FLATSIXES.com https://flatsixes.com The blog about Porsche Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:10:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 We interview the people that are driving the Porsche culture today. Drivers, builders, collectors and everyday Porsche owners all come here to tell their story. FLATSIXES: Porsche Podcaster, Owners and Enthusiasts clean episodic FLATSIXES: Porsche Podcaster, Owners and Enthusiasts podcast@flatsixes.com podcast@flatsixes.com (FLATSIXES: Porsche Podcaster, Owners and Enthusiasts) ©FLATSIXES.com Porsche Cars, People, Products and Lifestyle. http://users.feedblitz.com/0afb3761d26dbe53161b70d6a36660a5/Porsche_Logov2.png FLATSIXES.com https://flatsixes.com https://flatsixes.com/porsche-culture/videos-porsche-culture/the-full-history-of-ruf/ The Full History Of Ruf https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597786484/0/flatsixes~The-Full-History-Of-Ruf/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597786484/0/flatsixes~The-Full-History-Of-Ruf/#respond Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:10:07 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60524 ]]>The guys at Donut Media are nothing if not excited. A car doesn't make anything so pedestrian as horsepower, they make HRSPRS. If those HRSPRS are especially stacked(preferably due to a steady diet of love and oats), they become #BUFFHORSES. 1987 isn't just a year, it's 8 years BPM (Before Post Malone). Anything worth saying…

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]]>The guys at Donut Media are nothing if not excited. A car doesn't make anything so pedestrian as horsepower, they make HRSPRS. If those HRSPRS are especially stacked(preferably due to a steady diet of love and oats), they become #BUFFHORSES. 1987 isn't just a year, it's 8 years BPM (Before Post Malone). Anything worth saying is worth yelling. Creepy animations are always invited, and product placement is as likely to appear on the host's body as on film. These are some truly enthusiastic enthusiasts, and this is what they think of Ruf.

Ruf has existed in one form or another since the 1950s, but emerged in the form we know today in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the SCR, BTR, and CTR. Between crushing supercar royalty in a 1987 Road & Track top speed test and creating the first great video of a street car on the 'Ring, Ruf has been cemented in the popular consciousness for more than three decades.

Over the last two years the brand has taken their manufacturer designation to new heights, creating their first all in-house cars in the marque's history. These re-imagined takes on the CTR and SCR may look like 911s, but are virtually all-original creations.

Though the video does have some minor errors (and we do mean minor, like asserting that Ruf added dry-sump oiling to a 911 when creating the SCR), it's still an enjoyable watch laden with off-kilter humor and commendable enthusiasm.

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https://flatsixes.com/cars/porsche-356/addressing-the-patina-question-with-a-356b/ Addressing the Patina Question with a 356B https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597394338/0/flatsixes~Addressing-the-Patina-Question-with-a-B/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597394338/0/flatsixes~Addressing-the-Patina-Question-with-a-B/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:36:40 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60520 ]]>With everything gained by a factory-perfect restoration something inescapable is lost. With age, the cumulative effects of regular use build up on every car. Whether they're scuffs over the scuttle from loading luggage, or pock-marks accrued from entering in Le Mans, a car's wear is part of its history. Porsche themselves still display the 1987…

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With everything gained by a factory-perfect restoration something inescapable is lost. With age, the cumulative effects of regular use build up on every car. Whether they're scuffs over the scuttle from loading luggage, or pock-marks accrued from entering in Le Mans, a car's wear is part of its history. Porsche themselves still display the 1987 Le Mans-winning 962 wearing the marks of its victory. As lovely as perfectly restored cars are, this quality is lost with the patina. For fans of Man in the High Castle, this is what Robert Childan would refer to as wu; a form of truth in authenticity.

This 1961 356B spent its life in California, apparently living a gentle life. When it arrived in Germany and met its new owner it was nearly free of rust. The Ivory paintwork was virtually intact, and even the transmission matched the Kardex. Rather than embarking on a factory-perfect restoration, the owner opted to preserve the car's patina.

