Speedster Magazine, issue #44, review of the Turbo 3.0 book:
Lorsqu'il dévoilait son Carrera 2.7 MFI book en 2015, Ryan Snodgrass ne s'attendait pas nécessairement à ce que son oeuvre devienne un nouvel étalon-référence dans la littérature automobile super-spécialisée (comprenez les livres dédiés à un seul modèle). Il a été encensé par la presse et a collectionné les Trophées. On imaginait le prochain opus, qu'on savait consacré à la 911 Turbo 3.0, d'une égale qualité. Et puis non, l'auteur n'a pas su s'y tenir... il a poussé tous les curseurs au maximum!
Snodgrass vous emmène voir ce que signifiait Turbo dans le contexte du début des 70's. Il vous en explique le fonctionnement, vous emmène dans les bureaux d'études suivre le développement des premiers prototypes, leur proximité avec l'univers de la compétition, but premier que devait servir la 930... Vivre sa révélation au public, son lancement et ses premiers pas commerciaux. Et puis tout le reste. Ses entrailles, son équipement, ses options, son nuancier, chaque détail de manière exhaustive et sa moindre évolution de millésime en millésime. En si peu de mots, le schéma vous semble certainement similaire à la table des matières de tout ouvrage spécifique dûment constitué. Mais s'il lui faut plus de 530 pages, c'est que Ryan Snodgrass le fait avec un niveau de détail jamais approché auparavant: connaissez-vous un autre livre qui aille jusqu'à développer les différences entre les stickers de l'environnement moteur d'un millésime à l'autre? La somme de documents est impressionnante, la qualité même d'impression et de reliure est époustouflante. Nous avons demandé à Ryan Snodgrass de nous parler de la Turbo 3.0 et de son travail sur cet ouvrage incroyable.
Qu'est-ce que la Turbo 3.0 a de si particulier dans l'histoire de Porsche pour qu'elle mérite un ouvrage aussi volumineux?
La Turbo 3.0 était une voiture révolutionnaire pour la marque, Elle l'a élevée au rang de constructeur de supercars et attiré une nouvelle population vers Porsche, particulièrement aux USA où il n'y avait pas de concurrente à haute performance (les Countach et 512BB n'étaient pas légalement importées). C'était la première voiture de sport sans compromis construite en grande série. Contrairement aux précédentes versions du moteur air-cooled qui avaient mené à la RS, le 3,0 Turbo était le premier de son genre, et Porsche a dû mener des travaux de développement colossaux pour obtenir un ensemble moteur/châssis efficace et fiable, Une ingénierie et des tests considérables sont entrés dans le développement de la Turbo 3,0, Et puis comme c'était la première, il y a eu de nombreuses variantes et des modèles spéciaux créés pour les dirigeants de l'entreprise, des partenaires ou des clients particuliers comme le Conte Rossi ou Karajan.
Ce nouveau Turbo 3.0 repousse encore les standards établis par le précédent livre Carrera 2.7 MFI. Dans quels domaines êtes-vous allé plus loin encore?
