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Cult Car Central status report- Porsche 993 GT3 mk1

CCC STATUS REPORT ON PORSCHE 911 GT3 MK 1

HISTORICAL FACTORS

It took Porsche 7 years to come up with another special 911 though not quite in the same vein as the 993 RS. The GT3 is a homologation special for the FIA GT3 races and though Mk 1 did not have a RS version it came in comfort and club sport versions.

Porsche's RS legacy (Part 2) : The Water Brigade

In 2004, Porsche makes the first water-cooled 996 GT3 RS after nearly ten years. The RS would no longer be twinned with a Touring: what was previously known as a 'Touring' would now be the 'basic' 381bhp GT3 with all the 'luxury' accoutrements. Introducing the 911 GT3 RS, Porsche once again offered a homologation model for racing in 2004 destined to thrill sports drivers the world over: The 996-version of the 911 GT3 RS was conceived as a street-legal thoroughbred racing car in accordance with FIA-N/GT and ACO Regulations – and once again, the focus in the development process was on an optimum power-to-weight ratio of jut 4.86 kg/kW.

Porsche's RS Legacy : Part 1

Porsche's Renn Sport Vision

Porsche's collection of RS models are not just marketing gimmicks. These cars are real FIA homologation specials, because Porsche seriously wanted to get into racing or keep on racing. No other manufacturer has had such a series of RS models.

CCC Status Report- Porsche 964 RS

CCC STATUS REPORT for Porsche 964 Carrera RS

HISTORICAL FACTORS

Porsche had made the 911 2.7 RS before the 964 RS and so continues a tradition of lightweight homologation specials. Porsche introduced the 964 RS in 1992 the second RS in Porsche's history.

80s Rock-Star : Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16

Cult Car Central revisits the Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 (W201)
Vital Statistics
Car: Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 (W201)
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Owners: 8
Original Registration: 1st November 1985
Mileage: >200k km
Revisited: 16th May 2010

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Ask most people from the PS3 generation about 'Cosworth' and this quick game of word association is likely to throw up models from the Japanese rice-rocket pantheon such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX/STI. More mature enthusiasts would associate the 'C' brand with fast Fords, since some of the most evocative Ford cars were touched by the UK-based performance company, such as the Sierra RS500 Cosworth (the original whale-tail spoiler), the Escort Cosworth and the Sierra Sapphire Cosworth.

Jim Bim : BMW M3 (E36) Re-visited

Cult Car Central revisits the BMW M3 Coupe (E36)
Vital Statistics
Car: BMW M3 Coupe (E36)
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Owners: 5
Original Registration: 1st July 1994
Mileage: 15+k km
Revisited: 1st April 2010

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In any (or rather, every) discussion concerning a past, current or future M3, the topic of the seminal E30 M3 inevitably rears its head. It doesn't matter if the discussion revolves around the E90/92, E46 or E36, there'll always be that voice in the back of the classroom that will bring up the E30.

White Noise : Honda S2000 (AP2)

Cult Car Central revisits the Honda S2000 (AP2)
Vital Statistics
Car: Honda S2000 (AP2)
Owners: 1
Original Registration: 5th September 2007
Mileage: 67+k km
Revisited: 25th May 2010

When the topic of FR (short for Front-engined Rear-wheel drive) roadsters is raised, the Mazda Miata MX-5, or Eunos Roadster, is invariably brought up, with whole armies of drivers and enthusiastic non-drivers alike pumping the air in affirmation of the little Mazda's status as roost ruler. As much as we can appreciate the first generation Miata (or NA) for what it offered (lightweight, no frills motoring, compactness and agililty), its time was pretty much over when the Honda S2000 appeared on the scene.

Hi-5s : Audi Ur-quattro & TT RS

Cult Car Central revisits the Audi Ur-quattro
Vital Statistics
Car: Audi Ur-quattro
Owners: 2
Original Registration: May 1985
Mileage: approx. 75,000 km
Revisited: 5th/8th June 2010

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In concept, the S5/RS 5 would probably have been the more appropriate car in terms of size to be driven back to back with the Ur-quattro, but we ultimately decided on the TT RS by virtue of its similarity in terms of engine configuration; both the Ur and the TT RS are animated by pretty charismatic turbocharged 5-cylinders.

Cult Cars central report- BMW M3

CCC STATUS REPORT

HISTORICAL FACTORS

Back in 1972 BMW created BMW Motorsport GmbH and was responsible for the creation of the M1, M535i, M5 and M635 CSi in a surge of self confidence and celebration by the engineers, a time when M meant Motorsport and not Marketing. Of course there is no denying this sub-brand of BMW is almost as renown and BMW itself and among the faithful even more so.

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