Total 911 No. 191

Total 911 is the world's only magazine dedicated to the Porsche 911; the only Porsche with over 40 years of history and a worldwide following of keen enthusiasts. This high-quality magazine is written and produced by true Porsche fans, and offers in-depth, exciting features on all models of 911 – from the classics of the 1960s, through the wild Turbos of the 1970s, right up to today's sophisticated supercars.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
SPECIAL: Save 40% on your subscription!
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min

It goes without saying I hope this note finds you and yours safe and well. We’ve tried to keep mention of “world developments” to a minimum in this issue, so as to provide you with as much escapism as possible from the challenging realities we all currently find ourselves in. We’re acutely aware the role of our magazine is more important than ever right now, which is why we shall continue to strive to bring you an issue each month. We’ve posted some information regarding magazine ‘housekeeping’ in our news pages, but aside from that we’ll park the matter and resume our fanatical immersion in Porsche. “Without these ten heroes, the 911 would not be what it is today” Our lead feature is slightly different this issue because, for the first time…

1 min
porsche 3d prints bucket seats

Porsche has announced the production of 3D-printed centers for bucket seats found in its sports cars. Customers can choose between firm, medium or hard comfort layers, which Porsche says lowers weight and improves comfort. “With the 3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat, we’re once again giving series-production customers the opportunity to experience technology carried over from motorsports,” says Michael Steiner, head of Research and Development. Porsche expects the 3D-printed bucket seats to be available via Exclusive from mid-2021.…

4 min

Porsche factory shuts down Unprecedented move at Zuffenhausen in wake of COVID-19 Wholesale production of Porsche sports cars has ceased for the first time in years after CEO Oliver Blume announced an initial two-week factory shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The measure was put in place on 21 March, before a nationwide order of lockdown was triggered in Germany, which was set to last until 19 April. German chancellor Angela Merkel has said it is too early to be thinking about scaling back such measures, which will have a detrimental effect on when Porsche can resume building cars including the 911. A Porsche spokesman told Total 911: “We expect the factory to remain shut for the production of sports cars for the next few weeks.” While the factory is closed, Porsche…

2 min

Porsche Supercup goes virtual Digital series for world’s fastest one-make sports car racing competition The Porsche Supercup has reinvented itself for 2020 as it seeks to keep competitors racing during the coronavirus pandemic. Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Virtual Edition has launched for the new motor racing season, which sees current teams and competitors from the original Supercup 2020 lineup compete online in virtual GT3 Cup race cars. The series is only open to those registered teams and drivers from Supercup, plus some specially invited guests, with the aim to keep drivers sharp ahead of the start of the delayed season, which normally runs as a support race to the globetrotting Formula One season calendar. The season comprises four double-header events on the iRacing platform at Barcelona, Silverstone, and Spa, finishing at Monza on…

4 min
brian redman

In last month’s issue of Total 911, I mentioned that instead of Jo Siffert starting the 1971 Targa Florio, John Wyer asked me to begin the race. The day before in practice, Jo crashed the car, causing serious damage. The Porsche mechanics spent all night rebuilding it. Unfortunately, it didn’t get tested before the race. When I asked John Wyer why he wanted me to start the race, his answer was essentially he didn’t want Jo and Pedro taking each other out at the start of the race. Wyer hadn’t forgotten the past and didn’t want a repeat of the drama at the 1970 Spa 1,000km. He wanted to avoid a Siffert/ Rodriguez contest of egos. I had won the Targa Florio the previous year in a 908/03. There wasn’t much difference…

5 min

Making my dream drive a reality Dear Sir, I’ve always considered driving to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s the freedom I enjoy most: the ability to be able to go anywhere I like. Obviously, that freedom has had to be relinquished in the midst of these testing, unprecedented times we all find ourselves currently living through. I’m staying at home like I’m sure you are, though it doesn’t help that when I look down into the courtyard I see my 991.1 GT3 waiting patiently for its next spectacular outing. It’s made me start to dream of that moment: the freedom of heading out, the thrill of hitting 9,000rpm. Whenever that day comes, you can be sure I’ll be ready. It’s this dreaming which has made me reach out to you. I’ve…