, and they must be between 71 and 75 inches wide. Now these regulations are great for creating fair and entertaining races; they help make a level playing field, and races dependent on the skill of the drivers. But they are not ideal if one would want to make the fastest car possible.

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After the 919 was retired, Porsche decided to make the 919 Evo, a tribute car to the legacy of the 919, but that’s what Porsche tells us. They made an event out of the creation of the Evo called the “919 Tribute Tour,” where Porsche would take the new 919 Evo to motor shows and racetracks all around the world. This is purely speculation, but I believe that this whole tribute tour was just an excuse by Porsche to build the fastest car the world had ever seen. To create the Evo, Porsche took the “standard” 919, and broke just about every single FIA regulation in the book.

Originally, the 919’s 2.0 liter V4 engine made about 500 hp and the electric motors made about 400 hp due to FIA regulations. But since the 919 wasn’t competing anymore power was upped to 710 hp and the electric motors’ output was increased to 434 hp. This resulted in a combined power output of about 1144 hp! As if weight was an issue, Porsche made the featherweight-like 1929 lb 919 even lighter, with the Evo weighing in at an astonishing 1872 lb dry (a brand new GT2RS weighs 3241 lb). The Evo also received some extreme aerodynamic upgrades which improved downforce by 53% compared to the 2017 spec Porsche 919. With the Evo, Porsche had cut the chains off of a hungry bear, and the result was 0-300 kph in 8 seconds, let that sink in.

The first of many lap records that the Evo broke was at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The 919 Evo set a lap time of 1:41.77 with an average speed of 152.6 mph. This lap was 0.783 seconds faster than the previous record of 1:42.553 set by Louis Hamilton in his Mercedes F1 car…NOTHING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FASTER THAN AN F1 CAR! Compared to the “standard” 919, the Evo was 12 seconds faster, which is about 3 years in the world of car racing where milliseconds make all the difference. Spa wasn’t the only record on the Evo’s kill list, it was after something more, something “unbeatable”.

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Next stop for the 919 Evo, the Nurburgring Norschleife, aka the Green Hell. Porsche was after the all time record for the Nurburgring, the “unbeatable record set by the Porsche 956 over 35 years ago, when the Nurburgring was much shorter (12.944 miles versus today’s. 16.12 miles). The record lap set by the 956 was a warp-like 6:11.13…the Evo did it in 5:19.55, earning it the title of the world’s fastest car, period.

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A Monster: The Porsche 919 Part I

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It’s not every day that someone beats the “unbeatable” all time lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschlife, and it’s no surprise that the car was a Porsche. Back in 1983, racing driver Stefan Bellof set the all time lap record on the Nurburgring during a Grand Prix event. Bellof was driving a then new, Porsche 956 racecar which made about 620 hp from a 2.65 liter twin turbo flat 6 engine. But what made the astonishing 6 minute, 11.13 second lap (the current production car record is 6:40) possible was the 956’s revolutionary aerodynamic profile. Similar to the racecars of today, the wide and low under-body of the 956 created a ground effect (much like having a massive diffuser) which surmounted to unprecedented amounts of downforce and of course, a record breaking lap. The 6:11.13 lap was so fast in fact, it stayed as the Nordschlife’s all time lap record for 35 years; only a racecar of the highest caliber could break this “unbeatable” record, enter the Porsche 919.

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The story of the 919 started on June 11, 2012, when the project was first announced by Porsche. They announced that they were going to build a hybrid racecar (unheard of at the time) to compete in the emerging LMP1-H class of racecars. The 919 was going to be Porsche’s first sport-prototype car raced in 2 years since the legendary Porsche RS Spyder was retired in 2010. The 919 was also going to be the first Porsche sports-protoype racecar to race in the highest category of FIA sports car racing since the 911 GT1.

About a year after its announcement, Mark Webber began testing of Porsche’s completed 919 test chassis , and the finished 919 racecar made its official public debut on December 14, 2013. The finished car sported a low displacement, turbocharged 2.0 liter V4 engine which was hatched to a sophisticated, state of the art electric hybrid system that developed warp like acceleration and mind boggling speeds.