Je me suis lancé dans cette nouvelle aventure parce que je savais pouvoir faire mieux, et les passionnés d'automobiles attendaient de nouveaux standards dans ce domaine. Turbo 3,0 va encore plus loin dans l'analyse des données et des concepts d'ingénierie, en essayant d'obtenir des informations de première main, en interviewant des employés de l'usine qui ont travaillé sur ces projets. Aucun autre livre n'a jamais présenté autant de données sur chaque numéro de châssis, près de 3000 voitures! J'ai passé environ cinq semaines (plus de 200 heures) à fouiller dans les données pour assurer la plus grande précision possible. Des logiciels les ont analysées pour relever d'éventuelles erreurs, d'autres les ont croisées pour obtenir des visualisations intéressantes et inédites comme celle de la page 496 qui permet de constater rapidement la fréquence de chaque code option dans toute la production. Je pense que nous avons aussi placé la barre plus haut en termes de qualité d'édition, en dévoilant des archives originales jamais vues jusqu'à maintenant Nous avons aussi poussé les limites de la qualité d'impression. Les lecteurs peuvent scruter les photos à la loupe à la recherche de détails pour leur propre voiture. Avec la Publisher's Edition, nous sommes allés encore plus loin, en offrant au lecteur comme une immersion dans les archives, la possibilité de fouiller dans des documents, diapos, photos, vidéos, etc, pour se faire sa propre idée de la nature des sources. C'est associé à un supplément qui éclaire le lecteur sur le processus de recherche. Le coffret est de très grande qualité, avec une doublure en velours pour protéger le livre et un soufflet spécial pour ranger les archives. J'ai plus de 400 ouvrages automobiles dans ma bibliothèque, du livre de poche à 5 dollars aux titres de chez Palawan Press à 1 700 dollars, Je pense sincèrement qu'aucun d'entre eux n'atteint le niveau de qualité et la profondeur du livre Turbo 3,0, S'il paraît onéreux à première vue, il est moins cher que trois heures de main-d'oeuvre chez un spécialiste Porsche, pour une mine d'information colossale. Pour les passionnés de Turbo, c'est une très bonne affaire
En anglais. 536 pages, plus de 1 500 photos.
Couverture rigide entoilée avec sérigraphie de Guy Allen.
Limited Edition : 2 500 exemplaires numérotés. Couverture Lime Green, étui entoilé sérigraphie d'art. Format 27,3x32,4 mm. Poids 4,8 kg. 375 euros. ISBN : 978-0-9962682-4-0.
Publisher's Edition : 300 exemplaires numérotés et signés. Couverture Continental Orange, coffret entoilé sérigraphie d'art. Supplément "Making of" de 20 pages et dossier d'archives historiques. Format 28,6x33,7 cm. Poids 5,2 kg. 575 euros. ISBN : 978-0-9962682-6-4.
Panorama's May 2018 issue reviewed the Turbo 3.0 book:
Following its domination of the Can-Am racing series in 1972 and 1973, Porsche used its experience with turbocharging technology gained in motorsports for serial sports car production. Launched in 1975 with a turbocharged flat-six engine, flared wheel arches to accommodate wider wheels, and unmistakable “whale tail” rear spoiler, the 930 Turbo was revolutionary in its performance. It was the fastest German production car upon its introduction, helping Porsche to fortify its reputation as a seminal sports car manufacturer.
Following in the considerable wake of his award-winning Carrera 2.7, author Ryan Snodgrass again hones in with laser-like focus on just a single variant of the iconic 930 Turbo—the earliest 3.0-liter examples produced from September 1974 through June 1977—tracing the model’s roots and origin during an era that is often referred to as a dark time for performance cars.
Naturally, there are the de rigueur in-depth chapters that one might expect to be found on the subjects of turbocharging, drivetrain, chassis, body, and interior, incorporating first-hand accounts and interviews with factory personnel who worked on the project. Additional content includes sections on accessories; literature; marketing materials; and special bespoke models built by the factory for exhibition, executives, and important clients. Racing derivatives such as the Martini Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14, 934, 934.5, and privateer Turbo 3.0 entries are also examined. An appendix at the end of the book lists all 2,819 Turbo 3.0 chassis numbers complete with notations on original colors, interior, and equipment.
Over 536 beautifully designed pages, the prose is supported by more than 1,500 incredible color and black-and-white images, including illustrations, charts, publications, and internal documents, the majority of them truly uncommon or not published before.
Befitting a book that Snodgrass states demanded almost 5,000 man-hours of research, writing, design, and production time, the attention to detail is incredible, surpassing the already superb levels of data analysis and engineering development insights from the author’s previous effort. The book’s production quality is on an equal plane of existence with its writing and utilizes special wide-gamut inks and high-resolution, 15-micron stochastic screens, allowing the reader to zoom in on the details should they want to scrutinize the photos more closely with a magnifying glass when researching various minute details for their own restorations.
Available in a slipcased standard Limited Edition, of which 2,500 have been printed, and a numbered-series Publisher’s Edition (shown here) limited to just 300 copies containing additional niceties, Turbo 3.0 is a sublime reading experience, automotive book or not, and one that will undoubtedly generate feelings of lust for the 930.
