By Michael Tashjian
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Every weekend Sportscar fans are bombarded with advertisements for tires. For grand prix weekends F1 fans get Pirelli, sportscar series fans the likes of Continental and the Michelin man, Yokohama at clubs, with Goodyear rounding it out for drag. Big Tire like Big Tech is a multibillion-dollar industry control by relatively few. Sure, the real cheese may be in government contracts and such, but prestige and ego drive these companies. For example, Formula 1 is funneled hundreds of millions via Pirrelli , 400-million actually and doesn’t hold a candle to Petronas @ around 700-million. All this on a sport that spends $30000 on torque wrenches and 50-million-dollar hospitality centers, not exactly charitable. Fortunately for the tire company margins are phenomenal on tires, so being frugal is not a priority. Yes, me and you ultimately foot the bill on $2500 Cup 2’s so the FIA guys get free fancy embroidered tee shirts, but I’d have it no other way. Also, I have no idea who ultimately does the PO’s on the shirts. So, should you feel like an F1 driver and purchase Pirelli? It all depends on application, availability, and value.
Application is the first decision to make when purchasing a tire. Remember, just because your car came with Michelin Cup 2’s or their Dunlops counterparts, it may not fit your purpose. R compound tires, especially those with barley legal tread such as the Michelin Pilot Cup 2 or Dunlop that people tend to immediately toss on their GT3, work terribly in the wet and cold. Changing over to an alternative Ultra High-Performance tire may just fit the bill. Continental, Michelin, Pirelli, all make ultra-high performance street variants for typical NY use year round, albeit not driving like Mario Andretti. And yes, I heard, they may be purchasing Sauber, shocker. As far as inclement weather goes, and I speak from experience on this, a full winter really does work wonders on an all-wheel drive 911 variant from 991.1 onwards. Not so much that I would give up my Cayenne, but in a pinch, you’ll get where you need to go, or evade whomever it maybe you are evading.
The opinions above are consideration for the Porsche sportscar lineup and NOT SUV/Sedan/Electric variants. There are many other considerations in that space such as Elect tires for Taycan and so forth. Should you be a Cayenne driver the best year-round tire is without doubt the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus, and for our rear wheel only drivers, honestly, you’re not going to make it far even with chains. Keep you prized possession covered and cozy for the spring should there be white stuff on the ground.
Far too often people do not consider production and ultimate availability, which has only gotten worse post covid. The DE guys hear me on this one, rears for 997.2’s are almost always on B/O through rack, winter tires are almost always having supply issues (so basically ordered now), and the not so popular 356 specs offer similar challenges. Be sure when choosing a tire, it is from a name brand and has availability year-round.
by Michael Tashjian
Determining our center is something we all comes to terms with at some point. Fortunately, should this be that time for you, you’re in luck. The Porsche 911 is here for you, easy big fella. Just wise enough, plenty of pedal, and aged with grace no matter the generation. Children, our chosen professions, companionship, all command such focus that we can lose our equilibrium. Without getting too philosophical or frankly go off the handle, man needs tools to retain his/her sanity. Yes, I am assuming there’s been some state of sanity ;-) Does the Porsche provide the portal to reach this equilibrium? Depends on your tolerance for psychedelic drugs, I guess this is the most reasonable conclusion to reach.
Sunday morning, already stressed about the coming week’s goals, lunatics from many moons ago, and without doubt, traffic. Shocker. All is ok, your trusted steed in in the garage, fueled up and ready for battle to the local bagel privier this weekend. Fast forward meetings in which you discuss what the need for so many meeting is and the cover comes off, you caught side view mirror again, and your over 40 ass drops in the seat. Ahhh, 25 minutes of bliss. Yes, you’re taking the long way for the whole wheat bagel you know is just as unhealthy as the egg everything. Your kid runs to the car, “Dad, can I come?” Sure. And off you go. You’ve already come to terms with your partner having spilled coffee in the cupholder on a prior journey, and your sausage egg and cheese having no Ketchup is another certainty (they never listen), but that’s ok. Your ok. It is summer, you’re listening to your 911 engine purr, the leather on your steering wheel is form fitted to your hotdog fingers, there’s a cool breeze, all is well.
Do cars really perform a function outside of transportation? You are reading this, right? Of course. Your Porsche is part of your life, and in some cases your defining moment. It carries you through tough times, it holds memories, life milestones, times of sadness, and most importantly, it is only yours. In the liberal society of sharing, this will not be shared. It is yours. You take care of it more than monetarily, its love, albeit a generally expensive one. We can conclude the Porsche automobile is just shy of unconditional love. From 160 ponies in the first S model, to over 700 today. Plenty of lovin across the entire board no matter what your type is.
Porsche pilots truly believe their car is the ultimate sanctuary. Perhaps one of the last few real freedoms we have. Cherish it, don’t sell it, enjoy it-until next time.
by Michael Tashjian
The much anticipated 992 GT3RS is right around the corner, sporting a fancy big wing, double wishbone suspension, and price tag to match. For this much you can buy a Bosendorfer Porsche Design grand piano and have money left over for a gold and diamond Gameboy. The RS badging better do something special to command an expected 20% premium over the “baby” GT3.
Man is fascinated with everything big. Without going down a risqué list which would not be appropriate for our younger readers, we will consider this matter of fact. From the days of Porscherama, to the inception of Club Racing, engineers have been fitting wider, taller, and more functional wings. It finally took stringent rule changes that stretched into the prototype classes to dial down heights and width. Fast forward a couple decades and you have active DRS, Ai testing based on a 5-minute cad drawing, the reintroduction of ground effects, and the ever so cool swan neck. But do all these aerodynamic enhancements make a difference? The short of it for 80% of Porsche owners is no. Mainly due to the fact they are not traveling at speeds which exceed 80 mph which would be where Fangio might feel it in his ever so trained rear. Now for the other 20% that use their GT based car for motorsport, yes. Not so fast, though. Let’s delve into why Porsche did not provide the big wing, rear diffuser, or extended front spoiler lip in the specifications that the all knowing aftermarket has provided.
