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Best April Fools Gags 2021

Best April Fools Gags 2021

Here’s a list of five pranks automakers pulled this year that caught our attention

April Fools pranks are still a thing and it’s not just for kids. Automakers try to pull pranks on the enthusiasts at times, too. Some happen to be a hit and some a miss. There was one by Volkswagen this year where it said it’s renaming itself as ‘Voltswagen’ in the States. It sure got a little more controversial than the automaker would’ve wanted. Heck, we pulled off some awesome, super-cool, fun, pranks this time for you guys which were definitely a hit. No doubt about that. (Modesty? What’s that?)

Anyway, there were a few more gags that automakers tried to pull on us this year, and here are some of the best ones.

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This Porsche 911 Art Might Disturb You At First

This Porsche 911 Art Might Disturb You At First

Then you’ll start to love it

Porsches have been on posters since before I was born and with the rise of technology, aficionados have been adorning their laptops and smartphones with Porsche goodness on the regular.

At the same time, Porsches have been inspiring people well beyond the desire to work hard and drive a 911 one day. Porsche, just like BMW to some extent, has both a knack and soft spot for the visual arts and there’s no better way to illustrate this affinity than Chris Labrooy’s work.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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Someone Seriously Turned a Pontiac Fiero Into a Porsche Carrera GT

Someone Seriously Turned a Pontiac Fiero Into a Porsche Carrera GT

With enough bondo, anything is possible

Car customization can make your dreams come true - even if that dream is turning your mid-80’s domestic into a Porsche supercar. Case in point is this, uh, unique Pontiac Fiero, which someone transformed into a hilarious parrot of the Porsche Carrera GT.

The best part is that it’s listed on Ebay UK, so if you really want it, and have an extra $16,881 to spare, it could be yours. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you.

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April Fool's Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks

April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks

There were some funny ones and there were ones that we wish would actually happen

April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.

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Porsche Is Now Making Honey

Porsche Is Now Making Honey

German automaker is selling honey by the jars at its Porsche Leipzig customer shop

When was the last time the words “Porsche” and “honey” were mentioned in the same sentence? Years ago? Never? As implausible as it sounds, it’s not a figment of our imaginations anymore; it’s the real deal. Porsche, the company famous for building some of the most iconic sports cars in the history of the world, is now selling honey.

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Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video

Richard Hammond Races Porsche 918 Against Nissan Patrol: Video

Stuttgart’s finest takes on an SUV with a few… minor modifications

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a monumentally fast machine. Rocking a 4.6-liter V-8 internal combustion engine paired with a dual set of electric motors and seven-speed PDK transmission, this German monster lays down upwards of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough hutzpah to push the Porsche to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with the top speed rated at 211 mph. So it’s quick, that much is obvious. But, as Richard Hammond finds out in this video, no matter how fast you might think you are, there’s always something quicker. This time around, that something just so happens to be a Nissan Patrol SUV with a few choice modifications.

You’re probably asking – “how can this rather humdrum Japanese box on wheels compete with the Teutonic insanity that is the 918?” A quick glance won’t reveal much. But take a closer look, and you’ll start to notice this isn’t just any Nissan. The biggest giveaway is in the corners, where a four piece of uber-gummy Hoosier race slicks provide the traction. Then there’s the front end, where a somewhat Godzilla-esque grille shows some teeth, plus there are sporty-looking vents lining the hood. That’s right – this sleeper is hiding a full Nissan GT-R engine and AWD drivetrain under the hood, tuned to deliver a whopping 1,900 turbocharged horsepower! Suddenly, Dubai’s local selection of supercars might have something to think about…

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Want Your Own Island? You Can Have One for the Bargain Price of a Porsche 918 Spyder

Want Your Own Island? You Can Have One for the Bargain Price of a Porsche 918 Spyder

It’s an odd trade off, but it’s not unreasonable.

