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Eurotrip Part 2: Titan Motorsports visits Porsche Museum in Stuttgart Germany

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

Following the Autosport Show I spent a few days exploring London before jetting to Stuttgart Germany. When we first started planning our trip to Autosport I knew I couldn’t fly across the Atlantic without visiting Germany and my mecca, the Porsche Museum and factory. We landed in the dead of winter and proceeded to pickup our Audi A3 rental car and head towards the factory (and also saw snow for the second time in my life, keep in mind I grew up here in Florida). I’ve been a Porsche fanatic for many years now, living and breathing the brand, so it was great to take in the town where these machines are created and the history of how they came to be. I had requested a factory tour which was denied due to the work force just returning from their holiday leave and the available replacement date was after my return to the states. While we weren’t able to take the factory tour this trip, the Museum was open which offered a great consultation. The museum which opened in 2009 holds about 80 cars from Porsches private collection and shows the great history behind the brand and extensive racing history. There is a factory restoration facility on site, and all of the cars are in working condition and can be shipped to events and races around the world for exhibition purposes.

In the entry forum there is a small coffee shop with a glass wall behind it that houses the Porsche factory workshop. The Workshop is where the factory restores historic cars to like new condition and keeps the museum maintained and the cars in running condition. It sure beats running to the local Starbucks when you can enjoy a latte and view master technicians at work!

When you walk into the museum you are greeted by a work in progress Type 64 body, this aluminum body was made prior to WWII and is the design inspiration for many Porsche vehicles to follow.

Just as important as the cars, is the technology that goes into them, which Porsche displays just as prominently as the vehicles in the museum. This is a billet titanium crank from one of their 917 engines, something that would be a huge undertaking even with todays CNC production, when you realize that it was from the 60s, it shows just how much Porsche was willing to invest to stay ahead.

Titanium was the cold war material of choice in the 60s, this spherical gas tank was also produced entirely from the lightweight material.

The museum had an entire 906 body handing from the ceiling to show the inner workings of one of the first race cars to be constructed from hand layered fiberglass over a tubular frame.

It’s important to realize that the Museum is a working museum, these priceless cars are kept in working condition and exercised whenever appropriate. As a result they have plenty of blemishes, or rather character showing such use. Porsche doesn’t go out of it’s way to hide this, but rather benefits from the fact that these cars can still work as designed even today.

Many of the cars are used at events around the world to help promote the Porsche brand and it’s heritage, this particular car had scrutineering stickers from the Goodwood Festival where it last ran up the hill in 2010.

A Porsche 935 Long tail, one of the original monster turbocharged race cars.

This particular car like many of it’s era was quite prone to oil leaks, the factory chose to simply put a drip pan under the engine to keep the floor clean rather than hide it.

A car that most Porsche enthusiast lust over, the RS 2.7 Coupe. Today there are likely more replicas of these on the road than originals, so seeing the real thing in the flesh was quite the treat.

3 of the most iconic modern Porsches all lined up in a row in race car form: 959, 993 and 996 GT1.

The Porsche 917 gave Porsche it’s first Lemans overall win and dominated in the early 70s, a cherished time long before rules constraints limited manufactures involvement as it does today. The flat 12 cylinder engine had many configurations both NA and Turbo, but was known to produce over 1,000hp and propelled the car to speeds over 240mph on the long Mulsaane straight.

The Pink Pig is one of the most recognizable of the 917s for it’s aerodynamic wider stance, however it was only entered into one race before being retired after a crash. The car was an aerodynamic research car that became so wide it would no longer fit in a standard transporter, after it’s sponsor declined having its decals on the car, it was painted in honor of it’s nickname which translates to “the pink pig”.

An exploded view of the famous flat 12 engine the powered the majority of the 917s (an experimental flat 16 was tested but discontinued after the turbocharged 12 version proved quicker in testing).

The Porsche Museum should be on any Porsche or automotive enthusiasts bucket list, very few places in the world house as much racing and automotive history as one can find under this roof. Next to the museum is the factory where most modern Porsches are born, and I’m anxious to do a return trip in better weather to see the production process in person after visiting the factory. For now it’s one more line scratched off my bucket list.

Titan Motorsports attends FL Citrus PCA Drivers Education at Roebling Road

November 20th, 2012 Comments off

A few weekends back we took our Porsche GT3 to Roebling Road in Savannah for another great DE event with the Florida Citrus Region of the Porsche Club of America. Most of our fans know us from our days drag racing, but truth be told in our off time we enjoy spending time on various road courses around the Southeast any chance we can get. There are many great organizations such as Porsche Club of America, PBOC, Chin and SCCA who offer affordable opportunities to get started on driving on the track. Contrary to popular belief track driving initially isn’t as expensive as most make it out to be, as a first timer or introductory track driver you can get on track with a well maintained vehicle with nothing more than some high temperature brake fluid and standard performance tires. Most organizations will offer or provide experience instructors to help escalate your learning curve and keep you save on track for your first track experience and the many more that are likely to follow once you get hooked. We provide the necessary pre-track inspections here at Titan Motorsports and can provide any pre-track work needed to make sure you weekend is a success.