There is in fact a common misconception that bigger is better. Everything about your Porsche runs in conjunction with some other system no matter the degree of separation. For the early car it was adding a whale tail. Only problem with this idea was that you needed to fit a front spoiler to act in a complimentary fashion. Today we have standard GT based rear wing that can be augmented to provide greater downforce while making a small change to the front mesh and blocks. Note: 991.2 GT3’s have (4) downforce settings the second most aggressive is stock setting. So why go aftermarket. Well, for one thing a wing with greater height allow for better vision through the rear glass on both the GT3 and GT4 for the shorter stature drivers, and greater downforce at high speed given it is functioning in clean air. I would be remiss if I did not mention, changing the originality of ANY GT model is not in your best interest for resale. So, plug and play with the option to revert to original if needed is recommended. Also, if you were to ad 50 lbs. of downforce on the rear, inherently you’re going to add lift to the front, albeit you can add canards to offset this somewhat. My personal logic is, if the drivers for Apex at Nürburgring sport stock GT3RS wings, well my friend that’s good enough for me. Granted there are very long sweeping turns and very long straights so perhaps the extra size is just not needed. Manthey Racing on both the GT4 MR and GT3RS MR offer wing extensions and various air elements, it is worth checking out. This begs the question, why didn’t Porsche just offer a larger, taller, wider, wing? It is safe to say the 992 GT3RS accomplishes this and then some. But we must take into account aesthetics, DOT regulations, transport, standard garage dimensions, etc. for the masses.
So, is bigger better? Based solely on a blind survey between Porsche owners, a not to be mentioned sorority, and professional drivers alike, yes, bigger is better as long as you know how to use it.
by Michael Tashjian
Exactly. They say the older you get the more you cannot believe what you’ve seen. I’ve seen an airplane land on the Hudson, brail buttons on drive up ATM’s, and the birth of a cow in that movie City Slickers with Billy Crystal, but I’ll tell you this friend, never did I think I’d see an electric car for practical use. Well, maybe I still haven’t, we’ll see.
It was not too many “flatten the curve” weeks ago I predicted in this very periodical that electric cars were all but doomed. Lack of infrastructure (which remain mind you), poor recharging capabilities in relation to its petrol counterpart, thermal runaway as a result of damage, and finally the significant carbon footprint left behind at it relates to cobalt and lithium batteries as a whole. Quick sidenote on that last point. I am sure a recycling method is in the works at a thinktank somewhere, or so I hope. I also enjoy the marketing strategy of EV’s, sort of like the pharmaceutical commercials to grow your eyelashes longer and the disclaimer. Listen up next time, “in rare cases (well that’s relative) we’ve seen blindness yellow eyes, hotdog fingers (ok made that up), death, lack of muscle control, etc.” One must ask the question, is the cure worse than the disease?
Many clients and PCA members have asked over the years, how does it work? Is it a hybrid? Where do babies come from? Is it practical? Will I be castrated for not supporting the Global Warming movement if I don’t concede to the mob and buy an EV? All pertinent questions this day in age. The long and short to all these concerns and interests is, if you are looking for the best performing off the line luxury electric sedan this is it bar none. Using strictly the metrics of performance, aesthetics, and cache, this is the real deal, or so it seems. Having driven them around Monticello Motor Club on more than one occasion in varying conditions at speed, I can say the Turbo lineup is the way to go.
Let’s briefly touch on what we’re working with when it comes to the Taycan. Sporting a skateboard setup for the lithium-ion battery pack, all-wheel drive drivetrain (available), packaged in a 35% aluminum body, makes the Taycan fast, really fast. Fast enough to blow the doors off most registered DE metal. I know it is unfair, in fact it is borderline discriminatory against those of us who which to emit toxins into the atmosphere via our little flat six, dam you PC culture. Ok, focus. The undocumented but tested range on a 4S is 300 miles give or take depending on your driving habits. Porsche numbers are way too conservative for print. Cabin is very Panameraesc, and the overall styling is not too far off from a four door CGT. Ohh, price, a hundred and change for a 4S and tack on 65 for a Turbo nicely equipped. And why we’re calling it a Turbo? I have no idea since it is electric vehicle. If anyone out there reading can change this for the facelifted model, I like Neutrinos.
For those members who are considering an electric car I highly advise making the trek to your nearest dealer for a test drive. Granted it will feel adulterous for some of us petrol heads to slip into an electric car-too far. But, with the promise of sub 3 second 0-60’s coming soon, one must question, am I looking for the best performance package on the block risking being booted out of my fantasy football league for it? Guess that depends on who you plan on pulling for your QB this year and what the other guy drives.
Members- email email@example.com with ideas for future articles or questions I can answer in the following months issue. Nothing too over the line though, yes you J.O.
992 GT3- The Continuation of the Sportscar
by Michael Tashjian
Having arrived in Spring of 2003, the new water-cooled Porsche GT3 (996) would help cultivate a class of sportscar specifically developed for the weekend road course warrior. A whopping 381hp, extended redline, 6 piston brakes, and a bunch of newly developed parts such as PCCB. Fast forward a decade and change and presto two additional generations (997 & 991) and welcome the 992 GT3.
