Tips for Long-Term Vehicle Storage
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.
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