eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion™ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:42:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 LA Auto Show 2014 http://egarage.com/current-interests/la-auto-show-2014/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/la-auto-show-2014/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:46:08 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14494 LA Auto Show 2014 had a solid mix of new concepts, updated production cars, and existing production cars. Attendance numbers seem to be climbing every year, and there is no shortage of great cars for attendees to experience.

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This year is fairly typical for the LA Auto Show, there is a solid mix of new concepts, updated production cars, and existing production cars. Attendance numbers seem to be climbing every year, and there is no shortage of great cars for attendees to experience. Here are some of the main points that stood out from this year’s edition of the LA Auto Show:

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Huge Car Market

Southern California is one of the world’s largest car markets because of the amount of people, lack of speedy transportation alternatives, and the year-round summer-like weather. Many automakers announced it is definitely one of their largest for sales.

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Updates to Brand Staples

With Southern California accounting for such a large portion of national car sales, it would make sense that some of the most popular cars in these areas would debut here. Most of this year’s unveilings are updates to SoCal staples such as the Volvo xc90, the Ford F150, the x5m and x6m, and the Mercedes C63amg.

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Concepts

On the concept front, easily the most significant showing is the Audi prologue concept, a car with packaging similar to that of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. It features an evolutionary new design language, thus the name “prologue,” that audi plans to carry over to the other cars in the fleet.

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On another note, this has to be one of the strongest showings of American cars in recent memory. Finally, each American car company has a solid lineup of cars with great prices, performance, and better build quality. The Germans will definitely be on watch with new arrivals such as the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe and Sedan, the Corvette Z06, the Chevrolet Charger and Challenger hellcat, and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. All have sophisticated styling, a whole new tier of quality (compared to past American cars), and a performance-to-price ratio unmatched by just about anyone.


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2014 Dix Mille Tours http://egarage.com/events/2014-dix-mille-tours/ http://egarage.com/events/2014-dix-mille-tours/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:26:03 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14450 If you are one that believes life begins at 10000 RPM, the Dix Mille Tours is made for you. With 6 categories of cars there's something appealing for every taste.

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Les 10000 Tours du Castellet is an unmissable event organized every year in October by Peter Auto, and already a worldwide reference in revival car events. This year again the Paul Ricard HTTT racetrack welcomed many legendary cars and attracted a lot of car enthusiasts.

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If you are one that believes life begins at 10000 RPM, this event is made for you. The variety of cars has always attracted me starting back in 2010 when I discovered this wonderful event. With 6 categories of cars there’s something appealing for every taste. And each year Peter Auto (the organizer) brings us a new category. What more could anyone want?

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For the Ferrari and Italian sport & GT cars lovers you’ll have to focus on the Trofeo Nastro Rosso: The Trofeo, born in 2010 as Trofeo Nastro Rosso, is dedicated to Italian Sports and GTs from the late fifties until 1965. Favouring the quality of its cars and fair play on the track, the Trofeo offers a unique occasion to see the golden age icons of the great transalpine cars, and clearly intends to be the meetings’ highlight.

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It’s a great opportunity to see some beautiful and legendary cars like the Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Ferrari 275 GTB, Ferrari 250 LM, Maserati 300S, Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, etc.

PICTURE 06 2014 Dix Mille ToursPICTURE 07 2014 Dix Mille ToursFor those who prefer the endurance & sport­prototype cars, the Group C category is the answer to your wish: Jaguar, Porsche, Argo, Cheetah, March, Spice, Tiga, Aston-Martin, Mazda, Ford, Nissan, Sauber­Mercedes, Lancia, Ada et Vescanda are the brands gathered by Bob Berridge, Head of the Group C/GTP Racing Department, to form an exceptional well stocked grid which delights the spectators.

PICTURE 08 2014 Dix Mille Tours With a one hour race, the Group C respects the endurance racing element and allows two drivers to share the wheel. At the same time, the race format also allows a single driver to race . Stars of this class are without doubt the Mercedes Sauber C11 and the Nissan R90CK.

