Legendary “Air-Cooled” 993 Chassis – Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Side Profile (w/wide 285/30 ZR18 rear tires)

Factory Xenon Headlights and OEM Red Brake Calipers

Performance:

  • 0 to 60 mph: 4.9 seconds
  • Quarter Mile: 13.5 seconds @ 102 MPH
  • Braking 70 to 0 mph: 161 feet
  • Skidpad: 0.87 g
  • Horsepower: 282 @ 6300 rpm
  • Torque (lb-ft): 250 @ 5250 rpm

Enter the legendary 993 Porsche 911, the last of the air-cooled 911 coupes, “targas”, and convertibles. Such examples are known for their heavy, hydraulic steering and light-weight handling that is uninterrupted by severe electronic aid and interference. Of course, the benefits of “traction control” (which is an engine management system that limits power sent to the wheels) are certainly notable, especially for saving the vehicle from losing control and possibly crashing. In fact, this model was available with one of the first traction control systems from Germany, the Porsche Automatic Brake Differential (ABD). This system manipulates power sent from left to right wheels (rear wheels only in the C2 and C2S) allowing the vehicle to be controlled more directly by the driver. Today’s traction control systems make sure that minimal to no wheel slippage occurs, while the Porsche ABD genuinely does not limit the driver, making the vehicle more dangerous than a modern Porsche, but significantly more organic and controllable at the limit.

This particular 993 is the Carrera 4S variant, with many performance enhancements and benefits over the plebeian base models. Such options include the body-shell and upgraded brakes from the more powerful “Turbo” model, as well and the upgraded Porsche Aero-Kit rear wing. It even has the massive 285/30 ZR18 rear tires for excellent cornering and agility with 31mm spacers in the rear to compensate for the wider bodywork from the “Turbo” model (minus the rear air intakes). This example is also specced with no rear-wiper and no sunroof for ultimate aerodynamics and weight conservation. Interestingly, the wide-body design does improve low-speed cornering, but it limits the top speed of the car slightly when compared to the narrower Carrera models. At only 3,274 pounds, even with all-wheel drive, the 993 Carrera 4S is a true blast from the past and a true icon in the performance car world even ’til this day. Good luck getting your hand on one, they are very rare now in 2018 and more expensive than ever (even compared to when new in some cases)!

Porsche Carrera GT: The Most Amazing Production Porsche Ever

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Harbor Marina (Springs)

Perfromance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60 : 3.6 seconds
  • Braking 60 to 0 : 101 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 11.1 seconds
  • Skidpad: 0.99 g
  • Slalom: 74 mph

This car is one of a kind. I mean there literally isn’t anything else like it that has ever been sold to the public. Try to imagine a car that costs $440,000 new, AND has a 612 hp naturally aspirated V10 engine, AND only comes with a 6-speed manual, AND weighs under 3200 lbs, AND has 335-section rear tires AND has no available sound system, even as an option. It sounds like an actual race car right? Well, it pretty much is.

In the late 90s, Porsche was forced to scrap it’s successful 911 GT1 and LMP1-98 race cars due to Formula One regulation changes. Their replacement for both these cars, was set to use a brand-new 5.7-liter V10 engine and had been in development for several years. By mid-1999, this motor development and the integration of it into the new Formula One replacement car were scrapped because Porsche executives wished to develop their rival to the new Mercedes ML, the Cayenne SUV. This required engineering expertise to be re-directed from Porsche’s motor-sport division to this new SUV project. Fortunately, Porsche was able to keep the project of the Carrera GT going with this 5.7-liter V10 and by early 2004, the first Carrera GTs were sold to the public. The Cayenne SUV development occurring at nearly the same time as that of the Porsche Carrera GT added stress to both the motor-sports department and the regular production car department and put on thousands of additional hours of research and development on both projects. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why the Carrera GT costs so much $$$$$$$$$.

 

2013 Lamborghini Aventador: This is a Real Hypercar, F**king Crazy

LOCATION SPOTTED: Citarella Grocery (East Hampton Village)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Citarella Grocery (East Hampton Village)

Performance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 2.7 seconds
  • Braking 60 to 0: 108 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 10.4 seconds
  • Skidpad: 1.05 g
  • Slalom: 72.4 mph

This car literally blows my mind. Cars like this, even in the Hamptons, don’t come around so often. It is important to recognize that this is not really a super car, it is a hypercar. There are no quantitative statistics that prove that this car is different from other super cars, justifying it as a hypercar. “Hypercar” is a term used primarily by Jeremy Clarkson from the show Top Gear (U.K.), and I like to think of it as a distinction based on $$. For example, a stock Lamborghini Gallardo is a car that costs $212,000 with no options, most examples sticker for around $240,000. This Aventador, (the Gallardo’s big brother) costs $411,000 with no options and typically reaches $434,000 when well-equipped.

