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Family First, Porsche 356 feature

If an Italian family of coachbuilders with a history of working on Ferraris can’t be immune from the Porsche disease then who can be?

There’s nothing spectacular about this latest video from Petrolicious, but it captures the intangible feeling revheads from across the globe have for their cars. And who wouldn’t love to have a Porsche 356 Speedster in their family?!

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera revealed

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche has gone live with the first details for its facelifted 991.2 range, showcasing the now all bi-turbo 911 Carrera models.

Let’s get the key numbers of these new turbo engines out of the way. For starters both the entry-level Carrera and the up-spec Carrera S 3.0 litre flat-six engines.

Receiving a literal and metaphorical boost for both power and torque compared with the first-gen 991 models the Carrera now has 272kW/450Nm, while the Carrera S has 309kW/500Nm to play with. That represents a steady 15kW increase in peak power for both models.

To achieve the extra power for the Carrera S, Porsche says it has modified the turbos, uprated the exhaust and refined the engine software.

The new Carrera models are available for order in Australia now, with deliveries due in March 2016. For more details read the introductory press release available below.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

  • Engine: 3.0 litre bi-turbo flat six
  • Peak power/torque: 272kW/450Nm
  • 0–100km/h: 4.2 seconds (with PDK and Sports Chrono pack)
  • Top speed: 295km/h

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S

  • Engine: 3.0 litre bi-turbo flat six
  • Peak power/torque: 309kW/500Nm
  • 0–100km/h: 3.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 308km/h

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Australian list pricing*

  • 911 Carrera Coupe – $217,800
  • 911 Carrera S Coupe – $252,800
  • 911 Carrera Cabriolet – $239,300
  • 911 Carrera S Cabriolet – $274,300

More pics to follow.

UPDATE: 11 new pics, 2 videos and 1 press kit added below.

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Porsche 991.2 911 facelift leaked

2016 Porsche 911 facelift

The last visual details of the forthcoming 991.2 facelift for the Porsche 911 have been revealed in a video leaked to Porsche-based Rennteam forum.

In the grainy video stills we can see the BBQ-style rear air intake at the rear and, for the first time, the Macan-like rear light detail.

Official pics and information is due for release in the coming days, ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Source: Rennteam | Thanks to Wayne for the tip]

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TVR rebirth well on track

TVR relaunch rendering

The latest attempt to make TVR viable, which involves design legend Gordon Murray, is going gangbusters with reports the company has sold out its first year of production. That’s to say they have around 250 deposits of £5000.

Those on the waiting list will have some waiting to do because the return to production is not scheduled until 2017. Publicly, at least, details for the new TVR line up are still vague. There’s talk of four new models, with Cosworth-developed V8 engines and, of course, Gordon Murray’s involvement in the engineering as well.

“We’ve been totally blown away by the reaction to the new car,” claims John Chasey, Operations director. “Our phonelines and online inquiry system went into meltdown when the news was announced, and we decided that we must begin to bring a structure to the inquiries and build a delivery pipeline well in advance of production.

“Volumes in year one will be limited as we ramp up production, so this allows us to reward those individuals prepared to make a financial commitment at this early stage.”

[Source: Car | Pic: Autocar]

Who knew rhubarb and custard drove so well?!

Bugatti EB110 SS

When I was a young lad my lovely grandmother introduced me to the delights of rhubarb and custard. And now, some decades later, Chris Harris has given me a whole new appreciation.

I always thought the Bugatti EB110 was a bit fugly and so it never really resonated with me; I was too busy going gaga over F40s and McLaren F1s.

Turns out I might have missed a pretty special boat. But at least I’ll always have my granny’s dessert.

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Making a McLaren F1 GTR look shiny and new

1995 McLaren F1 GTR 06R

Detailing cars is a dirty job, it’s hard work and can be pretty boring. Perhaps working with some of the world’s most desireable and exclusive cars makes it all worthwhile.

That seems to be the case for Richard Tipper, who recently had this 1995 McLaren F1 GTR in his possession. Yep, it’s chassis #06R and it finished the 24 hour classic on the podium in third place.

We thank Richard for sharing these pics and making the F1 look better than new.

[Source: Twitter]

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Speed 7 retro rocket set for reality

Kahn Design Speed 7

This seriously cool looking Speed 7 is little more than a sexy rendering at this stage. But if Afzal Kahn gets his way his Kahn Design business will be making these retro racers for real.

Finished with an aluminium or carbon composite body the Speed 7 is designed for track day racers. It’s very much pie in the sky at the moment with the release below stating:

“Kahn is currently inviting discussion with British firms interested in taking part in the project and with a passion for classic motorsport. Collaboration in the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing and associated services is particularly welcome.”

Keep your fingers crossed though, because Kahn wants to get this project off the drawing board this year. We wish him well.

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Mark Webber wins at the Nürburgring again!

Mark Webber maiden wins at the Nurburgring

Mark Webber must love the Nürburgring. Back in 2009 he cracked his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Eifel mountains and early this morning he, along with his Porsche teammates, won the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. It was Mark’s first WEC race win.

It was a huge day for Porsche too, who dominated with 1–2 victories in both the LMP1 and GTE Pro categories.

Full results available HERE.

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Mark buys himself a Porsche 918 Spyder

Mark Webber's Porsche 918 Spyder

It was Mark Webber’s birthday during the week. He turned 39 and, according to Porsche, he “gave himself” a new 918 Spyder.

You can see it pictured here in its sexy Salzburg red paint scheme, based on the 1970 Le Mans winning 917. Obviously, it looks sensational, we’re sure you’ll all agree.

Follow the link below for a brief video. And, if Mark bought himself a 918 for his 39th, how is he going to top that for his 40th?!

[Source: Porsche]

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Porsche extends LMP1 program until 2018

2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

Success breeds success and Porsche is hoping to live that mantra after extending its LMP1 program until at least the end of the 2018 season.

The news follows the company’s 17th Le Mans victory in June and ahead of this weekend 6 Hours of Nürburgring.

“Motorsport is an important part of Porsche’s brand identity—but not an end in itself,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Racing has got to help the technology of future road going sports cars. It was the revolutionary efficiency regulations that convinced us to return to top-level motorsport for the 2014 season.

“That we have managed to take the crown jewels of endurance racing in only our second year, with a one-two result in Le Mans in 2015 with our highly innovative and complex 919, is an outstanding testimony to the people in the Weissach research and development centre.

“The competition bears fruits and we see further potential for future synergy between the racing and road car programs. This is why we have extended the program.”

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