Jay Leno Has Never Driven A Porsche Boxster - Until Now, That Is
It’s hard to imagine that the Porsche Boxster is already 25 years old this year. On his show, Jay Leno’s Garage, the talk show presenter and host takes a look at the new limited edition version of the Boxster.
In the video, Jay states that he was present at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show when the Boxster concept was originally presented to the public. He went on to add that he had never driven one before filming this edition of his popular show.
Do you have any idea why? Jay claims that when he inquired at the Porsche booth if he could see the engine, he was told that he couldn’t since the car was mid-engined. As a result, Leno has been unconcerned about the Boxster line since. Until now that is.
Jay Leno Has Some Interesting Thoughts On the Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche’s most common sports cars are powered by flat-six engines, but the German company has made a few exceptions from this rule. The most iconic example is the Carrera GT, a supercar produced from 2003 to 2007. While some of Porsche’s modern vehicles are powered by V-6 and V-8 engines, the Stuttgart-based brand opted to drop a V-10 into the Carrera GT. And this is one of the main reasons why Jay Leno bought one. And he just showcased it in a new episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
It’s no secret that carbon fiber is one of the latest breakthrough materials that provides a high-strength, low-weight solution to nearly any problem. Today it is used in making body panels, support bracing, and even entire monocoque chassis. But now, companies are developing complete one-piece carbon-fiber wheels. Jay Leno takes a look at Carbon Revolution, a company that is on the brink of releasing its carbon-fiber wheels to the marketplace, including to an undisclosed OEM automaker. Yep, soon we’ll see a mainstream automaker release a vehicle rolling on a set of carbon-fiber wheels.
Brett Gass, Executive Director for Carbon Revolution stopped by Jay’s garage to show off the new wheels. Weighing in at roughly 15 pounds, the carbon-fiber wheels weigh an average of five pounds less than a set of lightweight aluminum wheels normally found of today’s sports cars. Gass also elaborates on how his wheel is certified by the German government to pass all safety and strength requirements.
To test the wheels, Jay, Gass, and a group of friends head out to Willow Springs Raceway in a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Besides a sideways slip into the dirt by Jay, the carbon fiber-shod Porsche holds the road. The group of guys talk about how standard, lightweight aluminum wheels flex, while the carbon-fiber rims don’t. The premise seems a little far-fetched to me that a novice driver in a borrowed car can feel the aluminum wheels flex, though I don’t doubt the benefits of lighter wheels. Either way, it’s an interesting look at the future of wheel design and construction.
Of all the cars that have entered Jay Leno’s Garage, you can make a case that very few are as advanced technologically as the Porsche 918 Spyder. The hybrid supercar from Stuttgart recently paid a visit to the comedian’s auto lair and, as expected, Leno raised some serious hell with it.
But before he got a chance to take the 918 Spyder out on the road, Leno had a pretty interesting discussion with the 918’s Client Relations Manager, Daniel Eastman.
Among the many topics discussed by the two, some of the more pertinent highlights of the discussion centered on just how much of a technological marvel the 918 Spyder really is. Whether it’s the fact that it can hit 70-plus mpg or that it can still hit 900 horsepower, despite being that fuel efficient, the 918 Spyder is really the best of both worlds. It’s an achievement that flies in the face of those who believed you can’t achieve one without sacrificing the other.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of those cars that will be talked about decades from now; a true crowning moment for Porsche that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
And in case you’re wondering, Leno took the 918 Spyder for a drive with Eastman riding shotgun. Some guys are just blessed...
If in the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage he had the chance to review the new generation Ford Mustang GT. In this new episode, Jay Leno went back into the history about 55 years and took a look at a 1957 Porsche 356A Outlaw.
This car is owned by Chuck Olenyk and is no ordinary Porsche 356A Outlaw, but one transformed from a coupe into a classic speedster. Making this conversion required more than 2,000 hours of work, and according to Olenyk, all the work was made in his home garage using all factory parts. The car also features the early 911 Fuchs alloy wheels, which makes the Old Porsche look cool and funky.
Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks of this classic Porsche 356A and if he finds it better than the models Porsche is offering today.
For those of you who do not know, Singer Automotive is a design company specialized in restoring and modifying old Porsche models. One of its most famous car is the Singer 911 we saw back in 2011.
Until now, this car received no "real" review, but in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, we had the chance to see what a great car the Singer 911 really is. The car was brought to Jay Leno by Rob Dickinson, creative director of Singer. It was the last stop made in the U.S. before it will be shipped to its new owner in Dubai who paid about $350k for its new toy.
Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks it worth spending that amount of money just to restore a Porsche 964. We think it is well worth it, considering all the updates this 911 received, including bespoke carbon-fiber body work, a modified engine, updated interior and a very cool, Gulf livery.