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With another category comes another spirit, the Classic Endurance Racing category created in 2004 by Peter Auto. The goal is to sustain the return of endurance with classic cars: C.E.R echoes a period (from 1966 to 1979) when endurance racing was reigning over motorsport. A glorious period of the Ford GT40, Porsche 910, Ferrari 512 BB LM, etc. and their drivers : Jacky Ickx, Henri Pescarolo, Gérard Larrousse.

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Their playground was not limited to the extraordinary 24 Hours of LeMans, but spread over the greatest European circuits in the scope of the World Sports Car Championship. Classic Endurance Racing, which revives the passion of Endurance racing, is much more than a historical reminder. With full starting grids, some 50 cars among which Porsche 935, BMW M1, Lola T70, Ferrari 512 BBLM and drivers wishing to honor the fabulous history of their machines, the show is guaranteed.

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The next class is Sixties Endurance, for pre-63 Sports and pre-66 GT. It offers a wonderful occasion to admire all icons of the world championship at the time.  The challengers are AC Cobras, Jaguar E-Type, Porsche 911, etc.

PICTURE 14 2014 Dix Mille Tours Every year, Peter Auto brings a new category and I’m always waiting to read what’s new each year. 2014 was a great surprise with the launch of Heritage Touring Cup and Touring Cars ­ U2TC (Under 2000cc Tourism Cars).

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The brand new Heritage Touring Cup was born from the success met by the Spa Endurance Tourisme grid. The Heritage Touring Cup echoes the glorious times (1966-1984) of the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). The manufacturers battled for glory: BMW and their 3.0 CSL or 635csi, Ford with the Escort and Capri as well as Jaguar with the XJ12C Broadspeed followed by the TWR XJ-S to name a few. This is certainly an era and a style promising some great track action.

PICTURE 16 2014 Dix Mille Tours U2TC is a series for pre-1966 under-two-litre Touring Cars that encourages authentic period cars and high driving standards. It celebrates the very beginnings of the European Touring Car Championship which would become today’s WTCC as a World Championship when the smaller cars were the regular winners. It is a great crowd pleaser, as the evenly-matched cars are driven in joyful and exuberant sideways style recalling the great Alfa, BMW and Ford duels of the early ‘60s, with always the threat of the nimble Minis. Over the last eight years, U2TC has developed into one of the most highly competitive series in historic racing.

PICTURE 17 2014 Dix Mille ToursThis event brings a great mix a people, from those who want to see the cars of their youth or those who come to a racetrack for the first time. Most of them find each other in the paddocks but some stay into the general enclosure, which was free, and the biggest joy of the spectators.

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The atmosphere in the paddocks is something you need to feel. Of course it can be less interesting for some than the actual racetrack but it’s a very important place swarming with people. The 10000 Tours staff distributes programs, some people just walk and look and photograph at the cars, and the staff prep and clean the cars.

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It’s the place where the teams take care of the cars, repairing it, cleaning it, etc. You will find drivers who are concentrating on their next race either in the pits or in their motorhomes, the tension is tangible.

Whether it be to enjoy the great and varied cars from this event or just to enjoy a good weekend under the warm sun of South of France, you need to come one day to enjoy the Dix Mille Tours.

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2014 SEMA Show http://egarage.com/events/2014-sema-show/ http://egarage.com/events/2014-sema-show/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:57:51 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14406 Customization is the name of the game at SEMA. SEMA Show 2014 was no different, with a vast selection of highly customized domestics and imports, as well as a myriad of intensely modified trucks. It seemed like no car was immune from over
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SEMA Show 20149 2014 SEMA ShowThe automotive industry gathers around two events every year: For new cars, manufacturers, and classics, the Monterey Car Week is the most import event of the year; but for the world of tuners, body kits, wheels, exhausts, and any company specifying in aftermarket modification, the SEMA show in Las Vegas is the ‘must go to’ event.

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SEMA Show 20142 2014 SEMA Show While manufacturers use SEMA to promote new cars and concepts, the point of the show is to celebrate the aftermarket automotive enthusiast. Customization is the name of the game at SEMA. SEMA Show 2014 was no different, with a vast selection of highly customized domestics and imports, as well as a myriad of intensely modified trucks, from pure off-roading purposes to whacky mooncrawler-esque concepts. It seemed like no car was immune from over fenders, and 1 light bar was never enough.

