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The Rinspeed Porsche 997 "Gullwing"

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May 31, 2005

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June 1, 2005 Swiss automotive design customizing Rinspeed has given us some of the most innovative four-wheeled designs of the last decade, usually with cars that morph from one shape or purpose to another, such as the Presto, Bedouin, Splash and Senso. This time there's no morphing, just a new and exclusive look for the Porsche 911 (997). Whether Carrera or Carrera S, Coupe or Convertible, Rinspeed has an aerodynamics package for these models, with the highlight being the reworked original doors now swing upwards instead of laterally, for the distinctive gullwing look.

The original front bumper is accentuated by a front spoiler lip which increases the down force. Aesthetically designed side sills let the 997 appear to be lower and more stretched. A fixed rear wing optimizes the effect of the movable factory rear spoiler and underlines the powerful and sporty looks.

The rear bumper add-on lip in a diffuser design extends the bumper downwards and sets the twin angular double exhaust tips of the sport muffler effectfully in scene. The Swiss tuner also offers the well-known aluminium wheel in the "R5/1" design either in 18 inch or 19 inch. The front axle takes at most an 8.5x19" and the rear axle an 11x19" wheel. Tires of the dimensions 235/35-19 and 315/25-19 then are mounted. To complete the program for the 997 Rinspeed also offers a wide variation of exhaust systems from angular double end tips to a flow optimized sport exhaust inclusive tubular headers, metal catalytic converters and rear muffler. A highlight is set by the gull wing doors by the Swiss customizing company. The original doors swing upwards instead of laterally. An awesome and exclusive look is guaranteed. Suspension wise Rinspeed opts for either sporty springs with a lowering of approximately 25 mm (1 inch) or alternatively an in height and stiffness adjustable coil over suspension kit which can also be used for vehicles equipped with the PASM. The interior is enhanced by full leather trims in any color and variation, carbon decor elements, air bag sport steering wheels, aluminium pedals, foot rests and shift knobs.

Full details at Rinspeed.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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