Although a starting price of $395 might seem lofty, consider it a small price to pay—the reader is gleaning the immeasurable benefit of all the hours of effort and achievement the author has invested into uncovering anything an owner, collector, or re- storer could possibly want to know. A monumental piece of work, Turbo 3.0 must be considered one of the finest automotive books extant, and the definitive word on the model.
Ryan Snodgrass is an excellent storyteller who proved capable of making the subject of a single Porsche model – the 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI – engaging reading supplemented with exceptional documentation. That book had no shortcomings.
However, when Snodgrass set out to relate the planning, engineering, styling, and development history of the Typ 930, he used his own work as his benchmark. Then he reset it a great deal higher with his latest book Turbo 3.0. This work – throughout – tends to humble the word “encyclopedic” as Snodgrass explores every element of turbocharging and the turbocharged Porsche 911 in detailed photos, diagrams, and documents. There are pages (and pages) of paint color representations, a complete series on actual cars, and an astonishing chart identifying ALL Turbo 3.0 colors and the frequency of their appearance in 1975, 1976, and 1977.
Reinforcing the exhaustive attention to detail, captions for many photos in this book not only identify the model year and country of original delivery but also include the car’s VIN. The chapter on interiors identifies standard and optional upholstery materials (and on one jarring two-page spread illustrates the interior color scheme of one particular 1977 Martini Turbo 3.0 (also identified by chassis number) done for the London Motor Show.
For those intrigued – or enthralled – by Porsche factory custom cars, Snodgrass’s chapter on these special Turbos is fascinating. Snodgrass devotes equal space, time, and research to Turbo accessories, literature, and of course, production data.
With the title of his book, Ryan Snodgrass posits an interesting idea. While most automotive historians quickly and willingly will award Porsche’s 959 with the title of world’s first supercar, Snodgrass suggests the Turbo 3.0 may more rightfully carry that distinction. It was, after all, the fastest production car in the world when Porsche introduced it. It also was one of its most courageous, announced just as O.P.E.C. told the world the mid-eastern oil exporting countries were cutting off supplies of petroleum.
Books such as this – especially one printed and produced with such high quality photo reproduction, taking immeasurably high research, and representing several years of Snodgrass’ and his collaborators’ time, necessarily must command high prices. If you own one of these cars or simply are deeply interested, you must have this book in your reference library.
Turbo 3.0 – Porsche’s First Turbocharged Supercar 1975-1977; Ryan Snodgrass. 2018 Parabolica Press. 536p plus supplements. ISBN: 978-0-9962682-4-0. $395.00 (limited edition) from www.parabolicapress.com. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Without the 3.0-liter Turbo, Porsche’s turbocharged racing story would be a shadow of what it is today and, perhaps, Porsche would never have achieved the reputation of being the groundbreaking, technology-driven manufacturer that it still trades on today.”
- When you order this book, you’d better schedule some vacation time because this is one of those books you won’t want to put down once you get into it. You’ll also want to start building up wrist strength—the package the courier will leave on your doorstep clocks in at around 12 lb.
- The book is so hefty that you’ll want to get advice from your bookbinder friends, or Google it, how to properly break in a big new book without stressing the binding and bend it out of shape permanently.
- If there were valet parking for books, this one is one of those confections that would be left right out front, for all to salivate about.
Enough with the preliminaries. Yes, this book is an “event” unto itself—not least considering its arduous and oft-delayed production path—and while the turmoil probably put a few nails into its perfectionist author-publisher’s coffin, it’ll give you the entirely uncommon thought that there is, still, intelligent life out there. If you are a 911 fan, especially a Turbo fan, none of this will matter because you already know that, based on the strength of the author’s previous work, this is not a book you can afford to be on the fence about. Only 2500 copies (plus 300 in the $595 Publisher’s Edition that was used for this review) exist anyway, so, spool up that turbo and get your order in.
