Netherlands RS Porsche Magazine (#5 / 2015) Review
Vierenzestig 64: Porsche Carrera MFI: 2.7 - The Book
INTRO: Serieuze Porsche-fans zien de Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS als dé 911. En terecht. De auto’s zijn licht, flexibel, doelgericht en de 210 pk sterke 911/83 motor staat niet voor niets keer op keer in de top drie wanneer er in een poll wordt gevraagd welke 911-motor de lekkerste is. In de afgelopen 40 jaar is het verhaal van de 2.7 RS belicht in tientallen boeken en artikelen. Toch is zijn opvolger – een auto met de identieke motor en hetzelfde DNA – lange tijd onderbelicht gebleven.
Die auto is de Carrera 2.7 MFI. Een model dat in feite gelijk is aan de 2.7 RS, alleen dan voorzien van de harmonica – oftewel impact-bumpers. De modellen zijn van 1974 tot 1976 gebouwd en zijn in feite zeldzamer dan de 2.7 RS, want in die drie jaar zijn er minder dan 2.000 van gebouwd. Velen in mooie seventies kleuren als ‘blood orange’, ‘viper green’ en ‘copper brown’. In dit boek van Ryan Snodgrass – ook beheerder van de website www.carreramfi.com – wordt tot in detail het complete verhaal verteld van deze fantastische sportwagens. Het Carrera 2.7-boek is tot stand gekomen met materiaal van de archieven van Porsche, particuliere collecties, documentatie uit die tijd en intensieve studie. In het boek wordt getracht om zowel eigena- ren als restaurateurs, historici en liefhebbers te helpen om alles te weten te komen over deze intrigerende 911-variant. Zo wordt aandacht besteed aan de oorspronkelijke opties, zijn er foto’s van belangrijke details, wordt inzicht gegeven in de productie en wordt een grote hoeveelheid nooit eerder gepubliceerd materiaal getoond. Hoewel het boek in eerste plaats gaat over de Carrera’s met mechanische brandstofinjectie, is het volgens de auteur tevens een onmisbaar naslagwerk voor liefhebbers van een de 930 3.0 Turbo-modellen en andere 911-modellen uit het midden van de jaren 1970. Meer info op: www.parabolicapress.com
Rough translation of Dutch article into English:
INTRO: Serious Porsche fans will see the Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS as the 911. And rightly so. The cars are light, flexible, targeted and the 210 hp engine 911/83 is not for nothing again and again in the top three when asked in a poll which 911 engine is the tastiest. In the past 40 years the story of the 2.7 RS highlighted in dozens of books and articles. Yet his successor - a car with the same engine and the same DNA - long remained underexposed.
That car is the Carrera: 2.7 MFI. A model that is in fact the same as the 2.7 RS, only with the bellows - in other words impact bumpers. The models are built from 1974 to 1976 and are in fact rarer than the 2.7 RS, because in those three years there are fewer than 2,000 were built. Many in beautiful colors seventies such as "blood orange", "viper green" and "brown copper.
In this book, Ryan Snodgrass – also administrator of the website www.carreramfi.com – provides a detailed account tells the complete story of this fantastic sports cars. The Carrera 2.7 book was developed with material from the archives of Porsche, private collections, documentation from that time and intensive study. In the book seeks to both eigena- run as restorers, helping historians and enthusiasts to learn all about this intriguing 911 variant. If attention is paid to the original options are given pictures of important details, insight into manufacturing and a large amount of never-before-published material is shown. Although the book primarily deals with the Carrera with mechanical fuel injection, according to the author it is also an indispensable reference for lovers of the models 930 3.0 Turbo 911 and other models from the mid-1970s for more info: www.parabolicapress.com.
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.
"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."
The Turbo 3.0 book wins first place in the coveted MOTORWORLD BUCHPREIS for the Markenbuch category (best book for a single brand), which honors the best car books of the year. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 inside the Arthur Bechtel Classic Motors showroom at the Motorworld Stuttgart V8 Hotel in Böblingen, Germany.
For almost 20 years, noted automotive historian and journalist Jürgen Lewandowski has presided over the Autobuchpreis which honors the best works produced each year on automotive and motorsports topics. For 2018, MOTORWORLD Group became the primary sponsor for the Autobuchpreis, hosting the event and judging team of Jürgen Lewandowksi (chairman of the jury), Andreas Dünkel (Motorworld Group Chairman), Mark N. Backé (Grand Basel Chairman), Vittorio Strosek (Strosek Design), Michael Stoschek (Brose Chairman), Christian Steiger (Classic Cars Editor-in-Chief), Dr. Andreas Kaufmann (Leica Camera Chairman) and Robertino Wild (Capricorn Chairman).