Introducing the Gizmag Store

Renting a rocketship

By

August 20, 2006

Renting a rocketship

Renting a rocketship

Image Gallery (16 images)

August 21, 2006 As technology enables new ways of doing things, so too there are new financial and social constructs which offer a cost efficient, top class lifestyle and access to the automobiles you desire. We’ve recently written about luxury car sharing clubs, fractional ownership and lifestyle clubs, but of course there’s always good old short term rental. The remarkable autobahn system is the best-of-breed, highly efficient, high speed road system that covers Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The German autobahns famously have no speed limits over much of their rural sections, and although there is a recommended speed limit of 130 km/h (81.25 mph) and insurance companies may refuse to settle part of the claim if the driver is found to have driven at an unsafe speed, speeds over 200 km/h (125 mph) are not uncommon, and there is a breed of German automotive specialists that caters to the exclusive high speed sports car market which the high speeds facilitate. TechArt is such a company - it takes Porsches and makes them even more sporty and exclusive – the type of exclusivity and cost that denies mere mortals from ever experiencing them. The company trialled and found the rental business for its finest specimens suddenly blossoming. Now you can rent a car like this modified 635 hp Porsche Carrera GT, the 600 bhp Cayenne Magnum we wrote about recently, or maybe a 997 for a weekend, a week or longer. If you’re in Germany the car can meet you at the airport or be delivered to your hotel or home. It’s just the thing for cruising the Rhine valley on a Sunday afternoon or to supply the ground transport component of a business trip, special event or serendipitous adventure. The TECHART dream car fleet is yummy, but the excuse for the story is a Porsche Carrera GT the company recently customized for one of its long-time customers – that’s it pictured.

August 21, 2006 As technology enables new ways of doing things, so too there are new financial and social constructs which offer a cost efficient, top class lifestyle and access to the automobiles you desire. We’ve recently written about luxury car sharing clubs, fractional ownership and lifestyle clubs, but of course there’s always good old short term rental. The remarkable autobahn system is the best-of-breed, highly efficient, high speed road system that covers Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The German autobahns famously have no speed limits over much of their rural sections, and although there is a recommended speed limit of 130 km/h (81.25 mph) and insurance companies may refuse to settle part of the claim if the driver is found to have driven at an unsafe speed, speeds over 200 km/h (125 mph) are not uncommon, and there is a breed of German automotive specialists that caters to the exclusive high speed sports car market which the high speeds facilitate. TechArt is such a company - it takes Porsches and makes them even more sporty and exclusive – the type of exclusivity and cost that denies mere mortals from ever experiencing them. The company trialled and found the rental business for its finest specimens suddenly blossoming. Now you can rent a car like this modified 635 hp Porsche Carrera GT, the 600 bhp Cayenne Magnum we wrote about recently, or maybe a 997 for a weekend, a week or longer. If you’re in Germany the car can meet you at the airport or be delivered to your hotel or home. It’s just the thing for cruising the Rhine valley on a Sunday afternoon or to supply the ground transport component of a business trip, special event or serendipitous adventure. The TECHART dream car fleet is yummy, but the excuse for the story is a Porsche Carrera GT the company recently customized for one of its long-time customers – that’s it pictured. Story inside.

The TechArt designers developed aerodynamically efficient custom-tailored body components made from exposed carbon fiber that serve as a visual contrast to the metallic-orange special paint. A new air outlet on the upper half of the front fascia and a one-piece spoiler lip on the lower half give the front of the two-seater an even more dynamic appearance. The low-reaching front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds further and thus further optimizes directional stability.

TechArt also developed a three-piece gurney flap that serves as the aerodynamic counterpart in the rear. The center piece of the separation edge extends together with the pop-up rear wing and in combination with the fixed spoiler edges on the left and right produces additional downforce on the rear axle.

While suspension and tires remain untouched the peripherals of the 5.7-liter V10 engine are upgraded with a TechArt stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system and a modified intake system. Both benefit not only the engine sound that escapes through the two production tailpipes; the modifications also increase maximum power output from 612 hp / 450 kW to some 635 hp / 467 kW.

Further room for improvement of the Carrera GT lay in the cockpit. TechArt customized the interior with an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel with leather/carbon fiber rim, and a shifter made from exposed carbon fiber. Requests for even more exclusive and colorful fully leather interiors are answered by the TechArt upholstery shop.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon After Editing or Managing over 50 print publications primarily in the role of a Magazine Doctor, Mike embraced the internet full-time in 1995 and became a "start-up all-rounder" – quite a few start-ups later, he founded Gizmag in 2002. Now he can write again.   All articles by Mike Hanlon
Related Articles

Just enter your friends and your email address into the form below

For multiple addresses, separate each with a comma




Privacy is safe with us because we have a strict privacy policy.

Looking for something? Search our 26,497 articles