Total 911 No. 197

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.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min

There’s a school of thought that the 911 is peerless in its deliverance of performance while still offering a practical solution to everyday motoring. It feeds into that famous Porsche quote that a 911 by its definition should be as adept at taking you to the cinema as it is round a race track. Sure, other sports cars from rival manufacturers might be superior to the 911 in one aspect of motoring, but nothing does everything as well as a 911. It is the ultimate all-rounder. “Nothing does everything as well as a 911” It’s for this reason that for this issue we’ve decided to pitch the 911 against, well, itself. With no perceived rivals, we’ve decided to dive ‘in-house’ for an array of group tests that cover different aspects of the…

4 min

Miserable return to Le Mans for Porsche 2020 a year to forget for works GT team at La Sarthe It was an occasion to mark half a century since Porsche recorded its first outright victory at this famous race in France, however any celebrations were to remain pointed at past glories after a miserable showing at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours. The 88th running of this twice-round-the-clock race will sadly be one to forget for the Porsche factory team and their no.91 and no.92 works RSRs, which looked off the pace in the highly competitive GTE-Pro class from the start. Then, after just five hours of racing, the no.92 car of reigning world champions Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre, plus Laurens Vanthoor, suffered a power steering fault, putting them back by ten…

4 min
brian redman

I went to the Nürburgring to race for the first time in 1967. I was supposed to be racing with Peter Sutcliffe in his GT40 in the 1,000kms. As I was standing in the pits during an open track session, a little BMW 1600 drew up in the pit lane. This voice from the driver’s seat said, “Like a ride round, old chap?” It was Stirling Moss inviting me to take a lap around the track with him. So, I got to go around the Nürburgring with Stirling. It was a fantastic and interesting experience. In a way Stirling Moss became my Nürburgring driving instructor! While there, I received a call from my brother informing me our father had suffered a stroke. I left immediately and returned home to Burnley and…

4 min

Get out and drive Dear Sir, My everyday motor is a Macan S (2015) and whilst it’s a wonderful car I’m after a weekend motor to put 2,000-4,000 miles on per year. I have a budget of £20,000 and have always desired a 996 C4S. To me (apart from the GT models) it’s aesthetically the best 996. However, the more I read and watch, the more I believe the C2 is by far the better driver’s car. Particularly if you can find a well sorted one with M030 suspension. I note that you’ve a soft spot for your old C4S and currently own a 996 C2. Is the C2 a better driver’s car? I’ll be using it for country drives and may actually attempt my first track day. I’m not buying this as an investment…

1 min
ask the expert

Scott Gardner Job title Workshop manager Place of work Porsche Centre Bournemouth, UK Time at Porsche 13 years Dear Sir, I’ve been advised to run 5W-40 in my ‘high mileage’ 996 Carrera 4S (it’s on 108K) instead of the factory-spec 0W-40. Do you know why this might be, as I’ve not heard this before? And what are the benefits? Steve Hall Not every oil is suitable for every vehicle. The M96 engines left the factory with 0W-40, but Porsche now classes the 996 as a classic and as a result has released a classic oil for these models, which is a 5W-50 grade. These different oil grades have been introduced as classic cars are often left for long periods of time unused, moved only intermittently and for short trips. This can result in engines not fully warming up, and condensation can…

18 min
45 years of turbo

Porsche wasn’t the first manufacturer to release a turbocharged, petrol-engined road car. That accolade falls to the Chevrolet Monza, released in 1963. In fact, Porsche wasn’t even the first German manufacturer to achieve that feat, with BMW’s 2002 Turbo beating the 911 Turbo to market by a single year. However, while other car makers rushed to implement a technology used in the aeronautical and maritime industries since the start of the 20th Century in their production vehicles, the board at Porsche AG turned to Weissach’s racing department to prove the forced-induction philosophy in the most unrelenting of arenas: the race track. After the 917 was ruled out of international competition for 1972, Porsche turned its attention to a turbocharged version of the prototype designed to rule the US-based CanAm series –…