The brand new Porsche 911 GT3 has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and fans across the world are salivating at the prospect of getting behind the wheel. That’s because this new thoroughbred features a naturally aspirated 4.0L engine developing 493bhp, can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and offers a top speed of 318km/h. Enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that a manual gearbox option returns – the outgoing model featured flappy paddles only, which led to some disgruntled drivers.
Hybrid technology, for the most part, tends to be associated with more sensible, environmentally friendly vehicles like the best-selling Toyota Prius, which focuses on better fuel consumption and cleaner driving.
But reducing your carbon footprint isn’t necessarily on the minds of all car manufacturers – icons like Ferrari or McLaren are using hybrid technology not for fuel efficiency, but as a tool to make their heart-racing vehicles go even faster.
Some people are often surprised to learn that their favourite supercar brands also produce vehicles that are more at home in a field. The first Lamborghinis, for example, were tractors, and are still manufactured today (after approaching Ferrari about a broken clutch on one of his cars, Ferruccio Lamborghini was told that as a tractor manufacturer he couldn’t know anything about sports cars, a mistake that led Lamborghini to peruse the creation of the perfect grand tourer). Then there’s Aston Martin, which was acquired by Sir David Brown, founder of a company of the same name that began manufacturing tractors with Harry Ferguson in 1936. Brown later purchased Aston Martin in 1947 and, although the two companies are no long aligned, what has become known as the ‘David Brown era’ saw the production of the famed DB series, the best known of which is probably the DB5.
Porsche falls under the same category. Their older tractors are quite rare, and quite expensive if they’re in good condition – late last year a lovingly restored 1959 Porsche Master 419 was put on sale via Done Deal for €49,500.
If you’ve just spent over $100,000 on a car, you hope that it will at the very least get you out of the driveway, and preferably down the road as well.
Someone has, however, dropped that large sum of money – $106,110,000 to be exact – on a 1:1 full-sized replica (minus drivetrain) of the Porsche 919 Hybrid (2014 edition), which was recently sold by the company via eBay. With just 13 replicas in existence, it’s the first one of its kind to find its way into private hands – generally speaking these models don’t leave the factory.
According the description: “The model car also includes the original signatures of the six Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers that participated at Le Mans 2014 and the WEC 2014 — Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber, Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. This is a unique opportunity for a collector, Porsche enthusiast, museum or other public place to obtain this piece.”
The real version of the car features a turbocharged 2.0L V4 engine, paired with a lithium ion battery for energy recovery. Producing around 500hp and with a top speed of 340km/h, it made its competitive debut in the 2014 season at 6 Hours of Silverstone. Proceeds from the auction are going to the SportCares Foundation and Movement, based in Singapore, which was established to improve people’s lives “using sport as a force for social good.”
Although it’s ‘non-functional’, the model does features nifty livery, rotating front wheels and plug in lights. And, if you’ve got a big wall with plenty of free space, it can be wall-mounted. Totally worth it.
A Chinese driver managed to destroy her £50k Porsche Boxster – moments after leaving the dealership. Ping Ch’ang had just picked up her new Porsche from a showroom in Shenyang when she apparently confused the accelerator with the brake, and promptly shot forward into queue of cars waiting at the traffic lights.
Salesman Qiang Chiu was undoubtedly a little surprised. “”We were still waving her goodbye when she shot forward and there was a tremendous bang,” he said, according to the Mirror. “We’d warned her that it was a very powerful car.”
Chinese police have said that as all other cars were stopped, the Porsche driver is responsible, and will have to foot the bill for repairs for all cars involved, and compensation to the drivers, said to be around £150k overall.
Luckily, there were no injuries in the accident (except for the driver’s pride) and for the meantime, the broken Boxster is back at the garage as mechanics attempt to undertake extensive repairs. At least it didn’t have far to go.