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Video: Life With A 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

By   June 5, 2014

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

There are great automobiles and then there are legends. The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS belongs in the latter category.

It is an early ’70s car that has the iconic lines of the early 911s, but with somewhat smoother lines around the bumpers. Plus, thanks to its lightweight construction combined with its powerful engine (especially for the era) it is fast enough to keep up with most modern traffic.

Original cars are very rare, especially in the United States. Because of this most of the time when one sees a Carrera RS, it is a replica.

This video features the owner of a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS talking about his pride and joy. It has plenty of good footage of the rear-engined race car for the street. The owner of this car does the right thing and drives his car regularly.

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5 Best Production Porsche 911s

By   August 15, 2013

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Made Our 5 Best Production Porsche 911s List

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Made Our 5 Best Production Porsche 911s List

If you have been following this blog you probably saw our list of our 5 Best Non-911 Porsche Production Cars. It had quite a bit of discussion about who should be in and who should be out. Now we are posting our list of the 5 best Porsche 911s, so are expecting some interesting discussion about it. Now for clarification we are talking only about production cars and by that we mean cars that were sold for street use.

Also, out of all the discussion from the non-911 article, the decision was made to treat the 959 as a 911. The reason for this is that it was based on the 911 and its technology later made it to the car. So, although it was never sold as a 911 it does have 911 DNA and that is why it is included here (let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments below).

Without further delay, our list is below.

  1. Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
    The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was very fast in its day and it still is pretty fast by today’s high standards. The car was the first true race car for the street released. With its lightweight body and 210 horsepower it was able to go from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds in 1973! The Carrera RS is one of the most desirable 911s ever made. Jerry Seinfeld has said that the car is a “Dead Man’s” car. By this he means they only get sold after someone passes away.
  2. Porsche 959
    The 959 was based on the Porsche 911, but took it to the level of true supercar. The car could go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and could keep going to a top speed of 197 mph. Much of the technology that started in the 959 later made it to the 911, including the all-wheel drive system and it laid the groundwork for the eventual evolution to a water cooled engine. In many ways the 959 is the father of the modern supercar.
  3. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0
    How can you make a 911 GT3 even better? Increase the engine from 3.8-liters to 4.0-liters and you have the recipe for a great car. The GT3 RS 4.0 is pretty much a race car for the street and it is a proper drivers car with its traditional manual transmission. It is about as fast a normally aspirated car as you will find at least until the new 991 GT3 comes out.
  4. Porsche 911 Turbo (930)
    The 930 was the first turbocharged 911 and it upped to performance even more over the standard model. When first sold as a 1975 model it was able to rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds (according to Porsche advertising of the time). The car (especially the earlier cars) did have a problem with turbo lag which resulted in a few people loosing control of the car when the boost kicked in. However, in the hands of someone that knows how to control the car it is capable of incredible performance.
  5. Porsche 911 (993)
    Some have said it is better to own the last of something rather than the first of something. This is true of the 993 as it was the end of the line for the air-cooled 911s. Porsche did save the best for last as it provided modern levels of performance and comfort along with some of the best styling to appear on a 911 ever.

So, that is our list of the 5 Best Production Porsche 911s. Let us know what you think of it and if there are any cars that you think should have been on the list in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already subscribed to this blog now is a good time to do so. You’ll thank yourself tomorrow :)

The Porsche 911 Celebrated At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

By   July 12, 2013

The Porsche 911 Celebrated At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Celebrating 50 Years of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood

The Porsche 911 has been one of the focuses at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The yearly event celebrating performance and racing cars is one of the many celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the 911. The rear-engined sports car is the main focus at the event with a 911 inspired art creation. The art piece has turned three important cars into true works of art (one could argue that they were already works of art).

The sculpture features an early 1965 Porsche 911 wearing Golf Blue paint. Along side with the early car is a bright yellow 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and a blue all-wheel drive 991 Carrera 4. The sculpture clearly shows the how the car has evolved and yet is still recognizable as the same model car.

The already beautiful sculpture looked even more spectacular during the nighttime fireworks show. The artwork couldn’t be missed as it soars over 110 feet in the sky.

The artwork is just part of the story. There will be a 911 from every generation of the model as well as historic race cars and the 918 Spyder. Of course the highlight of the event is always the hill climb and there are sure to be a good number of Porsches participating in the yearly race up the hill.

The event goes through the end of the weekend and is the place to be for automotive enthusiasts on the other side of the pond. for those of us that can’t be there we can follow the event at porsche.co.uk/goodwood.

Let us know what you think of the 911 inspired sculpture in the comments below.

Press Release

For five decades, the Porsche 911 has been at the heart of the Porsche brand, and this weekend the iconic sports coupe takes centre stage at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where its reputation as the quintessential sports car will literally reach new heights.

Soaring 34 metres into the sky, the ‘Central Feature’ sculpture celebrating 50 years of the Porsche 911 is the tallest in the history of the Festival of Speed. From its base in front of Goodwood House, three futuristic white, steel ‘arrows’ race upwards, each with an example of the 911 at its apex. The origins of the 911 are honoured with an early Golf Blue coupe from 1965, the motorsport record of the model is highlighted by a Yellow 2.7 RS from 1973, and the latest all-wheel drive ‘Type 991’ Carrera 4 underlines the everyday usability of the sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

Formally unveiled on Thursday night (11 July) by Lord March and Wolfgang Hatz, board member for Research and Development at Porsche AG, the bespoke, highly distinctive ‘art installation’ has been designed by acclaimed artist and sculptor Gerry Judah.

