The last Porsche 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine went out of production 20 years ago, but the craftsman at Porsche Classic have taken a body shell from the 993 generation and spent 1.5 years assembling “Project Gold” (based on the Golden Yellow Metallic paint used), a car with a new 450-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat six, the same output of the circa 1998 vehicle. They went into the parts shelves that Porsche Classic has dedicated to the 993-generation vehicles—of which there are approximately 6,500 parts—and picked out the manual transmission and the all-wheel-drive system for the car.
The original 911 Turbo of the 993 was the first with a twin-turbo engine and it features an aluminum chassis.
Project Gold work was performed in Stuttgart, with work performed both inside and out of the vehicle by personnel at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
The bodyshell underwent a cathodic dip coating process as all Porsches built today do.
Although the car runs, it isn’t street legal, so operation is limited to private tracks.
The vehicle will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on October 27, 2018, with proceeds donated to the Ferry Porsche Foundation.
It is worth noting that there were just 345 911 Turbo S models with the 450-hp engine produced by the time it went out of production in 1998.
Although this is the 346th, it is really one-of-a-kind.
PPG's Application Development Center has cooked up a number of new recipes for powder coating, from changing color on the fly to cutting drying time. The company hopes the new processes will drop more than over spray to the bottom line.
Whether it is abrasive material used in paint shops or filters cleaning the air coming into the cabins of vehicles, 3M technology is there. The company has long been a supplier to the auto industry—to both OEMs and other suppliers—and the executive director of the firm's Automotive Industry Center, Tom Beddow, is interested in increasing its role.
On Tuesday Ford unveiled—using the social media channels of actor Dwayne Johnson (this has got to unnerve some of the auto buff book editors)—the 2018 Mustang, which has undergone some modifications: under the hood (the 3.7-liter V6 is giving way to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, and a 10-speed automatic is available), on the dash (a 12-inch, all-digital LCD screen is available for the dashboard), at the tires (12 wheel choices), on the chassis (MagneRide damper technology is being offered with the Mustang Performance Package), and on the exterior (three new paint colors). And while on the subject of the exterior, there are some notable changes—a lower, remodeled hood, repositioned hood vents, new upper and lower front grilles, LED front lights, revised LED taillamps, new rear bumper and fascia.