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  1. WHO IS…WALTER RÖHRL

    This is supposed to be a regular piece about Motoring Icons who would have hopefully at least a tenuous link somewhere in history with Porsche. However unless you keep a keen eye on the latest Nurburgring lap times or are a Porsche fan, you’ve probably not heard much of this chap and so household name he isn’t. But in the Porsche world he is very well known, the question is why and where’s he come from….who is Walter Röhrl? Walter Röhrl was born on 7th March 1947 in Regensburg, Germany, growing up he was an accomplished skier and became a ski instructor. His CV would probably say something like “German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well as Porsche, Ford and BMW. Currently senior test driver for Porsche road cars”. Röhrl made his name in rally driving during the golden era of the Group B rally cars which required skill, guts and a steely nerve at the very least, real men’s rallying. But it wasn’t just taking part in this hairy chested ordeal that made him famous, it was winning the first rally he entered in 1968 at the age of 21. From there he went on to many successful titles, numerous podium finishes and won the WRC twice. That would in itself be a successful career for many, but not for Röhrl. In 1987 Röhrl entered the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado, his tool was an Audi Sport Quattro S1 endowed with over 600 horsepower. Back then the road which is now mainly covered in tarmac was a treacherous gravel track which snaked its way around 156 corners to a height of over 14,000ft. Röhrl finished there that day, smashing the record by 22 seconds and the first to break the 11 minute mark. Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and has won many plaudits including being elected Rallye Driver of the Century in Italy, Rallye driver of the Millennium in France, and quite blushingly referred to once as a “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda. So what of his work for Porsche, so far he’s been connected with many other manufactures with a racing heritage, and whilst having occasionally raced in Porsches over the years it wasn’t until more recently that his name has really been synonymous with Porsche. His position as senior test driver requires amongst other jobs, to set fast lap times in new Porsche cars round the Nürburgring Nordschleife (do jobs get any better than that?). Doing this since the early 1990s and having been involved in the development of many of the more exciting models that Porsche produce. In July 2004 Röhrl set the then lap record for a production car at the Nürburgring in a Porsche Carrera GT, the very car that more recently Röhrl described publicly as the first car he has driven that he is scared of, following the untimely death of the actor Paul Walker. There is so much more that can be written on Röhrl’s career to date, numerous achievements in fact, from 4 wins at Monte Carlo to being the youngest person to win the WRC in 1980. I could go on, but I’d suggest that a more animated view of the master at work is a short YouTube search away. In the meantime we certainly have no hesitation in welcoming Walter Röhrl into our hall of fame, one of his less prestigious titles we accept but one of huge appreciation.
  2. WHO IS…WALTER RÖHRL

    This is supposed to be a regular piece about Motoring Icons who would have hopefully at least a tenuous link somewhere in history with Porsche. However unless you keep a keen eye on the latest Nurburgring lap times or are a Porsche fan, you’ve probably not heard much of this chap and so household name he isn’t. But in the Porsche world he is very well known, the question is why and where’s he come from….who is Walter Röhrl? Walter Röhrl was born on 7th March 1947 in Regensburg, Germany, growing up he was an accomplished skier and became a ski instructor. His CV would probably say something like “German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well as Porsche, Ford and BMW. Currently senior test driver for Porsche road cars”. Röhrl made his name in rally driving during the golden era of the Group B rally cars which required skill, guts and a steely nerve at the very least, real men’s rallying. But it wasn’t just taking part in this hairy chested ordeal that made him famous, it was winning the first rally he entered in 1968 at the age of 21. From there he went on to many successful titles, numerous podium finishes and won the WRC twice. That would in itself be a successful career for many, but not for Röhrl. In 1987 Röhrl entered the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado, his tool was an Audi Sport Quattro S1 endowed with over 600 horsepower. Back then the road which is now mainly covered in tarmac was a treacherous gravel track which snaked its way around 156 corners to a height of over 14,000ft. Röhrl finished there that day, smashing the record by 22 seconds and the first to break the 11 minute mark. Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and has won many plaudits including being elected Rallye Driver of the Century in Italy, Rallye driver of the Millennium in France, and quite blushingly referred to once as a “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda. So what of his work for Porsche, so far he’s been connected with many other manufactures with a racing heritage, and whilst having occasionally raced in Porsches over the years it wasn’t until more recently that his name has really been synonymous with Porsche. His position as senior test driver requires amongst other jobs, to set fast lap times in new Porsche cars round the Nürburgring Nordschleife (do jobs get any better than that?). Doing this since the early 1990s and having been involved in the development of many of the more exciting models that Porsche produce. In July 2004 Röhrl set the then lap record for a production car at the Nürburgring in a Porsche Carrera GT, the very car that more recently Röhrl described publicly as the first car he has driven that he is scared of, following the untimely death of the actor Paul Walker. There is so much more that can be written on Röhrl’s career to date, numerous achievements in fact, from 4 wins at Monte Carlo to being the youngest person to win the WRC in 1980. I could go on, but I’d suggest that a more animated view of the master at work is a short YouTube search away. In the meantime we certainly have no hesitation in welcoming Walter Röhrl into our hall of fame, one of his less prestigious titles we accept but one of huge appreciation. View full record
  3. Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List