To be clear, this car never raced- at least, not that we know of. The faded racing stripes, numbers, and hood straps are additions by the current owner, and were applied in an effort to mimic the condition of the original paint underneath. Upon closer inspection it's clear that the 75-horsepower engine has been refurbished. The interior, once red leatherette, is now brown. The original patina is merely a vehicle, not the raison d'etre for this 356.

We're not here to decry the owner for what they've done- the car has not been defaced for all time, by any measure. It sounds like the natural wear in the finish is helping them to enjoy the car freely and without fear of every scratch or stray stone. Though different to Mark Pribanic's unrestored car, this 356 affirms that patina is not for 17th century oil paintings and rust-free 60-year old farm trucks any more.

For more on this 356's journey, find the recent special edition of Porsche Klassik magazine 70 Years of Porsche Racecars, or follow this link.

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https://flatsixes.com/advise/porsche-releases-new-updates-to-the-n-spec-tire-rating-system/ Porsche Releases New Updates To The N-Spec Tire Rating System https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597177806/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Releases-New-Updates-To-The-NSpec-Tire-Rating-System/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/597177806/0/flatsixes~Porsche-Releases-New-Updates-To-The-NSpec-Tire-Rating-System/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:48:50 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60518 ]]>With every new generation of Porsche, the outer limit of grip are tested with heavier cars, larger contact patches, and way more power than ever before. In order for your new Porsche to continually improve, tire technology has to continue evolving to cope with the demands of the modern and more advanced Porsche. The company…

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]]>With every new generation of Porsche, the outer limit of grip are tested with heavier cars, larger contact patches, and way more power than ever before. In order for your new Porsche to continually improve, tire technology has to continue evolving to cope with the demands of the modern and more advanced Porsche. The company has been working directly with its tire suppliers to create the N-spec rating to confirm for Porsche owners that a specific tire has been approved to maximize the performance of their car.

Unlike some sports car companies, which simply pick a tire from a tire manufacturer's lineup, Porsche works directly with tire manufacturers from the beginning of a new tire's lifecycle, long before production begins. To be an OE supplier to Porsche, the final product must be jointly developed between tire engineers and Porsche's vehicle engineers. While dry weather grip is important for your GT to achieve its Nurburgring lap time, there is an equal focus on wet weather performance, as Porsches were built to be driven even in inclement weather.

The first, and perhaps most important metric for a new tire is its speed rating. The tire company will confirm that the new tire is capable of supporting the weight of the Porsche vehicle, the stresses of added downforce, and the incredible energy it takes to reach a Porsche's top speed. Then the tires are subjected to a barrage of additional tests, confirming the prototype meets Porsche's standards for road noise, wet weather grip, and dry weather handling. Durability is a top priority for Porsche, especially at speed.

Only once the tire has passed all of these rigorous tests, and the engineering department has signed off, can the tire be branded with an N-spec. New for 2019, N-spec tires will receive a specification based on which Porsche model line it is approved for. As before, the first letter will stay N, simply identifying the tire as N-spec. There will also still be a numeral from 0 to 4 which indicates which revision of the tire it is, with 0 identifying it as the original design and construction. New this year is a second letter wedged in the middle which identifies which vehicle in the Porsche lineup it's been homologated for. 911 models are NA, Boxster and Cayman models are NB, Cayenne models are NC, Panamera models are ND, and finally Macan models receive an NE specification tire.

Here is the update, as stated by Tire Rack:

A specification ending with the “0” marking is assigned to the first approved version of a tire design. As that design is refined externally or internally, the later significant evolutions will result in new generations of the tire to be branded in succession. For example, the NA0 branding indicates the first version of a Porsche 911 Carrera tire design. Similarly, NC1 is the second version of a Porsche Cayenne tire design. When a completely new tire design is approved, it receives the “N#0” branding, and the succession begins again.

