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Off track finds – Porsche Carrera 2.7

6th September 2019 — by Dan Martin

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When attending track days or race days people often just concentrate on whats on the track. I mean why wouldn’t you! Seeing these cars being used as they were designed for! However, a little walk around an open pit you can find some unbelievable examples parked up. As said in previous posts I’m a 110% Porsche fan boy. Especially the classics. Strolling around the pits at a previous BTCC round I saw this Carrera 2.7 parked up and it’s an absolute stunner

You just cannot beat the iconic era shape of a classic 911

I’m guessing from the subtle touches on this car that it’s not a trailer queen and does get hammered around circuits as it was built to do due to the cage, uprated brakes and sticky tyres

Also the interior of this car is period correct but with all of the safety features of a modern race car which I think is such a lovely touch. Doesn’t it just look like such an inviting place to be!

Then a few more subtle hints to the cars racing heritage and history. Overall I could have spent so much longer looking round this car if i didn’t have normal duties to be getting on with! Next time you’re at a race track go and have a walk around the pits (if you’re allowed!) Or even just the car park and I can guarantee you you’ll find some gorgeous metal tucked away!

As always thanks for reading/viewing and I hope you enjoy the shots!

https://hscc.org.uk/championships/hscc-70s-road-sports-championship/

https://70sroadsports.co.uk/

Cheers Dan

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“The Anatomy of…” A 991 911 GT3 Cup Car

24th August 2019 — by Dan Martin

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Hi! And welcome to another addition of “The Anatomy Of”. In this article I shall be delving into quite possibly my favourite racing series and car, The “Porsche Carrera Cup GB” and the “991 911 GT3 Cup car” I have a real soft spot for Porsche which may become evident in future posts, but if I ever won the lottery the Porsche dealership would be my first port of call even before the estate agents!

These cars are just simply stunning from all angles in my eyes. For me it was actually quite hard to capture the cars and their true Motorsport heritage as there’s just so much to take in. I will try and give you the insiders view to these amazing machines but I’m sure I will have missed something!

Chassis:

The 991’s chassis is actually 100mm longer than that 997. This was to provide high precision and more stability at speed and on the limit during races. Porsche also redesigned the single-piece race wheels so that once paired up with the new Michelin tyres the front axle grew to 27cm (2cm wider than the 997 setup) and the rear axle grew to 31cm (1cm wider than the 997 setup)


I wish I could have taken more indepth photos of the suspension setups but due to how competitive this series is I also didn’t want to show any settings that the Motorbase team (https://motorbaseperformance.co.uk) use. So here’s the technical low down taken from www.porsche.com:

Front axle:

McPherson suspension strut, adjustable in height, camber and track; forged strut with optimised stiffness, two-shear connection, heavy duty spherical bearings; wheel hub with centre lock; racing shock absorbers; forged supporting mounts; adjustable double-blade type anti-roll bar; power steering with electro-hydraulic pressure feed.

Rear axle:

Multilink suspension, adjustable in height, camber and track; forged strut with optimised stiffness, two-shear connection, heavy duty spherical bearings; wheel hub with centre lock; non-adjustable racing shock absorbers; forged supporting mounts; adjustable double-blade type anti-roll bar.

Brakes:

Two independent brake circuits for front and rear axle; adjustable via brake balance system. Brake discs, inner-vented and slotted, 380 mm diameter; racing brake pads, optimised ventilation ducting.

Safety:

Engineers gave the further improvement of driver safety high priority again in the development of the new Cup vehicle. Drivers are protected by a redesigned safety cage and race seat, specially moulded around the head and shoulders and individually adjustable with the help of a padding system.


A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extrication of the driver.


As with the road-legal car, the body of the new 911 GT3 Cup combines highest rigidity with low weight thanks to its smart aluminium-steel composite construction. The latest 911 GT3 Cup weighs in at just 1,175 kilograms.

 


Engine and Gearbox:

The engine in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a 3.8-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine.


Thanks to the weight-optimised modular race exhaust system, the vehicle generates 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs per minute, ten horsepower more than its predecessor.


Power is delivered to the rear axle via a race clutch and a Porsche Motorsport designed six-speed dog-type gearbox with a mechanical limited slip differential. For the first time in a Porsche cup race car, gear shifting is performed with paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

And to be expected these cars don’t just run on Shell V power! They use a 101/102 RON and 89/90 MON unleaded gasoline with approximately 2% oxygen content that meets the current FIA ‘Appendix J’ gasoline specifications

Drivers:

It’s all well and good having this amazingly setup car but if the person in control of it doesn’t know what they’re doing then it’s all a waste! There’s two drivers in the Motorbase Carrera Cup team one of them being Lewis Plato. Here’s some of his current career highlights which I’m sure will grow and grow over the years to come!

2016

Porsche Carrera Cup GB – 2nd in Rookie Championship, 8th in Overall Championship

2015

British GT – 10th in Championship

2014

Radical Endurance Championship – 2nd in Championship

On track:

And finally with that all combined together you have man and machine in perfect harmony on track.

And with that this concludes this addition of “The Anatomy of” As always I really hope you liked the article and found it informative but also visually interesting! If you would like to feature on the “Anatomy of” then please feel free to message me on my instagram page dan_martin_media and we can discuss a feature!