    As the silly season approaches there tends to be 2 questions that everybody struggles to answer, one being the obligatory “what are you doing for Christmas?” (although in my house that question has been asked as early as June by the in-laws). The next question that can often be tricky for the ‘person who has it all’ is “what do you want for Christmas?” So, we’ll try and make it easy for your dear other half/parents/children/work secret Santa – we’ve made a list for any Cayman fan to hand over whenever that question is asked! Cayman T-Shirt - £15 (Amazon) Any Cayman owners wardrobe would be ill equipped without at least one item of clothing paying tribute to our favourite 2 seater coupe. Get your Cayman T-shirt here Porsche Boxster and Cayman: The Complete Story - £25 (Amazon) We reviewed a copy of this book by Johnny Tipler last year and it contains much of what any Cayman owner would expect to read about. The complete story…up to a point, but that shouldn’t put you off – just keep a look out for the next chapter! Buy your copy from Amazon here Cayman GT4 CS 1:18 Scale Model - £85 (GT Spirit and Amazon) Once those Christmas decorations have been put away the house always looks a bit bare, fear not you could now have something to adorn your mantelpiece all year round….right? GT Sprit make some nice scale models and this 1:18 scale GT4 is no exception. Available to buy on Amazon Buy your scale model GT4 CS here Radio Controlled Cayman R - $35 (Various) Whose life would not be complete with such a toy!? Given the humble cost of this RC model, we think it represents a relatively faithful reproduction of the much loved Cayman R and provides for a good few hours entertainment chasing the pets around the front room after a few too many glasses of eggnog on the big day! Buy your Radio Controlled Cayman R here Project Cars 2 - £25 (Zavvi) Project Cars 2 is not for the casual gamer, but for those who take their racing sims far more seriously (some take it very seriously!). This edition brings a nice list of Porsche cars to the game, one of which is a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. We're definitely fans of this one, see you online! Buy Project Cars 2 here
  4. Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List

    As the silly season approaches there tends to be 2 questions that everybody struggles to answer, one being the obligatory “what are you doing for Christmas?” (although in my house that question has been asked as early as June by the in-laws). The next question that can often be tricky for the ‘person who has it all’ is “what do you want for Christmas?” So, we’ll try and make it easy for your dear other half/parents/children/work secret Santa – we’ve made a list for any Cayman fan to hand over whenever that question is asked! Cayman T-Shirt - £15 (Amazon) Any Cayman owners wardrobe would be ill equipped without at least one item of clothing paying tribute to our favourite 2 seater coupe. Get your Cayman T-shirt here Porsche Boxster and Cayman: The Complete Story - £25 (Amazon) We reviewed a copy of this book by Johnny Tipler last year and it contains much of what any Cayman owner would expect to read about. The complete story…up to a point, but that shouldn’t put you off – just keep a look out for the next chapter! Buy your copy from Amazon here Cayman GT4 CS 1:18 Scale Model - £85 (GT Spirit and Amazon) Once those Christmas decorations have been put away the house always looks a bit bare, fear not you could now have something to adorn your mantelpiece all year round….right? GT Sprit make some nice scale models and this 1:18 scale GT4 is no exception. Available to buy on Amazon Buy your scale model GT4 CS here Radio Controlled Cayman R - $35 (Various) Whose life would not be complete with such a toy!? Given the humble cost of this RC model, we think it represents a relatively faithful reproduction of the much loved Cayman R and provides for a good few hours entertainment chasing the pets around the front room after a few too many glasses of eggnog on the big day! Buy your Radio Controlled Cayman R here Project Cars 2 - £25 (Zavvi) Project Cars 2 is not for the casual gamer, but for those who take their racing sims far more seriously (some take it very seriously!). This edition brings a nice list of Porsche cars to the game, one of which is a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. We're definitely fans of this one, see you online! Buy Project Cars 2 here View full record
  5. 718 GT4 Spotted

