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    Jay Leno uploaded 80 photos in the album 1939 Porsche Type 64.
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    Chris Graham uploaded 26 photos in the album 1970 Porsche 917 037 on the road.
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    / #Porsche-Mission-E-Cross-Turismo / #2018 / #Porsche-Mission-E / #Porsche / #Electric-Car

    With an 800 volt electric architecture, the big news here is the Mission E Cross Turismo is capable of recharging using the new Ionity 350kW chargers, offering 250-miles range in 15 minutes. 590bhp allows 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 124mph in under 12 seconds. Porsche says its latest EV is already “road ready”.
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    CAR: #1966-Porsche-906-Carrera / #Porsche-906-Carrera / #Porsche-906 / #1966 / #Porsche

    $1,950,000 Symbolic, San Diego, USA

    Porsche built 110 examples of its 550 Spyder, the car made famous by its giant-killing success as a racer and infamous as James Dean’s death-mobile. Values are now north of $5 million – the most paid to date is $6,100,000 for the superbly original example sold by Bonhams at 2016’s Goodwood Revival auction. But the often illogical nature of classic car values means that the rarer, quicker, more advanced – and arguably far more usable – 906 is currently worth less than half as much as a 550. As an example, look at this superb example being offered by long-established California dealer Symbolic, which has an interesting and unusual history, being one of just three Porsche 906s consigned to Japan.

    Sold new through Mitsuwa, the only official Porsche dealership in Japan during the 1960s, the car was originally owned by a rag trade magnate called Shintaro Taki: he also ran a car dealership, Taki Motors, that operated a racing team for which he was the main driver. He raced the 906 throughout the 1966/67 season and notched up numerous victories in Japan, Hong Kong and Macau.

    Taki upgraded to a 910 in 1967 and sold the 906. It was acquired by the English journalist and racer Peter Bellamy in 1970 and painted British Racing Green. He continued to campaign it extensively in Japan before shipping it to Australia and selling it to the then CEO of Maranello Concessionaires who displayed it in his private museum for the following 26 years.

    The car returned to Japan in 1991, later entering the collection of Toshio Tachikawa who engineered a rather nice reunion story by entering it for Japan’s La Festa Mille Miglia and putting Taki at the wheel.

    A decade ago, Tachikawa sent the 906 back to Weissach for a five-year restoration that included re-building and re-fitting its original engine and gearbox. It then sat for a decade in Tachikawa’s private museum before being bought by another Japanese collector prior to its purchase by Symbolic in 2015.
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    Outside Line Richard Meaden by #Drive-My

    Money no object. Three words, endless possibilities for the imaginative petrolhead. Meaden gets the ball rolling with his perfect flight of fantasy.

    Thinking. Always a dangerous pastime. Especially when you’re a freelance journalist who has turned procrastination into an art form. Still, what is life without daydreams? That’s what I say. Especially when you can turn a few hours of staring out of the window and drinking copious cups of coffee into a long-overdue evo column. I blame my erstwhile colleagues Nick Trott and Jethro Bovingdon for prompting my latest catastrophic distraction and litany of missed deadlines. The former for asking us to concoct our ultimate McLaren Special Operations (MSO) project a few issues back, the latter for reminding me of his N24 drive in Jim Glickenhaus’s eponymous home-brewed racer.

    Where am I going with all this? Rather pleasingly, the haphazard wiring in my brain has taken these random sources of diversion and arrived at what is surely one the most pressing questions of any petrolhead’s life. Namely, what would you commission as your one-off supercar?

    As is always the case with these flights of fantasy, money has to be no object. Likewise, I rarely allow my tenuous grip on engineering to inhibit my desires. In any case, if anyone dared say something wasn’t possible, I’d refer them back to the ‘money-no-object’ bit, for as Bugatti proved with the Veyron, unlimited budget is the ultimate engineering solution.

    So, the six million dollar (or in all likelihood, rather more) question is: what to build? After considerable deliberation, a number of blind alleys and one or two changes of heart, I’ve settled on… a Porsche. Surprise, surprise, I hear you cry, but incredibly, given you’re reading evo, it has nothing to do with a 911. You see, while I have major lust for Stuttgart’s rear-engined icon, I’ve got a real thing for Porsche’s early sports prototype racers. Naturally this includes the #Porsche-917 , but the true apple of my eye is the unspeakably gorgeous #Porsche-908/01 from 1968.