The 992 GT3 is set to hit gridlock on the BQE in winter 2021. This should be one of the most highly produced GT3 models and most user friendly. Gone are the nicknames, widow maker, and welcome, “Honey, I’m taking the GT3.” Thanks in part to more aggressive aero via a radical rear diffuser and swan neck wing, the new GT3 can achieve downforce that was only available in a full Cup format. So now you can really take that ramp at full blast and show that Mitsubishi Eclipse with a chain for a license plate holder who’s boss. Technical specifications are being closely guarded for the time being, but the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine accompanied by two gearbox options means its users should have the most interactive driving experience yet. Porsche has decided to stick with naturally aspirated 4.0 liter, rather than more efficient turbocharging. How much longer this goes on for is questionable. I believe 992 is the final run before forced induction or electric assist. Out of the box Porsche will offer a 6-speed manual or PDK, and paint to sample for those wishing to drop 12K this go around. And since I’ve touched upon color, I must admit that Shark Blue looks gorgeous in the photos. If history is any indication of future trends, the next color up on the block is Brown or Hot Pink.
Let’s talk RS. Has the GT3 deviated too far from its original intent to be a minimalist weekend warrior weapon of choice? Maybe. It depends on how you look at it. Building and selling 25000 cars provides (arguably) better quality control, more money for R&D, testing, and cost to the consumer (yeah right). So, Porsche has decided to fluff it up a little to ensure they not only sell upwards of another 25000 cars as in the 991 series but surpass it. Perhaps the RS will be rawer, and, in your face, God knows the wing is big enough. The RS should sport a PDK, figure a modest 40 bhp, and an even more aggressive suspension setup, and maybe even a cool helmet case. Sold separately.
Now the most important question. Should you go out and buy the latest and greatest? Yes. The Porsche GT3 has and will continue to be the benchmark all others aspire to. Reliable, fast, carry reasonable long-term value, and doesn’t get dated nearly as quickly as a comparable 2 door in its class, and yeah, it’s a 911.
by Michael Tashjian
Technical Chair - Porsche Club of America Metro
Gone are Sound Stream radios, Diamondtel car phones, Clifford alarms, and welcome big tech. Though seemingly cliché to say, “big tech”, that’s what the younger generation, especially those in the lucrative Asian market, are demanding more of. The 992 & Taycan alike show off their endless configurations and gadgetry on a 40’ augmented display...okay, maybe not quite 40’ but we’ll allow it. It displays everything, including G Force; how we ever we got along in life without that, we can’t fathom. Performance stats are not only relevant to the drivetrain these days, either. Now processing speed and screen resolution have a tab of their own in the marketing materials and IG post via @porsche. The question now is: where do we go from here?
Hell. Fine, maybe not hell but certainly purgatory. The racing car driver as well as the enthusiast yearns for the raw driving experience, but will this be taken away like so many other invaluable rights? We won’t go fully down that rabbit hole. But there’s always a ‘but’, and right now it’s the big brother role that all these electronics are able to play. Traffic sign recognition, a.k.a camera, autonomous driving a.k.a tracking, and voice command a.k.a recording are beginning to become standard features and although provide a service, carry inherit risk for abuse. It wasn’t too long ago that we were all worried low jack would alert our spouses to our whereabouts. Now GPS and parking alerts let your better half know that you indeed skipped out on the office in lieu of Lime Rock.
For a brief time in our history the car represented freedom; this writer is personally afraid those freedoms and soul filling private cruises may be a thing of the past. But at least you can still ride a Harley in PA with no helmet...for now.
Let’s talk about the positives that tech has brought to the Porsche driving experience. No, I’m not referring to Auto Start/Stop which has given me a few heart attacks. A real leap in the right direction is Innodrive working in conjunction with adaptive cruise control which uses radar and cameras to recognize topographical road features, traffic, and road signs in advance and adapts. Not like the nonsense Infiniti was marketing in 1991 with the Q45; no, this one actually works. The system can vary speed, gear selection, as well as remain in the lane with the LKA option. All of these are now expected features as they’ve been fairly popular on many other marks such as Mercedes Benz and Lamborghini for some years now. Another welcome addition that one couldn’t have previously thought a necessity is wet mode. Sensors in the wheel well can detect water and choose the mode for traction and other aids in an instant. I can tell you firsthand, it works! Rounding out the cabin, yes, the 400,000USD Burmeister stereo option is back and here to stay. I’m almost ashamed to admit in full transparency: damn, it sounds good.
So, Michael, where does this leave the PCA member when looking for a new Porsche? Ideally, with a 992 Targa GTS. Granted, you may have to sell a couple of organs to buy it outright, but that’s why God paired second kidneys and Facebook marketplace.
Coming: May 2021 992 GeeTee3 the inside scoop
By Michael Tashjian
Antoine de Saint Exupery said it best, “perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
The new 911, chassis designation 992, could not be further from this truth of function over form, this does not, however, hurt its overall score against its competitors. The 992 delivers in its Carrera S configuration a proper Grand Touring experience with extravagant electrics and comfort features, which I am based solely on photos and marketing literature, and a promise to be money well spent. Many purists including I adore the minimalist environment the Porsche 911 once had or at least up until the 996. However, as with everything in life, there must be progression. The 992 is, without doubt, the most advanced and best performing Porsche 911 to date, notwithstanding limited production models such as GT’s and so forth. The new 911 S with its 443 horses and eight-speed PDK transmission, seamlessly ingrates a luxurious sedan and lightweight long wheelbase sportscar should be that the sort of thing you are striving for. Whole keep a little space for an electric motor down the line. When entering this spaceship themed interior with tiny buttons and big screens, the customization opportunities become apparent as well as its intuitive design. The ergonomically correct interior, unlike that of the 996/997, has welcoming finishings but limited practicality. You the reader know where I am going with this. Yes, the gear selector looks ridiculous. One of those ideas that were great in theory but did not translate into a practical part. A good analogy would probably be the sportomatic selector of yesteryear. Barring this minor lapse in judgment within the design teams ranks, the remainder looks appropriate for its new class, being Luxury GT and in my eyes comparable to the Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Bentley. I still find Ferrari to be the only brand sticking with the minimal but beautifully appointed interior space. A follow-up article on the interior to come after I can sit in a 992. The exterior, well, what can I say expect it looks like a 991 which looks like a 911. A big welcoming is a fact that all 992’s will now be widebody format. I believe the rear end will receive a welcome facelift with 992.2, but otherwise, it is the technology the car is now offering that you are paying for. Automatic transfer into a wet mode when the vehicle detects water, neat door handles that pop out of the door (drag resistant ;-), non-operational/functional exhaust tips, perhaps most importantly the rear engine mount now fitted to the cylinder heads for optimum weight transfer and larger intercooler fed through the rear spoiler.