    So, could this be the much anticipated 718 GT4? With some familiar styling cues, GT4 sized brakes and back end seen on the Spyder it certainly looks like to could be. Perhaps the more important question is...which engine is wrapped up in there..?
  6. 718 GT4 Spotted

    So, could this be the much anticipated 718 GT4? With some familiar styling cues, GT4 sized brakes and back end seen on the Spyder it certainly looks like to could be. Perhaps the more important question is...which engine is wrapped up in there..? View full record
  7. RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR

    RPM Technik have revealed their latest CSR creation based on the 981 Cayman. RPM are famous for their track focussed versions of other Porsches, most notably based on the 996 and 987 but this promises to be an exciting addition to the lineup and offers potential owners a well researched and tested track focussed version of what is already a fantastic driver's car. The 981 CSR has been developed from track data gathered via testing at Spa Francorchamps and Millbrook Proving Grounds, and in consultation with former Carrera Cup and BTCC Champion, Tim Harvey. The 981 CSR includes the following list of upgrades and modifications; Engine, suspension and running gear CSR lightweight clutch and flywheel assembly sports exhaust system CSR Limited Slip Diff Custom design CSR low-ratio crown wheel and pinion to shorten the very long 981 gear ratios Re-designed front brakes which incorporate large six-pot callipers and floating discs Modified Ohlins coilover suspension combined with stiffer ARBs 19-inch HRE alloy wheels complete with Michelin Cup tyres full geometry setup, including ride height and corner weighting on the very latest Biessbarth geometry equipment Exterior CSR Aero spoiler, CSR rear diffuser and an uprated front bumper CSR driving lights CSR decal set Interior CSR rev counter CSR steering wheel CSR sill trims, racing harnesses re-engineered pedals to assist heel and toe downshifts CSR unique build plaque The 981 CSR is available to order now as a full conversion for £34,995. Off course as with all CSR models the conversion can be undertaken on a modular basis or it can be built to a customer’s own specification. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the 981 CSR in January at the OC meet!
  8. RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR

    RPM Technik have revealed their latest CSR creation based on the 981 Cayman. RPM are famous for their track focussed versions of other Porsches, most notably based on the 996 and 987 but this promises to be an exciting addition to the lineup and offers potential owners a well researched and tested track focussed version of what is already a fantastic driver's car. The 981 CSR has been developed from track data gathered via testing at Spa Francorchamps and Millbrook Proving Grounds, and in consultation with former Carrera Cup and BTCC Champion, Tim Harvey. The 981 CSR includes the following list of upgrades and modifications; Engine, suspension and running gear CSR lightweight clutch and flywheel assembly sports exhaust system CSR Limited Slip Diff Custom design CSR low-ratio crown wheel and pinion to shorten the very long 981 gear ratios Re-designed front brakes which incorporate large six-pot callipers and floating discs Modified Ohlins coilover suspension combined with stiffer ARBs 19-inch HRE alloy wheels complete with Michelin Cup tyres full geometry setup, including ride height and corner weighting on the very latest Biessbarth geometry equipment Exterior CSR Aero spoiler, CSR rear diffuser and an uprated front bumper CSR driving lights CSR decal set Interior CSR rev counter CSR steering wheel CSR sill trims, racing harnesses re-engineered pedals to assist heel and toe downshifts CSR unique build plaque The 981 CSR is available to order now as a full conversion for £34,995. Off course as with all CSR models the conversion can be undertaken on a modular basis or it can be built to a customer’s own specification. We are looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the 981 CSR in January at the OC meet! View full record
  9. 718 GTS Drive

    Indy driver Dario Franchitti and racecar driver CJ Wilson got behind the wheel of the new 718 GTS models in the epic roads of Scicily
  10. 718 GTS Drive