The barter system goes back about as far as conscious intelligence and has been the primary method of paying for services or obtaining products over a number of different eras all over the world. When you think about bartering, you probably think about people trying to trade things online or maybe that it will be a form of currency after the apocalypse. Craigslist is a primary source of barter trading with people often trying to trade off a car for a truck, or a car for some other toys – hell I’ve even seen people try to trade houses for cars. But, a post on Racing Junk, is by far the craziest barter offering that I’ve seen in my short time on this planet.

To put it simply, a Mr. Emilio Cirelli wants to trade his private island for a Porsche 918 Spyder. And we’re not talking about a trade plus cash. We’re talking about a straight up trade. If it sounds familiar, the same individual posted an ad on Craigslist a few years back trying to trade off the island for a Ferarri Enzo. This time, the island is listed on Racing Junk along with the photo you see above. According to the post, it is a three-acre private island that is about 10 miles south of Daytona Beach. From the look of things, there isn’t anything on the island, and the listing says its “survey ready for your development.”

There is a little more to the story, however. Teamspeed managed to do a short interview with Mr. Cirelli and found out a little more about it. Apparently, he’s a car enthusiast who has owned around 40 Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. Furthermore, he says he’s looking for a 918 Spyder now because he owns a Porsche 911 and thinks that “the Porsche is one of the best cars made.”

Keep reading for the rest of the story

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Porsche Left a Funny Message for Acura in the Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche Left a Funny Message for Acura in the Porsche 911 GT3

What do you do when rival companies use your sports cars as benchmark? If you have a few giggles

It’s no longer a secret that many automakers anonymously buy cars from other companies to benchmark while they are developing a new vehicle. We’ve seen many big brands to that, including Cadillac, BMW, and Lexus, and there’s a big chance others are doing it without drawing attention to themselves. Honda, on the other hand, was caught red-handed by Porsche for buying a 911 GT3 to benchmark against the new NSX hybrid sports car.

Although Honda most likely purchased the car like a regular customer, the German company found out about it after the GT3 was recalled to fix an issue with the engine connecting rods. How is that possible? Well, high-profile sports cars are basically equipped with "black boxes" that provide the manufacturer with all sorts of data as to how the vehicle is being used. The folks over at Porsche likely spent some valuable time to put the pieces together, but as soon they were sure it was Honda’s car, they decided to pull a prank on the Japanese maker.

According to the NSX’s dynamics project leader Nick Robinson, the 911 GT3 returned with a note that said "Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side" under the engine cover. Someone at Honda had a good laugh — and probably spilled some coffee in the engine bay — over this...

Interestingly enough, Honda was also busted by McLaren for using a 12C to benchmark the NSX. But, instead of leaving a note, the Brits wanted to know "where did you go 205 mph? What track?" according to Robinson.

Keep reading for the full story.

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22 Year Old Steals Porsche 918, Gets Busted 6 Hours Later

22 Year Old Steals Porsche 918, Gets Busted 6 Hours Later

There’s something very familiar about the way this car was stolen...

Do you remember the opening scene of the Gone in 60 Seconds remake? In the very beginning, Kip Raines (portrayed by Giovanni Ribisi) is determined to steal “Tina,” a car that is said to be a Porsche 911 996. To do so, he grabs his “tool,” better known as a brick, from the trunk of his car, smashes the front glass window and proceeds to jack move Tina. Eventually, he goes on to get into an illegal street race, leads police to the warehouse, and the whole plot of the movie unfolds from there. So why am I talking about an entertaining scene from a 16-year-old movie? Because someone from Salt Lake City, Utah decided he wanted to be just like Kip Raines.

I’m not even kidding, either. According to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Francisco Gonzalez-Velasquez – a 22-year-old male – tried to pull the same move that Kip Raines did in Gone in 60 Seconds. The Sheriff’s office claims that Gonzalez-Velasquez broke the front glass of a Porsche car dealership in Salt Lake City, then proceeded to steal a Porsche right off of the showroom floor. It wasn’t a Porsche 996, though. Gonzalez-Velasquez had more expensive taste and went for a Porsche 918 Spyder that is valued at $1.6 million.