It is safe to say this generation 911 will be the most reliable, performance-driven, and comfortable Porsche 911 to date. The next car to watch out for is going to be the GT4 to be initially outfitted with a manual gearbox, and all the bells and whistles Leipzig has on the shelf.
If you have the itch visit one of our Metro NY PCA sponsor dealerships for a test drive of the 992.
For those looking to race their Porsche, either for fun or in a semi-professional atmosphere, the Porsche Club of America runs a program called Club Racing. Run by a national PCA Racing Committee, this program takes place over numerous regions, with dates spanning from February to November each year.
At Formula Motorsports, one area of our Porsche service involves keeping your vehicle ready if racing is something you’re interested in. Here are some basics of the Club Racing program, including safety requirements and how you can go about obtaining a license if you want to get involved.
Classes of Porsche
Club Racing has classes available for every type of Porsche out there. To be eligible for a program, a car must simply have a Porsche chassis and drivetrain. There are two primary classes that all Porsches and other racing vehicles will fall into:
Stock classes are formed from similar factory power-to-weight ratios. Cars must have complete road trim, stock drive trains and street tires. Modified classes are defined by engine size, then are divided again by whether the driver is using street tires or racing tires. All these details are in place to ensure both safety and fairness within the program.
Safety requirements for Club Racing include:
Drivers are required to obtain equipment including a helmet, suit, shoes, gloves and potentially other items. The rule book contains all direct safety equipment specifications.
Obtaining a License
Any PCA member may apply for a Club Racing License if they meet the criteria in the PCA Licensing Procedure (contained within the rule book). Criteria for a racing application will fall under one of the following formats:
All drivers will have to provide a certificate of a recent physical exam to participate – this is a hard and fast rule with no exceptions.
Interested in learning more about Porsche racing, or want to find out about any of our services, from Porsche collision repair to a basic oil change? Speak to the experts at Formula Motorsports today.
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They often aren’t the most exciting part of the car to work on or talk about, but the tires on your Porsche are one of the most important pieces of equipment on the entire vehicle. Tires in great condition lead to a vehicle that’s safer, more fuel-efficient and more comfortable than tires that have issues, which can not only make your Porsche less safe to drive, but can also contribute to wearing down several components of the vehicle faster than they would otherwise.
At Formula Motorsports, tires are a big part of our Porsche maintenance services offered. Here are a few basic tips for you as the owner to keep them in tip-top shape.
Even if your tires have been recently changed, you should be giving them a visual inspection once every couple months. Do the same anytime you’ve driven in muddy or otherwise poor conditions, particularly over the winter season where this kind of thing is a bit more common.
What you’re checking for here is very simple: Uneven wear, worn-down treads or any other part of the tire that doesn’t look normal. Also pay attention while you’re driving – if you notice the car is pulling to one side or the other, skidding or making noises from the tires during basic driving situations, this could be a sign of tires that are worn down. If you see any visible issues, bring the vehicle in to our technicians.
When tires are under-inflated, they’ll cause you to use more gas to run your car and will also potentially damage other parts of the wheel. When they’re over-inflated, they’re at risk of bursting and causing you to skid out dangerously while driving.
Your Porsche’s on-board computer can give you a readout of your tire pressure, and can usually warn you if pressure is too high or too low. If you receive this warning, bring the vehicle in and let us get your pressure handled.
Following Maintenance Schedules
Both for their own benefit and that of the vehicle itself, your tires need to be balanced, aligned and rotated regularly. These are all part of the basic vehicle diagnostics we perform when you come in for Porsche service, and we’ll lay out a schedule for you of when you should be observing certain bits of planned tire maintenance.
For more on Porsche tires, or to learn about any of our other Porsche services, speak to the pros at Formula Motorsports today.
By Michael Tashjian
What began as a gag over two years ago has somehow, now, become reality. Our
friendly German engineers have imagined, designed, and produced an all-electric
Porsche named Taycan (‘lively, young horse’). The project is akin to a Disney
Imagineer building a ride at Future Land which serves no real world application but
satisfies the demand of a millennial. Forgoing delving into the financial aspect of
electric cars, it is safe to say it’s going to be a loser for a very long time. Don’t believe
it? Just ask Mr. Musk whose product is part of what the 4-door sedan platform is set
to compete directly with. Why would this author never be a buyer at this point of
the Taycan or any electric car for that matter? For one very simple reason: I can fill
my gas tank in two minutes and drive 400 miles or even better, 280 miles while
towing, to a Metro PCA Driver Ed event.
My personal beliefs are not running in parallel with the upcoming consumer in this
segment, however. The 24-40 year old segment, and especially those Californians,
have drank the cool aid on anything green. I will not begin to dive into the carbon
footprint an electric car has as opposed to its evil twin, the combustion driven
automobile. It must be noted, however, that in the passenger automobile space,
there has been no evidence on the impact (or lack thereof) on the environment from
this new car segment.