It is also important to know that while Porsche N-specification tires have been fine tuned to meet the specific performance needs of Porsche vehicles, the tire manufacturers may also build other tires featuring the same name, size and speed rating as the N-specification tires for non-Porsche applications. These tires may not be branded with the Porsche N-specification because they do not share the same internal construction and/or tread compound ingredients as the N-specification tires. Using tires that are not N-specific is not recommended and mixing them with other N-specification tires is not permissible.

As before, Porsche recommends replacing tires in axle pairs if they have more than 30% wear, and do not permit for mixed tire types on a single car. If the N-number of your tires has been discontinued, Porsche recommends replacing all four tires to the updated N-spec number revision.

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https://flatsixes.com/cars/porsche-replicas/beck-porsche-550-spyder-review-complete-with-drive/ Beck Porsche 550 Spyder Review! Complete with Drive. https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596857794/0/flatsixes~Beck-Porsche-Spyder-Review-Complete-with-Drive/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596857794/0/flatsixes~Beck-Porsche-Spyder-Review-Complete-with-Drive/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:38:16 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60515 ]]>Have you ever fantasized as to what it would be like to drive a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder? That completely open feel, the roar of that air-cooled mid-ship engine right behind you. What would it be like to drive a car that weighs almost nothing but still has over 100HP? Well, unless you have about…

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]]>Have you ever fantasized as to what it would be like to drive a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder? That completely open feel, the roar of that air-cooled mid-ship engine right behind you. What would it be like to drive a car that weighs almost nothing but still has over 100HP? Well, unless you have about $4M in cash, you are a bit out of luck. …or are you? Have you ever thought about one of those beautiful Beck replicas? Sure, they have mostly VW running gear, but it isn’t all that different than the Porsche suspension, steering and brakes from 1955. They weigh about the same and have a similar construction without the hassles of a very soft aluminum body. What about the engine? Well, fitting a four-cam engine would be very expensive and they are finicky and difficult to keep in tune. A VW type 1 power plant can be built out to about the same power level and be much easier to maintain. Do I have you thinking about it yet? Well, if so, check out our review and drive of an early Beck Spyder fitted with a 1912cc VW engine pushing over 110hp on a tubular frame car. What do you think? Can you see yourself bombing around town in one of these silver beauties? Watch the video and see if a Spyder is right for you!

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My dog smells the wax I  use on Porsche on your hands. The mystery of who's putting fingerprints allover it has been solved.

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https://flatsixes.com/cars/porsche-panamera/the-panamera-turbo-s-e-hybrid-contains-a-wonderful-dichotomy/ The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid Contains A Wonderful Dichotomy https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596788570/0/flatsixes~The-Panamera-Turbo-S-eHybrid-Contains-A-Wonderful-Dichotomy/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596788570/0/flatsixes~The-Panamera-Turbo-S-eHybrid-Contains-A-Wonderful-Dichotomy/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:33:58 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60511 ]]>Porsche's big wagon has nearly 700 horsepower, it'll go nearly 200 miles per hour, and it weighs more than 5000 pounds. Somehow it is big and comfortable but also incredibly sporty. Somehow it manages to dawdle around in silent electric-only mode, then seconds later crank up a huge turbocharged V8 when you swap to Sport…

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Porsche's big wagon has nearly 700 horsepower, it'll go nearly 200 miles per hour, and it weighs more than 5000 pounds. Somehow it is big and comfortable but also incredibly sporty. Somehow it manages to dawdle around in silent electric-only mode, then seconds later crank up a huge turbocharged V8 when you swap to Sport mode. It can move five people in comfort, as well as all of their stuff. It can also haul ass. Carfection reviewer Henry Catchpole says "It's a bit like a 918 Spyder in this [wagon] body," and I don't know about you, but that sounds tremendous.