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Bigger was definitely better this year as everything seemed larger than life. Fitting…after all we’re in Vegas people! We’re talking trucks on top of trucks, exhaust tips bigger than children, and wheels that could double as spares on construction equipment.

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A special first for us this year was seeing our videos being played on the floor at the big show. Per usual, our friends at AccuAir had so much slammed goodness all over the show this year but we were hit right in the feels when we saw our video showcased in their booth. Thanks guys.

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Also, Magnus Walker in the Mobil 1 display was showing a recent eGarage video on loop and we’re excited for future collaborations with the “Porschephile for the People”. Can anyone spot the eGarage sticker in the picture?

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The Hoonigan Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn”, piloted by Ken Block in a continuation of his gymkhana viral videos, shocked and awed with 850 AWD HP, super cool Fifteen52 wheels, and amazing attention to apocalyptic detail.

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Another example of American muscle present at SEMA was “The Truth”, my own archetype of eGarage UNFVCKWITHABLE-ness – a 1969 Camaro combining a Nelson Racing Engines 2000hp heart with the now infamous Roadster Shop craftsmanship. Hats off to the RS boys for laying it all out this year.

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Our friends at HRE Wheels brought the heat with the only Porsche 918 at the show reminding us that the right bone stock car can be just as impressive as the most highly modified one.

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Whether you are a company producing aftermarket lighting or wheels, WIDE body kits or custom interior rebuilds, or just a simple enthusiast looking to personalize your automotive experience, SEMA is all about what happens when dedicated enthusiasts go wild.

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The New BMW X5 M and X6 M http://egarage.com/current-interests/new-bmw-x5-m-x6-m/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/new-bmw-x5-m-x6-m/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:37:05 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14391 Introducing the new BMW X5 M and X6 M. BMW’s sporty M division is once more fused with all-roads, and all-weather capability with the introduction of the second-generation X5 M and X6 M.
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The ultra-high performance coupled with exceptional fuel efficiency that characterizes every car from BMW’s sporty M division is once more fused with all-roads, and all-weather capability with the introduction of the second-generation X5 M and X6 M. Compared to the 2009 models which they succeed, they bring improvements of up to 10 per cent in power, torque and performance while lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by over 20 per cent.

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A new 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with two TwinScroll turbochargers powers both models. With outputs of 575 hp and 750 Nm, it is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for four-wheel-drive vehicles. It is linked to a newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission now featuring Drivelogic. The cars’ outstanding driving dynamics benefit from specific tuning by BMW M, while their bespoke interior and exterior designs blend sportiness, luxury and functionality.

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The bare figures for the new BMW 4.4-litre V8 engine in the X5 M and X6 M are impressive enough in themselves, but they tell only half the story. This new power unit develops its maximum 575 hp – four per cent more than the engine in the previous models – from 6,000 to 6,500 rpm, while peak torque of 750 Nm (a gain of 10 per cent) is available from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. This combination of high-revving capability with linear, rapid response is thanks to the engine’s innovative M TwinPower Turbo technologies, which include cross-bank exhaust manifolds, two TwinScroll turbochargers, direct fuel injection working at a pressure of up to 200 bar, and VALVETRONIC variable valve control.

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These technologies, in combination with the newly developed eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic, ensure performance more than meets the expectations of a car from BMW M while at the same time demonstrating exceptional fuel efficiency. The X5 M and X6 M accelerate from 0-62 mph in a supercar-equaling 4.2 seconds, but in normal road driving they are capable of 25.4 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 258 g/km – reductions of over 20 per cent compared to the previous models.

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The new four-wheel-drive M models now feature an optimized DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system that permits an even more dynamic driving style and includes the additional safety functions Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation and Start-Off Assistant. DSC now allows three driving modes – DSC on, in which case the electronic systems provide maximum help to maintain stability; M Dynamic Mode (MDM), which allows some mild drifting before the electronics come to the driver’s assistance; and DSC off, which intervenes only in the most extreme circumstances.