Porsche marketing has almost always proven successful over the past decade when
introducing a new model line, no matter how silly in our purist eyes it may be and
the E Performance line is no different. This effort did not prove successful for the
70 th anniversary for Porsche, though. No big budget marketing campaign with some
new 911 models. Why you ask? In my opinion it is due to the fact that the Porsche
purist is no longer the driving force when marketing to the consumer for this
particular brand. Certainly I have read a few articles of late making a case
contradicting that statement but I must go off the sales number and future models
exclusively. Far more lucrative of a venture would be to supply mainstream, middle
class America. Gasp. Middle class you say; what middle class? Okay. That’s not what
Porsche is in this for. Without going down that rabbit hole let’s say that most young
professionals (or at least upper middle class) interested in a Porsche will be able to
lease one so as long as their credit is decent. Even the name Mission E, aka Taycan,
aka Anti Christ, showed the true direction of the campaign and branding. Sort of
Henry Ford’s Model T meets the Chrysler Plymouth motto of ‘make it more
expensive and they will come’ mentality, for those of you who watched The Men
That Shaped America on Discovery. Will Porsche prove to have been on the right
side of this branding realignment? Only time will tell. One gauge would be the
acceptance of E Performance into the 911 model line which if the performance
figures add up, should be beneficial to the average track guy/gal. But in the real
world of boards, shareholders, and executives there is really only one measure: the
It will not be only the Taycan on this new platform but the likes of a slew of other
marks like Bentley, Audi, and more. According to Porsche AG, half of the Porsche
lineup will be electric by 2025. Great. This essentially makes the Porsche as we
know it, all but obsolete. The backbone of magic as we know is misdirection. Has
Porsche been misdirecting us purists for the past 10 years? What a tick! They have.
Currently Porsche has over 40 models when counting the model and sub model
alike. And they have all become more ‘efficient’; half of them are not sports cars, and
all but one supercar offering is not hybrid. I won’t even delve into the 992.1 GT3
being turbocharged as that certainly seems to be the case.
This is going on right here in our little Porsche world. With all change though,
comes [some] opportunity. If you’re not into spending 45 minutes picking your
nose waiting for your electric car to charge, then join the dark side. Mark my words;
us petrol users will become the cigarette smokers, and eventually, the outlaws.
First, they tax the hell out of it (gas guzzler), then they tell us we will die from it
(cigarettes), then they all but ban it (DDT).
So hold onto to your 80’s 911, your 928 GTS, and any Porsche running on good od
American…scratch that, Arab crude, as it will be past modern acceptance before you
know it and eventually, be a thing of the past. Just do yourself a favor: stash away
some gasoline to fill it up too, will ya?
As top providers of Porsche service and repair in New York, from basic oil changes to autobody and tuning services, we at Formula Motorsports are dedicated to the storied history and tradition of this luxury brand. Porsche has been a player in the worldwide auto market since 1948, and has only grown stronger ever since.
We like to pass on some of our knowledge to our clients, and this includes the history of the vehicles we service. Here’s the basic history of Porsche vehicles, from their debut on the market up to the brand’s continuing strong presence across the performance automotive world today.
Debut on the Market
Porsche first hit the auto market in 1948 with the release of the aerodynamic 356, and they’d go on to hand-produce 52 cars during that year. Founder Ferdinand Porsche passed away three years later in 1951, but his brand continued. In 1953, Porsche released the 500 Spyder model, and the Speedster 356 would come the following year.
First Major Growth
The years 1956 to 1963 saw the first major period of growth for Porsche. The 10,000th Porsche was built in 1956, and demand was growing enough for the company to outsource production. In 1963, the 911 was created to succeed the 356. Porsche was also growing their distribution network in both Europe and North America.
Rise of the Sports Car
Between 1964 and 1972, the sports car became a huge draw around the globe. Porsche responded to this demand, revving up production of the 911 and also creating the 912 to sell in the US.
911 Turbo in North America
In 1975, the 911 Turbo was brought to North America for the first time. This model laid the foundation for a combination of luxury, power and versatility for the American sports car.
In 1982, Porsche created a North American headquarters in Reno, Nevada. By 1984, the company had gone public and had begun to sell shares on the market. Fast forward to 1996, and the one-millionth Porsche was built.
Not Slowing Down
At this point, Porsche has long been a household name for luxury, high-performance vehicles.
They celebrated 50 years of the 911 model in 2013, and have debuted numerous additional models since. When people think of the name Porsche, they think of a combination of comfort and performance that few other auto makers can rival.
For more on the history of Porsche, or to learn about any of our Porsche service offerings, speak to the pros at Formula Motorsports today.
Porsche motor oil is designed specifically for their brand of vehicles, and regularly changing it out is important for keeping the engine functioning at peak power. At Formula Motorsports, we provide oil changes and several other maintenance services for your Porsche.
What are some signs that your vehicle might be moving toward the point where an oil change is needed? Here are a few of the most common telltale signs.
Ticking Noise While Starting
As a normal engine accelerates, it pumps oil through the crankcase and cylinder heads to keep these areas lubricated. Over time, though, golden and fresh oil will pick up various contaminants from heat and various wear and tear items, and it will become dirty. Dirty oil is sludgy, and therefore has trouble moving around the engine.
Commonly, this can cause a ticking noise that comes from the valve train during startup. The dirty oil is taking longer to move through the engine to lubricate the valve train, which causes the noise. With 996/997 models in particular this noise is a result of lifter failure or lack of use.
A well-lubricated engine operates smoothly, allowing parts to move in their organic formats without issue. As it becomes dirty, though, parts won’t perform as smoothly – this can create sluggish acceleration, or a feeling as if the engine has lost some of its normal power. This will set in over time, and continuously get worse until oil is changed.
Down similar lines, you may feel like the engine is shaking the vehicle more than normal during basic periods of idling. This is due to an increase in friction between pistons, rings and bearings – they have less oil to keep them lubricated, and therefore operate more roughly.
If bad oil stays in the engine too long, it will result in rod bearings that wear out, and these can lead to knocking noises in the engine. These will sound like a rock tumbler, and can shake the vehicle at idling. When speeds increase, the noises will only get louder.
