March 26, 2018
We air freighted in several pallets of Turbo 3.0: Publisher Edition books late last month and have shipped out at least one book for every pre-order placed before November 1, 2017. Within those pallets a few Turbo 3.0: Limited Editions arrived, and those were shipped out to the very earliest orders from last May 2017.
Another small batch of Publisher Edition books arrived in Seattle this week and will be shipped out over the next few days. Mid-April an air freight of 120 books arrives into Seattle International Airport, mostly Limited Editions, and will be shipped out to those who pre-ordered last Summer and Fall. In May, the container ship will arrive in at the Port of Seattle with the remainder of the books which will go out to the remaining pre-orders.
Your patience will be well rewarded. The Turbo 3.0 book shaped up to be an exceptional book which we think is unparalleled to any of the 400+ automotive books in our library. Anxiously awaiting? See what the very first readers think in their reviews of the book.
January 31, 2018
The following two videos share a glimpse into the extremely high-quality printing the Turbo 3.0 book. We have worked hard with our pre-press and printing partners to push the boundaries of printing. During pre-press we utilized advanced techniques including custom wide-gamut CMYK profiles, sampling techniques to optimize each photo for maximum print quality, and automatic color correction adjust each photo to accurately account for the physical color tone of the actual paper.
During printing, special wide-gamut CMYK inks were used to get more tonal range out of each photo, the printing plates were produced with a 15μm stochastic random screen to significantly improve rendering of minute details when looking closely at a photo, and three different spot varnishes were used across the book. No expense was spared in ensuring the quality of book was as exceptional as the care and quality that goes into each car Porsche produces.
The first video shows a press operator removing one of the high-resolution stochastic screened signatures to do a quality control check.
The second video shows how an automated machine folds all the pages from one of the 12-page signatures. There are 45 distinct signatures that must be folded and sewn together to produce the Turbo 3.0 book.
January 23, 2018
A long time coming with many Porsche enthusiasts anxiously (and patiently) awaiting its arrival, the Turbo 3.0 book is nearly here. The individually numbered Turbo 3.0: Limited Edition and the very special Turbo 3.0: Publisher's Edition books will begin shipping from the United States in early March 2018 to those who pre-ordered the book prior to November 15, 2017. Pre-orders placed after November 15, 2017 will begin shipping 4+ weeks later in batches based on the original payment date for the order. If you haven't already, place your pre-order now before the pre-order reduced pricing ends February 2018.
|Payment Date||Estimated Ship Date from USA||
|Pre-orders before November 15, 2017||March 2018||$340 USD (15% discount)||$530 USD (10% discount)|
|Pre-orders Nov 16, 2017 — Jan 31, 2018||Late March 2018||$340 USD (15% discount)||$530 USD (10% discount)|
|Pre-orders Feb 1 — March 15||Mid April 2018||$395 USD||$595 USD|
|Orders March 16 onwards||Late April 2018||$395 USD||$595 USD|
See the FAQ for more info.
We still have copies of the award-winning Carrera 2.7: Limited Edition book available for shipping from both United States and, for European customers, our supply in Germany. The above photo highlights the size differences between each Carrera 2.7 and Turbo 3.0 editions, with each slightly taller than the next.
November 01, 2017
Updated Dec 21, 2017: Congrats to Doug S. from Brooklyn, New York—the Grand Prix winner of our November Carrera 2.7 book / 000 Magazine Subscription Giveaway—and to Stephan M. from East Hartford, CT as the second place winner. We are still waiting to hear back from our mailing list winner that will receive an additional 000 Magazine Subscription.
To celebrate the Turbo 3.0 book printing process starting, we are excited to offer a very special contest for Porsche enthusiasts. At Parabolica Press, we believe in producing exceptionally researched books, uncovering never before seen material, and striving to set a higher standard for automotive books. Recently, we've found a kindred spirit in this pursuit. The quality, depth, new material, and overall presentation of 000 Magazine is exceptional. Their quarterly magazines are consistent with the standard we have set for ourselves at Parabolica Press. Indeed, each 000 issue could be characterized as a mini book. For this reason, we are excited to partner with 000 Magazine for an exclusive opportunity to win either a one year 000 Magazine Subscription or the award winning Carrera 2.7 book.
The contest runs through the end of November 2017. Enter now and share with all your Porsche friends!
