Tag Archives: 996

Braid Wheels for your Porsche

30 Sep

Whether your Porsche is a classic or modern, street or race, rally or tarmac, Braid makes a wheel to set it apart from the crowd. A wide range of sizes, custom widths and offsets to accodomate whatever you can dream up! Your world-class car deserves nothing less than world-class wheels.

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to arrange a set for your car.

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Powergrid Endlinks for your Porsche, BMW, Corvette, and More!

12 Jan

We’ve been offering the Powergrid endlinks for the 350Z and G35 for years. Google it, you’ll find out what everyone else already knows. That if you want the best endlink on the market, you found ’em. Well, we’re now carrying them for your Porsche as well.

This is why they are important, what they do, and why you want ’em:

The endlinks connect your swaybar to your the rest of your suspension. As the swaybar moves during a turn (or technically, resists moving), the endlinks job is to keep the bar parallel to the ground. Whether you have stock swaybars or aftermarket, the harder you push your car, the more prone your stock links are towards snapping, or breaking. Many modern day cars use links that are made of cheap stamped steel, and many are even plastic! They are designed to be used with softer stock spring rates, and less grippy tires than true enthusiasts tend to use. As you increase the grip of the car, the endlink is placed under greater strain to control that swaybar. The same holds true when you’re fitting larger diameter, and adjustable swaybars. These stiffer bars place greater load on the endlink and those stock endlinks were never designed with that force in mind. The second thing to consider is when fitting lowering springs or aftermarket coilovers. As you adjust the height of your car, you can often cause your swaybar to change position. That means during the compression stroke of the suspension, the stock swaybar can be limited in its movement (aka binding), which vastly reduces the ability of the bar to do it’s job. For those with coilovers, this becomes even more important if you’re looking to cornerweight your car. Having an adjustable endlink such as this allows you to adjust swaybar preload, and that translates into more effective cornerbalancing results and more effective swaybar tuning.

Applications – tons! If you’ve got a performance car, we probably have an application for you.

Porsche:

BMW: E30 (M3), E24, E28, E34, E39, E46 M3, E90, E60
Acura TSX
Audi TT
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac XLR
Corvette
Cobalt
Dodge Charger
Infiniti G35
Mini Cooper
Mazda 3, 6, Miata
Mazdaspeed 3 and 6
Mazda RX8
Nissan 350Z
Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman
Scion TC
Toyota Supra
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
VW GTI
VW Eos
VW Jetta

And we’re always looking to add more! These endlinks aren’t cheap to buy because they aren’t cheap to make. They use genuine THK components (THK is an OEM automotive supplier to tons of manufacturers). They don’t use hardware store heim joints like so many others out there. Those start out great and in short order tend to get very noisy as they are exposed to the elements, and accumulate dirt, sand, moisture, salt, etc. These endinks are different. They offer the articulation (ability for the endlink head to rotate, thus keeping the swaybar in the correct position), but are fully sealed. Never will require any maintenance – no grease, no cleaning, nothing!

Porsche’s @ The ‘Ring

24 May

Dreams Fulfilled Here: Manthey Racing

25 Jan

 

I’m a Porsche-phile, I admit it.  I’ve never owned one, but one day, I hope to.  No other car I can think of has had as much success in worldwide motorsport.  Since I never can seem to leave a car stock,  part of what makes Porsche such a desirable marque to me, is the range of tuners worldwide that specialize in turning them from excellent to exceptional.  Manthey Racing is one such firm.  While they are not as well known to the mass public as Gembella, Techart, or RUF, they represent among the pinnacle in Porsche tuning. 

Manthey Racing began in 1996, as the brainchild of Olaf Manthey.  He began his racing career in a variety of sports sedans and coupes including Ford, BMW, Mercedes and Rover.  While campaigning his race cars on the weekends,  he still kept his day job as a truck driver during the week!  In 1990, he was asked to run for a private team in the Porsche Carrera Cup.  He’s commented that he actually was not impressed with the 911 initially, as he found it insanely tail happy, and it simply would not do what he asked it to.  However, racing was in his blood, and this team was literally begging for him to run the car for them.  He continued in his stint for the privateer team through the season, honing his skills on the 911, eventually taking home the Carrera Cup Championship that year.  He had continued success in the next several years, and in doing so, caught the eye of Mercedes DTM team.  In 1992, he was offered a factory drive position as well as being the technical manager for the team as well.  The truck driver was now a full fledged race car driver, and the rest is the stuff dreams are made of.   The DTM ride lasted for a few years, at which point he decided it was time to strike out on his own.  Manthey Racing was formed in 1996, to prepare cars for the Carrera Cup Series.  Success continued for the Manthey group, culminating with an outright victory at the Nurburging 24 Hour Race in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in their GT3.    They are the only team in the event’s history to win 3 years in a row.  Not too shabby for a former truck driver!  It’s worth mentioning that 2006 was his 25th attempt at victory at this event, including his efforts as a privateer, and driver for other outfits.  Admirable determination to say the least!

As their racing success continued to grow, customer demand grew.  He was now being asked to not only prepare race cars, but street cars as well.  The Manthey approach is more focused than many other tuners out there, especially in the Porsche he world.    Nowadays, it’s very shiek to say that your modifications were honed at the Nurburgring.  For Manthey, the ‘Ring is literally their backyard – it represents far more than just a fancy sticker and a few laps through the forest circuit.  They simply do not believe in modifying something that will not improve the overall performance of the car.  One small example of this is the 997 GT3.  This is the first 911 that Porsche developed with ‘zero lift’.  As such, Manthey feels there is no point in them allocating time and resources towards aero modifications.  Instead, they have focused their efforts on taking the experience they have honed with the Cup Car program, and making it available to all their customers, even those with standard street cars.  Huge effort was spent on weight reduction and weight distribution with the 97 GT3.  So Manthey’s program includes Forged Magnesium wheels, titanium exhaust (50 lbs lighter than stock), and full KW suspension.  Other options include carbon doors, and rear and side windows made of Makrolon.  Narrowly focused mods, by obsessive compulsive gearheads – very cool stuff. 

Hope you enjoy some of these cool Manthey projects, and make sure you check out the in-car video from the ‘Ring.

Rare Stuff Part 2

21 Dec

Next up is another Porsche, this one a bit more attainable (and one of my personal favorites of all time).  This clean 996 GT3 RS was never officially sold in the US.  Featured a naturally aspirated version of the famous 962 and GT1 cars.  While this is a street car, designed for track days and such, the racing versions dominated at LeMans, and throughout the FIA GT3 class during the years it raced.  Quite a pedigree!  Yours for a cool $100,000US.

I have a bunch of cool videos saved on my computer with 996 GT3 RS’s racing at various tracks.  If you guys are interested, let me know and I’ll post them!

J.N.Hephaiss GT3

24 Nov

Their motto when you visit the website is “God Lives in the Details” – a phrase I truly can appreciate.  Preach on!

Leave it to the Japanese to take an inconic car like the 996 GT3 and turn into something even more exclusive

Video of it in action?  No problem!  Gotta love the Top Gun esque music too