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The 919 made its racing debut at the 2014 6 Hours of Silverstone race, racing in the 6 MJ subclass of the LMP1-H series and finishing third in its first ever race. Its first season came to a rough end however at the 24 Race of Le Mans, where the No.14 car suffered from a broken anti roll bar and was forced out of the race. The 919 scored 194 points and finished 3rd place in the LMP1-H class, not bad for a first season, but unacceptable from a Porsche.

In 2015 however, the 919 was back in full swing, having been completely redesigned and ready to win which it did, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year along with the 5 races that followed. In the 2015 season, the 919 scored a total of 344 points and scored 1st. The 919 continued to dominate the LMP1 series, winning the next two 24 Hours of Le Mans races and becoming one of Porsche’s most dominant racecars ever until it was officially retired in 2017.

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But the 919 wasn’t dead yet, because Porsche had something very special up its sleeve, something VERY fast, something you’ll be able to read about next week in part II of the 919’s story.

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The Porsche 930 Turbo: Birth of an Icon

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Few words go together like Porsche and turbo. Tell anyone that you just bought a turbo, and they’re going to assume you’re referring to a top-the-line Porsche 911. With up to 580 hp on tap in today’s 911 Turbo S, you’re in for a wild ride. 0-60 happens in about 2.5 seconds (reading that line probably took you more time) and the 911 Turbo S keeps pulling all the way to 205 mph! That’s faster than the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 570S. Despite being over 40 years old, the 911 Turbo’s legacy shows no signs of stopping and will likely carry over until the death of the 911.

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The legacy of the 911 Turbo, like any Porsche, started with racing. In the 1970s, turbocharging technology took off in the racing world; famous for its ability to turn a 600 hp engine into a 1600 hp engine. With F1 cars now making 1000+ hp and Le-Mann cars flying down the Mulsanne Straight at speeds close to 400 kph, Porsche decided to buy in to the new trend. Their first real success came with the development of the 917/30, a racecar designed to compete in the popular Can-Am racing series. With 1580 hp on tap thanks to its turbocharged flat 12, the 917/30 whooshed by the competition and outright dominated the Can-Am series.

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With turbocharging having achieved success throughout Porsche’s racing division, it was time for the 911 to get the turbo treatment, and Porsche began development in 1972, to meet FIA homologation requirements for the Porsche 935 racecar. Despite it being intended as a homologation car, the 1975 911 (930) Turbo became a real hit with automotive enthusiasts throughout the world. Like the 911 Turbos of today, the 930 turbo was famous for its mind-bending performance, making 256 hp back in 1975. However, it was also a bit of a handful to drive due to the hilarious amount of turbo lag present. In 1975, there was no such thing as variable-vain turbos or active engine mounts, heck, there wasn’t even traction control meaning that if the boost kicked in mid corner, you were bound to climb a tree at 100 mph.

There is no doubting that the 911 Turbo was a great car, but it did have one problem: it was too docile. Featuring all wheel drive, a nice, luxurious interior, the 911 Turbo was more of a grand tourer designed for places like the Autobahn rather than the Nurburgring. It was quite a shame too, because of the performance potential of turbocharged engines. It took Porsche about 20 years to realize this potential, and once they did, the 911 GT2 was born. To make the 911 GT2, Porsche took the 993 911 Turbo, and put it on a diet. The rear seats were ripped out and Porsche’s sophisticated all wheel drive system was thrown out the window, along with every other “luxury” feature to cut down on weight. As a result the newly created 911 GT2 weighed in at a feathery 2844 lbs, 467 lbs lighter than the current 911 turbo, and was a whole lot faster too. As its name suggested, the 911 GT2 was built to compete in the GT2 which it did very well, not to mention it was a killer road car.

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The 930 Turbo, was just the beginning. After it came the 911 GT2, after the GT2, there was the 911 GT1 that we wrote about last week, and after that, the 911 Turbo S and GT2RS, which are some of the fastest cars on the road today. Like I said, few words go together better than Porsche and turbo.

