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La metà degli anni '70 erano tempi bui per l'industria automobilistica, in particolare per le auto ad alte prestazioni poiché i produttori di tutto il mondo hanno lottato per conformarsi alle nuove normative sulle emissioni e sulla sicurezza, per non parlare dell'esperienza di guida soddisfacente. Poi, dal nulla, la Porsche lanciò una bomba, annunciando una supercar di serie turbocompressa: la 930 Turbo da 3,0 litri fu una sensazione istantanea. Fin dall'inizio la missione di Porsche è stata quella di competere, progettare l'eccellenza e spingere i confini di ciò che è possibile, senza mai seguire. La Porsche Turbo divenne la vettura degli anni '70 e '80, stabilendo Porsche come un costruttore di alto livello.
Il secondo libro di Parabolica Press—Turbo 3.0—approfondisce lo sviluppo, la produzione e la mistica dietro i tre anni del Turbo da 3,0 litri Porsche prodotto dal 1975 al 1977. Il libro continua il tema di essere attentamente studiato utilizzando gli archivi della fabbrica Porsche, le collezioni private, la documentazione d'epoca e lo studio intensivo. Disponibile per il preordine ora in due edizioni numerate singolarmente, il Edizione limitata e il Edizione dell'editore, entrambi contengono materiale significativo mai pubblicato prima tra cui:
Il Turbo 3.0 libro sarà senza dubbio il libro definitivo sull'immortale Turbo da 3,0 litri ed è una lettura essenziale per proprietari, restauratori, storici, appassionati o chiunque abbia mai posseduto, guidato o semplicemente bramato la prima supercar turbo Porsche.
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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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