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While visiting the Revs Institute yesterday I ran across this 1958 Formula II Porsche-Behra. Pretty cool to see a blast from the past where Porsche actually had a Formula II car. This Porsche is a flat four mid mounted air cooled engine with twin overhead cams. 1498 cc with 150hp @ 8200 rpm. Wheelbase is 82.7 inches with a total weight of 1190 pounds. From the Revs Institute car card: "Hindsight suggests that in 1959 Porsche might have been better served by concentrating on either Formula cars or the sports/racing Spyders but not both. But then hindsight also indicates that Jean Behra momentarily had a better F-II idea than did Porsche. This was the car. A star of the Maserati team from 1955 until the Italian factory withdrew from racing in 1957, Behra had spent 1958 racing for BRM in Formula I and for Porsche in sports car events. Successful in the latter, Behra’s experience with BRM’s lack of reliability had been maddening. For 1959 he signed as Ferrari’s number one Grand Prix driver – and, no doubt based on his 1958 Reims F-II success in the center-steer factory RSK, decided to build a true single-seater Formula II Porsche. A favorable deal was worked out with Ferry Porsche for purchase of a car; Valerio Colotti, erstwhile Maserati design engineer, was enlisted to help. Whereas Porsche’s own Formula II car featured the coil spring and wishbone rear suspension that had been tried on an RSK Spyder at Sebring, Behra went with the original swing axles. The rear track was narrowed by two inches. Up front, torsion bars and their carrying tubes were narrower by five inches. Front/rear track now measured 46.9/47.6 inches. The new body, hammered out of aluminum in Modena, was significantly less bulbous than Porsche’s version. Ironically, although “tremendous fun” was Behra’s stated reason for his F-II effort, he had little of it in either the Pau or Auvergne races, where the car was tremendously fast but did not finish. For Reims – the biggest and most important F-II event of the 1959 season – he offered the wheel to Hans Herrmann, and to good effect indeed. Faster than the factory Porsches in practice, the Porsche-Behra placed second only to Stirling Moss’ Cooper-Borgward after a race-long battle. While Ferry Porsche regarded the result sanguinely, it did not sit at all well with Enzo Ferrari, whose entire team of new Formula II racers had just been defeated by his number one driver’s car. Behra and Ferrari parted company. Tragically, Behra was killed almost immediately thereafter driving an RSK Spyder at the Avus in Berlin. He had also entered his F-II special…" Engine Photo: Peter Harholdt If you are ever in the Naples area in Florida, make a point of visiting the Revs Institute, well worth the visit for any car enthusiast. All visitors must reserve tickets for specific dates and times in advance. Regrettably, walk up visitors cannot be accommodated. Reserve tickets online, at https://revsinstitute.org or call (239) 687-REVS. *They are closed for renovations & maintenance every year from August 1 – September 15th*
Are you a Porsche Club Member?: I have been a PCA (Porsche Club of America) member since I got my first Porsche. In my mind, there is no better club to belong to. It has opened up a whole new world to me, this includes meeting loads of new friends, getting to know more about these wonderful cars and not mention... Are you a Porsche Club Member?
The new 911 GT2 RS – Speechless: We have already seen a number of videos of the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Porsche has just released another one driven by Walter Röhrl and Mark Webber. So what did these two masters of the track have to say about their time with the almighty GT2 RS on the track ? The new 911 GT2 RS – Speechless
Classic 718 amazing how Porsche can bring people together. I had a business meeting on Friday morning, while sitting in the office I noticed this potential client had a poster of a 718 in the office... I asked... Wow - that's a lovely car - you into Porsche? - that was it - for the next 30 mins that's all we spoke about - I had met a fellow Porsche enthusiast. For the rest of the meeting we kept coming back to the subject of cars, needless to say after two and a half hour meeting, it was one of the best meetings Iv'e had in a long time.... Here is a nice 718 featured video with Jerry Seinfeld
Spied: Porsche updated 911 GT3 RS matches rest of GT line Updated Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets GT2 RS hood, GT3 bumper A while back, Porsche unveiled the updated 911 GT3, which received revised styling at the front and rear bumpers. A few days ago, the GT2 RS was also made official at Goodwood. It will only be a matter of time until Porsche unveils the refreshed GT3 RS to match the rest of the 911 GT cars. Compared to the first time our spies spotted the updated GT3 RS, not much has changed from the prototype vehicle. In fact, the GT3 RS prototype spotted barely has any camouflage. The front bumper is essentially the same as the one found on the regular GT3. Meanwhile the rear of the 991.2 GT3 RS still retains the same bumper and taillight design of the outoing model. Looking closely however, Porsche seems to have added a rear diffuser to improve airflow underneath the car. Unlike the previous model, the prototype spotted now is seen with the additional NACA cooling ducts on the front hood uncovered. Our spies claim that the ducting is channeled to the brakes for extra cooling. If the NACA ducts on the hood seems similar, it's because Porsche uses an identical one on the GT2 RS. With the current 911 GT3 producing 500 horsepower, our spies report that the GT3 RS will likely gain a bump in power as well. Expect a 20-30 horsepower gain, up from the 500 horsepower the 991.1 GT3 RS produces. As for transmission options, expect the GT3 RS to also be offered with a manual transmission along with PDK. Our spies expect the 991.2 GT3 RS to make its global debut at Frankfurt this coming September. Source: Auto Industriya Original Article: https://goo.gl/oazRGp
Next Porsche 911 to come with digital dash Porsche engineers are out testing the next-generation 911 and our photographer has managed to snap the interior of one of the prototypes. The photos reveal the new digital dash that will be fitted to the next 911 which is expected on sale next year, as a 2019 model. The all-important tachometer sits in the center of the instrument cluster and looks to be remaining analog. However, to the left and right of this are digital screens. The screen to the left of the tacho shows the speedometer. We can also see that the infotainment screen is situated at the top of the center stack and not in the center, as seen in the current 911. The resulting design should be similar to what we see in the latest Panamera (shown above). From the earlier test mules, we learned the next 911 will be slightly wider than the current model. Underpinning it is believed to be a new modular sports car platform to be shared with the next 718 and possibly other sports cars from the Volkswagen Group. At next year’s launch, there should be the Carrera and Carrera S models. Power for both will come from the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine that debuted in the 2017 911. At present, the engine delivers 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet torque in the Carrera and 420 hp and 368 lb-ft in the Carrera S. Source: Motor Authority Full Article: https://goo.gl/GWsfpd