    Why? Years ago I had the immense privilege of driving one of the original factory 908/01s during a trackday at the Nürburgring. Given the very same car raced in (but sadly retired from) the 1968 Nürburgring 1000km, this was truly a day to remember.

    The beauty, delicacy, speed and exquisite engineering of this fierce and fragile machine stuck with me, only to return to the forefront of my mind during my aforementioned daydream.

    Imagine, I thought, what it would be like to make a modern homage to the 908/01, in much the same manner Jim Glickenhaus did with his spectacular Enzo-based, Pininfarina-designed P4/5. Initially I thought a 918 Spyder would be the ideal basis. But then I had to concede it would be too big and complex. And even if you could junk the batteries and motors, it would have a V8 when the 908 had a jewel-like 3-litre air-cooled flat-eight good for 350bhp. It’s at this juncture I should give special mention to evo’s resident curmudgeon, Stuart Gallagher, for his enduring tirade against the 718 Cayman’s less-than-sonorous flat-four. I’m not a great fan of the engine myself, but if two were joined at the crank I reckon I’d have the perfect modern flat-eight. Strip away the turbos, drop in some high-compression pistons and prickly cams, have a play with the firing order and speak to Mr Akrapovic and my project has a suitably special motor.

    The 908 was built around a spindly alloy tubular spaceframe, which the bodywork wraps like an eggshell, only thinner. My 908 will have a chassis made from tubes, but ones fabricated from carbonfibre, perhaps collaborating with a bicycle manufacturer, as they understand the material. The body would also be carbon, the contours of which would be shaped by Rob Dickinson, obsessive genius behind Singer Vehicle Design. Not only would the panels be flawless, but Dickinson’s eye and lightness of touch would capture the essence of the 908/01’s perfect proportions while adding a contemporary twist to elevate the car from re-creation to 21st century tribute.

    Naturally my 908 would have a manual transmission, complete with birch gearknob, and the finished car would be painted white, like all Porsche’s factory prototypes, perhaps with a flash of red or blue around the nose. It would have 600bhp and weigh less than 1000kg. It would be road-legal but track-capable; trimmed for minimalist comfort, but well suited for long European drives. The trouble with this kind of fantasy is the whole process gets rather addictive. Indeed, as I prepare to conclude this column, I’m thinking the perfect accompaniment to the #Porsche-908 would be a more ambitious, #Porsche-917LH -inspired machine. Perhaps powered by an 8-litre, 1000bhp flat-12 made from a spliced pair of #Porsche-911-GT3-RS motors. It needs more thought, obviously, but I’m sold on the idea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’d best make myself another coffee.

    ‘Initially I thought the #Porsche-918-Spyder / #Porsche-918 would be the ideal basis, but it’s too complex’

    Richard is a contributing editor to evo and always the last columnist to deliver his words / @ DickieMeaden / #Porsche / #2017 / #1968 /
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    / #2017 / #Porsche-911-RSR / #Porsche-911-RSR-991 / #Porsche-911-991 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-991 / #Porsche-911-RSR-991.2 / #Porsche-991.2 / #Porsche /

    There were tears in the paddock when Porsche arrived at Le Mans in the summer only to discover Ford had been sandbagging in the opening rounds of the 2016 World Endurance Championship with its new GT racer.

    For 2017, then, Porsche has thoroughly redeveloped its 911 RSR to provide its factory team with the best possible GT racer for tackling the challenge from Ford and others. Changes include a new midmounted (yes, a 911 that’s not rear-engined) normally aspirated, 503bhp 4-litre flat-six engine.

    Meanwhile, the aero design of the carbonfibre bodywork – including a sizeable rear diffuser – is claimed to be on a par with that of the Le Mans-winning LMP1 919 Hybrid. There is also a radar-based ‘Collision Avoid System’ to detect fastapproaching LMP cars and warn RSR drivers of potential danger. Porsche anticipates entering 19 races with the RSR in 2017, debuting at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.
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