Geneva Motor Show 2010 – Porsche 918 hybrid spyder concept

Porsche spring a hybrid concept that isn’t a GT3 but a 918 The Porsche concept car is their interpretation of a hybrid sportscar. Nominally retro and recalling the famous racing car of the same number, it’s purpose in life is to give us Porsche performance with outstanding CO2 output and fuel efficiency. Claiming 70 grams […]

Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder Concept


Porsche spring a hybrid concept that isn’t a GT3 but a 918

The Porsche concept car is their interpretation of a hybrid sportscar.

Porsche 918 hybrid Concept with Walter Röhrl and Michael Mac

Nominally retro and recalling the famous racing car of the same number, it’s purpose in life is to give us Porsche performance with outstanding CO2 output and fuel efficiency. Claiming 70 grams CO2 per kilometre and fuel consumption to 3.0 litres/100 kilometres (94 mpg imp, this mid-engined two-seater combines the performance of a super-sports car with the CO2 emissions of a small compact. Porsche also claim that by combining both power sources they can eqaul the output of a V8! More tomorrow….

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Porsche will launch new top Turbo S 911 at Geneva show

Porsche will launch a new more powerful 911 Turbo at the Geneva Show next month. It’s an “S” model to distinguish itself from previous iterations, and packs an extra 30 BHP into it’s rear haunches to give it the power boost, which we all want! But do we? Is this just an excuse to have […]

New Porsche 911 Turbo S

New Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet


Porsche will launch a new more powerful 911 Turbo at the Geneva Show next month. It’s an “S” model to distinguish itself from previous iterations, and packs an extra 30 BHP into it’s rear haunches to give it the power boost, which we all want! But do we? Is this just an excuse to have a new model to present at the forthcoming show? Porsche as usual, are playing the power upgrade route to keep them at the top of the pecking order. However that’s not good enough in itself: Porsche claim they achieve this extra output without increasing fuel consumption and add a 7 speed PDK gearbox and extra gizmos to counter the torque effects of all that power behind the driveline. That’s only 6 months between the launch of the seventh gen 911 Turbo at last year’s Frankfurt Show and this Turbo S.


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Ultimate Drives – We sample their Alpine driving breaks

Fancy zapping a few Swiss mountain passes in a Ferrari ? That’s what we did. This is the time of year when winter is wearing thin and you hanker for warmer climes and summer adventures. Planning your annual summer holiday is fun and a sure fire way to lose the winter blues, but it’s months […]

blasting through the Urnerboden basin in Ferrari 599GTB


Fancy zapping a few Swiss mountain passes in a Ferrari ? That’s what we did. This is the time of year when winter is wearing thin and you hanker for warmer climes and summer adventures. Planning your annual summer holiday is fun and a sure fire way to lose the winter blues, but it’s months away…. How about a short break, a fillip of sustenance for the soul. Why not take a driving mini-tour in Switzerland, touring the soaring Alpine peaks and passes. Need transport to match the mountainous magnificence: a Porsche 911 Turbo or Cayenne, a Ferrari F430 or F599GTB, Maserati GT? But where to hire? What about insurance? Where to stay? It’s no problem organising all this yourself online, but think about this: you could easily spend as long surfing, checking airlines, filling in forms, researching routes as your actual short break. This is where Ultimate Drives steps in with prepared itineraries including choice of car to match your budget, routes pre-programmed into your satnav, hotels vetted and booked.


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Porsche GT3 R FIA Racer launched

Porsche just launched their new GT3 R racer. This a special race edition of the already hard core road going/trackday car, designed to appeal to (rich) amateur racers, yet fully meeting FIA GT3 regulations. Porsche’s stand at the Autosport Racing Car show was buzzing with interest, and we are told that the GT3 R’s have […]

Porsche GT3 R launched at Autosport Racing Car Show

Porsche just launched their new GT3 R racer. This a special race edition of the already hard core road going/trackday car, designed to appeal to (rich) amateur racers, yet fully meeting FIA GT3 regulations. Porsche’s stand at the Autosport Racing Car show was buzzing with interest, and we are told that the GT3 R’s have nearly all been bagged already. It’s yours for a cool 279,000 euros in basic trim…

Porsche GT3 R

It looks a racer if every respect, harking back to earlier Le Mans entries with it’s bolt on rear arches, massive rear wing, single vertical wiper, quick-fill fuel nozzle. Inside all vestiges of the road car are gone. The cockpit is dominated by it’s quick release steering wheel and massive sequential gear stick. It’s yours for a cool 279,000 euros in basic trim without taxes…

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Motormouse: drive a Porsche on your desktop

Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer […]

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse

Motormouse Porsche shaped wireless computer mouse


Treat your PC to a Porsche this Christmas ! The weather’s foul, the roads icy; what better time to stay indoors and surf the internet. To keep you company on the journey through the web, why not splash out on your very own PC Porsche? Not only will it remain under your control, but steer you through cyberspace with style and aplomb. This season’s must-have gadget comes to you from Motormouse, a startup company that sealed it’s success by wooing investor James Caan on BBC’s Dragon’s Den TV programme.

Our silver sample came complete with a signed card by James Caan, but this is not standard, available or included in the price, but a special surprise as we picked up our motormouse from the sellers’ stand at the Earls Court MPH Show.

