Porsche 930A Turbo X Daniel Arsham

This collaboration may seem like deja vu to some, that is because Daniel Arsham, famed contemporary New York artist created the Future Relics eroded Porsche 992-series 911 which was at Selfridges for its Christmas campaign in 2019, but this is different in so many ways.

Now he has been working with Porsche again to re-imagine a 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo. This time spending two years poring over every single element, researching, developing and production.

From the off-set, the car isn’t as crazy as the Future Relics 992, treated to a new white paint job, hand painted decals and livery influenced by a Porsche 935 K3 race car that raced at Le Mans and sponsored by Apple Computers. The Fuchs rims produced by Fifteen52 pay homage to those fitted to the 1974 RSR albeit with crosshatched Arsham Studio monogram.

Inside, the designer has had more to play with, using two tones of Objects For Living’s heavyweight stonewashed canvas and premium Italian leather specs by Porsche. There is also a bespoke Arsham steering wheel and hand-painted, bespoke JDM gauges to complement the look.

What about the engine? Well, it was fully restored, piston bore was enlarged and certain parts were powder coated in Arsham Studio Green, it is relatively standard.

Is a Classic car the way forward?

For many car spotters, pictures of videos of the newest metal is what gets the camera phone out and Instagram likes. But in most cases, they are the only people who appreciate and follow  a new supercar. Take central London in the summer as an example. Hoards of Arab registered supercars flock to the capital and flaunt their wealth and questionable style. Residents in the area despise this time of year, with high revving V8, V10 and V12 engines smashing through the silence of the night with their flame spitting exhausts to impress the car paparazzi. Now, police in the area are trying to kerb this enthusiastic driving with on the spot fines for revving or dangerous driving.

Evidence of this hate can be seen here when a woman is egged in her Ferrari.

6339254_359ea4375c5ca0bb750a417fc3960aea_wmWith a modern supercar, there is always a risk of someone deciding it’s a good idea to sit on the bonnet or plank on the roof for a photo.

With a Classic car, there is very little negative connotation. Merely admiration and smiles from people everywhere. A burbling V12 isn’t a noise complaint but an orchestra. It brings smiles to people’s faces. Cars of the bygone era just look cooler and demand respect. Could it be because it reminds people of a simpler time when they were children staring up at their bedroom wall dreaming of owning that streamline car driven by their gentlemanly heroes?

An added benefit is that these cars are appreciating assets. Owning a classic supercar can make you money. The evidence can be seen with practically every classic Ferrari. Take the Daytona as an example. In early 2010 Hagerty valued the car at a modest $371,000. Today that value has sky-rocketed to over $850,000.

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It is understandable that not everyone has that amount of money just burning a hole in their pocket. The key is to find the cars that have bottomed out and will not depreciate further and are now on the way up. Most recently, on a trip to RM Sotheby’s London auction a 911 GT2 sold for a massive £1.8 million pounds while a 2.7 RS barely made it past half that. Is this a sign that people who loved older cars either already have them and that now the ‘new money’ is working at buying the cars they dreamed of owning as kids?

 

Geneva 2015: What to expect?

The time of year has come around for all petrol heads. Much like Christmas for a child, the 85th edition of the Geneva Motor show is ten days of motoring goodness. Here are a number of the hotly anticipated cars expected to make an appearance at the show on 5th -15th March.

Abarth:

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Abarth 659 Biposto and a number of updates to the 500 range and new kits and accessories.

Alfa Romeo:

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The Alfa 4C gets the wind in your hair treatment with a Spider version. With its new look, both models get a new voice box in the shape of an Akrapovic exhaust system.

Aston Martin:

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Vulcan is Aston Martin’s new track weapon. Fitted with a hearty 7.0Litre V12 pushing over 800bhp to the rear wheels and limited to 24 examples.  Expect these beasts to be sold out before even catching a glimpse of them in the metal.

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Another racer for Aston, the Vantage GT3 Special Edition, is a road and track car limited to 100 examples, heavily inspired by the marque’s success in Motorsport. The GT3 has clearly been on a diet, losing 100kg over the V12 Vantage S thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in and around the car.

Audi:

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The supercar which promised to take on the Italians at their own game is back with an update. The R8 gets updated looks, loses some weight (50kg) over its predecessor capable of hitting 62mph in 3.2sec and topping out at 205mph. The V10 engine comes in two guises, standard packing 533bhp and the V10 Plus with 602bhp.