To learn more about spotting the signs that your Porsche needs an oil change, or for any of our other Porsche services, speak to the technicians at Formula Motorsports today.
One of our primary Porsche services at Formula Motorsports is paint protection. You want your beautiful Porsche to shine at all times, and our Ceramic Pro and other paint protection services are the top of the line here.
What are some other tactics you can take to ensure that your paint remains shiny and smooth at all times? Here are a few basic tips.
Many commercial car wash systems should be generally avoided, as they only use abrasive nylon brushes or high-pressure washers. Both these items can damage paint, and harsh chemicals do the worst of this damage. In addition, many of these services do not utilize proper drying, and allow spots to etch into the paint.
As an alternative here, hand-wash your Porsche or use a green technology like steam cleaning. This is both better for the environment and far healthier for your vehicle’s paint.
Polish is an abrasive compound that can help shave off imperfections in paint while leaving surfaces smooth. Polishing must be done before waxing – if not, the wax will make the paint look dull and will wear off more quickly. Learn how to master polishing techniques, and consult our experts if you have any questions.
Waxing and Sealant
Washing and polishing are steps to prepare the surface for wax or paint sealant, or sometimes both. These products seal in your hard work and protect paint from contaminants, plus give the coat a shine. Wax is generally a natural substance while sealant is synthetic, and they can give two different kinds of shine. If you’re using both, wax will be used first.
Sun Damage Avoidance
It’s impossible to completely avoid UV rays on your paint, but you can reduce its harmful effects. Always park the car inside or use a car cover, and make sure to wax properly – wax also provides sun protection. Another good measure to take is washing the car regularly.
Want to learn more about Porsche paint maintenance, or interested in any of our Porsche restoration services? Speak to the experts at Formula Motorsports today.
As a proud Porsche owner, we know you love your high-quality vehicle. At Formula Motorsports, we’re here to provide step-by-step Porsche service to keep you on the road and in style for as long as possible.
You can help here as well, even if you’re not a seasoned car technician. There are several easy bits of Porsche maintenance that can be handled from home – here are a few items to keep on your checklist to keep things humming smoothly in between visits to our shop.
Check each of the following fluids, if applicable:
Hoses and Belts
Make sure that hoses and belts in the radiator are not old, brittle or cracked. Also check hoses you can see, and make sure none of them are leaking. If so, they’ll need to be replaced.
In addition, if you hear a shrieking sound when you turn on the car or press the gas pedal, this may be a sign of a loose belt. Check the tension of your belts – there should be very little give. If belts are loose, they need to be replaced.
Battery, Lights, Wipers
Visually inspect your battery for corrosion, and make sure its connections are tight. Check that your dash lights, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, back-up lights and turn signals are working periodically. In addition, check your windshield wipers – don’t actually touch the wiper blade, as oil from your fingers can cause the blades to deteriorate. Simple ensure that wipers are making good contact with the windshield, and that they aren’t dry or cracked.
Check your engine, or under it, to see if any fluids are leaking. Use a flashlight if needed. You may notice dripping from the engine or wet spots on the ground – you could also leave a piece of cardboard on the ground to check for this. If there are leaks, contact our experts about the possible causes.
Check the tire pressure, and top it off if necessary – this can be done at most gas stations. Inspect the tires for visible wear or any sharp objects stuck in them.
Each engine has its own sound, and by listening to yours often, you can determine how it sounds when running normally. This will allow you to also detect when things don’t sound normal, and when it might be time for an inspection.
For more on basic Porsche maintenance, or to find out about any of our Porsche services, speak to the pros at Formula Motorsports today.
If you’re looking into the purchase of a beautiful Porsche, you know you have lots of options. Porsche has numerous models to check out, all with varying characteristics and benefits.
At Formula Motorsports, we’re here to provide service and repairs for all Porsche models. We’re also here to offer advice when it’s needed – with that in mind, here are a few of the most common considerations our owners are often thinking about when they’re looking for the right Porsche model, and what the right model might be for these areas.
For anyone who has a need for speed, there are several Porsche options out there that will be perfect for you. At the top of the list, however, is almost certainly the 718 Boxter S. This sleek, beautiful car comes with an amazing 350 horsepower in the stock version, which gives it the ability to fly off the track and go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. If you’re looking to impress with speed and acceleration, the Boxter S should be one of your first choices.
Are you someone who frequently takes road trips across the country, and wants to do so in style and luxury? Look no further than the Porsche Macan, the perfect fit for longer in-car trips. The Macan has a large luggage compartment, and also features a roof transport configuration and an online navigation system that works anywhere. For the car owner looking to hit the open rood comfortably, consider the Macan.
If you’re at the helm of a growing family, you’re looking for considerations like space and safety. One of the top Porsche options here is the Cayenne, which has some of the company’s highest safety standards. It also has a unique design plus ample storage and space, and also boasts a Porsche Communication Management System. It’s built with several safety assistance programs meant to keep you and the family safe while on the road.
To learn more about which model of Porsche is right for you, or to find out about any of our Porsche repair or service offerings, speak to the pros at Formula Motorsports today.
For many people who own a luxury vehicle like a Porsche, long-term storage is a need every now and then. Whether you’re traveling or keeping the vehicle at a lesser-used location, keeping the vehicle safe and well-maintained is vital.
At Formula Motorsports, we’re here to help with not only our Porsche restoration, maintenance and service, but with considerations like storage as well. Here are a few tips we can offer to make sure your storage experience goes off without any hassle.
Tank and Oil
Before taking your car in for storage, fill it with gas – the fuller the tank, the less chance of any excess moisture building up in the tank, which can lead to rust. Also be sure the oil has been changed recently, and the filter has been replaced. Old or dirty oil in the car for a long period of time can lead to premature rusting within the engine.
