I was hoping to get around to this post yesterday but, as always, time got away from me. I watched Porsche’s live 992 launch event and found it quite enjoyable (was it just me or did everyone seem slightly uncomfortable)? It was fun to see all the different 911 models parading around and listen to the designers’ thought processes and inspirations. My initial impressions are mixed. I recall not being particularly awed by the 991 when I originally saw it, but now I think it’s far and away the best looking 911 ever made… so there’s probably some hope for me.
When the 991 replaced the 997 it didn’t seem like much of a jump. Initially the exterior changes required a double take to figure out which model you were looking at. In comparison the move from 991 to 992 feels eve smaller- just a hop…until you see the back of the car. Good or bad, no one will mistake that light bar for anything but a 992. While the light bar feels okay to me the third brake light seems like a bad design choice. The car itself has a slightly more hatchback feel, reminiscent of the Panamera. There’s definitely something less cutesy about the 992 which makes it an additional step removed from it’s cousin, the Beetle. I will be extremely curious to see the Turbo version of the 992.
The interior has changed more dramatically. At first glance I thought the changes added additional elegance. As I studied the interior further I started to wonder what the impression would be like in person. I loathe the new shift knob. Do they think guys want to shift with their shaver? I think those center vents must be for the people in the back seat; I know I’m not interested in having air blown on my stomach. That being said, I’ll withhold final judgement.
Now that the car is officially unveiled I’m excited for the onslaught of reviews that will provide user-related insights and driveability impressions. It’s conceivable that this car could grow on me. And yet… would it ever be enough to make me trade in my current car? In the meantime the McLaren 720s has planted a few roots in my heart.
Cars4Kids recently did a toy drive. Ha! It just occurred to me that it was a literal toy drive (read on)! We loaded up our car with toys and went on a 400 mile drive through various Utah canyons (we opted for the shorter day-only event but there was a longer four day event option as well). We started out at LaCaille, traveled to the Conestoga Ranch and toward SLC (we were always careful to obey all traffic laws and posted speed limits… just kidding). It was an awesome drive, with fantastic food and for a great cause. At the end of the drive the toys were collected and presented to the Ronald McDonald House.
This is a video covering the Cars 4 Kids (I didn’t make this one):
And this is a video of my experience (this one I did make):
This coming year I’d like to participate in the longer event and, possibly, even be a sponsor. Knives and cars… Like peanut butter and chocolate.
This may be the best upgrade that I’ve done yet! Okay, fine… maybe it’s the silliest upgrade yet. I’m running out of ideas for little tweaks. I’ve got some ideas for big ones, but I’m just not sure I want to commit the funds or emotional pain to them.
It turns out the trim surrounding the gauges on the 991 is actually plastic. I watched a YouTube video a guy putting in a gauge trim piece covered in leather. I actually went out and checked my car. Plastic! I was shocked and immediately ordered the part to remedy this horrific oversight.
The summary version is that is looks the same. I will never get my money, time or dignity back. Viva la leather!
Legend has it that in order to replace the 991 headlight washer nozzles the entire front bumper of the car needs to be removed. Not so! With just a few simple tools anyone can swap their washer nozzles in about 10 minutes. You can pull them out and repaint them yourself or pop in a ready to go set. Below is a quick video showing you how:
I ordered a carbon fiber set from eBay but the weave wasn’t quite right and the quality didn’t impress me. I bought a second pair from BumperPlugs.com and had them painted metallic white (that must be an impossible color to match). This is the set that I ultimately put in but I’m not sure if it’s the look I’m going for. You know you’re pretty desperate to do projects when you’re replacing your headlight washers. #modlife
I like to drive fast. Really fast. I love adrenaline inducing acceleration and speed. There aren’t a lot of good options for that around here. Sometimes I sneak a hair over 70 while I’m on the freeway. I’ve also been known to find abandoned roads and go a couple miles an hour over the speed limit. Imagine my delight when I learned about the Limitless race being hosted in Eagle Mountain UT. Your car. 2 miles. As fast as you want. Heaven!
Eagle Mountain Blvd- two large turns and then a mile of straightaway. Longer would be better but that’s still a nice stretch of road. A lot of participants- myself included – were hoping to hit 200+ mph. Utah elevation coupled with a hot day limited people’s top speed a bit and a 2005 Ford GT’s 192 mph ended up being the fastest of the day. My best run was my first and I hit 184 on my speedometer (178 on a radar gun). It was an interesting experience to drive with no fear of being pulled over on a nice straight stretch of road during the day. Still plenty of adrenaline too.
My family came along for part of the event but the heat got to the kids quickly. The spectator seating area was situated in some deep dust and positioned at the mid point of the road only allowing the audience to watch cars accelerate away after the road’s second turn. Understandably the fam bailed after the first run but it still great to have them there! Hopefully next year they find a way to improve the spectator experience a bit. Not to complain too much- Cars4Kids put on a really good event!
Cars4Kids is a local organization that sponsors car-related charity events. In the Limitless event drivers pay double their top speed and that money goes to the Utah division of the Make a Wish foundation. It’s a great way to help people while enjoying awesome cars.
Speaking of awesome cars- Dan, from What’s Inside, was testing out his Tesla Model X at the event. In theory his car should have hit 155mph before being restricted by a speed governor. Did he do it? Watch the video below to find out:
It’s been more than 35 years since Stefan Bello completed his 6:11 Nürburgring lap in a Porsche 956 C (the history around this run is fairly interesting). I like to keep a close eye on Nürburgring lap times; It’s exciting to see what “your car” can do in a track environment like this.
Naturally I was excited to hear that Porsche’s 919 Hybrid Evo had set a new track record. “Set” might be the wrong word though- the old record was obliterated. The new time of 5:19 is so much faster it’s hard to comprehend. I’ve posted the official run from the car below. Keep in mind that 300 kmh is about 186 mph! On some of the straight track sections Timo Bernhard is driving at over 220 mph.
When the production 919 comes out you can bet I’ll be in line… probably at Disneyland. But thinking about the 919 for sure.
I do a lot of cosmetic stuff to my car and so periodically it makes sense (to me) to grab a few pictures of these changes. Since I fancy myself an budding car photographer I took on this mission personally (and no… this is not my iPhone camera). I figure posting six pictures of my car should be plenty since I also cobbled together a video montage. I’m certain this kind of obsessiveness will delight whoever ends up with my car someday. In the meantime I’m slightly less sure it will delight the Internet.
Plain in many ways, but beautiful…
That backside. Nothing better.
She waits patiently. But when we get underway she’s a monster.
When something is this pure the gossip is hard to come by. [Huh? What does this stuff even mean – Ed]
Some say no one “needs” a car like this. They are exactly right.
Black wasn’t my first choice when I got the car. But it’s my first choice now.
I can’t help but sing the praises of this car just a bit. In many ways it’s a nondescript monster. The handling, power and precision are unmatched. It’s the only car I’ve owned that hasn’t left me disappointed (yet). I think it’s okay to splurge on one thing. This is my thing and it’s worth every penny.
Want to hire me to take pictures of your car or put together a fun little video? That would surprise me. That being said, feel free to drop me a line if you’re in Utah.
What’s better than a stock part? A carbon fiber part! MACarbon makes an awesome all carbon fiber fuel door replacement for the 991 series. I tried to hold out but there was never any hope:
Installation was a little tricky as my part required a slight modification (as have some of my other MACarbon items) but I don’t mind that stuff at all. The fuel door looks fantastic, and, in my opinion, it’s a part I would recommend to anyone who wants to shave a few ounces off their car (okay, it is lighter but that’s obviously not why you’d get this part).