The ‘Central Feature’ has become synonymous with the Festival of Speed, and this year’s focal pointis a tremendous example of what these complex yet elegant sculptures are all about. It draws from the combined spirits of Goodwood and Porsche to create a dynamic and innovative design which is also lightweight, superbly engineered, and utterly reflective of the Porsche 911 itself: simple, pure and built for the job. The 911 can equally be regarded as a ‘living work of art’, which has been honed and developed over the past 50 years, in a continual process of evolution.

The 34-metre high steel monocoque sculpture weighs 25 tonnes and brings together brilliantly the feelings of excitement, wonder, beauty and function which so exemplify the 911.

Fittingly, Gerry Judah came up with the idea for the Porsche sculpture while on the road; “Great ideas can take a moment, good ideas can take a long time. I got the idea for the Porsche sculpture while I was driving; it came to me in a flash!”

“I had to create a sculpture which personifies the energy and dynamic excitement not just of the cars and Festival of Speed, but also reflected how something as beautiful and dynamic as the 911 can in turn celebrate the event.”

“The 911 is a fantastic shape, so I had to think, ‘what can I do with it?’ You can’t deconstruct it, so in the context of the Festival, however beautiful the 911 is, you need to embody a sense of speed. So the sculpture has to give the car the energy it deserves.”

And, he adds with a smile; “You can’t just put a car on a plinth; it has to be exciting!”

The high, slender design supports three great cars from different periods in the history of the 911; “the concept was that each car is shooting into the sky, supporting one another, racing each other, captured in a perfect moment.”

Each leg is a monocoque of sheet steel welded together, with no internal structure, and comes down to a small point at the base narrow enough you can almost fit your hands around. Finished in a clean, white coating, the sculpture has an elegant simplicity. “Essentially, the design of the sculpture relates to me what the 911 is all about. The 911 has its own design and shape; I did not want to embellish it,” says Gerry.

Like all great works of art, the manner in which the public engage with the sculpture and enjoy it is important to Gerry. “It is always a thrill to see the sculpture when you come around the corner of the House; people feel it belongs to them once it is built. It has this impressive backdrop against the flint walls of the House, a terrific setting in an old country estate, and as soon as you see it you should get the feeling ‘this is the Festival of Speed, this is Porsche.’”

Few other cars in the world can look back on such a long tradition and continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts around the world since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show, Frankfurt, in September 1963. Today it is considered by its many devoted fans as the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. Every Porsche is the most sporting car in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.

Porsche at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built since 1963, and examples of each of its seven generations will be present at the 2013 Festival of Speed. From the very beginning the car has been at home on race circuits and rally stages all over the world, earning a reputation as a quick and dependable winner. In fact, two thirds of the 30,000 race victories achieved by Porsche to date have been recorded by the 911.

Demonstration runs by historical Porsche road and race cars spanning the seven generations of the 911 will be a highlight of the Festival of Speed, and many of these cars will instantly evoke fond memories among spectators. At the wheel will be a variety of famous drivers with strong affinity to Porsche including two-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and German Touring Car Champion, Hans-Joachim Stuck, current Porsche Supercup factory Junior driver Michael Christensen, alongside former works aces Richard Attwood and Vic Elford.

With support from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, private collectors and enthusiasts, a number of significant editions of the 911 will be in action at the Festival. Further examples of significant Porsche competition cars including the 917 and 962 will also feature.

20 years of the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Marking the first half-century of the Porsche 911 at Goodwood is hugely appropriate in the 20thanniversary year of the Festival of Speed. To date, the legendary sports coupe has featured at every single Goodwood Festival, from the first event in 1993 –when an unexpectedly high 27,500 enthusiasts turned-up–to the 185,000+ visitors that attended the world’s greatest celebration of car culture last year.

Whether in action in road and race form on the testing 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb, sliding sideways around the gravel Forest Rally Stage, sitting serenely on the CartierStyle et LuxeConcours lawn, or as part of the regular Porsche displays, the 911 has played a key role in helping put the Festival of Speed on the map over the last two decades.

Follow all the action on-line

Throughout the Festival of Speed weekend, Porsche Origin will be carrying films direct from Goodwood, along with news and updates of all the action at porsche.co.uk/goodwood.

Furthermore, you can share your own experiences via Twitter using #porschegoodwood.

Jerry Seinfeld Drives Seth Meyers In a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

By   July 11, 2013

Jerry Seinfeld and Seth Meyers in a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

There are cars and then there are legends and the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 is one of the most legendary cars of all time. The car was essentially a race car for the street and was the first of its kind. It had a powerful engine for the time and was very lightweight. This all adds up to performance that is still pretty quick even by today’s high standards.

This episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee features Jerry Seinfeld driving Seth Meyers in the 911 to get a cup of coffee. The best parts of the video are the beginning and end as they feature that beautiful Porsche. In the middle the comedians get a cup of coffee and tell stories. At one point Jerry shows the fear that each owner of a special car feels when they park it in a place they don’t want to.

Watch the episode and then let us know what you think of the car in the comments below.

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Watch Street Artists Create a Graffiti 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 – Video

By   January 17, 2013

Graffiti often makes a neighborhood look dangerous and undesirable. Most of the time vandals are trying to tag an area for gang activity or just to deface private property. The rear entrance of the Porsche Center in Melbourne Australia has been used as a graffiti wall and Porsche decided to do something to stop the undesirable graffiti on the wall.

They decided to come up with their own graffiti that would be fitting of Porsche. The street art on the wall now features a 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7. The Porsche 911 RS 2.7 is considered by many a work of art in itself, so having the car as part of artwork is a natural fit. The above video shows the street artists working on the art piece in a time elapsed video. Watching all of the work that is required to make the artwork really gives you an appreciation for this form of art.

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