The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid Sport Turismo is one of the longest names in Porsche nomenclature history, but it all sort of makes sense when you boil it down. Obviously it's a Panamera. The Turbo S means it has a 550 horsepower turbocharged 4-liter V8. The e-Hybrid bit gives the car a 136 horsepower electric power bump. And finally, Sport Turismo means it's got a humpback that can fit your tall luggage better than the standard Panamera body with a trunk.

"Possibly the most ridiculous car I think I've ever driven"

And of course Henry means ridiculous in the most endearing way possible. This car is a step toward everything for every driver. It's fast and fun and incredibly loud when you want it to be, but calm and quiet and eco conscious when you need it to be. This is imperative for many large European cities, which don't allow cars to run on gasoline power in city centers without paying a quite hefty fee. You can easily swap to eco mode and crawl around the city on full EV power before you head out to the country for a romp around on full turbo power. It's the best of both worlds.

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https://flatsixes.com/cars/for-sale-cars/our-favorite-porsches-for-sale-this-week-volume-129-2/ Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 129 https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596642636/0/flatsixes~Our-Favorite-Porsches-For-Sale-This-Week-Volume/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/596642636/0/flatsixes~Our-Favorite-Porsches-For-Sale-This-Week-Volume/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:29:25 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60505 ]]>We've been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we've seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week, because the whole community has had 944s on the brain, we'll look at some transaxle Porsches with serious collector potential. Hopefully you've enjoyed our "curated" look at the…

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We've been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we've seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week, because the whole community has had 944s on the brain, we'll look at some transaxle Porsches with serious collector potential. Hopefully you've enjoyed our "curated" look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you're selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we'll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Clubsport For Sale

While barely a footnote in Porsche motorsport history, the 944 Turbo Clubsport does exist in small number. For participation in certain showroom stock categories of the SCCA, the Clubsport was created to undercut the upper end of the series' price cap. As such, the Clubsport features very little in the way of included equipment, but does have a shock tower brace, improved coilover suspension, a limited slip differential, a Recaro driver's seat, manual windows and mirrors, and a roll cage. It was equipped similarly, thus, to the Canadian Turbo Cup series cars, but with US market equipment.

This car was raced in IMSA's Firehawk series in the 1980s before being sold off into a Porsche collectors private stash. Back in 2008, adding to its provenance, this car was purchased by Matt Drendel, renowned Porsche Turbo enthusiast.

So few of these were built that many Porsche collectors aren't even aware they exist. It was an option package that was available for the car, but there is no record of exactly how many were made. I do know that I've never seen another, which helps explain the ridiculously high 6-figure price tag. If you want a turbocharged Porsche RS-ish model, you're willing to pay the price though, right?

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

2. 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet For Sale

It doesn't get much more rad than a 944 S2 Cabriolet in draped in Velvet Red Metallic paint. With a 3-liter inline four and a 5-speed manual to stir the soul, you can drop the top to also stir your hair. This is a pretty awesome looking cab, and with low miles and an actually reasonable pricetag, this could be an incredible buy.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

3. 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

This 944 Turbo has been lightly modified with a set of period correct color-matched wheels and a more modern air conditioning system, and looks an absolute stunner with under 75,000 miles on the odometer. This is definitely a driver-grade car that should be run through the high RPM range as frequently as possible. Go for a good drive in a good 944 Turbo and it's a life changing experience.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 1992 Porsche 968 Coupe For Sale

If a 944 S2 is good, the 968 is perfection on the same theme. With a slightly changed body style and the addition of a sixth gear and variable valve timing, the 968 got just a little bit better. Better is always good, right? With just over 100,000 miles on this example, it's still got plenty of life in it if you maintain it properly. If you're looking for a rare bird that will stand out in a crowd, look no further.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. 1988 Porsche 924S For Sale

If you have always wanted a 944, but preferred a narrower body and track for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the 924S is absolutely what you're looking for. This cherry example has just 27,000 miles on the odometer, and looks absolutely museum-quality. This is an excellent example of a lightweight and fun to drive car. It's not as powerful as the others on the list, but it's light, nimble, and carries speed through the corners really well. It's absolutely a Porsche of the highest order.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