Titan Motorsports Project 996 GT3 gets HRE R40 Monoblock Wheels

May 2nd, 2012 Comments off

The latest project car in our stable, my Porsche 996 GT3 just received a fresh set of gloss black 18″ HRE R40 Monoblock wheels.

The R40 was designed for motorsports and is used by countless teams in both drifting and Grand Am. The HRE R40 starts with super lightweight 6061 castings and are engineered to be as light as possible without sacrificing strength, all while offering maximum brake clearance. This particular set weighs in at just over 18lbs front and 20lbs rear, saving over 30lbs of rotational weight from the vehicle.

Titan Motorsports carries the complete line of HRE custom forged wheels for all applications, let one of our sales staff help the right wheel and finish for you.

Titan Motorsports – A day with Nakai San of RAUH-Welt Begriff

April 26th, 2012 Comments off

I was first exposed to RAUH-Welt Begriff, better known now as RWB, a little over a year ago when a picture of one of their 964s painted camouflage hit my email box. Having spray bombed our own 996tt in a similar motif, I spent many hours researching more about RWB and the man behind these wild Japanese creations Nakai San. Last summer I contemplated having one of my own built, but finding a clean 993 donor car proved to be a difficult challenge and I settled on a 996 GT3 instead. Fast forward to last November when RWB posted a picture of a 993 with the caption “RWB Florida” coming soon on their Facebook page. My internet detective skills immediately went into motion and a familiar hood in the background of that image led me to realize the car was owned by Chad, a mutual acquaintance of mine from the track. At the 48 Hour of Sebring in January I approached Chad about the build and told him of my interest in the project, and he invited me to watch build in person when Nakai made his way to Tampa. Yesterday I was lucky enough to take him up on his offer and spent the afternoon watching the master at work, taking Chad’s beautiful 993 and turning it into the latest RWB car, only the 5th in the United STates.

To get things started I’ll talk a bit about the process from what I gathered that afternoon in both talking to Chad and Nakai. Chad originally contacted RWB Japan and bought the kit and appropriate Work wheels directly from them with some help from Marc at RWB USA. The body kits arrive unfinished and must be painted by a local paint shop prior to Nakai arriving. The build is then fit into Nakai’s busy schedule so that he can be on site to fit and install the entire kit and set the ride height of the vehicle appropriately. All off the cutting, fitting, drilling and installation happen on an already prepped and painted car, a true testament to the craftsmanship required (which can also be difficult to watch as Chad had to look away many times).

Nakai’s work ethic is second to none, he spends countless hours finessing the car making sure it’s perfect. Even when he is not physically working on the car, he’s standing close by focusing on it piece by piece with a cigarette in hand. His passion for building these cars is very apparent, he is not a fancy man by any means. On this particular build he arrived in an economy rent a car and rather than sleep in a fancy hotel he chose to sleep outside of the shop in Chad’s car hauler so that he could work late into the night. There were no elaborate 5 star dinners either, meals consisted of a quick trip to McDonalds or the local Denny’s. As fancy as we got was Logan’s Texas Steakhouse last evening where we shared stories of Porsches, travel, racing, and of course the history of RWB. There is definitely a language barrier, but it’s easy to work through it thanks to Nakai’s great understanding of the English language, I can’t think things would have gone as smoothly if the roles were reversed. Many question the pricing of the kits and what goes into the installation, but anyone who has seen the man in the process of installation will understand that he’s not just transforming the appearance of the car, he’s giving it a new soul.

The coveted Rauh Welt windshield banner and Idlers stencil to be installed at the completion of the build. This stencil will be left with the car for touch ups and application on fresh tires for the future.

There was some question as to what tools would need to be provided for the build. Nakai got off the plane with this suitcase filled with many nuts, bolts, tools, basically anything he would need to complete the car as if he were at his home workshop. It’s also wild to see the shop stickers and airport tags documenting his travels across the world creating RWB Porsches.

Nakai is defiantly a chain smoker and not often will you find him with a cigarette, this particular trip his smoke of choice was Winston. He also enjoys traveling around the areas he visits for his build, he spent quite a bit of his free time exploring local Tampa and enjoyed watching the beautiful Sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. He takes in all of his surroundings while traveling, and spends many hours with the owner asking them their opinion to help make sure the car is just right and a reflection of them.

The fitment of the body creates fender/tire clearance that is paper thin, countless hours of the process are spent perfecting the suspension travel and body gaps to ensure they look as if they are rubbing, without hitting.

The buildout is very raw, here you can see Nakai painting the mesh inserts black using a spray can and tape. These parts had just arrived from the body shop after a fresh color sand and buff, and still remain overspray free after being spray bombed thanks to clever tape and newspaper work. It’s moments like these that can be difficult for the owner to see but are just part of the process of transforming the car.

Very little measuring is done using traditional measuring tape, instead everything is eye balled over and over until just right and then permanently attached or cut, a testament to the eye for detail Nakai possess.

The nearly project in all her glory, just installing the canards and windshield banner remain. She currently remains nameless, it’s up to the owner to decide if they want the car named. As of today Chad is still up in the air on this particular detail but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a name christened once Nakai returns to Japan.

