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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Lee Sibley uploaded a new video in BMW E28 - my best shark
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    1986 BMW M5 E28: The original super 4-door - road test
    I haven't driven my M5 for years, so I got it road-ready and took it for a drive. It still feels nuts today - what the hell was it like in 1986?
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    First 992 products from Exclusive revealed

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    Porsche has revealed the first options readily available for the #Porsche-911-992 from its Exclusive Manufactur department. A lightweight- #carbon-fibre-roof , #LED headlights and Porsche-embossed headrests are already available via the 992’s online configurator, with leaked images on social media showing a forthcoming GT3-style fixed rear wing.
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    Lee Sibley uploaded a new video in Porsche 911 992
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    2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S 992: First Driving Impressions Of The All New 911
    Henry Catchpole reviews the new Porsche 911 on both road and track in Spain. With more power but also more weight, is it still the sports car to beat? And which is better – rear-wheel-drive S or the quicker 4S?
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hybrid #Porsche-911-992 ‘in three or four years’

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    Porsche chairman Oliver Blume has reaffirmed that the company is committed to launching a petrol-electric hybrid version of the 911. “We will continue with high-performance petrol engines in our sports car for as long as possible,” said Blume. “We are thinking about a hybrid drivetrain for the 911. The platform is already prepared.” Porsche has gained expertise in hybrid drivetrains through its motorsport activities, including three wins at Le Mans with its 919 Hybrid. Blume said the hybrid driveline under development would be the highest-powered driveline in the 911. He pointed to the Panamera S-E Hybrid as an example of what is possible, noting that it uses 60Ah battery technology and makes around 700bhp. By comparison, the latest evolution of the 911 Turbo uses a twin-turbo 3.8-litre petrol engine developing 532bhp. “There’s no decision yet whether we will have a plug-in hybrid, which has more weight but more range, or a solution like that in the 919 Hybrid race car,” said Blume. “But in three or four years we’ll be able to offer a hybrid of some sort in the 911.”

    A hybrid 911 would be the most powerful in the model’s line-up
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    They’re calling it the massacre of Monterey. One of the highlights of #Car-Week in California, auction houses present their sales in front of some of the world’s wealthiest people, who flock to the coastal city to indulge in a festival of luxurious and collectible sports cars. This year though, it’s fair to say auction house sales had lost their sparkle.

    In many ways the writing was on the wall. Most luxury marques and models, including the Porsche 911 in its various iterations, are down in value compared to a year or two ago. The #Porsche-911R / #Porsche and 997 GT2 RS are good cases in point: both these collectibles were valued at 20 per cent more just 12 months previously. Developments – or lack of – at #Monterey sought to confirm this downwards trend. Many lots didn’t sell, including desirables including a 993 GT2 and 2.7 RS Touring, while others were way down on reserve by the time the hammer fell.

    The entire Monterey sale will be remembered by the farcical events around lot 362, the sole remaining Type 64. Not technically a Porsche, this is a 1939 car built and driven by Dr Ferdinand Porsche and was intended to compete in a Berlin to Rome race in honour of a Pact of Steel between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy at the time.

    Lot 362 was expected to fetch $20 million, but a mistake started the bidding at $30 million instead of $13 million, with ‘offers’ climbing to $70 million (rather than $17) before the error was realised. Among derision in the room, the sale collapsed. Regardless, Sotheby’s sale was down 25 per cent overall on 2018, a very definitive marker as to the state of the market presently. There’s much conjecture as to why this is the case, from generic talk of a recession, to changes in buying habits of younger generations.

    Without doubt there’s very little confidence in the market right now, but this downward trend in values is no bad thing. It is a widely held view in the industry that prices have been too high for many models for some time now, so an adjustment – no, a reality check – was dearly needed. It looks like that’s exactly what we got from Car Week.
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Last issue I mentioned how, after a mere three corners of my track day at Castle Combe, my #Porsche-911-C4S-996 suffered epic brake fail, forcing the car into an early finish. I didn’t hang around in getting the problem fixed, remembering my old man’s oft-recited saying that “the most important aspect of a car is its ability to stop”. Long-time readers will recall I changed the brakes on my previous 996.2 C4 to EBC a couple of years back, so the decision to turn to them once again was an easy one, promptly ordering Yellowstuff pads, Dot 4 fluid and braided lines. I then booked the car in at ZRS Engineering down the road in Poole, as Matt there now does all work on my beloved C4S.

    With the car on Matt’s two-post ramp, the wheels were whipped off and the pads removed. They had plenty of meat on them still as they were only installed at the end of 2017 but, as I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve just not been happy with their (complete lack of) feel and performance, despite fluid changes to alleviate the issue. Incidentally the pads had ‘TRW’ on the covers, which Matt informs me is the OEM brand, but whether or not it was just those covers which in this case were TRW remains to be seen. Either way, I took great pleasure in frisbeeing them into the bin.