The funny part about the whole thing is the fact that Gonzalez-Velasquez didn’t wait until night time to make this expensive grab. He did it at around 4:30 in the afternoon. Police caught up with him in that very car just six hours later, where he was arrested on charges of theft, burglary, and theft by receiving stolen property. I’m sure it was a fun ride while it lasted, but I’m pretty sure that ride isn’t worth the time behind bars the suspect will serve if he is convicted on all charges.

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Arrest Warrants Issued in India for Porsche's CEO and Other Execs

Arrest Warrants Issued in India for Porsche’s CEO and Other Execs

When you work with people - and we can’t honestly find any segment of the industry that does not require it - there will always be at least one person not happy with the things you do or decide. Exactly the same happened to Porsche in India where apparently they managed to get their former dealer - Precision Cars - very angry.

In fact, things are very complicated as Precision Cars filed a criminal case against Porsche and the courts in Jaipur decided that Porsche CEO, Mattias Müller, and eight other Porsche execs can be arrested and issued warrants for said arrests.

In 2003, Porsche announced that Precision Cars would be its local distributor of cars in India. However, all of that changed in May of last year, as Porsche selected Volkswagen to be their distributor instead. Now Precision Cars claims they were not notified of the change and that leads to a breach in the contract.

Along with the criminal case against Porsche execs, the dealer also asked Interpol to help them attempt to apprehend "the bad guys." We highly doubt that Mr. Müller is sweating over this ordeal, as reports say that Porsche’s official response was “Good luck with that.”

It is pretty funny on one hand, but on the other hand, Porsche will have a lot to lose if they are forced to stop their activities in India, considering it has been a growing market in the past few years.

We’re going to make some popcorn and continue to watch this circus unfold…

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Porsche Ads Reveal a new Roadster, but Only in London...

Porsche Ads Reveal a new Roadster, but Only in London...

Ewe no, their are thymes when a spellchecker is in order and advertismenting sumthing is Juan of them thymes. Their’s not much worser then misspelling the nayme of the pro-duct you are saling. Welp, it looks like Porsche has decided against spell checking its ads.

Okay, we’ll stop now... but seriously. Every single Porsche Boxster billboard ad in the great city of London has a glaring error in it. It’s missing an “S,” so the sports car is now known as the "Boxter." Granted, the pronunciation is exactly the same, but the spelling is simply horrendous.

Really, how in the world does a professional advertising company, which we only assume Porsche uses, misspell a key word, like the product’s freaking name, on a slew of billboards? To boot, how exactly does Porsche not catch this before having the billboards installed? Yeah, accidents happen, but that’s fine on a single small ad somewhere, not on billboards all across London.

An ad campaign of this magnitude has to cost a load of money and if the ads are up, it means that Porsche apparently approved the final proofs. So the question is how did Porsche approve botched proofs or did the ad company misprint them when they made the billboards?

We tried coming up with a department to call in Porsche’s operation to find out whose error it was, but we came up empty. We are sure that within a matter of days these ads will be fixed up. It’s still worth a good laugh.

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2005 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet Seriously Blinged Out

2005 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet Seriously Blinged Out

A few weeks ago we brought you Justin Bieber’s completely ruined – chromed – Fisker Karma and we pretty much marked that monstrosity up as the world’s worst car modification. Well, it didn’t take too awful long for something a little more disgustingly over the top to unseat Bieber’s rolling mirror.

This 2005 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet, which we all know and love dearly as the 911 Turbo Convertible, has received some real blingage in the form of gold leaf covering the entire body of this once gorgeous machine. According to rumors afloat around the Interwebz, this debacle of a modification took somewhere in the range of $600,000 to create.

Should you desire to be as conspicuous as possible and snag up this rolling theft bait, you can do so at the tune of just 1.8 million Russian Rubles, which equates to just a tick above $61,000. That price has to be rather disappointing for its owner if those $600,000 build cost rumors are actually true, as that is only about $9,000 less than you can get a mint condition 911 Turbo Convertible with 58,000 km (36,371 miles) for, sans the gold.