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Making its official appearance to the public is the RS3 Sportback, to be hitting the roads by Summer 2015. Deemed the most powerful five cylinder engine ever produced by Audi RS with 362bhp and 465Nm to play with, it is a good thing it is fitted with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.

BMW:

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BMW have updated a few of its models including the 1-Series and the 6-series but what everyone wants to see is the M4 MotoGP safety car.

Bugatti:

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Veyron La Finale is the very last one to roll off the factory line. Already sold to a lucky chap in the Middle East  this vast array of numbers wasn’t something people were used to when it was first introduced back in 2004. But now, let’s see the successor.

Ferrari:

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Turbocharging has made a comeback to the ‘Cavellino.’ The 488GTB can be said to be the successor to the F40, the last turbocharged mid-engined Ferrari and a replacement to the fantastic 458 Italia. 661bhp and 760Nm are created by the 3.9Litre Turbo V8 able to hit 125mph in 8.3 seconds.

Ford:

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The much-anticipated Focus RS is the 30th incarnation to wear the RS badge. Fitted with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring will help the driver push the 316bhp to its limits. Ken Block, driver of the legendary Gymkhana series was a consultant during the development of the RS.

All-New Ford GT

50 years after Ford’s GT40 took all three spots on the podium at the 1966 24Hours of Le Mans, Ford have revealed the new GT powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5Litre EcoBoost V6 said to give the car the one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.

Honda:

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Honda are back in F1 with an engine partnership with McLaren F1 and an icon has been reinvented. The NSX is making its rounds 25 years after the original was first premiered. A twin-turbocharged V6 which is a nod back to the original is fitted with a nine-speed DCT box.

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The Civic Type R is getting its debut fitted with a 2.0Litre VTEC Turbo engine allowing drivers to hit a top speed over 160mph. To help drivers deal with the level of speed, the Type R has been fitted with 350mm drilled Brembo brakes up front.

Koenigsegg:

The Swedish company has managed to keep it all very hush-hush in terms of leaks of new cars. A teased sketch of the rear of potentially the Agera RS and supposedly Koenigsegg is bringing another hypercar to Geneva hopefully to take on the three hybrid hypercars from the likes of Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.

Lamborghini:

Again very little has been given away by Lamborghini, spy shots of what looked like an Aventador SV have  been seen across the internet but all details are being kept close to heart before the official reveal however their teaser video promises to reveal the most ‘reactive’ Lamborghini yet.

Land Rover:

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The stunning Land Rover Evoque gets some cosmetic surgery up front (not that it was ugly in the first place) and gains Jaguar-Land Rover’s new Ingenium engines promising up to 68mpg and under 110g/km of CO2.

Lotus:

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£70,000 worth of Lotus will be officially unveiled at Geneva, 16% more powerful, 22kg lighter and 400bhp gives you the new Lotus Evora 400.

McLaren:

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The Longtail is back. The Mclaren 675LT focusses on less weight and more power.It will shoot to 62mph in 2.9secs. McLaren will make five ‘Hero’ specification Longtails  which consist of never offered colours Silica White, Delta Red, Napier Green and Chicane Grey. The McLaren Orange completes the set.

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Some individuals don’t in the saying that enough is enough. A few of those people clearly work at McLaren as they have taken the insanely quick P1 and upped the power to make the P1GTR. 986bhp, 50kg lighter, wider and lower than the standard P1 and some serious spoilers creating 10% more downforce are all the ingredients to make this GTR.

Mercedes:

Three noteworthy models are being launched by Mercedes. We have reworks of two classics and a GT3 racer.

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Maybach is back as a sub-brand and the first model is the remake of the classic S600 Pullman, 50 years on. At a length of 6.5 metres expect to have a driver to wait with the car as prices start around €500,000 for the unarmored version. I doubt it will be a slouch if it needs to get out of any hairy situations as it is fitted with a V12 biturbo with 830Nm available from as low as 1900RPM.

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If off-roading is more your thing, the G-wagen is the one for you. Elements of the 6×6 have been fitted to the G to create the G500 4×4 squared.  New powerful engines, wider track and higher ground clearance (450mm) promises to tackle nearly any environment you throw at it.

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The GT3 race series is about to get a little more interesting, Mercedes are to launch the AMG GT3 race car. Even though the road car is fitted with a 4.4 biturbo V8, the GT3 will use a fettled example of the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 from the SLS AMG GT.

Porsche:

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A manual hardcore Cayman is coming. The Cayman GT4 is built with components from the 911 GT3, perfect for racing and with an engine derived from the 911 Carrera S, it is good for 380bhp helping position it as a benchmark.