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]]>Has the 944's time finally come? The model's popularity has led to a steady upward creep in prices in recent years, and this recent BAT result may just be the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, even Jerry Seinfeld is getting in on the action, having just acquired a black Turbo and this S2 Cabriolet. This 5k-mile 1986 Turbo just smashed Bring a Trailer's auction record for the model, doubling the previous top result for a 944 Turbo, and besting the previous top 944 sale by more than $30k. At $74k, this Pearl White coupe has reached beyond the model's typically-modest pricing, and well into territory normally occupied by low-mile Supra Turbos, Ferrari 328s, and well-optioned 993s.

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This result is the latest in a streak of increasingly impressive results for the model. Recent results from other auction houses, including an impressive $72,600 result at Gooding & Co's Monterey sale, have approached the result achieved on BAT. According to the included original window sticker the car originally sold for $33,600, meaning that over three decades the car more than doubled its original sticker price, and roughly kept pace with inflation.

Photo from Bring a Trailer

Credit is due to the seller's exceptionally thorough approach. While BAT sellers are generally very thorough, with galleries often creeping beyond 150 images, this seller went above and beyond with over 400 images. Everything from paint meter readings, to the stampings inside the included set of color-keyed Fuchs wheels were documented. It is pretty clear that this is an exceptional 944 Turbo.

Interestingly, this car came from the same town as the Utlimate Enthusiast Garage featured here in 2017, though it was not owned by the same person. It's pretty clear, however, that this car lived an extremely pampered life.

While aficionados may argue about the merits of this first-year Turbo compared to the later cars, we challenge anyone to find another comparable Turbo of any year. The real question with this car is whether to keep the phonedials on the car, or mount up those deliciously-'80s Pearl White Fuchs.

Photos from Bring a Trailer LLC used with permission.

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https://flatsixes.com/cars/porsche-944-cars/is-subarus-brz-the-spiritual-successor-to-porsches-iconic-944/ Is Subaru’s BRZ the spiritual successor to Porsche’s iconic 944? https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/595922804/0/flatsixes~Is-Subarus-BRZ-the-spiritual-successor-to-Porsches-iconic/ https://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/595922804/0/flatsixes~Is-Subarus-BRZ-the-spiritual-successor-to-Porsches-iconic/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 22:07:01 +0000 https://flatsixes.com/?p=60495 ]]>Despite our name, Flatsixes loves transaxle Porsches. Between Bradley and myself, we currently own four 944s and 924s. Project 944 GTS, (which will have an update soon, by the way) is among my favorite cars I've ever owned. Barring often extremely cheap early Boxsters, it's hard to beat the 944's smile per dollar ratio. That…

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Despite our name, Flatsixes loves transaxle Porsches. Between Bradley and myself, we currently own four 944s and 924s. Project 944 GTS, (which will have an update soon, by the way) is among my favorite cars I've ever owned. Barring often extremely cheap early Boxsters, it's hard to beat the 944's smile per dollar ratio. That said, the newest 944s are nearly as old as I am. While that's young for a human, nearly three decades is quite elderly for a sports car, especially one you want to use every day.

Enter the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86.

Jakob and Yuri from the Straight Pipes posited that in terms of driving fun, the BR-Z is like a junior 911. We don't think that's accurate. While it does have a slightly Porsche-like boxer engine, that is about where the similarities between the BRZ and Porsche's senior sports car end. I would argue that the BRZ is the spiritual heir to the 944.

An Unlikely Pair

When the nigh-identical Toyobaru twins debuted back in 2012, they were immediately the subject of criticism. While the pair offered excellent driving dynamics, their modest output has been continually under fire since their debut. In an era of 400+ horsepower Mustangs, a 200 horsepower sports coupe seems rather underwhelming. Indeed, 200 horsepower is solidly in hot hatch territory rather than sports car territory in 2019. Just a few horsepower separate the pair from my own Fiesta ST.