October 20, 2017
In mid-October, a huge milestone was accomplished for the Turbo 3.0 book: all 536 pages of the book were submitted to the printer so that pre-press work could begin, including carefully proofing every single page to ensure it is press ready. With the ball rolling forward, it is an approximate three month timeline to complete proofing, printing, binding and transport before an initial allotment of books are delivered back to Parabolica Press. Once we receive the initial copies of the Turbo 3.0 book here in the United States, we will begin direct shipping the first copies to those who were early supporters of our work that pre-ordered and paid for the book before November 15, 2017. Thanks for the patience as we had to delay the original ship data from late Fall 2017 to Winter. All book orders placed or paid for after November 15th will not ship until at least two weeks after the earlier paid pre-orders. If you want to be among the first to receive the Turbo 3.0 book buy it now!
As a thank you for the patience of those who pre-ordered the Turbo 3.0 book directly from Parabolica Press, we are pleased to share a digital online preview of the entire first chapter. This chapter explores the history of turbocharged engine development from the early 1900s, historical attempts of turbocharging production cars, and ends with Porsche's development of the turbocharger for the 917 and Turbo Carrera RSR. This special preview is only available to Parabolica Press customers who sign-in to the account that they used to pre-order the Turbo 3.0 book. If you do not have a password, use the "Forgot your password?" link to create an account.
For customers who have already purchased the Turbo 3.0 book as a holiday gift for another person, please contact us.
April 28, 2017
The mid-1970s were dark times for the automotive industry, especially for high-performance cars as manufacturers worldwide struggled to comply with new emissions and safety regulations, let alone deliver a satisfying driving experience. Then—out of nowhere—Porsche dropped a bombshell, announcing a turbocharged series production supercar: the 3.0-liter 930 Turbo was an instant sensation. From its inception Porsche's mission has been about competition, engineering excellence and pushing the boundaries of what is possible—leading never following. Porsche's Turbo became THE car of the 1970s and 80s, establishing Porsche as a top-tier manufacturer.
Parabolica Press's second book—Turbo 3.0—dives deep into the development, production and mystique behind the three years of Porsche's 3.0-liter Turbo produced from 1975 to 1977. The book continues the theme of being carefully researched using the Porsche factory archives, private collections, period documentation and intensive study. Available for pre-order now in two individually numbered editions, the Limited Edition and the Publisher's Edition, both contain significant never before published material including:
- comprehensive discussions of original options including close-up photos of key details
- previously unpublished photos showcasing factory production of the 3.0-liter Turbo
- exploration of special one-off models produced for executives, Porsche family members, special customers and motor show introductions
- privateer racing exploits of the 3.0-liter Turbo along with the development of the Martini Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 and 934/934.5 race cars
- details from interviews with factory engineers, development drivers and racing pilots involved with making Porsche's original Turbo a success
- summarized assembly line changes for the entire 1975–1977 3.0-liter Turbo production
The Turbo 3.0 book will undoubtedly be the definitive book about the immortal 3.0-liter Turbo and is essential reading for owners, restorers, historians, enthusiasts or anyone who has ever owned, driven or simply lusted after Porsche's first turbocharged supercar.
February 20, 2017
Interested in contributing to the upcoming Turbo 3.0 book? It takes a generous community to produce comprehensive books on such a focused topic. Have a question you would love to see answered by the book? We can't promise it will be in there, but send it our way!
We are always looking for period photographs as well as photos of unusual original details on the 3.0-liter Turbos. If you have interesting material to contribute, lease send details to email@example.com. Some notable photos we are still looking for:
- period photos of Turbos displayed at the dealership
- period photos of Turbos being delivered at dealerships or with the new owner's on delivery day
- Porsche booth at motor shows (1974 London, 1975 Geneva, 1975 AutoRAI Amsterdam, 1975 Turin)
- period 1975–1980 photos of 3.0-liter Turbos racing or rallying
- photos of Turbos being painted at the factory
Additionally, looking for detail photos:
- English language interior decals on Japanese delivered 911/930s (e.g. "HORN", etc)
- rear parcel shelf speaker on 1975–76 models
- original underbody painting and overspray marks
- rocker panel texture close ups (1975 and 1976)
- Italian market white front reflectors
- body production number stamping
If your Turbo has any of the above details and you'd be interested in contributing a photo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send example photos to use as a guide for photographing details. Thank you for your help!