The packaging quality and style convinced us immediately that this was a pukka product. opening the box confirmed this was more than skin deep. Reaching in and grabbing the car, you instinctively want to push it along your desk to see how well it glides, and turn it over to inspect the pull-back motor. Hang on, this is a mouse, not scale model ! Inserting the 2 AAA alkalines provided, adds to the expectancy of self-propulsion, but a USB wireless dongle, which you store in a recess in the boot breaks the spell, and brings you back to reality…or virtual reality?!

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Cool new Porsche Boxter Spyder

Porsche release details of their new Boxster Spyder If you are still trying to get over the shock of the Panamera, feast your eyes here on Porsche’s newest offering: the Boxtser Spyder. Rejoice: this is what Porsche enthusiasts will salivate over. Launching at Los Angeles Motor Show in December, it harks back to the original […]

Porsche release details of their new Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster Spyder

Porsche Boxster Spyder


If you are still trying to get over the shock of the Panamera, feast your eyes here on Porsche’s newest offering: the Boxtser Spyder. Rejoice: this is what Porsche enthusiasts will salivate over. Launching at Los Angeles Motor Show in December, it harks back to the original 550 Spyder, while hinting at the rather more recent Carrera GT. At last a minimalist, lightweight sportscar to drool over. Porsche’s lightest offering in the range at 1275 kg, will zing to 100 kmh in 4.8 secs, using it’s 10 bhp advantage over the standard Boxster S’s to get there in a blinding flash. Before you get too excited about it’s lack of lagging lead, consider this: the original 550 weighed a mere 550 kg….

Porsche Boxter Spyder with tent and awning

Porsche Boxter Spyder with tent and awning

Clearly though, it’s aimed at rain-free climates as the aesthetics go awol once the tent contraption of a roof is erected over the beautiful, Carrera-GT-like rump. You won’t want to be seen driving around with the canvas up, complete with sun-awning (BBQ anyone?!)

Porsche Boxter Spyder showing Carrera GT like rear deck

Porsche Boxter Spyder showing Carrera GT like rear deck

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Drift X170 Headcam review – film your car, bike, kart…

Since we reviewed vHoldr’s ContourHD headcam last month, Drift have brought their new X170 offering to the market. Whilst it’s not the first to feature a super-wide 170º lens, it offers a colour LCD to frame the view and adjust settings. This is really good news for reviewing footage with your mates after filming. Before […]

Drift X170 mounted on Porsche nose

Drift X170 mounted on Porsche nose

Since we reviewed vHoldr’s ContourHD headcam last month, Drift have brought their new X170 offering to the market. Whilst it’s not the first to feature a super-wide 170º lens, it offers a colour LCD to frame the view and adjust settings. This is really good news for reviewing footage with your mates after filming. Before going any further we should point out though, that this headcam doesn’t shoot HD, not even semi HD, but plain old 720×576/480 4:3 footage (both PAL and NTSC flavours). This has been fine so far and the norm in this market, but things are moving on rapidly and any camera, be it point and shoot, or video camera, needs to at least shoot 1280×720 HD to look good on our latest widescreen TVs and computer monitors.

We took the X170 for a bit of Club 100 karting first: the supplied headstrap was tightened to maximum and slipped over our racing suit around the lower leg, just below the knee. We then used the goggle strap mount and slipped in the camera pointing back at the driver. After warnings from the kart mechanics that headcams always fall off due to vibration, we decided to add some gaffer tape just to be sure; this camera is kindly on loan from actioncameras.co.uk , so better not get it mangled by 18 karts running it over!

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2009 IAA Frankfurt Auto / Motor Show – day1 – Porsche GT3 RS

On the Porsche stand, the main car in the spotlight is the new Convertible 911 Turbo and its sister Coupe. Behind those is the ungainly new Panamera, but our attention was grabbed by the 911 GT3 RS, which really sets the pulse racing. Racing of course is the idea, as GT3’s tend to be a […]

On the Porsche stand, the main car in the spotlight is the new Convertible 911 Turbo and its sister Coupe. Behind those is the ungainly new Panamera, but our attention was grabbed by the 911 GT3 RS, which really sets the pulse racing. Racing of course is the idea, as GT3’s tend to be a bit harsh for everyday driving, but serve up some of the best driving experiences around, especially for trackdays.

Porsche GT3 RS

Porsche GT3 RS

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New Porsche 911 Turbo coming to Frankfurt Show

If we told you there’s yet another new version of the Porsche 911 Turbo being launched at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, you wouldn’t exactly be surprised, or ecstatic. Porsche’s history with the 911, is one of gradual incremental increase’s in power, refinement and handling. But the package has remained so compelling over the years, that […]

Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo


If we told you there’s yet another new version of the Porsche 911 Turbo being launched at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, you wouldn’t exactly be surprised, or ecstatic. Porsche’s history with the 911, is one of gradual incremental increase’s in power, refinement and handling. But the package has remained so compelling over the years, that this, seventh iteration is welcome news and just what the converted will lap up. Those expecting radical news will have to do with the fact that the engine has had a complete revamp. In fact it’s completely new; a first in the 35 year history of the beast.

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