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The Porsche 997 GT2RS: Supercar Slayer

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A few days ago, I was watching some videos about the new 911 GT2RS, and what a car. With a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat 6 making 700 ps (690 hp) and 553 lb/ft of torque, the new GT2RS skyrockets to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds…and it’s rear wheel drive! 100 mph comes in 5.5 seconds and before you know it, you’re bouncing off the rev limiter at an ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED top speed of 211 mph, mindbogglingly fast. That’s just in a straight line with a massive rear wing slowing you down. It’s even faster on the track. The GT2RS has set the Nurburgring lap record twice (6:47.3 and then 6:40.3). However, it’s not all that surprising. It seems that every supercar nowadays has 700+ hp-you can buy a 707 hp Dodge for $50,000. These straight line figures would have been biblical 5 years ago, but now are just a part of the norm. Competitors like the McLaren 720S and the Ferrari 488 Pista can easily give the GT2RS a run for its money, and sometimes even pass it, if conditions are right. We are now at a stalemate in the supercar world, I’m afraid to say it but I think this new generation of supercars are too fast, and they’ve all lost their “zing” compared to their predecessors.

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Back in 2011, there were the big 4 that determined the gold standard of what a supercar should be. There was the Ferrari 458 Italia, an emotional, passionate, and strikingly beautiful beast, a classic. Then, there was the Lamborghini Gallardo, the little brother, the Ferrari’s evil all wheel drive twin. Next to the Italians were the British in the then called McLaren MP4-12C, a computer on wheels. The McLaren was the poster child of the future, an engineering masterpiece, stuffed with electronic witchcraft and wizardry. The McLaren wasn’t as loud or as fun as its Italian rivals, but it was no less special in its own regard. And last but not least, zooming past them all, was the Porsche 997 GT2RS, a true monster.

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The new 991 GT2RS is no slouch in any way, it can easily keep up with and beat all its rivals, including the big 4. But it was nothing compared to what the 997 GT2RS did back in its heyday. It was only a few days ago that I realized just how fast it really was. Back then, the 458 had 570 hp, the gallardo packed an impressive 552 hp, and the McLaren was pushing an impressive 600 hp. The Porsche however, had 620 hp AND weighed significantly less than all of them. Power came from, a then new, 3.6 liter turbocharged flat 6 engine mated to an old school 6 speed manual which enabled the Porsche to demolish the competition, with twice the fun.

The prime of the 991 GT2RS is living on borrowed time. It’s only a matter of time before Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, or even Porsche themselves make something faster. It is VERY fast, but it’s sadly not an icon. With the 997 however, it’s a completely different story. Not only did it dominate the competition back then, it continues to do so to this day. I was thinking about this a few days ago and decided to do some calculations. From these calculations, I realized that the 997 GT2RS has a lower weight to power ratio than: a Lamborghini Huracan, a Lamborghini Huracan Performante, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Lamborghini Aventador SV, a Ferrari 488 GTB, a McLaren 570 S, and it’s within 0.03 lb/horsepower of a McLaren 650 S. For those of you that don’t know, a lower weight to power ratio means a faster car. In terms of handling, the 997’s 7:18 Nurburgring time is faster than: a Ferrari 488 GTB, a Lamborghini Huracan, a Lamborghini Aventador, the list goes on and on. And the one thing all these cars have in common besides being slower than the 997 GT2RS, they are also ALL newer than it.

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Point proven, the 997 GT2RS is a “good old-fashioned beast,” the Space Captain as Porsche calls it. Like the Porsche 959, it was truly ahead of its time. With only 500 of these monsters ever having been made, values are climbing through the stratosphere. If you think about it, it’s kind of a shame how fast supercar technology is progressing due to the fact that beasts like the 997 GT2RS will likely never be seen again.