October 26, 2016
This short clip highlights a press operator doing press checks during printing of our Carrera 2.7 book in Germany. The operator periodically pulls off forms from the offset press to check and adjust the colors and black levels across sections of the pages by increasing/decreasing each of the five inks on each stripe. The process includes comparing to proofs as well as the previously printed forms that would be sewn next to each other in the book.
January 17, 2016
Carrera 2.7 book highlights since the last December update:
- Total 911 lists the Carrera 2.7 book #1 on its 2016 "MUST READ" book list;
- GT Porsche, Classic Porsche, Total 911 and Speedster magazine reviews appear in their February issues;
- The special run of 300 red Carrera 2.7: Publisher's Edition books are now SOLD OUT worldwide;
- The blue Carrera 2.7: Limited Edition books for North America are inbound on Lufthansa air freight from Germany and should arrive late this week. Existing orders will ship by the end of January.
November 20, 2015
I spent last week in Germany signing books and preparing invoices for shipments for the initial batch of pre-orders. As of this week books for Europe, Australia, and Asia have begun shipping to those who pre-ordered the book starting in August. It will take several weeks for all the orders in Europe to ship out, so keep your eyes peeled. We will update your order with tracking numbers (UPS outside of Germany, DHL inside Germany). New orders placed after November 5th will start after the beginning of December.
For North American orders, these should start shipping in early December. We are waiting for a small batch of books to be air freighted in from Germany, process through customs and received by our shipping warehouse. As soon as they arrive we will begin shipping them.
October 30, 2015
Printing has Finished
With a new batch of paper delivered, the presses could finally start rolling last week. As of this week, all pages of the Carrera 2.7 book have now been printed and are enroute to the book binder for cutting, assembling, stitching, and preparation for binding. Next week, the individual sections of the book will be bound together into a book with the linen cover. Slipcase production and hot foiling of various exterior design elements will begin shortly thereafter with only a few steps after that before we can start preparing to ship out books.
First Wave Shipping Plan
Our first batch of books destined to those who placed pre-orders will ship directly to customers in Europe and the rest-of-the-world (excluding North America) in just a few weeks from now. We have begun charging credit cards in preparation for shipping and working to resolve any failed transactions. If your credit card has been declined, please fix as-soon-as-possible so your order is not delayed.
Shipments of pre-orders in North America will be happen several weeks after European deliveries as the books must travel across the Atlantic and go through customs before they can be distributed here.
Don't Delay Your Order!
For those who have been waiting until the book is actually available before purchasing, don't delay too long if you want your books in the first wave of shipments. We have had significant demand for the book already and will still be accepting pre-orders through next week, but at some point after that new orders will go into the second wave of shipments. This second batch of shipments will begin a month or so later with books likely arriving after Christmas.
October 10, 2015
Rennsport Reunion Recap
As expected, Rennsport Reunion V was a smashing success and enough to fill my dreams with racing Porsches through the end of the year! Thanks again to Thomas Andersen at Andersen Collectibles for hosting me at their Rennsport booth to show a proof copy of the Carrera 2.7 book. It certainly sparked many engaging conversations and was great to finally meet many of you face-to-face instead of only over email.
Paper Manufacturer Delays Printing
Our quality bar is extremely high to ensure owners of the Carrera 2.7 book not only have research and information that cannot be found anywhere else, but also a book that provides an overall aesthetic that is a joy to open and read every time. The production of the special paper size for the book has taken considerably longer than expected and we finally received paper last week. During last week's test printings using the first aluminum printing plates, the printer noticed inconsistent color absorption which didn't meet their quality bar. The paper manufacturer sent out an inspector who deemed the entire production batch of 27 pallets defective, so we are in a holding pattern waiting for approximately 15–20 tons of new paper to be produced and delivered. The massive amount of wasted paper will eventually be recycled. Hundreds of aluminum printing plates are already being produced so the printing presses can be started as soon as paper arrives. Once the pages have all been printed, which takes approximately four to five days of continuously running the machines, they will be be sent off to the specialty book binder for final binding and slipcase production, all done by hand for each book.
Unfortunately, this means we won't be able to start shipping pre-ordered books until sometime later in November. Orders are being sent on a first-come, first-served basis so those who have been waiting the longest will receive their books first. New orders from this point forward will start shipping at the end of November to early December.
Thank you to all who have pre-ordered the Carrera 2.7 book and are patiently waiting for their copy to arrive. The wait will be worth it! I look forward to hearing your comments and feedback.