I personally want to thank Chad for inviting me out to see the build, it was truly an inspiration and honor to see Nakai work. The trip to Tampa may have cast some doubts into my decision to buy a 996 GT3 over building an RWB 993, however after quizzing Nakai a bit I may get to experience the best of both worlds in the near future.

New Titan Motorsports License Plate Frames have arrived.

June 21st, 2010 Comments off

We just received a shipment of our new and improved license plate frames. Show your support with this new bolder look frame featuring Titan in big chrome letters, click the link below to get yours today!

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Tough Brakes for Project 996TT

December 15th, 2008 Comments off

While we were at PRI, our Stoptech Big Brake kit arrived for Project
996TT. The factory brakes on the car felt very tired and needed an overhaul
and some new pads, so we opted for an upgrade. We’ve used Stoptech kits on many
project cars in the past as well as other brake manufactures and they offer a great
overall product. The Kits include 2 piece floating rotors,ST-60 and ST-40 calipers,
stainless brake lines, mounting brackets, and street performance pads. The front rotors
are 380mm, the rears 332mm. They should look great behind the HRE monoblocks, and offer
great braking when we shake down the project soon at the road course.

We also will have the pleasure of testing Tiltons newly released brake fluid, TSR-1 Supreme. This race tested and proven fluid has an extremely high boiling point of 622 degrees Fahrenheit, meets all DOT4 specifications, and maintains very low compressibility at high temperatures. This fluid should be released to the public in February of 2009 at which point we will receive our first shipment as well. Tilton will also be Offering TBR-1 Brake fluid and an all new TCR-1 clutch specific fluid.

Project Porsche loses some more weight.

December 3rd, 2008 Comments off

It’s finally time to begin installing parts on the camouflage Porsche. Our original plan was to install the complete K24/18G kit this week along with the clutch, however scheduling conflicts made us decide to hold off another week. Instead we sent the factory ECU off to Tony @ EPL to reflash with his modified K16 Map which includes both a brake boost feature and 2 Step. We expect to have the ECU back on Friday in time for another trip to Bithlo for some additional passes down the 1320.

Since we had to wait on the ECU to be flashed (in the coming months we will have in house programing available for all EPL products), we decided to remove some more weight. We removed the factory tank of an exhaust which weighed 57lbs. We opted for AWE straight pipes weighing in around 7lbs for the pair, an overall savings of 50lbs off the back of the car!!!

While we where at it we removed the factory battery (stock is 52lbs, the one removed was aftermarket and weighed 41lbs). In place of the factory battery we installed a Deka / East Penn ETX-30 battery and made a custom bracket out of aluminum to hold it in place. The new battery was 21lbs total, saving us another 20lbs off the front of the car. We will be using a trickle charger when the car will be without use for an extended time period, however we opted for the ETX-30 rather than the ETX-14. The 30 is about 10lbs heavier, but should offer a bit of security should the car not get driven for an extended period of time.

Total savings for the day was 70lbs. We’ll be off to the track on Friday with less weight, extra power, and hopes to get kicked out for going 11.5X without a cage. After that it’s more power, less weight, the perfect combination for a better overall car.

Broken 996TT Front Differential Pictures

October 15th, 2008 1 comment

It’s been a few days since we have done anything with Project 996TT, the main reason being we where waiting for our replacement differential to arrive. The stock differential decided to destroy itself on the dyno 2 weeks ago (we sent the car to a local AWD dyno and the car was run with the rollers unlocked, causing this carnage). We managed to find a replacement diff on and hope to have the car back in action later this week.

Next up: More track testing and a custom homegrown paintjob you won’t want to miss.

RC Injectors Arrive for Project 996TT

September 30th, 2008 Comments off

Many thanks to RC for sending us a set of their 60lb injectors to test in Project 996TT. These injectors will require minor modifications to the rail for a tight fit, but we hope to have available full instructions and possibly a modified rail if necessary. Larger injectors are available to test as well when the larger turbochargers get bolted on the car.

RC Injectors for 996TT

RC Injectors for 996TT

As of right now we are awaiting 2 front tires, the modifications to be completed to the K24s for the 18G upgrade, a replacement differential, and suspension to proceed to the next stage of our project. We hope to have everything completed in the next 2 weeks.

Project 996TT Goes on an Initial Diet

September 17th, 2008 Comments off

Next on the list was to get rid of some dead weight. We pulled the car into the shop and put our trusty Accuset scales to work. We made sure the car had a full tank of gas after our roadtrip, making sure we had consistent fuel weights included for future sessions.

We carefully place the scales under the lift and lowered the car down to get a base weight.

Total : 3,476lbs LF 679 / RF 653 / LR 1071 / RR 1073

We popped the hood and removed the spare tire and existing tools, as they likely won’t fit our future BBK and we have some HRE’s on the way.

Total : 3,437 LF 649 / RF 633 / LR 1081 / RR 1074
A 39lb drop in weight off the front of the car.

Next up we grabbed a few wrenches and removed the disc changer, rear seat, and floormats.

The end result was a total weight loss of 74lbs. Not bad for less than a half hours work and no money spent.