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Rugby player David Flatman is a customer of ours and a thoroughly nice bloke. He’s recently retired from rugby after a successful career playing for Bath and England, and is now Communications Director for Bath Rugby. The club has also granted David a Testimonial Year, which gives him a chance to raise money for charities close to his heart. David’s chosen to support The Down’s Syndrome Association, The Burned Children’s Club and Help For Heroes. Please click here for more details of David Flatman’s fundraising.
This weekend, I found myself on a five-hour drive in a Porsche 993 with a non-working radio. Or at least, a radio I couldn’t get to work. It reminded me of a story on the BBC news website about how we’ve got so used to ‘noise’; meaning that we are constantly exposed to external stimulus from television, radio, iPods and so on. In fact, the term ‘noise’ was misleading as the report was more about such stimulus rather than simply background noise. The article suggested that, not so many years ago, silence was the norm for most people, whereas now […]
Here’s a great little video about, Achim Andscheidt, Bugatti’s Head of Design and his personal Porsche 911 project. It’s a backdated 911SC that’s been stripped out and fitted with Kevlar panels, to give an overall weight of just 820kg! Well worth watching.
What’s the fastest accelerating Porsche? The question was asked on Twitter and my first thought was ‘997 GT2 RS’ which hits 62mph (100kmh) in just 3.5 seconds. However, the 997 Turbo S just beats it with a time of 3.3 seconds. That said, the GT2 RS does take the gong for top speed, with an outrageous figure of 205mph. And because the Turbo S has a PDK automatic transmission and Launch Control, anyone can jump in and achieve something close to that figure. I drove one to the Isle of Man a couple of years ago and had a memorable […]
There’s been some chat on the internet about modern cars being too good and depriving the driver of feedback and involvement. There’s nothing new about this – people have been complaining about Porsches becoming less involving and lacking in that elusive quality called character for many years. Take the Porsche 911, for instance. It’s been with us since 1963 and each time Porsche has updated it, purists have grumbled into their beards. It all started back in 1969 when Porsche increased the 911’s wheelbase by 57mm to improve the car’s wayward handling; of course, some people claimed that this destroyed […]