    Indy driver Dario Franchitti and racecar driver CJ Wilson got behind the wheel of the new 718 GTS models in the epic roads of Scicily View full record
  11. Porsche has created an all-electric Cayman, and its called the Cayman e-volution. The car has been on display at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Porsche's home town of Stuttgart. The Cayman e-volution is a one-off and was first developed nearly 2 years ago. This car has been updated with Porsche's Turbo Charging (PTC) system. The e-volution was created wth the intention of demonstrating how electric cars can still offer sportiness, despite dynamic disadvantages such as increased weight. The Cayman e-volution has a range of around 120 miles and can reach 62mph in 3.3sec – 1.1sec quicker than the current range-topping 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S, with the quick-shifting PDK gearbox. One unusual aspect to this Cayman is the four-wheel drive system (although not to electric sports cars), the car is limited to 120mph and has a 38kWh capacity in its lithium-ion battery pack which provides a range of about 120 miles. Porsche says the car is a hint at things to come and that it offers a flavour of what to expect from its first production electric vehicle, the Mission E.
  12. Porsche has created an all-electric Cayman, and its called the Cayman e-volution. The car has been on display at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Porsche's home town of Stuttgart. The Cayman e-volution is a one-off and was first developed nearly 2 years ago. This car has been updated with Porsche's Turbo Charging (PTC) system. The e-volution was created wth the intention of demonstrating how electric cars can still offer sportiness, despite dynamic disadvantages such as increased weight. The Cayman e-volution has a range of around 120 miles and can reach 62mph in 3.3sec – 1.1sec quicker than the current range-topping 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S, with the quick-shifting PDK gearbox. One unusual aspect to this Cayman is the four-wheel drive system (although not to electric sports cars), the car is limited to 120mph and has a 38kWh capacity in its lithium-ion battery pack which provides a range of about 120 miles. Porsche says the car is a hint at things to come and that it offers a flavour of what to expect from its first production electric vehicle, the Mission E. View full record
  13. New 718 GTS

    Wait for the new GT4 then
  14. Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch

    Porsche has officially announced the release of the new 718 GTS models. As we reported earlier this month, the new Cayman GTS will be powered by the same 4 cylinder turbo charged engine in the S model with a slight increase in both power and torque (360bhp and 317lbft respectively). The increased power compared with the existing 718 S has been achieved via a revised intake system and turbocharger tweaks The 718 Cayman GTS costs from £59,866 and the new car is available to order now, with the first deliveries in December. The car will come standard with a manual gearbox. Other standard equipment includes a Sport Chrono Package, torque vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 10mm. The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. With the PDK gearbox and the launch control function of the Sport Chrono Package, the 718 GTS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.1sec. The Cayman GTS will have a maximum speed of 180mph. The EU Combined economy is 34.4mpg, with 186g/km of CO2 emissions. The GTS notable differentiating external features are a revised front end, with black-tinted lenses over the Bi-Xenon LED headlights. At the rear, the black theme is continued on the lights and badging, with black exhaust tailpipes. The customary black GTS logos feature either side. In keeping with the usual GTS appointments there are Alcantara sections on the seats, which are electrically adjustable, along with Alcantara on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests. Accompanying the Cayman GTS will be a Boxster GTS and both cars are available to order in PDK dual clutch transmission.
  15. Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch

    Porsche has officially announced the release of the new 718 GTS models. As we reported earlier this month, the new Cayman GTS will be powered by the same 4 cylinder turbo charged engine in the S model with a slight increase in both power and torque (360bhp and 317lbft respectively). The increased power compared with the existing 718 S has been achieved via a revised intake system and turbocharger tweaks The 718 Cayman GTS costs from £59,866 and the new car is available to order now, with the first deliveries in December. The car will come standard with a manual gearbox. Other standard equipment includes a Sport Chrono Package, torque vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 10mm. The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. With the PDK gearbox and the launch control function of the Sport Chrono Package, the 718 GTS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.1sec. The Cayman GTS will have a maximum speed of 180mph. The EU Combined economy is 34.4mpg, with 186g/km of CO2 emissions. The GTS notable differentiating external features are a revised front end, with black-tinted lenses over the Bi-Xenon LED headlights. At the rear, the black theme is continued on the lights and badging, with black exhaust tailpipes. The customary black GTS logos feature either side. In keeping with the usual GTS appointments there are Alcantara sections on the seats, which are electrically adjustable, along with Alcantara on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests. Accompanying the Cayman GTS will be a Boxster GTS and both cars are available to order in PDK dual clutch transmission. View full record