With a price that low, there may be quite an interesting back story to this entire sale, given the price is 10% of the initial cost and less than the actual market value of the car. There are no mentions of its mechanical condition, so that could be the reasoning for its low cost, or maybe the owner is tired of panhandlers peeling off sections of his car to pawn.

Here’s to hoping that someone buys this once awesome car and converts it back to its correct form, which shouldn’t be too hard since the interior looks pretty much stock.

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Porsche Design Shisha

Porsche Design Shisha

Just to give an idea on the many items coming out of Porsche Design these days, they’ve apparently ventured into the world of recreational paraphernalia.

This is the Porsche Design Shisha, which now enjoys lofty esteem as one of the brand’s newest additions to its World Collection, next to the tea sets and chop sticks. Nothing like branching out on the merchandise catalog, Porsche!

The Porsche Shisha is made out of TecFlex, the same material the company uses in their wide variety of high-end pens. It stands almost two feet tall and also combines aluminum, stainless steel, and glass to create a timeless design that touches on subtle luxury. It also comes with a long flexible tube made out of the aforementioned TecFlex material and has a discrete Porsche Design branding on top.

Interested parties can buy the Porsche Design Shisha at the company’s new store at the Harrod’s department store in London for a princely sum of $2,000. Spending that much for a bong may be too steep for some, but for those that enjoy a drag here and there, the price may very well be justified.

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Video: Porsche feels the wrath of angry turkeys

Video: Porsche feels the wrath of angry turkeys

Now that Thanksgiving is a only a couple of months away, you would think that turkeys would be hiding from plain sight out of fear of getting stuffed with corn bread.

But as the owner of this Porsche will tell you, there are still turkeys that can show off their mean streak, and two of them showed it off by unbelievably attacking his $80,000 sports car.

The driver claims that he was just driving down a quaint little side street near his house when a pair of head-bobbing turkeys showed up and proceeded to go after his Porsche with evil intent in their eyes.

Dumbfounded, the owner first tries to reverse course from the onslaught of those pecking turkeys, but the two birds weren’t ones to give up, giving chase to the Porsche until the owner had no other choice but to just run away from them.

Obviously, the whole ordeal was hilarious from our end. Watching two turkeys take out their frustrations on a Porsche is the kind of thing that cracks us up. But it sure wasn’t funny to the Porsche owner who probably got home only to see that his Porsche got all dinged up courtesy of two turkeys.

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Porsche Panamera towing machine

Porsche Panamera towing machine

Most people take comfort in knowing that when they get behind the wheel of their favorite sports car, they can tackle the roads at speeds that are simply unknown to those of us driving around in our lame family cars. Now, those same people can rest assured that the car that can zip and zoom down the road is the very same car that can tack on a trailer and tow away someone else’s favorite ride. Confused? Probably. Curious? Darn right!

Take a look at the picture up top and you’ll notice that the vehicle serving as a mean towing vehicle is not the usual grimy truck you see on the side of the road. No, this is the beautiful and the luxurious Porsche Panamera. And being carried along at the tail end of this modern tow truck is a Lotus Exige. It may seem crazy, but what’s even crazier - and simply fantastic - is that this Porsche Panamera is the ultimate proof that the German sedan is indeed a powerful car!

The Panamera is offered with a choice of a V6 or a V8 engine, with power ranging from 300 to 500 bhp depending on the trim level. Each engine is mated to a manual six-speed gearbox or a seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox (PDK). The Exige, on the other hand, is powered by a 1.8 liter engine that develops a total of 217 hp, or 257 hp for the S version. These specifications only lead us to the very same conclusion as illustrated in the picture shown; the Panamera has more than enough power to tow a car just like it!

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Video: MINI continues hammering it up at Porsche with Rocky IV parody

This much is clear: MINI isn’t taking ’no’ for an answer.

In an effort to get Porsche to bite and accept their challenge of racing a Porsche 911 Carrera S against a MINI Cooper S, MINI is going all out in taunting their rivals with enough provocation that would have probably illicited a resounding ’yes!’ from lesser automakers.

