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It seems to me, from the inception of the 996 through to the present car, the Porsche evolutionary process has transformed the 911 from a small lightweight sports car (think 993 and earlier) into a grand tourer laden with all the associated creature comforts. Perhaps Porsche is repositioning the 911 in order to give the Cayman and Boxster more room for further development, after all, there is no denying how much has been left on the table when it comes to Porsche's mid engine offerings. While the mechanical grip achieved upon acceleration by the rear engine platform cannot be matched by it's mid engine counterpart, the vehicle dynamics of the Cayman are superior in all other ways due to its lower polar moment. In light of this, I believe the 911 will continue to evolve into a GT car and the Cayman will eventually come into it's own. I am convinced at some point in the future Porsche Motorsport will develop a Cup Cayman much like it has done with the GT3 Cup Car. I know this concept is not popular with many Porschephiles out there, however one does not have to look vary far to see a similar scenario. Ferrari did the vary same thing with the Dino and later with the dreaded 308. Like the Cayman the Dino was a less expensive model with a mid engine setup. At that time in the late 60s the Ferrari brand was synonymous with front engine V12s, so much so in fact that the Dino was not graced with the prancing horse badge! And yet today the 458 Italia has earned it's place amongst the most capable of Ferraris, competing in both ALMS and ELMS! But enough with the Italians... As a GT, the new 991 is far more palatable, it is a car with a new purpose and a different audience. One only has to look inside at the exquisite interior to see what I'm talking about. Gone are the days of 993 simplicity and yet, to Porsche's credit, they are still working tirelessly to improve the dynamics of the car. By elongating the wheel base of the 991 Porsche has effectively moved the engine further forward! This alone makes the 991 the best 911 ever, but like all things in life there are always compromises and the 991 has its fair share. I'm looking forward to to seeing and perhaps if I'm lucky, driving the 991 GT3 RS. Although I will be disappointed if it is not available with a manual gearbox... Because in the end, I too yearn for the pure driving experience that has all but vanished from modern cars.
Buttonwillow next weekend...
I'm off to Willow Springs International raceway for some winter testing!
Today I am headed up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for three days of racing with the POC...
Hey jcraw, The car is great! frankly it is far better than my 997s! Unfortunately my motor blew up, but the good thing about Boxsters is there are many relatively cheap motors floating around... The new motor is in the car and it's ready for my next event. I have posted some more photos... Talk Soon...
Little t -
thanks for your kind words regarding my p-car. love your car as well, and your photography is amazing.
hope you enjoy Road Atlanta. Cool place.
on another subject, I too am looking at a car exclusivley for the track. had my scca license in a formula mazda but need to find something a little more accomodating (6'3'' 240). saw the pictures of your ...
is headed to Road Atlanta, for the 13th Annual Petit Le Mans. While this is the last race of the season, it is shaping up to be quite the finale, with the Audi R15, Peugeot 908 HDI, Saleen S7R and last but not least the Porsche 911 GT3R Hybrid, joining the already distinguished field of competitors!
Loren, I am building a Boxster Spec and was hoping to tap into the knowledge base on this forum. I am attempting to take out as much weight as possible by eliminating the unessential parts of the wiring loom and its related systems. Additionally the Immobilizer sits directly below the drivers seat, restricting the seat from being positioned as low as possible and thus keeping the center of gravity unnecessarily high. That said, I apologize for my faux pas...
just went canyon blasting up Azusa Canyon Road, Glendora Mountain Road and then along Glendora Ridg Road. What a blast!
is headed to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for the ALMS Race at Road America! Its time to start panning again!