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A Russell Built Fabrication 1991 Porsche 911 (964) Baja Prototype # 1 hailed as “the most capable purpose-built luxury off-road 911 possible” is currently on offer at Collecting Cars auction platform.

The extremely rare Baja Prototype caught the attention of the international market when it became a finalist in the 2019 SEMA “Battle of the Builders” competition. Aside from being part of a very limited series of numbered bespoke luxury ‘safari’ 911 builds, it further sets itself apart for being the first car produced in that limited series.

The ‘Baja Protoype’ #1 build came from an accident-free Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Cabriolet chassis. To create a safe, rigid structure, they modified it with a 4130 chromoly race roll cage which they integrated from the bumper.

Although the silhouette of the Baja Prototype can easily be recognized as based on the 911, it has obviously gone through some major changes. The Baja Prototype is three inches longer and 15 inches wider compared to the Carrera 4.

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They used custom composite panels instead of the original metal. Louvered fenders, lightweight doors, carbon-fiber roof scoop, heavy duty front and rear bumpers, as well as driving lamp pod have been incorporated in the car. A custom thermoformed rear window and unique roof was also added.

Under the hood is a Rothsport Road & Race special 3.8-liter flat-six engine equipped with independent throttle bodies, plenums, a Motec ECU, and a GT3 exhaust system that can produce 360bhp. It was also given a custom engineered suspension components from 7075 grade alloy and 4130 chromoly steel, so the prototype has an impressive suspension travel of 12 inches at the front and 13 inches at the rear.

The prototype was equipped with a custom-built FIA specification fuel cell which was strategically installed so that the trunk can still accommodate a full-size 30-inch spare tire.

Contrasting with the white exterior finish, the Baja prototype have a bespoke tailored interior finished in Olive Green leather and black Alcantara for the interior. The carbon-fiber Sparco bucket seats are wrapped in Olive Green leather for the bolsters and headrest sections, with the center panels in diamond-quilted black Alcantara. Even the dashboard, transmission tunnel, door panels, and headlining were given the leather trim treatment to ensure that the cabin is as luxurious as possible.

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The bespoke lightweight dashboard panel are trimmed in black Alcantara and sports a digital dash screen. It is equipped with a three-spoke Sparco steering wheel, Tilton Racing pedal assembly and they’ve added custom switchgear panels on both sides of the steering wheel. They also added a brake bias adjuster dial in the center console. A ‘rear seat delete’ storage box sits behind the front seats.

The Baja Prototype had an ‘RS’ style specification so it means that it was not equipped with air-conditioning or stereo, though it was given a fresh air vent.

After the build, the Baja Prototype has not sustained any accident damage although there are noted small imperfections like minor dings on the right rear fender area, surface scratches and rock chips that it sustained during testing and media drives. The fully custom rebuilt Rothsport Road & Race engine has only covered some 5,200 miles since the rebuild.

Since completion, it was given racing car style inspections and maintenance for every 500 miles that it has run.

As of writing, the 1991 PORSCHE 911 (964) BAJA PROTOTYPE #1 has a bid of $235,500 and the bidding will run until February 4 by Collecting Cars U.S. operations in Los Angeles.

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By: Reggie
Title: Collecting Cars Offers 1991 PORSCHE 911 (964) BAJA PROTOTYPE #1
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/collecting-cars-offers-1991-porsche-911-964-baja-prototype-1/
Published Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2022 16:23:14 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
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