I wish an excellent 2011 to all rennlisters, with many interesting Porsche projects and lots of driving pleasure!
It's time to update you on a product which I myself do look very much forward to as it will also be used on both my racecar (the 951 LS7 V8 project)
and my daily driver (the matte black Martini 951),
it's what we'll call the RSR monobloc front
Before I started the development of this, I put together the following list of requirements for a completely new front bumper fitting 951 and S2:
(1) Allow the accomodation of twin oil coolers (not mounted in front of the water cooler but 1 on each side, such as lightweight and high-quality MOCAL units, which we can offer for approx 400 EUR per pair) to provide sufficient cooling for big turbo applications or V8 engines, the intakes need to be positioned towards the side ends of the bumper in order to allow venting them to the side in front of the front wheels to increase cooling flow-through efficiency and have as little air get under the car as possible.
(2) Significantly increase the size of the central cooling intake for the water cooler in order to also keep high hp engines perfectly cool "on the water side"
(3) Implement large size brake cooling intakes for the obvious reasons
(4) Despite the above modifications which all are for cooling, allow best performance lighting with sidewards mounted additional fog and high beamlights with H11 bulbs (in 997 turbo style, but adapted)
(5) Create a new design front splitter with a massively extending lip for maximum downforce, the splitter is separate from the rest of the front in order to allow quick replacement or sufficient clearance when the car has to be pulled on the trailer or clear something...
this is what customers have reported to be a problem with other modified design bumpers.
(5) Shape everything together to a very nice and modern bumper splitter combination which also updates the looks of the otherwise timeless design of the 951 / S2 to the new millenium
When I was reaching completion of the bumper project, I had the idea that it would be very beneficial in terms of aerodynamics, lightweigt design and acccessibility to combine this bumper with our vented badge panel and the DGTS lights into a monobloc front
, so to form one single unit made up from bumper, badge panel and DGTS lights.
This will allow to save approx 30kg's
compared to the factory setup of bumper, badge panel, lights, lift bar and motor and as the prototype will be aligned on a perfectly straight car it will also fit perfect out of the box with no aligning required.
The bumper can be fitted together with the factory bumper crash bar and indicator items, it also clears with all items that sit behind a stock car's bumper, and it does not necessarily need a twin oil cooler
setup, you can for example also fit only one larger oil cooler, for example on the right side, and use the left side intake for the engine intake air providing direct cool air and a RAM air effect as well.
The bumper allows several different purposes of use and I would say that it will be a very good choice for any performance minded street or race car project...
Here's a picture of the stage I am at at the moment. I will perfectly prepare all separate components of the bumper for moulding in the next weeks, and then post pictures here of the finished serial production unit, at first mounted on my 951 Martini racing turbo (which will be a very nice street car, and I can already tell you guys that matte black and the Martini stripes are a fantastic combination
). Moulding this as a one-piece unit will be a challenge as it requires a 7-piece mould but it will be worth it for the result.
So, let's get to the pictures:
FRONT / SIDE VIEWS:
PLEASE NOTE that panel gaps in the above pictures are very far from perfect so please do not take this as a reference yet.
COOLERS TO INTEGRATE (EXAMPLE SETUP):
We will offer this product with the following options:
- Base bumper as shown in the pictures (default)
- optional with moulded in vented badge panel, as shown in pictures
- optional with Dual GTS headlights, as on our website
- optional with MOCAL oil coolers and hardware
- optional with 997 TT style H11 bulbs
- optional with brake cooling ducting
- optional with oil cooler side outlet apertures and ducting
Prices are not defined yet as I first need to see if the first mould works out perfect at first attempt and how much materials and time it takes to produce the different items...
Let me know if you guys do have any additional requirements to implement before I start moulding...