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The interiors exude sporting luxury. There is an M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M gearshift lever, an M Drive menu in the information display and M Drive buttons on the steering wheel. The M front sports seats, like the rest of the upholstery, are trimmed in fine-grain Merino leather with contrast stitching, and there are embossed M logos. Doorsill strips with model lettering, aluminum interior trim strips, and an anthracite-colored roof liner from BMW Individual adds further touches of sporting exclusivity.

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The Truth: SEMA 2014 http://egarage.com/car-profiles/the-truth-sema-2014/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/the-truth-sema-2014/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 04:33:56 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14372 The Truth - 2,000 HP eGarage Camaro built by the Roadster Shop blends exotic supercar styling with brute power and performance. The extensively modified body has transformed the iconic 1969 Camaro into a modern supercar. Every area of the build features 1-off handmade or machined components with styling cues on par with today’s high end exotics.

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“The Truth” 2,000 HP eGarage Camaro built by the Roadster Shop blends exotic supercar styling with brute power and performance. 

The Truth8 The Truth: SEMA 2014The extensively modified body has transformed the iconic 1969 Camaro into a modern supercar.  Every area of the build features 1-off handmade or machined components with styling cues on par with today’s high end exotics. 

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Nelson Racing Engines built the heart of this monster with a twin turbo 572 big block Chevy engine that produces over 2,000 HP. The engine features a NRE billet “Alien” intake and twin NRE mirror image 88mm turbos.

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The Truth aggressively sits on 19 and 20 inch HRE wheels wrapped in Michelin Super Sport rubber.

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The car will be on display at the SEMA show in the Main Hall at the Atech Motorsports booth # 22531.

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One Ride: Invincible Boats http://egarage.com/videos/one-ride-invincible-boats/ http://egarage.com/videos/one-ride-invincible-boats/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:37 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14364 Invincible is a prominent boat builder in South Florida with a patented hull design. eGarage produced this video unveiling their new model being released at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

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Invincible is a prominent boat builder in South Florida with a patented hull design. eGarage produced this video unveiling their new model being released at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

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McLaren P1 GTR Test http://egarage.com/current-interests/mclaren-p1-gtr/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/mclaren-p1-gtr/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:41:08 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14349 The McLaren P1 has 903 horsepower, and apparently that is not enough. The new track-focused P1 GTR will have 986 horsepower, as well as being stripped down to the essentials.

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McLaren P1 GTR Test: A little More Than a Car

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The McLaren P1 has 903 horsepower, and apparently that is not enough. The new track-focused P1 GTR will have 986 horsepower, as well as being stripped down to the essentials. A criticism of today’s automotive industry is that as cars become more and more powerful, it becomes increasingly difficult to get the best performance out of the car; they are simply too fast for the every-day millionaire. McLaren, however, has addressed this criticism with what each lucky owner of a P1 GTR will receive (in addition to the car): the McLaren Driver Program.
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The McLaren Driver Program allows each owner nearly unrestricted access to the incredibly secretive world of McLaren development. Starting out, owners will have access to the McLaren driving simulator, allowing them to become comfortable with the car and its limits before ever buckling in. Another aspect of the McLaren Driver Program will be a physical, and mental, training course to help owners prepare for the real-life P1 GTR. This program is very similar to what McLaren F1 drivers and young drivers go through.
Perhaps the sweetest treat in the P1 GTR package is the opportunity to attend six different Formula 1 circuits while having a personal driving instructor, engineer, and pit team there to help you learn the track, as well as the car.

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It is definitely a smart move, for McLaren as well as the owners, to have this training program instead of just handing over the keys to a near-1000hp street-legal GT racecar. Not only does this program train the owners how to get the most out of their car, but also it establishes a new relationship between manufacturer and client that will hopefully be mimicked in such depth by many other manufacturers.

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As mentioned above, the P1 GTR is not only remarkably more powerful than the P1, but lighter than the stock car. Judging from these recently released pictures of the interior, McLaren has removed nearly everything from the P1s interior, fitting a racing steering wheel and carbon fiber bucket seats in order to maximize weight reduction and create easily controlled driver functions. McLaren P1 GTR test 01 McLaren P1 GTR Test

“With the McLaren P1 GTR Driver Program, we have aimed to do something different, very much like the way we operate the rest of the business. We don’t follow the trends. Our road cars are different to our competitors, so too will be our driving program.” Chris Goodwin, Chief Test Driver for McLaren Automotive.

