Men used to use their soft side to sit on and it was necessary to understand and master technique. In the past, cars were basic driving machines that did not hang through their axles because of all the electronic assistance systems and digital assistants. There used to be Porsche 2 liter 911s.
Simplicity is key
And under the hood of such a no-nonsense sporty person, such an ADHD person with six cylinders, life is manageable. Masculine tough, emphatically mechanically technical and that is why it is so clear. We see the fan, two huge air filters and the carburettors.
Those carburettors are the most beautifully designed pieces of technical heritage. With a little technical insight you immediately understand which lever does what with which gas valve. The linkage linking the two gas works is enchanting in its clever simplicity. Consider that with a CDI unit and an injection system. Plastic boxes and power strips. Who ever got excited about that? Unbelievable that technology 1.0 can make a car so fast and dynamic. Although: everything you need is under the blue hood. Nothing anymore.
Germans do not engage in design
Italians think in beauty. Functionality, accessibility, reliability? Those are things for people without passion! Germans see it differently. That was just mentioned. For Germans it is about having something work. And that with as little frills or decoration as possible.
For example, that fan looks like something from the steam train or shipping museum. The thing is chained to the engine block with the primal father of all clamp straps. Think "Praxis or Hornbach", not Brezan. The drive belt for the fan also looks ordinary because it has to do its job. The original sticker on the cooling tunnel, the Venturi, gives the whole thing a bit of cachet. But with little imagination, the thing can also simply be imagined in the draft window above the kitchen window. And whether the cotton-wrapped fuel hoses are E10 resistant? I do not think so!
Yet this engine room is one where people work hard. The whole car has been made rally ready and is ready for the hardest deployment. And that such a flat six-cylinder cries out in its characteristic mechanical way? Just whip it and go. Of course, after the technology has had time to warm up. A 911 block quickly contains about eight liters of engine oil.
Not for long-term minimums
Because the overhaul of a flat Porsche six-cylinder is expensive. Incidentally, a good Porsche engine is an example of reliability. Two tons + of trouble-free miles is no exception. The chain tensioner of the distribution can chatter and the axles of the throttle valves have a tendency to wear unexpectedly quickly on an original block.
An oil temperature that rises too high can be caused by something as simple as an (externally) contaminated oil cooler. On the baking side, synchronization can sometimes be a pain point. With our photo model, the on-board electronics will not cause any problems. The pruned wiring harness is generously equipped with AMP plugs. Absolute factory originality is not necessary on a rally car. Optimal accessibility and ease of use or repair is.
The original delivered 130 hp
The power of this savage is somewhat vague. But even a standard 'primal' 911 was a machine that was on the edges of the unseemly in terms of handling. This 911 with its short wheelbase and its revitalized six-cylinder must therefore require a driver with an above-average sensitive gas foot, lightning-fast reactions and a big heart.
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