• Carbon fibre. Wonderful site, keep up the great work! I wanted to send a brief note regarding the very interesting article on carbon fibre (CF) in the December 2014 issue. On page, there is a photo and small caption regarding the 2004 996 GT3 RS stating it was the first production Porsche to feature CF parts, noting the wing mirrors and rear wing. Please note the car also had a CF front deck lid. Prior to this car, it is worth noting three other times the factory used the material. For the 1993 model year, the factory made 86 of the wonderful #Porsche-911-Turbo-S-Leichtbau-964 , which also featured a full CF front deck lid. Understandably with only 86 made, it was not really a production car when compared to the 682 examples of the 2004 996 GT3 RS produced.

    Also, while the factory was ‘experimenting’ with early CF for the #Porsche-959 / #Porsche project in the early ’80s, prior to producing the 959, the factory made 21 of the rarest 911 RS model ever, the Group B rally car, the type 954 or ‘SCRS’. To the best of my knowledge, the SCRS was the first car to leave the Porsche factory with any form of carbon fibre… the rear bumper was made from a very early version of CF. While the front bumper was a nice quality fiberglass, not that different from the panels used on many R, RS and RSR cars preceding the SCRS, the rear bumper was a different material that they called ‘carbon reinforced fiberglass’. If you compare the front and rear bumpers of the SCRS the differences are clear, and of course, the goal of the SCRS was to be as light a car as possible, so every gram mattered. And at a price in 1983 of USA $79,000, double the cost of a period 930, they could afford to give the lucky racers whatever they wanted!

    The SCRS cars were all made in the fall of 1983 for the 1984 model year, and then the 959 was made in 1985 for the 1986 model year fully using the new material. Again, with under 300 of the type 959 made, I’m not sure if you can call it a production run or not… I think it would be considered a production run given the overall quantity produced. I thought your readers may want to know all of the above.
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