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Monthly Archives: March 2017

MARCH 30 2017

Issue 965 coincides with the stillborn Porsche 965 which was an attempt to make a top of the range 911 close to the earlier 959 but somewhat more, er, “affordable.” One muletta remains in the Ali Baba’s cave of Porsche projects which is housed in a secret location within the Zuffenhausen compound (the sort of Indian Jones’ destination of choice for ‘porker-nerds’). The 965 project suffered cost issues and thus in later stages a water cooled Audi V8 was shoehorned… Continue reading

EI Special: RIP DB1-LSE Merger of Equal Desperation

Unlike this morning’s bulletin edition 963, this issue does correspond to a Porsche of course, AKA the 964, the 1989 – 1993/4 version of the 911/911 Turbo – truly delightful motor cars which updated the 911 when Porsche realised they simply couldn’t phase out when the 928 came in, due to customer demand. A splendid example of the best of German corporate management decisions – a pragmatic U turn where the market dictated a coherent response.

Now, to the reason… Continue reading

MARCH 29 2017

Welcome to Issue 963 which remarkably doesn’t seem to be a mainstream Porsche design – perhaps just as well so we can get into the crunchy business of today as it looks like a watershed in the parish and BigWorld too…

In Today’s Exchange Invest

Today looks like the day when the EU says a resounding NO to the “Merger of Equal Desperation” and LSE appears to have already signalled the deal’s death overnight with a repo expansion from the… Continue reading

MARCH 28 2017

Welcome to Exchnage Invest issue 962. In Porsche terms, next to the 956, the 962 would rank as my favourite vehicle to own. In an effort to merge the different codes of sports prototype racing, the FIA adopted various IMSA regulations which included moving the driver’s feet back in the chassis behind the front axle line. 91 factory cars alone were built while all manner of exciting variants included later carbon fibre monocoques and the scintillating Dauer 962, one of… Continue reading

MARCH 27 2017

Exchange Invest Issue 961 corresponds to the racing evolution of the Porsche 959 which, due to the suspension of Group B, saw only one example built. That car I recall well from it’s second and final Le Mans appearance as it memorably went off piste and showed some clear signs of wear and tear as I looked out the window of the golf club at the end of the Mulsanne straight while shaving early Sunday morning during the 24 hour… Continue reading

MARCH 24 2017

Exchange Invest started the week correlating with the magnificent Porsche 956, it ends the week after too many Cayenne variations for my liking, with design 960 correlating with this issue. At once an evolution of the Group B 959 and the 4 speed auto box for the 928S as well as the Porsche Experimental Study vehicle, a 928 based concept to show how to maintain safety precepts but reduce weight and fuel consumption.

In Today’s Exchange Invest

Rather than rattle… Continue reading

MARCH 23 2017

Exchange Invest Issue 959 correlates to the 4 wheel drive Porsche supercar built for Group B competition and homologated through limited production. Amongst the lucky purchasers of a 959 was the legendary conductor Herbert Von Karajan who memorably managed to spin his newly acquired 959 in his driveway! This is both a testament to the length of Austrian driveway a renowned maestro can afford, as well demonstrating the lightning speed of this remarkable machine.

In Today’s Exchange Invest

Merger of… Continue reading

MARCH 22 2017

Issue 958 of Exchange Invest corresponds to another version of the Cayenne (who knew tractors with leather interior could require such frequent updating?). Apparently Porsche design have recently unveiled a laptop which costs 2,500 dollars, is super slim with a sandblasted exterior and has a detachable screen to run as a tablet… It is powered by Microsoft Windows 7.

Well, I suppose if Porsche could make a van engine work in the 924/944 series they can make the world’s most… Continue reading

MARCH 21 2017

Exchange Invest issue 957 correlates with the Porsche 957 was the second generation Cayenne 4wd leather trimmed lorry made between 2008 and 2010. What a relative indignity for the divine 956 Le Mans racing car to find itself ‘retrosandwiched’ between these leviathans of the commuter belt. (Lovely, luxurious car the Cayenne, but it’s hardly the stuff of teenage bedroom walls, let’s put it that way).

In Today’s Exchange Invest

BATS has finally let the buy side loose on it BIDS… Continue reading

MARCH 20 2017

The number 956 e.g. appended to this issue of Exchange Invest daily, sounds innocuous enough…but when we look at the Porsche design of the same name, the earth may even wobble a little on its axes. The 956 design was Porsche’s simply stupendous first aluminium monocoque racing car which is the sort of sports prototype which tends to lead you closer to believing in an inspired invisible hand in car design. The 2.65 Indycar engined Le Mans car was simply… Continue reading