The mid-1970s were dark times for the automotive industry, and darker still for those passionate about high-performance cars. Manufacturers worldwide, struggling to comply with new emissions and safety regulations, were finding it difficult to produce cars capable of delivering a satisfying driving experience. With one or two exceptions—very expensive models built in minute quantities—none did. The cars produced in these years were at best compromised; most were simply dreadful. The OPEC oil embargo had just turned everything upside down while safety and emissions standards were strangling performance and stifling innovation from manufacturers. It was an atmosphere of complete and utter despair, as though all had been lost. Then—out of nowhere—Porsche dropped a bombshell, announcing a turbocharged series production supercar that not only met regulatory requirements but also delivered blistering performance. The 3.0-liter Turbo was an instant sensation, inspiring enthusiasts from every corner of the world and offered hope that perhaps there was still a future for performance cars.
From its inception Porsche's mission has been about competition, engineering excellence and pushing the boundaries of what is possible—leading never following. While other manufacturers made attempts to build a turbocharged series production car, none were produced in significant numbers or were commercially viable, other than BMW with the briefly available 2002 Turbo. Porsche's 3.0-liter Turbo was that and more…becoming the first successful turbocharged production car that not only exhibited bulletproof reliability and satisfied regulators, but also ran like a bat out of hell. Porsche's Turbo became THE car of the 1970s and 80s, forever cementing enthusiasm for the Porsche marque among those who came of age during that era. Having entered the popular lexicon, merely mentioning the word “turbo” in the decades that followed brought only one thought to mind: Porsche. The 3.0-liter Turbo is unquestionably the car that raised public perception and established 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. In an attempt to cover everything an owner, restorer, historian or enthusiast would want to know about the dawn of Porsche’s turbocharged supercar, the Turbo 3.0 book includes a considerable amount of material never before published. For example: comprehensive discussions of original options, close-up photos of key details, scenes from factory production, coverage of special one-off models and period motorsports. This exhaustive volume not only covers the privateer racing exploits of the 3.0-liter Turbo, but also the development of production-based turbocharged race cars by examining the Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 and Turbo RSR 934/934.5. Additionally, it includes interviews with factory engineers, development drivers and racing pilots involved with the development of Porsche's original Turbo. This is the definitive book about the immortal 3.0-liter Turbo and it is essential reading for anyone who has ever owned, driven or simply lusted after Porsche's first supercar.
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I have a large Porsche book collection and this one is hands down the best Porsche book I have ever owned or seen. The attention to detail regarding the 2.7 Carrera is amazing. I restore Porsche's for a living and this is a valuable resource for me. In addition to that the quality of the paper, the binding, the color and photos is outstanding, again the best I have seen. Congratulations to Ryan Snodgrass for this amazing book and for adding to the knowledge data base regarding the Carrera 2.7 and Porsche cars in general. I'm telling all my friends in the Porsche World to get their copy now!
Dieses Buch gehört in die Kategorie "Buch von einem Fan für Fans". Der Autor hat keine Mühen gescheut alles nur Erdenkliche für diesen nicht so bekannten Porsche Carrera zusammenzutragen. Während um den "Pre-G" Carrera mit Entenbürzel ein wahrer Hype ausgebrochen ist und die Preise jenseits von Gut und Böse angekommen sind, ist es nicht so bekannt, dass derselbe 2,7 Liter Motor im sogenannten "G"-Modell mit Faltenbalgstoßstangen noch gut ein Jahr angeboten wurde, bevor er von den späteren 3 Liter-Varianten abgelöst wurde.
Dieses Buch beleuchtet die Geschichte des Carreras generell und zeigt alle Facetten des 2,7er G's. Dazu gehören alle technischen Änderungen, alle Farben, Ausstattungen, Prospekte, Testberichte uns eine schier unglaubliche Anzahl von Fotos - so sind zum Beispiel alle möglichen Farbvarianten als Bild vorhanden. Dazu gibt es viele zeitgenössische Fotos aus der damaligen Produktion.
Das Buch ist sehr aufwändig gemacht, erstklassig verarbeitet und wird im Schuber geliefert. Ein absolutes Muss, wenn man das nötige Kleingeld hat. Es ist die logische Ergänzung des Standardwerkes über den Porsche Carrera RS von Gruber/Konradsheim, die im letzten Jahr eine Neuauflage herausgebracht haben. Beide Bücher haben auch dieselbe Buchrückenhöhe - und passen also perfekt nebeneinander ins Regal.
Ich habe mir beide gegönnt - es lohnt sich! Wobei das Buch von Ryan Snodgrass spürbar günstiger ist als das andere..…
The title says it all; what a phenomenal job, well researched, well photo-documented, well written and very well published. I have read it twice, cover to cover and am still learning more. Typos and factual issues are few and far between (and I am sure Ryan has found all!) and, wouldn't you know it, I may have a pre-production Carrera that doesn't follow "all the rules. In short, this book is bound to be a companion to Ludvigen's "Excellence was Expected" and Kondrasheim/Gruber's "Carrera RS". I am only sorry that regular purchasers did not benefit from the Special Book Supplement that accompanied the red, limited edition..
I recently received my copy of Carrera 2.7 and did not put it down until I had devoured all 406 pages! I am life long Porsche fanatic who has a penchant for details and everything being "correct". Mr. Snodgrass must share this affliction as his attention to detail throughout this book borders on the compulsive. For many years the Impact Bumper 2.7 MFI cars have been overlooked and as such there was no definitive guide to the history, authenticity and the overall greatness of these cars. This book will answer all of your questions as well as provide you never before seen factory photographs to substantiate the many previously unknown details.
If I have any complaint with the book is that it is simply too much a piece of "art" to be a useful field tool. From its outer box, binding and beautiful pages it's simply a treat to turn the pages. I found myself being careful while reading so as to not damage what will be long held as one of the treasures of the Porsche written word. It is apparent the care that went into the design, copy and production of this book. It will go on my shelf next to copies of Ludvigsen's "Excellence Was Expected" and Kondradsheim's "Carrera RS". I can't wait to see what the Author comes up with next!
Now if the author could make a paperback "field tool" that I could use when evaluating or judging the authenticity a particular 2.7 MFI...
This is a very well produced book that documents the history of the Carrera 2.7. Incredibly well researched, complete with never before seen photographs, charts and information. Information is included on both production and prototype versions, as well as many "specials" and racing versions. This is a serious work for the serious Porsche collector or historian, but it is also very user friendly for the more casual reader. A must have addition to your Porsche automotive library.
I now have a copy of this book and it is superb! Certainly the definitive reference for Carrera 2.7 MFI cars. This book is thick with photography, tables, archive pictures, charts, period documents and production numbers. It is meticulously researched.
Everyone is asking you “What do you want for Christmas?”. Well, here is your answer. Get this book ordered.
I knew it was going to be good but I’m staggered at the quality of the photography, the printing, the binding, the design & layout. It is wonderful. And - of course - the content is remarkably complete and thorough. Ryan has invested much of his life into this reference piece and a substantial chunk of money no doubt too. There’s no scrimping on quality and no depth of detail missed. I wholeheartedly recommend it.