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Das Boat at Crash Fest

By Jason Burton

IMAG1044There it sat on the infield grass. A battery drained by a driver that wasn’t. As full of hope and will as Mitch Peronto, the fearless captain of Das Boat, was, the end had come as he cranked and cranked in an effort to get his proud race car restarted. The engine, no longer how long it was cranked and how much unburned fuel hung in the air, would not fire. This 32 year old flagship of Mercedes-Benz had covered its last miles in a way that most probably no other had ever done, in a race to the death towing a boat in rural Indiana. The car, its crew, and confident driver gave all they had and the results were admirable.

The event was Crash Fest, a medieval gladiator style match to [...]

IMG_1841The M272 and M273 engines are incredibly robust and were the workhorse in most U.S. Mercedes models beginning in 2004. They were phased out from the U.S. market just a couple of years ago. Apart from some early engines having issues with balance shaft/timing chain sprockets, these engines are just about as bulletproof as they come. Their intake manifolds, however, have a weakness that is becoming very apparent as these engines start to get a few years on them.

Hi-Line Automotive in Downers Grove walked me though this design weakness and how to perform the repair more robustly than a MB dealership would and with a substantial cost savings as well.IMG_1838

First it is important to understand [...]

The W113 “Pagoda” SL Mercedes made from 1963-1971 are amazing cars. Robust, stylish, reliable and still modern enough to cope with today’s traffic. Some of the most coveted models are those equipped with the ZF 5-speed transmissions. Approximately 883 cars were optioned with this transmission out of a total production of 48,912. Consequently finding one of these cars is difficult and prices for them higher than the 4-speed (manual or automatic) optioned Pagodas. More difficult yet is finding replacement parts for the original ZF gearboxes, which beyond bearings that are generic, the rest of the components are made nearly of unobtanium making refurbishment and repairs extremely expensive.

photo 4The reason why these transmissions are so coveted is simple. At highway speeds a 4-speed W113 turns some serious RPM. The 5-speed brings [...]

2014 Porsche Boxster Type S Convertible

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A roadster is not simply a car. The Boxster is not simply a roadster. It’s a sports car that brings you closer to the road, closer to real life and connects you with your own free spirit. The precise, lightweight chassis ensures an impressively dynamic drive, with practically no body roll or pitch. Or, in short, a safer and more comfortable drive.

Power is transmitted to the road by 18-inch Boxster wheels. Their distinctive five-spoke design affords an unobstructed glimpse of the braking system’s black four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers. And you can keep an eye on the pressure in all four tyres thanks to tire pressure monitoring (TPM). The large air inlets illustrate character. The sound produced by the central tailpipe in brushed stainless steel is unmistakably Porsche.

High-quality, stylish materials are used in the interior. The steering wheel rim, gear lever/selector and door pull inlays are finished in leather. The refined tone is [...]

2009 Porsche Carrera 4S Turbo Convertible

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Open-top driving is integral to Porsche history. It began back in 1948 with the No. 1. The convertible variant of the first 356 became a legend, as did its descendent, the Porsche 550 Spyder. In 1982, the first 911 Carrera model in cabriolet form was introduced to the road.

Two things that all open-top Porsche cars have in common are an urge for sporty acceleration and unlimited driving pleasure. The time has come to carry this tradition on into the future. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet does just that.

That explains what motivates us; so let’s describe what drives the car: the 3.8-litre engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus, which produces 400 hp at 7400 rpm. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 187 mph.

Without question, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet has remained faithful to [...]

2014 Porsche GTS Executive Edition

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Let’s be honest: children rarely dream of being an overworked entrepreneur. Even now, they are far more likely to dream about sports cars. And what about years later, when success has been achieved? Do we really have to sacrifice the dream simply because leading a full life no longer leaves any time – or room – for a sports car?

No, we don’t. Not at Porsche anyway. With the Panamera Turbo S Executive, the Panamera Turbo Executive and the Panamera 4S Executive, you have the best of both worlds: you can go for a sporty spin in the driver’s seat and concentrate on finishing your work in the comfort of the rear. Not at the same time, obviously, but certainly in the same car, thanks to an extra 15 cm added to the length of the body. The additional space benefits the rear passengers the most, particularly on long journeys. Here, you can do something [...]

2014 Porsche GTS Sedan Executive Edition

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Let’s be honest: children rarely dream of being an overworked entrepreneur. Even now, they are far more likely to dream about sports cars. And what about years later, when success has been achieved? Do we really have to sacrifice the dream simply because leading a full life no longer leaves any time – or room – for a sports car?

No, we don’t. Not at Porsche anyway. With the Panamera Turbo S Executive, the Panamera Turbo Executive and the Panamera 4S Executive, you have the best of both worlds: you can go for a sporty spin in the driver’s seat and concentrate on finishing your work in the comfort of the rear. Not at the same time, obviously, but certainly in the same car, thanks to an extra 15 cm added to the length of the body. The additional space benefits the rear passengers the most, particularly on long journeys. Here, you can do something [...]

2014 Porsche Cayenne GTS Sport Utility

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The prowess of the new Cayenne is clearly reflected in the design: the front and rear sections have been completely revised. They are now sharper and even more sophisticated. The new hood, new front fenders, new main headlights and modified air intakes lend the car even greater presence. It is more athletic and muscular than ever before.

The precisely contoured sides make it clear that this is a sports car with character and stature. The new exterior mirrors with integrated indicators and wheels in a range of sizes up to 21 inches – with new attractive styling – serve to emphasize the car’s dynamics. An impression that is confirmed by a number of other new details including the standard daytime running lights featuring four integral LED daytime running lights, as well as the new LED taillights and integrated tailpipes.

Every detail has been used to highlight what matters most to you: the sporting credibility that [...]

2015 Porsche GTS Panamera Demonstrator

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The Panamera models reconcile contradictions. They are vitalised by the conflict between comfort and dynamics and between sporty performance and efficiency. Can three letters intensify this conflict? The answer is seen on racetracks and on roads. That’s where Porsche has written the abbreviation GTS into history – and is how the Panamera GTS has become the thoroughbred athlete of the family.

The figures sum it up: 324 kW (440 hp) power output and a maximum torque of 520 Nm. The 4.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine with ram induction is extremely responsive. 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and the active allwheel drive of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) transmit the engine power of the Panamera GTS adeptly to the tarmac. The sports exhaust system and the adaptive air suspension with ‘normal level’ lowered by 10 mm are fitted as standard. The brake system, wheels, front end and four-way rear spoiler have been carried over from the Panamera Turbo. [...]

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