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Di tanto in tanto, viene pubblicato un nuovo libro che eccelle in tutto. Stile, design, ricerca, passione con cui è scritto. Carrera 2.7 di Ryan Snodgrass appartiene sicuramente alla lista di questi libri assolutamente sbalorditivi che dovrebbero essere nella biblioteca di ogni fan di Porsche dichiarato.
La leggendaria Porsche Carrera RS del 1973 è stata oggetto di molti libri. Tuttavia, il suo successore è stato ignorato da molto tempo quando si tratta di letteratura specializzata decente. Ora il divario è stato finalmente colmato.
L'autore, Ryan Snodgrass, ha trascorso ore e ore a ricercare letteratura e documentazione del periodo, collezioni private. Combina questo con il supporto degli Archivi Porsche, e il risultato è un libro che contiene letteralmente tutto ciò che vorresti sapere sulla Porsche 2.7 Carrera.
Non solo fornisce all'autore molti dettagli su tutto ciò che ha portato allo sviluppo della Porsche Carrera 2.7 per continuare la storia fino all'ultimo modello di produzione, comprese le auto "Sonderwunschen" che sono state costruite. Le ampie liste di numeri di telaio, numeri di motore, specifiche, insieme alle centinaia di immagini mai pubblicate prima, sia in bianco e nero che a colori, e le dozzine di grafici e pubblicazioni rendono questo libro la fonte finale di ricerca per il restauro di un'auto.
Solo superlativi per questo libro. Un must per ogni collezionista Porsche. Meglio essere veloci, sono disponibili solo 2500 copie della Limited Edition blu. Il libro probabilmente si esaurirà completamente e diventerà un oggetto da collezione esattamente come il primo Carrera RS edizione di Konradsheim.
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Review of the Turbo 3.0 book in Octane magazine's October 2019 issue:
We'll come clean: this book was released last year but our review copy was mislaid during Octane's hastily carried-out office relocation form Bedfordshite to London. It's author, Ryan Snodgrass, very kindly offered to send us another one—and we're so glad he did, because this is a truly exceptional work.
A companion volume to Snodgrass' previous magnum opus, Carrera 2.7, this mammoth 536-page tribute to the Porsche 911 Turbo is printed on creamy archival paper and presented in a stout slipcase. Pay extra for the 300-off Publisher's Edition and you get an even stouter clamshell box that additionally houses convincing reproductions of Porsche ephemera such as press releases and photos, and actual 35mm colour slides, plus a 20-page supplement on how the book was put together.
Is either version worth the money? Emphatically yes, because the level of detail and the production values are stunning. To give just two examples: expert financial book-keepers were hired to check the production data for all 2819 Turbos built; and because no detailed cutaway drawing was ever made of the Turbo, noted cutaway artist Makoto Ouchi was commissioned to draw on. The print specification—which apparently involved '15-micron stochastic hybrid screens' and 'special wide-gamut inks'—will have any bibliophile salivating over their silkscreened linen slipcase.
Every possible aspect of the 1975–77 Turbo is covered in depth: development, build, mechanical, design, one-offs and special editions, racing versions... There's even a spread devoted to specific tyre inflators, jacks and plastic gloves supplied by Porsche for the Turbo's space-save tyre.
As you'll have gathered, we're impressed. It's taken a while for Turbo 3.0 to make it into these pages, but it was well worth the wait.
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"Ryan Snodgrass's book on early Porsche Turbos is probably the greatest single model book that I've ever seen in my life. I have not been able to put it down since getting it. It is just full of every bit of geeky goodness about those cars. It is phenomenal."
Of course, when asked at 0:28:07 by Mark Green if manifested into a car, what kind of car would Robb Sass be, his affinity for the Turbo was clear. Sass answered he'd like to be a 1975 or 1976 Turbo Carrera, the first generation Turbo: "I think that they are kind of a little bit edgy. It was the height of the malaise era. A car I really respect as when everything else was slow and crappy, you had this car that would go 0 to 60 in about 5 seconds. Performance on par with a muscle car from ten years before at a time when people were building the Mustang II. If I could aspire to be any car...I'm not a 75-76 Turbo Carrera, but if I could that is probably what it would be as it was so shocking and so surprising and a little bit unpredictable." "Porsche never got the memo that the malaise era was going on."
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