Their latest attempt in goading Porsche to race at Road Atlanta later this month, MINI has released a parody video of Rocky IV with the Cooper S playing the role of - who else? - the lovable underdog Rocky Balboa as it trains for its fight against the menacing Russian cyborg of a man, Ivan Drago - make a wild guess who Drago is in this video.

Being portrayed as a juiced-up menace probably isn’t the kind of thing Porsche would like its cars to be associated with, but with MINI, all bets are off. They won’t hesitate to make you look ridiculous if it means their opponent will accept their silly challenges. Some folks may not like it, but some of them - including us - find it absolutely hilarious.

No word yet on how Porsche will react to this, but, if we were them, we would not take this lying down.

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Video: MINI throws yet another salvo at Porsche

Video: MINI throws yet another salvo at Porsche

Responding to MINI’s challenge of racing their Cooper S against a 911 Carrerra S, Porsche made it clear that they had no interest in accepting that challenge, even mentioning that they’d rather participate in races that have more at stake than just a couple of t-shirts and valet parking spaces.

MINI, in turn, is undaunted. Not quite ready to accept Porsche’s rejection, MINI - or in this case, MINI USA chief Jim McDowell - has released another message directed at his Porsche counterpart, Detlev Von Platen, telling the latter that if t-shirts and parking spots didn’t cut it for him, then MINI would have no problem raising the stakes.

Of course, in the world of MINI, ’raising the stakes’ is completely different from what Porsche is accustomed to. In addition to the aforementioned t-shirt and parking prizes, MINI is preparing to throw in a choice of Justin Beiber concert tickets, a lifetime membership to the Salami Of The Month club, a collection of pastel cashmere sweaters, or even a plaster statue of the Porsche chief that will be erected at MINI headquarter’s lobby for a week should Porsche win.

And if that still isn’t enough to get Porsche’s attention, MINI is also planning on doing a little home invasion of sorts by flying a banner plane over Porsche’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia with a simple message that reads: "Dear Porsche, Bring it. Love, Mini."

It’s beginning to look like a race that a lot of people are beginning to want to see, and now that the stakes are exponentially higher - how can Porsche pass up a chance at tickets to a Justin Beiber concert?! - Porsche may have no other course of action than to take MINI up on its challenge.

Oh, and before you watch the video, here’s a tip; check out the subtle wardrobe changes provided by Jim. They are actually pretty funny.

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What if automakers built boats?

What if automakers built boats?

Porsche Design already unveiled the RFF135 motor yacht, but what if automakers such as Maserati, Ferrari, or Bugatti decided to come up with their own luxury power-boats? We know this isn’t a question the majority ponders on a daily basis, or ever for that matter, but one gentleman did ask himself this very question. His answer was simple; he came up with his own designs for the luxury automakers to ponder on their own.

Check out the gallery and let us know what you think. Should everyone keep doing what they do best or is a Bugatti boat not such a bad idea after all?

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Video: Pedal-powered Porsche 911 GT3 RS will catch you completely off-guard

Video: Pedal-powered Porsche 911 GT3 RS will catch you completely off-guard

Looks can most definitely be deceiving and, at first glance, you would think that this so-called Porsche "Ferdinand 911 GT3 RS" is the latest in a long line of high-powered performance cars to come out of Stuttgart. Unfortunately, the name is about the only thing this car and the Porsche have in common.

In fairness, it’s undeniably got the styling cues of the 911 down pat and, with materials ranging from a high-tech chassis bonded with a polyethylene-coated special-edition tape and a body that consists of thin sheets of paperboard that’s covered in a space-age aluminum foil, there would be little apprehension - at least, until you see the wheels - on whether this was a prototype Porsche or not.

Then, we get to the car’s engine - or lack thereof, in this case. This "Ferdinand 911 GT3 RS" comes with a left-to-mid mounted human boxer unit that goes as fast as the driver’s feet can work the pedals. In so many words, this Porsche is about as fuel-efficient as any Porsche you’ve ever seen. That’s because it doesn’t have one.

Somewhere, Fred Flintstone is laughing his heart out.

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