On top of this, if you can, remove your spark plugs and lubricate the car’s cylinders before storage.
Tires and Jacks
Tires can be very expensive to replace, so make sure you fill them to the maximum suggested PSI before storage. If you’re leaving the car in storage for a significant period, consider putting the car up on jack stands – this will relieve weight on the tires and suspension, and will prevent tires from flat spotting. If you’re storing the car on a dirt or stone surface, add plywood or another strong surface below the tires to protect them from rot.
Store a clean and waxed car – any additional dust or debris can lead to pests and odors. This includes the wheels.
Battery and Fluids
Remove the battery entirely if you’re planning to store the car long-term. Clean it with a mixture of baking soda, petroleum jelly and distilled water if it’s dirty, and store it of the ground in a climate-controlled environment. If you only store your car for periods at a time, consider a battery tender to keep the battery up over time.
In addition, do a quick inspection before storage for fluids like antifreeze, brake fluid and transmission fluid.
Want to learn more about proper storage for your luxury vehicle, or interested in any of our Porsche services? Speak to the experts at Formula Motorsports today.
BY Michael Tashjian
The most powerful production Porsche series production model to date.
Given the Porsche 911’s pedigree it must be noted that this new GT2RS is no small improvement to prior Porsche 911 GT generations, rather this is it, this is the whole enchilada. This 911 will most likely be the final rear engine, performance oriented production, none hybrid, given the direction of Porsche Motorsport of late. 700 ponies any way you slice it is a lot of giddy up, whether you’re a professional factory sponsored racecar driver, or weekend driver, the only thing that even comes close is the 935 series. Beyond the technical specifications including a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds and a 211 mph top speed, is the aesthetics.
The new 911 GT2RS (included- Weissach package- because if you spending 300K what’s 31K more really.) Similar to the 991 R the roof is magnesium; there are strips down the car exposing carbon fiber, magnesium wheels, and a slew of exclusive interior and exterior trim from Porsche Exclusive. This GT2RS has hood and fenders constructed of CFRP-carbon fiber reinforced plastic, which fashionably has air intake scoops that surely make this car that much cooler. New to the GT2RS is a full titanium exhaust, which sounds frankly incredible, and for the first time is built with performance rather than emissions and sound being a primary objective to meet the masses. Not that we expect many people running $350K+ limited production Porsche’s at Lime Rock, but if your one of these people be forewarned, it is loud. I will also make mention of the improved carbon fiber rear air intake being much more pleasing to the eye.
The interior of the GT2RS is what you would expect; a lot of carbon fiber and alcantara trimmed and wrapped parts. Special to this GT2RS are plaques noting its limited production, and one of a kind seat pattern. Personally, I would do a full black interior as a red roofline may start wearing on me sooner rather than later. Full bucket seats of course with Weissach RS stitched into the headrest just to make sure you understand this is no run of the mill GT2. Per the factory literature, you’re also now offered the ability to completely turn off via 2 stages your PASM. For those of us running slicks on our new GT2RS, this is welcome.
If you want to talk turkey yes, $360K give or take inclusive of taxes is a heap of spendoules. But, if you’re pulling in the big bucks and are a serious driver willing to literally risk your life in the pursuit of speed at a DE event, your wish has been granted. It is comparable to showing up to the Miata club drag race day with Antron Brown driving the Matco tools top fuel car. Overkill yes, but nothing exceeds like excess more so than the GT model line from Porsche.
The new 911 GT2RS is now the end all when it comes to the ultimate track weapon.
By Michael Tashjian
Man’s carbon footprint is one of the most controversial and manageable environmental issues that face us today. Via the Obama administration’s mandate that manufacturer’s fleets must achieve an average 54.5 mpg to meet its CAFÉ standard over the next 8 years, manufacturers have accelerated the development of alternative energy sources at a pace only comparable to the space program prior to said Ex-President. Okay; cheap shot. Surely, the Trump administration, on their Detroit/US manufacturing campaign promise, will scale back these stringent regulations slightly, but this will not have an immediate impact on models already in the works and corporate plans to become more competitive and innovative in the hybrid space. Porsche/VW has taken a proactive approach to efficiency over the past 5 years with calculated risk. Porsche has Introduced the 919 Hybrid racecar and 918 Spyder, both of which utilize a combustion and electric motor along with a recovery system as not just a marketing tool, but also to build a real path into Porsche showrooms. For the time being, the E Performance program seems to be stagnant with the Cayenne and Panamera models not exactly setting the market on fire, but I assure you, this is a temporary setback. Porsche has and will continue to push the envelope, just recently introducing the Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid, which is now one of the fastest sedans ever built with 680hp.
The obvious question is whether or not to go out and purchase a hybrid or not. Many things must be considered, such as your geographic location, application, and faith. Yes, faith plays a part in all new technologies. There was a time when we thought that alphanumeric pagers were the future but yet a more efficient, reliable, and affordable cellular phone was right around the corner. I, for one, can say the Porsche hybrid system is one of the most efficient and reliable thus far, so yes, I am a believer. The next question is what will be the typical use of your Porsche. Daily driving? And if so, will you be in traffic or open highway driving? This is an important question, as the fuel savings may or may not be outweighed by the initial higher cost of a hybrid model. And what about your geographic location? If you live in a rural area, there are other factors to consider, such as never seeing a charging station and the neighborhood mechanic being unable to diagnose and/or fix a hybrid issue. And lastly, you’re already getting pretty good fuel economy with most any Porsche model for highway use.
I wonder though, is all this hybrid hype about efficiency? I am a believer in a performance sports car offering the best performance, and am slightly embarrassed to say that fuel efficiency is not on the top of my list. I think it is fair to say that many of us would not be spending our valued Porsche option dollars on something more fuel efficient when that money can be better spent on Porsche crest embossed headrests or painted ventilation slates. But mark my words, the next generation of Porsche buyer will consider the cooler option-Hybrid sporting the fender where the ‘oh-so-cool’ SL 600 used to say V12. Wouldn't that be a hoot.