The second model is a secret but quoted ‘is another exceptional Porsche that sets new standards on the racetrack.’ Could it be the 911 GT3 RS?

Vauxhall:

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A hot hatch that is set to attack Ford’s Fiesta ST sales. The Vauxhall Corsa VXR   is fitted with a 1.6Litre turbo charged petrol engine pumping out 202bhp and up to 280Nm of torque to the front wheels. The VXR averages 245Nm from revs as low as 1,900rpm, which is a significant change from the outgoing car.

Porsche Cayman GT4: ruffling the GT3’s feathers

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Yesterday was a good day in motoring news. The new all wheel drive Ford Focus RS was revealed as was the successor to the Ferrari 458 Italia known as the 488 GTB. There was also word of a new road going racecar by Porsche. The much awaited Cayman GT4.

This is the first time the top-tier GT model is gracing the mid range sports car. Sharing many components from the 911 GT3, this is no show-car. More like hot rod.

The larger 3.8 litre straight six engine from the Carrera S has been made to fit its smaller brother. Pumping out 382bhp revving way up the range to 7,400 RPM with power being served to the wheels via a manual gearbox. Only. The car will accelerate to 62mph in 4.4secs, which is nearly 0.9secs slower than its big brother, the GT3.

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There is no PDK here, which may make purists angry that this option should have been on the GT3 too.

Built for the racetrack, the GT4 has a new aerodynamic package, which helps reduce lift and generate down force but also increases cooling for the larger engine.

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The interior is bathed in leather and Alcantara, and if the owner wishes to go a little more hardcore, carbon fibre reinforced shell backed racing seats and carbon ceramic brakes can be fitted as options.

Priced at £64,451, which is roughly about £10,000 more than the Cayman GTS however it is nearly £40,000 cheaper than a GT3. It isn’t nearly as fast as the GT3 or as powerful but for a saving of £40,000 and the joy of manually changing gear could sway a number of 911 buyers to go for the younger brother.

 

Porsche Cayenne GTS revealed

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Porsche have revealed the Cayenne GTS with its launch set for the 19th November at the LA Auto show. The GTS badge was first given to the 904 GTS, a homologation special and then brought back with the first Cayenne back in 2007.

With the launch of the Cayenne GTS, there is also a reveal of a new engine for the entry-level Cayenne.

Making 11% of all Cayenne sales, the GTS looks to be another hot cake. Powered by a 3.6 L bi-turbo V6 engine, delivering more power than the previous model’s naturally aspirated V8 pushing the power up to 434bhp from the previous 414bhp. Torque figures are also something to shout about with is also up shattering the road with 442.5lb/ft causing the GTS to hit 62mph half a second quicker than its predecessor hitting it in 5.2 secs or 5.1 with the optional sport chrono package.With the added power, brakes from the Cayenne Turbo have been fitted to the GTS as standard helping it stop quicker.

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The active suspension management system (PASM) is set to a more sporty arrangement than the standard Cayenne sitting 24mm lower to the ground.

The differences aren’t all internal though; externally the GTS gets the Turbo nose with larger air intakes and the Sport Design package. In the cabin, the eight way adjustable sports seats include the GTS lettering just in case you forget what you are driving. The interior is bathed in Alcantara with optional decorative stitching, head restraint lettering and seat belt colours.

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The base Cayenne will be equipped with a 3.6L naturally aspirated V6 pumping out 296bhp. It is in no way a slouch, powering the Cayenne to 62mph in 7.7 secs slightly quicker than the previous entry model and achieving a modest 31mpg. C02 is down by 21g/km to 215g/km.

Prices of the Cayenne and the Cayenne GTS start at £49,576 and £72,523 respectively and order books will be open at the reveal.

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Xmas idea: Gulf Porsche 917 print

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This stunning Porsche 917 with Gulf livery, designed by Hyundai automotive designer John Krsteski. Individually signed by John, the prints are each limited to a maximum of 50 prints so you can rest assured that you won’t find it down your local car boot sale. The print measures 102x61cm, available as a fine print or as a canvas print priced at £110 and £250 respectively. It will look great hanging above your bed or even in the garage with the rest of the motoring memorabilia.

Check it out with his other prints here.

The motoring quartet

It has been a while since I last posted something here on my blog. A lot has changed, a new pope has been chosen, political leaders have passed and after the Geneva motor show three super car manufacturers flexed their muscles and showed us what they are made of.With them, there is a fourth who showed off the tech in 2010. Two from Italy, one from England and the last from Germany.

