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The work of art that you see below is owned by Mick Cote. You are looking at a 1983 “greymarket” 930 slant nose Porsche. Unlike most Porsche owners who acquire this elite German car manufacture for mere status, Mick drives and owns the car the way it was intended. This car is literally a daily driven race car. Full cage? Check. 3.3ltre turbo? Check. Professionally tuned? Check. There’s over $5k in the suspension alone….Oh and prior to the shoot, he just took his “slicks” off in the event he was caught out in the rain with them. Did I mention the wide body was fabricated by Mick himself, from start to finish… I had to take two shots of the rear from different angles so you could get an idea of how this car sits. The lines in this car are flawless and more importantly, functional. All you “stance” fan boys can drool over this. Except Mick won’t be “hard parking” at any car meets…from left to right shows the rear and front stance.I feel like Mick’s Porsche dates back to an era when they still made sports cars that had character. This car pre-dates any driver assists and before sports cars all started looking the same from afar. It was truly an honor to shoot such a raw, yet refined car of this caliber. Expect to see more of Mick’s ’83 Slantnose on our site in the future.
Along my travels when I was in Cali last month, I made a stop to the infamous Mercedes-Benz tuner, Brabus.Brabus is the upper echelon professional tuning and customization for Mercedes-Benz. Brabus USA also caters to Porsche and Land Rover as well. Customers can either buy cars straight from Brabus or send in their Mercedes to be customized and/or overhauled. If a customer orders a car from Brabus, Brabus buys the particular car from Mercedes and then modifies it in-house according to the customer’s requests.
Below is the elegant customer showroom, showcasing all of the endless customization options…Brabus the name, doesn’t actually mean anything in German. Brabus is the first three letters of the two innovative gentleman’s last names that started the company back in 1977: Bodo Buschmann and Klaus Brackmann.Anthony Hsieh of Brabus USA was kind enough to show me around the their beautiful facility.Here you can see the set-up for a custom wide body.A closer look…So how do you make your Porsche Cayenne-turbo faster? Tech Art is the answer. Tech Art is the exclusive performance company offered through Brabus.That’s one monster of a motor that’s about to become much, much more powerful…Below is a small sample of accessories that are available through Brabus.What I love so much about Brabus is that they can take the most tasteful vehicles money can buy and personalize them with perfect harmony as the were intended to be without interrupting the already flawless engineering. If you’re in the Irvine area of Southern California and want to set your German work of art apart from the rest, do your self a favor and visit Brabus USA.
1711 McGaw Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614
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Coming on the heels of the latest presentation of the Porsche 911 Turbo for 2010 comes a more performance-minded creation in the form of the 911 GT3 RS. The smooth linear power delivery courtesy of a naturally-aspirated 3.8 L engine brings to the table more power than its regular GT3 counterpart with a 15 horsepower boost resulting in a total of 450 ponies. In addition comes an updated gearbox with shorter shifts and improved handling, all expected with a more performance-minded update to a present day classic. The full press-release can be seen below.
Delivering even more engine power, lower weight and shorter transmission ratios, as well as upgraded body and suspension components than all previous GT3s, the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS sets the foundation for homologating the race version of the 911 GT3 and will be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show September 17-27, 2009.
The heart of the new, uncompromising GT3 RS is the power unit. Like the engine featured in the 911 GT3, the naturally-aspirated RS power unit now displaces 3.8 liters and delivers even more power, while revving up even faster to its 8500 rpm redline. It now delivers 450 horsepower, 15 more horsepower than its 911 GT3 counterpart. Even with a specific output of more than 118 hp per liter from the six-cylinder boxer engine, the power unit in the new GT3 RS remains fully suitable for everyday use.
The new 911 GT3 RS comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox optimized for short gearshift travel, low weight and high efficiency. To enhance the level of performance throughout the entire range of engine and road speed, the transmission comes with shorter ratios than found in the 911 GT3, deliberately conceding an even higher potential top track speed.
Dynamic engine mounts are standard and serve to improve the car’s handling to an even higher level. Depending on driving conditions, the mounts change in their stiffness and damping effect, improving the connection between the engine and the body when driving under very lively conditions, yet allow for more comfortable conditions during everyday street use.
Porsche is also introducing another new option in 2010 for the GT3 RS, a lithium-ion battery. Delivered with the car and, when replacing the conventional lead-acid battery, it reduces the weight by more than 10 kg or 22 lb and is mainly intended for the track.
To further improve its sporting behavior, the new 911 GT3 RS comes with a purpose-built and specially set up PASM suspension, a wider front and rear track and corresponding bodywork.
The front axle comes with nine-inch-wide wheels running on 245/35 ZR 19 sports tires while the rear axle features twelve-inch-wide wheels incorporating 325/30 ZR 19 sports tires.
The new 911 GT3 RS shows its close connection to motorsport through its dynamic looks, in particular by its low ride height, the new, extra large carbon-fiber rear wing and titanium exhaust system.
The 2010 911 GT3 RS goes on sale in the U.S. in early spring of 2010 and will be priced at $132,800.
Finally a Porsche that’ll match my dunks…