For long time Porsche fans, this all sounds rather familiar. When the 924 launched in the 1970s, its double-digit output wasn't even impressive for the depths of the malaise era; a sad time when 150 horsepower Corvettes and 140 horsepower Mustang IIs were top-sellers in the United States. These criticisms followed the 924 through its first evolution into the 944. Though power was up significantly, to about 150 horsepower, the car was not going to win the stoplight drags, despite coming with a significantly higher pricetag than Corvette and Mustang.

But, the 944 and the Toyobaru are not meant for that- they are designed to deliver driving pleasure in a different way. Through superbly balanced chassis, the 944 and BRZ are meant to be engaging when the road winds, not when it snaps straight. The BRZ is more overtly meant to slide than the 944, blame the low rolling resistance tires installed on most variants. With grippier rubber the BRZ can do a credible imitation of the 30-year old Porsche.

Indeed, getting out of my ~200 horsepower 944S and in to a BRZ feels more like reinterpretation than revolution. The dashes are simple, all the controls are driver oriented, even the reach from the steering wheel to the shifter is nearly the same. From the driver's seat, the two are most clearly separated by their steering. Compared to the quick ratio rack in the Subaru, the Porsche's sluggish rack feels rather bus-like.

The Porsches do have some advantages; where the BRZ has craved more power from the beginning, Porsche answered the brought out more powerful models midway through the 944's life cycle. The 2.5-liter S offers slightly less power than a BRZ, but the Turbo, Turbo S, S2, and 968 all have a power advantage over the Subaru. Barring the early 8-valve cars, every 944 offers more torque than the BRZ, making it an easy car to drive in traffic.

The 944's big aluminum four also sounds significantly better than the Subaru's boxer, though that may just be my biases talking.

Takeaways

Though one car was designed as an entry-level sports-luxury car, and the other as a tuner's dream, the Subaru/Toyota, and Porsche have a lot in common. Yuri and Jakob felt that the BRZ was like a Porsche on a budget, though that is only when compared to the 911. With the exception of rare or very low mileage cars, most 944s are still significantly cheaper than a new BRZ (or most used ones, for that matter).

For those of us who want to scratch the 944 itch, but need the security that comes with a new car and a warranty, the BRZ is about as close as you can get to the classic transaxle Porsche formula.

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]]>In a world of clean-cut, politically correct sportsmen, Mark Webber is refreshingly honest, humorous, and occasionally a bit rude. Webber is candid and transparent in front of the camera, which makes his love for the Porsche marque all the more special; he's never playing the insincere corporate spokesman.

With a two-day beard and an open-faced helmet, Webber hops into the fearsome GT2 RS Clubsport and threads the track toy around Mt. Panorama with the smooth style which made him such a success. As part of the Bathurst 12 Hour, Webber ran a series of demonstration laps in the GT2 RS Clubsport.

Webber posing against 1 of the 200 GT2 RS Clubsports.

Though he hadn't driven the track since 1995, when he raced there in Formula Ford, Webber clearly got up to speed quickly and had no problems brushing the barriers coming over the hill. In fact, the speeds he reached down the Conrod Straight dwarfed whatever the Formula Ford could muster.

“The last time I drove at Bathurst was 24 years ago in the Formula Ford. Driving now on this wonderful circuit with this sports car was a sensational experience for me,” says the world endurance champion of 2015. “It’s incredible how much punch the engine has. Although I wasn’t driving at the maximum racing speed, I still reached 296 km/h at the end of the straight. Crazy!”

Even driving below the limit, Webber hit 183 miles an hour down the Conrod Straight.

Even after an illustrious career in the world's fastest cars, the GT2 RS Clubsport still wows the gritty Aussie—a testament to the seriousness of the build. Webber may have retired from competition in 2016, but it's clear that he's not quite ready to give up on the thrill of driving some of the greatest cars in the world.

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