Ferrari had us waiting the longest to show the car, just throwing teasers every now and again and only showing the car when they wanted it revealed. Are the Ferrari staff that good at keeping secrets? Jaguar land rover take note.

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Nonetheless, Ferrari laferrari is here. I don’t particularly care for the name or the front end of this car, but looking through its specs makes it quite a contender for the top prize. In their official press release, Ferrari stated that this is the ultimate Ferrari, and is the epitome of the brand and so will the be called ‘The Ferrari’.

I have always felt that styling falls behind air flow in the design of an anniversary Ferrari; and this one is the same. The front end still looks like a test mule, but the side and rear views are stunning. To be fair most drivers will only catch a glimpse of the rear of the motor and not much else.
It has a 6.3l naturally aspirated V12 allowing the engine to redline at a healthy 9,250RPM helped along with a 163hp electric motor gives this monster a whopping 963bhp and 715 ft pounds of torque. It was expected that the car can hit 0-60 in under 3seconds but the surprise is 0-125 time which is sub  7seconds. This is the first production Ferrari to be fitted with F1 style HY-KERS system allowing the batteries to be charged through regenerative braking. Even though this car has a battery pack, this is no ordinary hybrid where the engine cuts in and out. Ferrari felt that the engine was the whole part of the experience so the electric motor is there to boost the engine.

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The other Italian is Lamborghini.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini did what they do best. Come out with a radical car. Presenting the Veneno. Named after a bull which gorged a matador in 1914, this Le Mans styled road legal car which is Aventador based, looks simply insane. Only three have been made, priced at over £2.5 million and have all been sold. It has a 6.5l naturally aspirated V12 pushing out 740BHP. This is not a car which has any electric motors, just insane amounts of power put down on the road via all four wheels.

The car presented at the motor show, had accents of the Italian Flag, however the 3 made will have red, white or green accents. As a car, the underpinnings have been tried and tested through the Aventador and to save a little more weight, the men at Lamborghini used Carbon enhanced plastic panels instead of the mix of aluminium and carbon.

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Mclaren P1

A British hyper car manufacturer celebrating its 50th anniversary, who has only been known for its F1 success and the car it was named after. More recently, the MP4-12C was launched and now we have a new car. The P1. Displayed in Mclaren Burnt Orange, we already knew what it was going to look like as test mules had been sighted all over England. This car is a looker from every angle as you may have already seen.

Different from the Italians, this car has a twin turbo 3.8L V8 with a similar hybrid set up to the Ferrari’s. Combined the engine and electric motor will churn out just over 900BHP and 633 foot pounds of torque. Taking engineering cues from Formula 1, the P1 has DRS  style flap to increase downforce under braking. Even though this is one of my favourites of the four, I do not think people will appreciate that the underpinnings to this £866,000 limited to 375 examples, hyper car is its baby brother, the MP4-12C.

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By far the most anticipated (or forgotten) super car is the Porsche 918 spyder.

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This car is an engineers dream. A car with over 800BHP, 575 foot pounds of torque but returns over 70 miles to the gallon. Sub 100g/km CO2. Dizzying numbers. The testing that has gone into this car is immense. It was teased in 2010, and will be released some time soon. that’s just under three years of road testing. This is no ordinary Porsche, it is a naturally aspirated 4.8l V8 coupled with two electric motors. One of which powers the front wheels whilst the other powers the rear wheels and helps the engine. Here we have an all wheel drive car with four-wheel steering. There is so much tech on this car, it is engineering genius. At low speeds the rear wheels turn in an opposite direction to the front wheels allowing tighter cornering. At higher speeds, this steering turns with the front wheels giving the car more stability when reaching its maximum of 202mph.

Back to those electric motors, this is only one out of the four that starts in ‘electric mode’ allowing you to drive silently for 15 miles up to 100mph, where you can flip the switch and allow the engine to help in ‘hybrid mode’ focusing on economy and battery range. ‘Sport hybrid’ mode  is more aggressive and keeping the engine running constantly, which I think most people will keep it on. Then there is ‘Race Hybrid’ which uses the batteries to give extra grunt to the engine and also ‘Hot Lap’ which uses all power reserves to give the driver that little bit extra when racing against the clock. Price of this piece of wizardry – £650,000.

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All four of these cars cost over half a million pounds, and all run in limited numbers. Who will be crowned champion? Only time will tell. I rule the Veneno out of the race as its more of a museum piece seeing only three will ever be made. The Porsche is looking to be the future of motoring, but will be a rare sight. So I believe it will fall to the mighty Ferrari and Mclaren to battle it out.