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Cruising My Religion http://egarage.com/videos/cruising-religion/ http://egarage.com/videos/cruising-religion/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:18:07 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14342 eGarage recently caught up with our friend Magnus Walker to check out his new ride.  Built in six weeks from a former track car, this outlawed 1978 SCHR is his example of a Porsche 911 that can be easily attained and personalized without breaking the bank.

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eGarage recently caught up with our friend Magnus Walker to check out his new ride.  Built in six weeks from a former track car, this outlawed 1978 SCHR is his example of a Porsche 911 that can be easily attained and personalized without breaking the bank.

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Porsche Unexpected http://egarage.com/videos/ingram-collection-porsche-unexpected/ http://egarage.com/videos/ingram-collection-porsche-unexpected/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:01:55 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14338 eGarage was lucky enough to spend time in Napa Valley with incredible Porsches from the Ingram Collection in advance of the release of their new book. Watch the video for brief highlights from the Ingram Collection’s ‘Porsche Unexpected’. Buy the book here: www.RoadScholars.com

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eGarage was lucky enough to spend time in Napa Valley with incredible Porsches from the Ingram Collection in advance of the release of their new book. Watch the video for brief highlights from the Ingram Collection’s ‘Porsche Unexpected’.
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Porsche Enlightenment http://egarage.com/car-profiles/porsche-enlightenment/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/porsche-enlightenment/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:42:27 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14213 Even though I had been very much into cars from a very young age thanks to movies like ‘Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit” I was not ever sure what my photography niche was. In my early 20's, I started to photograph cars more, paying careful attention to different shapes, lines and details, while learning more about each brand, and their respective following.

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Words and Photos: Bill Haleen 

When I first became interested in photography, I would photograph anything and everything, I really enjoyed the artistic outlet and loved time in the dark room developing my images. Even though I had been very much into cars from a very young age thanks to movies like ‘Cannonball Run” and “Smokey and the Bandit” I was not ever sure what my photography niche was. In my early 20’s, I started to photograph cars more, paying careful attention to different shapes, lines and details, while learning more about each brand, and their respective following.

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Producing a sports car for 50 years and retaining an almost identical shape and engine layout is unheard of. No car manufacturer has done such a thing except Porsche with its beloved 911. The car has not really changed much over the years, what it has actually done, is evolved.

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I was fortunate enough to purchase my very own Porsche 911 in 2012, a lightly used 2004 Carrera 4S and I have been hooked on 911’s ever since. It was then that I found my photography niche, turns out I was always a automotive photographer. I just needed the right car to give me the perspective and the inspiration I had been searching for. I find photographing Porsche 911’s of any year almost effortless, nothing else I have ever photographed comes more naturally.

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This 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S was no exception, the minute I saw the car at the local Porsche dealership a few weeks back I knew I had to wrap my lens around it. It’s rare birch green paint (first introduced on a 911 in 1974) pops like almost no other color. This presented a challenge as the color is difficult to photograph
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This 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S is one of the most powerful production cars Porsche has ever offered. It boasts a 560 horsepower flat six with a PDK dual clutch transmission that is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. This is supercar performance from a car you can easily drive every single day. In comparison, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse accomplishes 0 to 60 mph in the same 2.6 seconds but costs 1.9 million dollars and has over double the horsepower of the Porsche. When you think of it in those terms the Porsche 911 Turbo S seems like a steal of a deal at $205,000.

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The car has grown as has its cabin. It is easy to get in and out of and it is extremely comfortable. If you drive the car in a docile fashion you may be fooled into believing you are driving a luxury car or a grand tourer. When you lean on that accelerator or get a little spirited in a turn everything changes, as if a switch flips and this car goes from extreme comfort to pure excitement. I can tell you from personal experience, having driven dozens of 911’s of almost every generation, the Porsche 991 is without a doubt the most true to life daily driver 911 to date.

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