By Michael Tashjian
Technical Chair Metro NY
Another spring season is upon us here in New York City, and another GT3 has hit the market with Instgram pictures of allocations and build sheets. It may be age speaking, but have we been down this road before? Yes. 2004, 2007, 2009 2011, 2014 all marked a new and marketed as improved GT3. Was that a question? Maybe so. I would say improvement has many definitions dependent upon the buyer’s expectations. For some it may be pure horsepower, and others a more refined interior to enjoy off the track. To each is own is my mantra. Here are some pointers you should ask before dropping $150k+ on the newest and coolest toy on the market. At least until the GT4 RS.
Am I looking for Performance on the street or track?
Without reiterating what is already on the awesome interactive website our friends at Porsche AG have built for the 991.2 GT3, the 4-liter, 9000rpm, dry sump, PDK standard/Manual Optional gearbox, and lightweight construction equals fast no matter how you slice it and dice it. So fast that 90%+ of owners will never have the chance to drive it at its peck performance stats. On the track the new GT3 promises to be the best and most forgiving production 911 to date while still retaining the raw GT feel Porsche owners have become accustomed to. With a top speed of 198mph I am willing to test and report back should the opportunity arise.
I must admit that if your in the GT3 market @ $148K you don’t mind the additional 10% in cost that gets you full bucket seats ($5200), front axle lift ($2590), PDLS ($2900), and the Extended fuel tank ($140), Miami Blue ($4200) because why not, for a grand total of $160K. The only other car that even comes close is the Lamborghini Huracan starting @ $200K. And remember for that additional $50K you can spend boatloads more to option out and maintain.
Clear Winner: 991.2 GT3
Not too much to report beyond the strips on the full bucket seats which right off the bat sold me. If that does not scream I spent $150K wisely not much does. The rear wing now dawns the 4.0 badging and overall high increase of .8’’ over Gen1 991 GT3, with massive air intake rams built of carbon fiber. The redesigned front bumper allows for more airflow and better aerodynamics in the form of down force. Interior accents, LED this and Apple that, you get the picture. And of course those of you who are able to get the Club Sport package well good for you I guess. Fortunately the interior dimensions match that of the 991.1 so all harness bars, roll cages, etc. will convert over. All things considered it is a very handsome looking GT3. But, and this is a very big but, the next generation GT3 MUST be able to compete head to head with Ferrari and MB in the finishing’s department. Yes I know it is a track car built for men who don't even need AC! But when the price starts creeping up to the cost of a medical degree, well I am going to expect full leather as standard, and the choice of ANY color at no additional cost. Take note Germany.
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by Michael Tashjian
911R -I love you. Typically a phrase reserved for your wife, child, or mother, but
today many use it with the 2016 911R in mind. The new 911 R pays homage to the
911R of 1967 of which only 20 examples were produced. The 2016 911R had
production capped at 991 (of course), which makes it one of the rarest modern
models from Porsche. Every few years Porsche comes out with some sort of unique
911 with a catchy name like & "Design Edition" "Black Edition" "Millennium"
typically to clear out the model generation chassis/panels to make room for either
the facelift or completely new design. Enthusiasts and admirers alike take notice
when a badging in particular occurs, such as GT, RS, GTS, and obviously R. For
the past 25 years I personally have been waiting for a pure, honest, uncompromising
911 to hit the shelves of my local Porsche dealer. In the early 90's it was the RS
America and today it is the 911R. To say it was love at first site may be a stretch as
the allocations had already been filled an oddly enough I was not given one, I knew I
should have picked up a 918 with the Porsche financial 200 year payment plan.
Once I got over the initial depression of not expecting a delivery of a 911R I decided
to wait patiently to drive one. In the interim I spent my days drooling over images of the bucket seats and stripes down the hood. After many agonizing months of
waiting I finally had a client bring one by for a protective wrap and obvious invitation to test the car out together on the Grand Central. Before reverse was even engaged I knew this was the 911 for me. The rattling of the flywheel, raw unadulterated sound of the exhaust, and snug fitment of my athletic physic in the houndstooth upholstered bucket seat sold me to the tune of 200K over list at the time. Before things go form PG to rated R in my driving experience lets looks at some quick stats:
3021 lbs. -seriously they could not shave the 21 lbs. to make it an even number ;-)
4.0-liter engine from the GT3RS
8500 rpm down from 8800 on the GT3RS due to the
6 speed manual transmission
Auto Blip under sport mode for those of you with little feet
Carbon Front hood
Plexiglas rear and side windows (NON US)
19 produced and additional 4 prototypes
210 horsepower @ 8000 rpm
(1) Fitted with Sportomatic
Titanium connecting rods
Doors, fenders, hood fiberglass
No ashtrays or sun visors
Now back to the almost sexually explicit description of the first drive that may not be suitable for all readers. As I finally slide into first gear and released the clutch of
which is almost orgasmic, the car took off with more grace than any other Porsche I
have driven before. It was smooth but violent. Nervous but controlled. Sort of the
utopian environment described to you at a young age of which you equated only to
some girl named Mandy or Nicole. The scream from the 4.0 liter motor through the
exhaust is only comparable to “watching a movie” in the basement of your girlfriends house in high school. Brakes, well the PCCB is just perfect-nuf said. Driver comfort? Oddly enough it is like a Lexus with a tubular chassis and RS spyder
driving position coupled with a 959 sense of entitlement. The rest of the experience
I am holding onto as to share it would leave the readers blush. If/when at all possible get behind the wheel and I promise the experience will be ______. I LOVE THIS CAR.
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