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Porsche 992 Drops its Top for More fun in the Sun

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About two months after unveiling the brand new 992 911 to the world in stunning fashion, Porsche recently unveiled the Carrera S and 4S’ cabriolet counterparts, finally expanding the 992 range. Like the Carrera S and 4S coupes, the new cabriolets come powered by Porsche’s brand new 3.0 liter twin turbocharged flat six engine making 443 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque. Also, like their coupe counterparts, both the S and 4S cabriolets’ engines are mated to Porsche’s brand new 8 speed PDK gearbox with the mysterious hole in the middle, suggesting the introduction of a hybrid powertrain in the future. (Read more about the 992 coupes HERE-their interiors and features are the same as the cabriolets)

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The problem with cabriolets is that they tend to add a bit of weight and are slightly less rigid than their coupe counterparts. Although these effects have been minimized, not even the mighty 992 is exempt from these flaws. The cabriolets weigh about 155 lb more than the coupes. As a result they are about 0.2 seconds slower to 60 mph and their top speeds are an entire mph slower. However rigidity seems to not be a problem anymore since the Porsche is offering the new cabriolets with PASM sports suspension for the first time. They didn’t in previous generations due to them being less rigid. The new convertible top also raises and lowers in 12 seconds which is a HUGE improvement from the 991 which took 30 seconds.

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The main downside however, is the pricing. The Carrera S cabriolet starts at $126,100 and the Carrera 4S cabriolet starts at $133,400; this is without options. With options, you can up the price to over $200,000! For $200,000 you can buy almost any 911, including GT3s and even GT2s. As good as it is, is the new 992 cabriolet worth this much? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport: Back for Round 2

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It’s safe to say that the 981 generation Porsche Cayman GT4 was an excellent road car. It had good power, brakes, suspension, sound, and most importantly a 6 speed manual transmission. It’s no wonder everyone loved it. It was pretty fast too. Thanks to its low curb weight and 385 hp 3.8 liter flat 6 engine from the 911 Carrera S, the GT4 made the 0-60 sprint in 4.1 seconds and topped out at 183 mph; certainly no slouch. Thanks to its mid engine layout, handling was exceptional too.

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But it didn’t stop there because just after the GT4 was unveiled, Porsche Motorsport got their hands on one and voila, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was born. Much like the newer GT2RS Clubsport, the GT4 Clubsport was a track only racecar version of the Cayman GT4. With a stripped out interior, race ready gearbox, and other little racy bits here and there, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was ready to put an instant smile on any track day enthusiast’s face. Porsche sold 421 of these racecars before production ended, a pretty large number.

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For the 718 Cayman Porsche is doing things a bit backwards this generation with its revealing of the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport first; the road car is yet to be seen. For the second time around, the 718 Clubsport uses the now discontinued 3.8 liter engine from the previous generation GT4, except now with a revised intake manifold that brings a 40 hp increase (385 hp-425 hp). Like the previous generation, the new 718 Clubsport features a stripped out interior, a FIA spec roll cage, bucket seat, and a six point racing harness to keep the driver in place during hard corners. The 718 GT4 Clubsport also features the same light weight spring strut front suspension used in the 911 GT3 Cup Car.The new 718 GT4 Clubsport is also the first production racecar to use body parts made from natural fiber composite materials like flax and hemp fibers. With properties comparable to that of carbon fiber, these new natural fiber composite materials have been used to construct both the wing and doors of the new 718 Clubsport. Because of this and other weight saving features, the new 718  GT4 Clubsport tips the scales at just 2,910 lbs.

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Also available this time around is the choice of two different variants for the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Amateur track day enthusiasts can opt for the $154,743 Trackday variant with fixed shock absorbers, air conditioning, electronic stability control, and traction control. For more experienced and even professional racing drivers, Porsche has the Competition version with 3 way adjustable shocks, and a more adjustable brake system. The Competition also features a massive 30.3 gallon fuel tank to cope with long distance events. Both variants are built to race with FIA certified parts.

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But let’s be honest, most of us here aren’t looking to buy a full-fledged racecar, we’re more into street cars (i.e. the 718 Cayman GT4). If that’s the case, the Clubsport offers us lots of insight into what the GT4 roadcar will be like, except for one thing…the engine. Porsche has stated that the engine used in the Clubsport will not be the engine used in the roadcar. But Porsche has also stated it won’t be a turbocharged 4 cylinder like all the other 718 cars. By process of elimination, we can infer that the new 718 Cayman GT4 will feature a likely detuned version of the 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat 6 engine found in the 911 GT3. I can’t wait!

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