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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Porsche - Cold, Calculating, Precision-Built Porn

I'm going to be honest with you right now.  I'm not a fan of Porsche.  Yes, I respect the engineering, the racing pedigree, and the history behind the marque but they just don't tickle me in any particular way.  I guess you could say Porsche is like "Sex Panther" cologne to me.  "60% of the time it works, every time."  Today, I'm in that 60% zone...
Porsche 918 RSR Concept on autoblog.com

Today seemed to be Porsche day around the intertrons and I couldn't help but look at that chunky rear end with its flat 6.  After looking over various incarnations of the same car over and over again with nary a difference that my untrained eye could detect, I started to grow fond of these backward engineered cars...to an extent.  The stock 911, GT2, GT3, Turbo, and the like don't do anything.  All these are supercars but none of them stand out to me.  To get my attention, Porsches need to be hardcore like the 918 above and purpose-built cars below:
1968 FIA Group 2 911 on motoringconbrio.com
From our friends over at motoringconbrio.com is this Group 2 racer.  It's currently for sale in the hundreds of thousands range.  Head over to their site for some great pictures of this car including its perfectly restored interior.

These insane Porsches were modified by RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB) and they are the widest, most imposingly demonic 911s that I've ever seen.  They weren't created just to look crazy, either.  This group gathered to make a trip to Tsukuba to throw down some fast laps while there and on the way.  These cars are currently being documented on speedhunters.com in a two part series.  Click through that site to see some of the most spectacular photography in all of motorsports.

The RWB guys actually reminded me of the infamous R Gruppe, an international Porsche owners group that prides itself on modifying a car to individual tastes.  Read up on them here or just look at these sweet vintage 911s.



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