MINI’s challenge of Porsche to a race at Road Atlanta is technically supposed to happen in a day’s time, but it’s far more complicated given that Porsche has yet to answer MINI’s invites, not the least of which include a number of hilarious videos courtesy of MINI USA’s big boss Jim McDowell, a parody of Rocky IV, an online petition, and even a flying a private plane with a banner on it over Porsche’s US headquarters in Atlanta.
So with a race set to take place without an opponent yet, MINI has gone into complete overdrive in luring Porsche into accepting their challenge. The latest twist in this oddball saga has MINI offering about 400 people to watch the whole spectacle and they’re bringing in their own fully-spec’d Porsche 911 Carrera S. The only problem is, Mini doesn’t know who they can get to drive that Porsche and also, what does Porsche think of having one of their signature models in a MINI event with no company sanction whatsoever. Can you say hissy fit?
We don’t know what’s going to come out of this, but we do know that fireworks will fly. That’s how MINI’s done it before and there’s no doubt in our minds that it’s how they will do it again. We are sure they’ve got something planned that’s going to take Porsche and everybody else by surprise.
Then again, Porsche should just accept the challenge, throttle MINI at the race, and get it over with. Right?
If you still own a 993 Carrera and want to improve its look, TechArt has two different programs for you: Aerokit I and II. The programs include wider fenders for a sportier more aggressive stance.
Also, in order to improve the car’s performances, TechArt offers sport exhaust, sport suspension, brake upgrades, performance upgrades, and short shift kits.
The exterior package is finished by 19" Formula alloy wheels.
Custom interiors from TechArt further serve to differentiate the 993 and includes: 3-spoke airbag sport steering wheel, foot rest in drilled aluminum and a new Safety belt-system.
If you would like to customize your 996 Porsche Carrera 4S Cabrio, you might want to take a look at TechArt’s Aerokit I. The program was exclusively developed by TechArt’s designers, engineers, technicians, and model builders. Working closely together, the team designs and builds prototypes then tests the parts in a wind tunnel until each item is approved for road-legal use and launched for the worldwide market. Every component is manufactured from select materials to exact quality norms.
The Aerokit I includes: front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a rear wing, and the new 19" Formula wheels.
For those of you driving a 2005-2008 997 Carrera, TechArt has prepared a special AeroKit II program. It includes a roof spoiler as well as three different types of rear wings: Rear Wing I, Ring Wing II and a distinctive Rear Wing III with its static wing profile. These wings enable precise aerodynamic adjustments at the rear axle.
Also, thanks to small ECU modifications and new sport exhaust systems the engine can deliver an extra 15hp. The new sport exhausts systems are the "Sport" and the "Racing" with dual-tube tailpipes in chrome and black chrome.
The interior gets select materials, tastefully coordinated colors, and a sense of design with unmatched precision and craftsmanship that is immediately noticed. It is TechArt’s aim to turn the driver’s individual vision of their 911 interior into a reality. Whether you prefer to set selective highlights or entrust TechArt to create a unique interior design to your specifications, TechArt does not set limits.
Porsche did, in fact, unveil the new 997 line-up, but there are people out there who still drive the old Carrera Convertible models and TechArt had them in mind when designing their new program.
The TechArt program for the 997 Cabriolet includes: components made of PU-RIM, a front lip spoiler, head lamp trim, side skirts, rear diffuser, a range of three rear wings, interior enhancements, sport exhaust, and adjustable sport suspension.
The output for the engine has been raised to 400 hp and was made possible thanks to new metal air filters, a sport clutch, and a short shift kit. The 997 Cabrio also gets a sport brake system, spring kit, sport chassis "vario", and the new 20" TechArt’s Formula wheels.
The interior gets airbag sport steering wheels and leather work.
We know that Porsche Carrera and Targa are already good looking cars, but if you feel like customizing them a bit TechArt has the right program for you.
For the exterior the tuner is offering a front spoiler with braking cooling ducts, front grille inserts, side skirts, mirror inserts, headlight rings, a roof spoiler and a choice of three different wings (Rear Wing I, Rear Wing III, or Rear Wing IV). And to finish up in style you can also choose from Formula I, II, or the new light-weight one-piece forged Formula III wheels.
For the interior TechArt is offering leather and all kinds of select materials, tastefully coordinated colors, a sense of design with unmatched precision and craftsmanship.
To improve the car’s performances the tuner is also offering new coil-over suspensions, steel-flex brakes lines that ensure an optimal pressure point at a consistent pedal force and an easy brake force
Even if the classic 911 is still in bandages from its most recent facelift, there are tuners that feel they can do the Carrera one better. The after market manufacturer Vorsteiner has a high tech aerodynamic package consisting of a front spoiler made out of carbon fiber complete with integrated brake ducts , carbon fiber rear diffuser as well as a carbon fiber roof replacement sheds almost 50 pounds from the tallest point in the vehicle before finishing it off with a set of staggered 19 and 20 inch forged wheels as well.
Press release after the jump. Full story
TechArt has presented a new tuning program for the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. The tuner modified both the car’s dynamics and performances. Thanks to a new "Racing" flap-controlled exhaust system and new engine electronics the Carrera 4S delivers with 35 hp more, to a total of 420 hp.
The aerodynamic kit includes a front spoiler, side skirts, a roof spoiler and three versions of rear wings, back pressure air vents, an adjustable spoiler lip, decorative trims for the exterior mirrors – made from carbon fiber painted in the requested color and 19 or 20 inch five-spoke wheels.
On the interior the tuner added leather, a three-spoke airbag sports steering wheels, aluminum pedals and trim strips.
Press release after the jump. Full story
Mansory has revealed a new aerodynamic kit for the 911 Porsche Carrera. Special attention has been given to the front end: a new frontskirt with integrated air intakes, a frontlip in exciting sports car design for your standard frontskirt. The aerodynamically designed rearspoiler with the typical character of a racing car causes the important stabilization of the rear axle and the needed aerodynamic lift.
The complete rearskirt with its integrated air outtakes makes your Porsche look more aggressive. On your request it gets upgraded by carbon fiber exclusively. The new designed sport exhaust system refers to the topic high performance.
The engine gets a a high performance manifold and two silencers. The Carrera also features port springs set and a high performance manifold.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is a car that can never die. The soul of the classic sports car from the German automaker has been on the road since the days of the original Volkswagen. The iconic shape of the backwards engineered performance car with a pair of round headlamps staring at you brilliantly, a sloping roofline that makes room for a powerful boxer engine and hips that stick out far enough to cover the wide rear rubber that it takes to make the sports car work. After a brief departure from the norm with the 996’s interesting headlights, Porsche’s latest model took the car closer back to its original shape and it looks like things will be staying that way into 2011.
Thanks to our friends at World Car Fans, we can see that Porsche’s next drop top sports car will receive a slight restyling from today’s model. It looks like the driving lights have been tweaked and the front end is flatter thanks to a larger chin spoiler while they do keep with the circular headlamp theme. The roofline doesn’t appear to be as high as the current car, perhaps part of the automaker’s plan for a more streamlined 911. Meanwhile the cutouts in the rear fenders hint at a pair of turbochargers hiding underneath all that sheet metal. If this is the case then the next iteration of Porsche’s high performance sports coupe should be a dream, especially with the wind in your hair.