I think a car that costs nearly half a million, goes 217 mph, and accelerates from zero to 60 faster than anything shy of a Bugatti (another hypercar), should definately be considered a hypercar. Ironically, speed is not this car’s “forté” (even at 217 mph terminal velocity), but handling and acceleration were each given a much higher priority by the engineers. I deeply appreciate that the car’s engine remained naturally aspirated, like all V12 Lamborghinis before it. Most car companies put turbos and superchargers into their engines for greater power and performance. That isn’t so bad in a $70,000 BMW, but when you’re paying upwards of $400,000, you want that engine to be special and unlike anything else found on any other car. The massive 6.5 liter V12 making a full 700 hp is incredible. No forced induction means that this car is immediate in terms of throttle response. Immediate. Period. No turbo lag, no supercharger whine, just punch and go. All-wheel drive means no burnouts, just grip and takeoff. Honestly don’t buy a Bugatti Gran Vitesse, buy this, the new BMW M4 when it comes out, and a Cigarette 50 Marauder speed boat.

 

Cigarette 50 Marauder

Cigarette 50 Marauder

 

2012 Mclaren MP4-12C: Great Britain at it’s Automotive Best

 

LOCATION SPOTTED: Off of Main Street (Bridgehampton)

LOCATION SPOTTED: Hamptons Vintage Auto Poker Rally 2012 (Bridgehampton)

Image taken from carendz.com

Interior Shot (Image taken from carendz.com)

Performance:

  • Acceleration 0 to 60: 3.0 sec
  • Braking: 60 to 0: 106 feet
  • Quarter Mile: 10.9 sec
  • Slalom: 74.9 mph
  • Skidpad: 1.03 g

***There isn’t mush car activity during the winter months in the Hamptons. So I thought that I would try to make a post featuring a car that I spotted at a special auto show in Bridgehampton just as the summer season was coming to a close.

The McLaren MP4-12C is a mind-bending combination of numbers. It has 592 horsepower, yet it’s V8 engine only displaces 3.8 liters. This makes the McLaren’s engine the most powerful production engine per liter currently made. The car too has Formula 1-sourced enhancements like “brake steer”, which brakes the inside rear wheel automatically during fast cornering, which helps cure under-steer (even though the car already has a rear-weight bias).

This car has been tried and tested in countless car magazines and also compared to other exotics in its class. It hasn’t always come out on top. In fact, RoadandTrack, CarandDriver, and others haven’t placed in first place of any of their “super car comparisons”. Why?

I’m not so sure that the magazines are accurate in their portrayals of the MP4-12C, and to be honest there are waaaaaay too many reviews of the McLaren and its performance credentials. Instead of beating a dead horse into the ground and talking about the performance of the McLaren, I’m just going to talk about it’s interior and exterior styling. Afterall, that’s really what most “Hamptons” drivers care about most; standing out from the crowd. I am going to talk about how the McLaren accomplishes that.

Though I haven’t driven it, I did get to sit in it that day and it certainly has the most unique interior of any car, or even any supercar I’ve witnessed. Everything is bespoke, completely bespoke. Compared to a Lamborghini and many other supercars it is obvious, to a certain extent, that they borrow interior trim parts from other, lesser cars. Anyone who’s ever been in a Gallardo ever, will understand where I’m coming from (the navigation system is from a B7 Audi A4!). Don’t get me started on Ferrari, the California (the cheapest Ferrari) has the navigation system out of a Dodge Ram…

Anyway, back to the MP4-12C. The interior is fascinating not only because every knob, switch, and dial is each a work of art (and is completely untraceable to any other car [believe me I’ve checked]), but that the cabin is not trying too hard. Ferrari does make some nice interiors, however, some of the shapes and angles of the dash and door trim look a bit too contrived, sometimes to the point of (dare I say) ugliness. Putting that Dodge Ram navigation system doesn’t help the look of your interiors Ferrari. “cough” “cough”

McLaren puts a simplistic, yet elegantly designed center stack into their MP4-12C. It culminates a tall and thin “iPhone-like” touch-screen which seems to serve as a center-command system for the car’s navigation and radio. Then, things go berserk, but in a sleek, smooth, machined “Apple” kind of way. The climate control for each passenger is located on each door sill right by the door-pulls. This makes the McLaren a true dual-zone climate-controlled car, something that Aston Martin can’t say about some of their two-seat-er super-cars.

Exterior-wise, the MP4-12C doesn’t quite have the presence a Ferrari, it also doesn’t quite have the sound of a Ferrari. Sure, the McLaren certainly was loud, the owner actually revved it up as high as it would go in neutral, but it didn’t really hold a candle to the Ferrari 458 I heard in East Hampton town a few weeks before. To be honest I’m not sure if the guy really knew how to put the car in neutral (pull both transmission shift-paddles back at the same time), after all, he said, “ah these German cars are terrific.”

The creases and folds in the McLaren’s body definitely look great, but the Italian styling is truly breathtaking. I think that is where the MP4 loses it’s appeal. It just isn’t outrageous-looking. However, I still maintain that in a few years, the younger generation, like myself, will definitely start to gravitate towards superior technology and simple, elegant styling. The Hamptons is full of some of the richest, of whom many are young, people in the world. In time, I think more and more wall-street tycoons will start to roll up to fancy restaurants and order their “Surf-and-Turf” in MP4-12Cs. Mark my words.