    EBC’s Yellowstuff pads were then installed inside the C4S’s Big Red calipers: these are intended for fast road and occasional track use, as they offer performance in huge heat ranges without brake fade. Although fashion isn’t exactly a priority when it comes to safety, it was great to see the yellow hue of the pads adding to the visual flare of my yellow KW coilover springs, at least with the wheels off!

    Matt then replaced my rubber factory brake lines with EBC braided items. These will provide additional feel through the pedal, sorely needed in my case, and their braided element offers an increase in longevity underneath my C4S. With identical routing as per the factory lines, their it was simple enough. They’re good value: although the fittings don’t appear to be stainless steel (as they’re painted), they’re still good value when compared to vastly more expensive competitor items. I was pleased to have them fitted.

    Matt did have to make up new hard lines from each caliper as mine had corroded. A 996 will always throw up a curve ball on a job like this, particularly with rust or corrosion on chassis componentry, so the added time needed for Matt to make those up before connecting to the EBC lines was expected, really.

    With the braided lines in place Matt flushed out the old brake fluid, which ran for the hills when temperatures began to rise during the first few minutes of my aforementioned track day. I got two one-litre bottles of EBC ’s Dot 4 fluid, but the reality was we only needed the one. With the system bled, the wheels were soon back on and the 911 once again graced the floor.

    Next step was bedding the brakes in, which I’m still in the process of doing. This is crucial to ensuring the brakes perform well over a sustained period of time. Many people skip this step and then wonder why they get brake fade pretty quickly. The process for EBC’s brakes can be found on their website at ebcbrakeshop.co.uk, but essentially I have to cover 200 urban miles before conducting a series of high-speed stoppages down to 20mph.

    As I say I’m still in that process, and as soon as that’s done I’m heading for the track. What I will say, however, is that even now, after only a few miles, the difference is commendable. There’s now so much feel through that middle pedal that I can push it with confidence, those pads now clamping to the as-new discs with a conviction sorely lacking before. Once this set-up is run in, this is going to be an unbelievable car.

    Living the Legend – 911 owner reports Our contributing enthusiasts from around the world share their real-life experiences with their Porsche 911s

    Lee Sibley Bournemouth, UK

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    Year #2002

    Acquired April 2017 @lee_sibs
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
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    Porsche has reduced the short engine price of its Porsche-M96-generation flat six. Now available for £3,500 from Porsche – a reduction of around 50 per cent – this latest development should weaken the fears of 996 owners who may be worried about total failure of their M96 rendering their cars uneconomical to ix, and may inspire others to make a purchase.
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  •   artere reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Owner: Lee Sibley Poole, UK

    Model: #Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #1998-Porsche-911-Carrera-996.1 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-996 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    Year #1998

    Acquired JAN 2019

    After the 996’s roadbased European adventures I was keen to get a track day under my belt for 2019. With tyres and brakes recently renewed all-round, I figured now was the best time to indulge.

    I opted for a Porsche Club GB track day, as usually the standard of driving is pretty respectable and, best of all, there’s always a good atmosphere: proceedings aren’t overawed by high volumes of cars – a common mistake made by mainstream trackday companies – and everybody is happy to talk to anybody. Being a PCGB event, I also benefitted from complimentary track day insurance cover as part of my policy with Locktons, subject to an excess of 10 per cent of the vehicle’s value.

    Goodwood was the chosen venue, because unbelievably I’d never driven the motor circuit there before. It was a real box-ticker for me, made all the more special because my dad had decided to come along for the day. I always relish some father and son time, especially when he’s paying for breakfast en route… and before anyone moans, I did offer!

    The track day itself was brilliant. A great mix of cars were on track, from a beautiful 964 RS right up to a plethora of 991.2 GT3 and GT3 RSs. It was a pleasure to share a circuit with them and engage in some brilliant conversations with their enthusiastic owners. A good, complimentary lunch topped things off, and I always appreciate the exceptional organisational skills of the PCGB team lead by James Mclaren-Rowe.

    In hindsight I could have done with some tuition to properly learn the lines, but I had a belter of a day simply having a laugh with my old man. As for the 996? Firstly, let me say it performed excellently overall.

    As my dad and I teared around Goodwood’s pretty circuit, giggling away all the while, I couldn’t help but think just how good value for money these cars are. My example had just got back from a 2,871-kilometre (1,784-mile) European trip less than a week before, and had zero preparation for the track day besides a quick tyre pressure check. If you can find a good example they give you so much sports car for as little as £15k. Phenomenal.

    Secondly – perhaps inevitably – it highlighted, as all track days have done with my 996s through the years, that the car’s 21-year-old suspension is due for renewal. I’ll look at that in the coming months.
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