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Porsche Classic showcases its wide range of customer services at Techno Classica, the world’s largest classic car fair, in Essen, Germany, this week.
Porsche Classic will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic 911 RS 2.7 at Techno Classica, in Essen, Germany, from March 21-25. Techno Classica is the world’s largest trade fair dedicated to classic cars, and this year’s event will see Porsche Classic showcase its wide range of customer services on a stand more than twice as large as last year’s.
To mark the occasion of “40 years of the 911 Carrera RS”, two racing versions of the 911 Carrera RS from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart are on display. The 1973 911 Carrera RSR delivers 330 hp and is joined by the ultimate RS variant, the 1974 911 Carrera RSR Turbo. The RSR Turbo – with its distinctive widened rear wheel arches – produces a sensational 500 hp from a 2.1 litre version of the charismatic flat six engine.
The RS-themed display is completed by a 911 Carrera RS 2.7 road car, which has been restored by the Porsche Classic workshop specialists. Also on show is an early Porsche 911, which is currently being restored for a customer at Porsche Classic.
Experts from Porsche Classic will be on hand to provide advice and practical assistance to visitors regarding the preservation and maintenance of their historic vehicles. They will also provide information on the availability of Porsche Classic original spare parts. Especially noteworthy, for example, is the coveted “orange” Porsche bonnet badge of the 911 models from 1965 to 1973, which has been not been available since 1974. In 2012, this will be re-released once more.
Complete wings, classic Fuchs wheels and many other parts besides – presented in a large high-bay storage system – demonstrate that Porsche Classic takes a close interest in preserving these sports car treasures. The specialists’ repertoire comprises the repair, maintenance and restoration of classic Porsche road vehicles as well as the provision of original spare parts.
Together with a Porsche Museum information stand, Porsche Exclusive & Tequipment will also be represented on the spacious 600 plus square metre stand. A custom-equipped 911 Carrera of the current 991 model series is being used to showcase the comprehensive personalisation options. Porsche Design Driver’s Selection rounds off the varied offering on the Porsche stand with a wide selection of Porsche accessories.
Today is Prindivilles Bentley Day. We feel very honoured to be touring the factory in the morning and delighted to test drive 3 of the latest models in the afternoon. Bentley do not charge for tours but instead encourage a voluntary donation to St Luke’s Hospice and The Prince’s Trust charity’s
- It takes 150 hours to hand-build a Continental GT and 400 hours to build an Arnage
- Every single component of a Bentley is filed on computer in minute detail and can be tracked back through each stage of its development
- Veneers are both book and mirror matched to create perfect symmetry either side of a Bentley’s centreline
- Every piece of glass in a Bentley is given its final polish with finely powdered pumice normally used to polish optical lenses
- Lacquer-spraying robots in the Paint Shop are programmed to simulate a human sprayer on his best day
- Steering wheels are doubled stitched by hand using two needles simultaneously; the process is far too complicated for a machine. It takes 15 hours work to create one steering wheel
- A full set of leather for a Bentley is selected and cut at the same time, so that there is as little variation in texture as possible
- The trimming of each Continental GT uses 135 metres of thread, the equivalent of 28 Continental GT back to back, 1.3 football pitches or the height of the “London Eye”
- Bentley Motors was founded in 1919 but the manufacturer did not make a complete car for 27 years – only engines and chassis
- Bentley won Le Mans six times – 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 & 2003
- When Bentley chairman Woolf Barnato was dared to take on the famous Blue Train between Cannes and Calais in his Speed Six in 1930, he won the bet by not only beating it but by reaching his club in Victoria, London, four minutes before the express pulled into Calais
- Bentley production moved from Cricklewood, London to Derby when Rolls-Royce purchased Bentley in 1931
- Bentley employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide and the average length of service at Bentley is 11 years
- Our regional offices are based in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Sydney, Korea, Dubai and Mexico
- Bentley are represented by 212 Bentley facilities worldwide; 24 in the UK, 38 in the USA, 52 in Europe, 15 in the Middle East (incl Africa and India) and 15 in Asia and Australasia, among others
- Volkswagen AG acquired Bentley in 1998 commencing a £500 million investment programme to improve our factory facilities and support future product development programmes
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The main task of automotive aerodynamics is in reducing: drag, wind noise, minimising noise emissions and preventing undesired lift forces and other causes of aerodynamic instability at high speeds. For some classes of racing vehicles F1 in particular, it is important to produce downward aerodynamic forces to improve traction and cornering abilities. Unlike airplanes wings, which give lift, racing car wings point in the opposite direction to provide downforce. As its name implies, downforce presses the car to the track. This provides extra grip, particularly in cornering.