If you have the patience, start your exploration of the book with the 20-page “Behind the Scenes” Supplement. It’ll give you a mighty appreciation for the fantastic amount of thought and work that goes into producing a book of this caliber. And that’s if everything goes well . . . Murphy’s Law could have been invented for the publishing world. . . . People who’ve been aware of this book project for the last few years and had to readjust their “now I can die happy” clock repeatedly know well enough the litany of production challenges Snodgrass had to overcome in order to adhere to his vision. Now the book is here, at last, and of course it was worth the wait. As did the previous book, the new one raises the bar in regards to “richness” in terms of presentation, selection and organization, and distinguishes itself in regards to the integrity of the data, inferences drawn, new micro details added to the record.
A necessary caveat: the book deals only with the original run of 3L Turbos, the 2874 cars built 1975–77. Even if you are—tsk, tsk!—someone to whom all 911s look alike, a 911 Turbo, or, properly, a Porsche 930, is instantly recognizable. Hint; it’s that tail! Throughout its life it was Porsche’s top-of-the-line model, and as engineer-turned-race driver Jürgen Barth (a Porsche author, too) rightly says in his Foreword, at its launch it was the fastest production car in Germany but still even civilians found it “a really fun car to drive” at the limit—if they had been properly briefed on its use, by the likes of him.
For motorcars that burn gasoline, especially performance cars, turbocharging is nowadays a hot topic and so anyone who looks at the technology angle will benefit from seeing here how the first road car produced in series tackled the problems.
The Turbo 3.0 book picks up where the author’s previous one on the Carrera 2.7 ends, both in terms of chronology and also technical evolution. The books were conceived as companion volumes and what little overlap there is between the two in regards to especially photos is only for the sake of rounding out certain aspects of the story.
To thread the needle, Snodgrass offers a quick summary of the technical principles behind forced induction and showcases early applications including ships and aircraft. One of the automotive projects actually involved a young Ferdinand Porsche, in the 1920s (working on the Mercedes-Benz SSK), decades before the firm he was yet to found would become a leader in this technology. This section really is only a high-level snapshot and the novice reader will probably not gain a fully rounded understanding of why turbos were so complicated and therefore costly and also failure prone and therefore were considered unfeasible for mass-produced road cars.
The level of magnification changes drastically once the story turns to Porsche, first the racecars beginning with the all-dominant 917. The existing Porsche literature is immensely deep and it can’t have been easy for Snodgrass to reconcile different accounts, choose which gaps to fill, and clean up the data. From the business case to design parameters to marketing strategies to specs for different world markets, this one authoritative books puts it all your fingertips.
On the illustrative side there are many gems and almost half the images have never before been published. In terms of craft the cutaway [above] by Makotu Ouchi must rank supreme. Moreover, it is the first ever of a Turbo 3.0! The in-period photography of the Porsche factory by Guy Morrison adds singular detail; images of his were already used in the Carrera book as was the contemporary studio work of Michael Furman. The layout is easy on the eyes and the prose, detail laden as it is, a joy to read.
Much more could be said but the case could not be made more persuasive: Whether you are a Turbo owner/aspirant or a bibliophile book geek, on every count, this book is significant.
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.
What’s the next best thing to buying a Porsche Carrera 2.7? Buying a book about it.
Specifically, Ryan Snodgrass’s definitive guide to the model, published by Parabolica Press in 2015 and called, helpfully, Carrera 2.7. Just 2500 were printed. There are about 300 copies of the Limited Edition version left, each costing £225. Sounds a lot? Don’t worry: in two years your investment could be worth £1000.
“Carrera 2.7 set a new benchmark for motoring books,” says Ben Horton of Horton’s Books, a specialist motoring bookseller in Marlborough, Wiltshire. “It’s not only an in-depth story of the car but is also packed with all the information – colour charts, component photographs, mechanical evolution – every owner, enthusiast or restorer could desire, plus it’s beautifully produced. “Buy a limited-edition version today and in two years it’ll fetch four and a half times its new price. I’ve been selling motoring books for more than 25 years and for the highest quality or most interesting books, I’ve never known a downturn.”
For the speculative petrolhead who’s clumsy with spanners but loves a good read, Carrera 2.7, and books like it, seem to be the perfect alternative.
Read the full article "The best motoring books: appreciating classics" in Autocar.
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.
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|
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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.