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As per my Porsche Supercup in Bahrain post, I attended last year’s Nürburgring 24-hour with Falken Tyres and their Porsche 911 GT3 R. It was a great event from start to finish, so I’m delighted that Falken Tyres Europe is supporting new Ferdinand magazine by taking us out there again.
Last year was fun, resulting in a decent Total 911 article and much blog coverage. This year we’re hoping to go more in depth, and blog some unique live coverage while on site. Favourite the Ferdinand RSS feed here, on Cult of Porsche Twitter and Ferdinand Facebook to keep track of the action.
The 2012 Falken drivers are as last year: Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, Le Mans hero Peter Dumbreck and Porsche Junior, Martin Ragginger. All are quick and all want to win. The car has also been developed since last year and is even more competitive. It led the field at the opening VLN round before breaking a driveshaft: that part has been uprated as the team chase after reliability.
This year, I have the additional incentive of Manthey Racing connections via Mighty Motor Media clients, JZM Porsche. Jonas and Steve at JZM are the UK Manthey agents, and we’ve been working on promoting the JZM Porsche tuning shop and online accessories store. Hopefully, we can hook up with Manthey and bring home some unique content for all of our MMM clients.
As for how we’re getting there, Flybe properly messed me around last year so I ended up taking the orange 911 Carrera (below, on site). I’m hoping to have that in with Racing Restorations for its strip down and refresh by the N24, so it’s time to service the Subaru and get it stickered up with the new Ferdinand artwork.
Here’s some video from the Falken Tyres Youtube Channel to show the action we’re expecting. This is top man Peter Dumbreck starting VLN from the lead: love the view of the rest of the field in the rear view GoPro.
At the heart of the N24 weekend is Porsche’s passion to race. Though it trails in the American Le Mans series, Porsche always goes well in the N24, so it’s a thrill to know we’ll be back there again.
I was not entirely mesmerised by Porsche’s stand at this year’s Essen Techno Classica. Previous stands felt better as the heart of the action in Hall 3 with the rest of the Porsche World, rather than in amongst the VW-Audi Group offerings.
There were some nice Porsche cars on the stand, but all felt lonely surrounded by unrelated product. Maybe that’s just me. One thing I did like was this 991 Coupe with the duck tail spoiler: seemed to work well on the new shape 911.
The Porsche sales guys present couldn’t tell me much about the ducktail, apart from it would form part of an options pack. There was no information on said options pack, though they thought it might cost around €4,000 for the front and rear bumpers and this ducktail.
Fit and finish was perfect so I presume this was not a prototype – the plastic looked very productionised. The Porsche folks couldn’t tell me if it was factory fit, so maybe your dealer will have to paint it for a cost on top of that. You can see from the pics that it is static: the flap above opens up to check oil and – yes – water. Not much else to see, really.
The front end looks good and I like those wheels, but wonder how it would look with 19″ or 20″ Fuchs instead. Those wheels are coming: keep in touch with UK Fuchs dealer JZM Porsche for more info on the bigger Fuchs.
This coming Sunday (6 May), Mercedes-Benz is hosting an opportunity for anyone 17 years old and under, but over 1.5 metres tall to test their vehicles on the famous Northamptonshire track. Most of the 100 participants will be winners of a national competition – but Mercedes-Benz is reserving half a dozen places especially for Guild Of Motoring Writers members and their families.
The event will involve using a specially-designed road layout that includes Bridge Corner – part of the pre-2011 Grand Prix Circuit – on which young drivers will have the chance to learn important car control skills, such as pulling away at junctions, steering through corners and roundabouts, braking, reversing and other valuable driving skills all in a safe and controlled environment.
The driving experiences are designed for beginners to learn at their own pace with the professional and friendly instructors from Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy – the brand’s very own driving school, providing on-the-road driving lessons to over 17’s throughout the surrounding counties.
Andrew Mallery, Commercial Operations Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, commented: “The Test Drivers day will allow us to showcase a number of the experiences that will be on offer at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience centre when it opens in May at Silverstone Circuit. It doesn’t matter if you’re 12, 14 or 16, as long as entrants and participants are over 1.5 metres tall, they can begin learning to be a responsible driver with Mercedes-Benz.”
“Once opened there will also be adventurous 4×4 experiences available for both under 17s and adults to develop a whole new set of driving skills.”
TwinSpark Racing, European Distributor of WEVO And Zuffenhaus Porsche parts, announces the arrival of Zuffenhaus reproduction RSR brakes for Porsche 911 models.
The Zuffenhaus RSR brakes have been designed to closely replicate the classic brakes that took so many Porsche 911 RSRs to race victories in the early 1970s. The difference is Zuffenhaus use modern Porsche 911 Turbo internal working parts and seals, for outright stopping power and long-term reliability.
“We’re delighted to offer these eagerly anticipated brakes from European-held stock,” said Leonard Stolk, MD of TwinSpark Racing. “Sand cast just like the original Porsche brakes, these TwinSpark calipers look fantastic and fit under 15” Fuchs: perfect for classic Porsche race cars.
“Our American partners put the US-made RSR brakes through rigorous testing on brake dynos used by Indy and NASCAR racers, as well as OEM brake manufacturers. The results were very impressive.
“TwinSpark Racing also tests all of its products, and our first full race outing on these brakes ended with a win at the recent HARC classic touring car races in Zandvoort. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
Available in post-1967 911 or Turbo fitment, the TwinSpark Racing RSR calipers retain the factory parking brake assembly when used with OEM 930 brake discs. The brakes are suitable for road or track use. As per the revered originals, spacers may be required on some applications. Retail price for a car set of four calipers ex-Oestgeest works is €4,200.
TwinSpark Racing further information and high-res images:
John Glynn at Mighty Motor Media (UK)
M: +44 (0) 77911 19151 T: +44 (0) 1327 361 070
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