The Wind Tunnel Craze
To develop an F1 car, aerodynamics teams spend an average of about $50 million to build a wind tunnel at their factory. It is one piece of equipment that separates the big budget teams at the front of the grid from the small budget teams at the back of the grid. As with airplane wind tunnels, a car wind tunnel is a massive tube joined at each end and with fans producing airflow. From an operating room beside the tunnel, a team’s aerodynamics engineers monitor a model of the Formula 1 car and study the computer signals that define the way it reacts. Rather than moving the model – most are half the size of the real F1 car, but some use full-scale models – the wind moves over the car wings as if the car were traveling at a given speed.
Prindiville’s heritage and specialism is in the art of designing and developing Aerodynamic parts in High Grade Carbon Fibre. In our business we call aerodynamics a black art.
Last night Prindiville attended a reception at the Residence of the Russian Ambassador to discuss opportunities for British companies. Today the team are hosting vodka hangovers. However it wasn’t all drinking. We had some great discussions about the Russian economy and in particular the Russian’s love affair with cars. Whilst the Prindiville Range Rover Evoque was a hot topic. We were also interested in hearing the attendees views on BMW’s Russian exclusive BMW 7-Series Individual Pure Black.
Limited to only 50 units, the BMW 7-Series, Individual Pure Black will only be sold in Russia and is based on the 750Li xDrive limo that carries a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, with 407 horsepower under its hood.
More than just the power train, the 7-Series Individual Pure Black Exclusive, differentiates itself with a Black Sapphire paint finish, bi-xenon headlights, a new set of 19″ alloy wheels, and BMW’s ’Black Chrome’ exterior package for the grille, door surrounds, door handles, mirror casings, and exhaust pipes. BMW have dressed up the limo with piano black trim elements and Alcantara roof lining.
BMW have also added in electrically-adjusted seats, with memory and massage function for the driver, four-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, HiFi System, and Internet access via the BMW Connected Drive system.
Obviously, the car has been luxed up to a great degree. As such, Prindiville didn’t expect a paltry price tag, the Russian exclusive costs £103,000, which is around 4,737,085.911 RUB, based on current exchange rates. Let us know your views on the latest manufactures proposition to make the exclusive BMW vehicle country specific.
Prindiville would like to thank Dmitry Lebedev and his team for a wonderful evening.
Another Happy Customer!
Of the exclusive – Black LHD Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 hyper car.
There are only a few exclusive features of the incredible Black LHD Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 who`s new and lucky owner is an Australian customer. Since the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is very hard to get, the guy was over the moon when Prindiville confirmed his order. Prindiville are excited to be working on another Aventador project and look forward to giving the Aventador the Prindiville touch.
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is 4.78 meters long, 2.26 meters wide and only 1.136 meters high. The proportions and body parts have been calculated to make the Aventador’s aerodynamics as efficient as possible. All of the aerodynamic elements are integrated into the body shell form, from the front spoiler to the rear diffuser, while the rear spoiler is deployable and controlled electronically. The 4-degree approach angle is optimized for high speed and assists directional stability at the very top end of the spectrum. The 11-degree tilt, on the other hand, delivers considerably greater down force at mid-range speeds, helping to optimize handling and stability.
Prindiville are excited to be working on another Aventador project and will be keeping you informed.
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Notes to Editors
- The company has central London headquarters and relies extensively on British craftsmen, designers and engineers.
- Prindiville Design has extensive experience of carbonfibre manufacture and construction techniques, and practises this art in the automotive, aeronautic and boatbuilding industries.
- Alex Prindiville, the company’s Founder and Chief Designer, personally designs and oversees all Prindiville Design’s project
- Prindiville offers enhanced versions of the Ferrari 458, Range Rover Evoque and Lamborghini Aventador, it also has visual tuning components for a wide range of other supercar and prestige models, including Porsche, Bentley and BMW, as well as other Lamborghini, Ferrari and Range Rover models.
- As a bespoke coachbuilder, Prindiville Design can create one-off designs to a customer’s specific requirements.
- Prindiville Design also engineers, manufacturers and stocks a vast range of visual and performance tuning parts for a growing number of prestige and high performance cars – visit the company’s stylish new website, www.prindiville.co.uk, to view the full range.
- Prindiville Design produces high quality, tailor-made luggage to fit a selection of top-end supercars.
For more details about Prindiville Design and its dynamic new collection of cars and components, please call Alex Prindiville direct,
on +44 (0)2076242911, or email him via Alex@Prindiville.co.uk or contact Truska Angel via Truska@Prindiville.co.uk.