Before today's Cayenne, there was the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen (German for "hunting car"), which was basically a light military vehicle, designed to compete with the likes of Jeep and Land-Rover. Power came from an induced air-cooled flat-four taken from the Porsche 356, located in the rear of the vehicle, producing 50-horsepower, mated to a 5-speed manual box with additional on-the-fly two/four wheel drive shifter. A total of 71 Porsche 597s were manufactured, between 1955 and 1958, 49 of which were built for the civilian market (chassis numbers starting from 597-000101). Continue reading for another video and more information.
LEGO has just unveiled a 2,704 piece Porsche 911 GT3 RS set for their Technic series. At $300, this 1:8 scale model features moving engine parts, red coilovers, headlights and taillights, brake calipers, 10 spoke wheels with low profile tires, working gearbox, paddle shift-equipped steering wheel, and even racing seats. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Harry Potter Quidditch-themed Halo 5 custom game.
A hearse is normally a funeral vehicle used to carry a coffin to a cemetery, and most everyone has seen them around at one point or another, but this is the first one based on a Porsche Panamera. However, what we don't know is if it's a Turbo or Turbo S models. If the latter, you'll find a 4.8L twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
For auto enthusiasts with millions burning a hole in their pocket, this Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution would definitely be a nice addition to your collection. In addition to having 13 GT race wins, it's the world's only street-legal version, of the 14 built. It weighs in at just 2425-pounds, and is powered by a twin-turbo 3.2L flat six that produces 592-horsepower, mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission, topping out at 205 miles per hour. Click here for more pictures of the Evolution. Continue reading to hear and see it in-action on the track.
First, there was the 918 Spyder, now Brazilian designer Guilerme Kataoka shows us what its successor might look like, with his 919 concept, based on the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. To be more specific, he drew inspiration from the 918 and 919 racer, along with a mid-engine layout for better weight distribution. In front, 919-inspired headlights are visible, as well as ultra wide front wheel arches and a set of aerodynamically-efficient wheels. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Think of the Porsche 911 Vision EXQUISITE as 918 Spyder meets 911 Convertible. The vehicle may be track-only in its current design, but the prototype will definitely have a bit more safety features. What stands out most however, is its open cockpit, as there are no doors, roof, windscreen, or even raised side sills for protection. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Porsche Mission E, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, aims to take on Tesla's Model S. Utilizing their Le Mans winning technologies, Porsche engineers were able to produce a zippy 600-horsepower from two electric motors, enabling the four-door to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.5-seconds, with 200 km/h (124 mph) passing in about 12-seconds. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
LEGO and the Porsche 911 aren't synonymous, but Legonauts have managed to create an incredibly detailed half-brick Porsche 911 RSR, right down to the racing livery and sponsor decals. To be more specific, it's hand-crafted from 380,000 LEGO bricks and arranged like a topographical map to approximate the organic curves of the race-ready 911. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
On the outside, it looks like a normal Volkswagen Bus, but look under the hood, and you'll see an air-cooled 6-cylinder Porsche 993 Bi-Turbo engine that pumps out 523 horsepower and 558 lb-ft of torque, mated to 6-speed 996 GT3 gearbox. In addition to the engine, it also features original Porsche 993 Bi-Turbo brakes with ABS. Inside, there's 993 gauges and electronics as well as a Porsche 917-style wooden gear knob. Where the rear side windows used to be are now twin air intakes, and a dry sump tank is mounted in between the seats.
After these spy shots leaked a few months ago, the internet has been speculating at just what Porsche had planned for their new GT3 RS, and now, the wait is finally over. Revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, the new RS packs a 4.0L flat-six that generates 500 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission that boosts it from 0-62 mph in just 3.3 seconds. It can pass 124mph in 10.9-seconds and tops out at more than 200mph. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.