Thanks again! Dan

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“The Anatomy of…” A British Touring Car

17th August 2019 — by Dan Martin

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Hi! Welcome to the first in hopefully many features named “The Anatomy of” The idea of these features is to show Motorsport fans behind the scenes from lots of different racing series! In this first feature I shall be delving into arguably the most entertaining racing series in the UK! British touring cars! Michael Crees from Team Hard kindly allowed me in to the world of British touring cars for a day, allowing me to show you all the parts of the cars that you may not always see!

Firstly a bit about Michael. As with many drivers in the top flight racing series, Michael started off in karting. After winning many local championships he thought it was time to take his racing career to the next stage and he entered the want2race competition. (Something that I actually looked in to myself but swiftly realised that due to no experience other than playing Forza on xbox, I would be a lost cause haha) Unfortunately he wasn’t successful in taking home the top prize of a fully funded season but what he did take away from the experience was an offer from Want2Race Motorsport to compete in GRCD+ and incredibly… he won the championship!

After this he moved in to the Ginetta GT4 supercup for the 2018 season and guess what? Won the championship again! By now I’m sure you must be seeing a pattern here? And this is where we have been led to now. Michael was noticed by Team Hard and offered a drive for the 2019 season in the British Touring Car Championship and I personally wish him the best of luck with his continued success!

Now. The car. Team Hard run 4 VW Passat CC’s in the championship. You can always tell the Team Hard cars by their bright liveries full with all of their sponsors!

As you can imagine with British touring cars the engines are a bit special! Turbos, external gates, fancy manifolds, Impressive intercooler setups to name a few! The Team Hard cars don’t suddenly become less colourful under the bonnet either!

And with all that power you’re going to need to be able to slow down just as quickly right? 100% correct. The brakes on these cars are an absolute work or art! Check out the size of the rotors and calipers on the fronts! The rears are huge too!

And with all this talk of performance you need to make sure you can put that power down and also make sure your brake power is converted from the discs and calipers to the tarmac. There are 3 different tyre compounds within BTCC. Green option soft, Yellow Prime and Silver option hard. There’s also a all new Dunlop Sport BluResponse Full Wet for the 2019 season which is just as well given the British weather!

The next thing to consider with these cars is the level of safety. BTCC is known for having a few gentle taps, helpful nudges and drama so the drivers have to be kept safe! The cages within these cars can withstand incredible forces and are braced to EVERYTHING. Combined with Harnesses, Fire Extinguishers and HANs devices the drivers are as safe as possible.

And finally who keeps these cars going? A huge team of mechanics. strategists, designers and family! It was really interesting being in the pits with these guys. Watching them adjust alignments, turn in of the car, corner weighting, tyre pressures etc they literally cover everything off and know exactly what simple changes off track can make a huge difference for Michael on track.

And with that this concludes my first feature of “The Anatomy of” I really hope you liked the article and look forward to bringing you more new content soon!

Cheers Dan!

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Struck gold with this Wild West Rat Rod

25th February 2019 — by JimmyDrama1

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to have been cruising around the US. Visiting ghost towns, taking in Historic Route 66 and finding gems in the desert like this. While I visited Oatman, a small mining town in Arizona, famed for its Gold Rush history where two prospectors stuck it lucky with a $10 Million gold find back in 1915. I almost shared their joy of finding such precious metal out in the desert wilderness, in this case, this beautiful rusty ratty gold goodness and it’s very cool distinctive features.

stop. stare. shoot

The car blended in so well to the wooden facia buildings of the old town, it stood out against the swarms of UTV’s and desert 4×4’s. Hard-parked in the High St. I had to get a shot. The whole desert faded rat scene is my type of jam! The whole trip I saw cars like this on the roadside, some in distinct lack of repair and doubtful ability to run – but that didn’t stop me dreaming of saving them all. Route 66 holds a load of barn finds and many cars lay decaying in the heat and sand storms on driveways and parking bays, I’m sure anyone with more technical know-how could pick up an absolute bargain.

Cheech & Chong chain wheel and a shooter for good measure

Hopefully you’ll agree that this is something a bit special! I mean look at the shifter modification in the cabin – reckon I could get away with that over here? Maybe, perhaps maybe. The chain wheel, reminds me of a Cheech & Chong movie and the interior Mexican blanket sets of the interior to a tee.

Rat Rod, Oatman Arizona

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MIKE’S 31 FORD MODEL A

30th January 2019 — by Dave Cox

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Well, it has been a minute. How’s everyone doing?

Back in December of 2018 I had one free evening in LA whilst my work trip was coming to a close. Using skills that are normally confined to tinder (or grinder if that is your thing) I persuaded Mike, of Stanceworks fame, to let me come down to the shop and light paint his ’31 Ford Model A. I’d spotted this plastered all over instagram after being unveiled at SEMA. I had also followed along with the build process on youtube. Either way I knew I had to see it, so when Mike allowed me, I immediately jumped in the car and made my way down to Costa Mesa.

Mate, I was excited! Light painting is one of my favourite methods of photographing cars and the sheet metal on the Model A wore the light so well.

If you’re interested, I made a video of how I photographed the car as well as editing it. Also, there is some nice engine noise in the video too.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (ShootingDave)