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What price do you put on per­for­mance? That de­pends ex­actly how you go about achiev­ing it. When it comes to air-cooled 911s, im­prov­ing per­for­mance through en­gine up­grades has be­come a painfully pricey process. High per­for­mance re­builds cost­ing £20,000 or more are not un­usual. An­other op­tion, of course is to add light­ness. Not ex­actly a rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea, but re­duc­ing weight doesn't just im­prove ac­cel­er­a­tion. It aids cor­ner­ing and brak­ing, too. In that con­text, Dansk's new alu­minium door skins look like an in­ter­est­ing value propo­si­tion. Com­posed of 1mm thick alu­minium braid, they clock in at just 1.85kg a pop. At £568 each, plus VAT, the Dansk part num­bers you need are 1680900570 and 1689900580. You can pick up the skins from www.de­sign911.co.uk and browse the full Dansk cat­a­logue at www.jp­group­clas­sic.com.

Mar­tini and Porsche are brands with a long and sym­bi­otic his­tory. Which has us pon­der­ing re­cent ru­mours of Porsche en­ter­ing F1 as an en­gine man­u­fac­turer and the process-of-elim­i­na­tion sta­tus of Wil­liams F1 as the most prom­i­nent team that needs a works en­gine and which could plau­si­bly work with Porsche. It just so hap­pens that Wil­liams is cur­rently run­ning Mar­tini liv­ery. Uh huh... Con­spir­acy the­o­ries aside, this of­fi­cial Porsche Mar­tini Racing chrono­graph is a jolly nice way to cel­e­brate the pair­ing of two icons. It packs a Swiss ETA move­ment com­plete with 200Hz hand move­ment ca­pa­bil­ity, stain­less steel cas­ing and wa­ter proof­ing to 10ATM. Natch. Then there's the sap­phire glass, black hon­ey­comb rub­ber band and laser-etched Porsche logo. The whole she­bang mea­sures 42mm across and clocks in at £600 from www. Porsche.com/uk. Can it re­ally be nearly 2018? An­other year up in smoke? Some­body, make it stop! Of course, the pass­ing of the years isn't all bad. Who knows what mar­vels Porsche will re­lease next year. What­ever, to help you nav­i­gate what­ever 2018 brings, why not snag the lat­est of­fi­cial Porsche Cal­en­dar, this time themed 'Race Lab'. 13 mo­tifs in­side and out pay trib­ute to the mo­tor­sports roots of the cur­rent range of Porsche models, in­clud­ing the pos­i­tively homi­ci­dal looking new GT2 RS. What's more, in ad­di­tion to the an­nual col­lec­tor’s coin, the cal­en­dar con­tains dig­i­tal fea­tures that can be ac­cessed via QR codes. Hur­rah. The cal­en­dar can be ac­quired on­line at www.porsche.com/uk for pre­cisely £40. Or you can mo­sey on over to your lo­cal Porsche Cen­tre and pick one up there.

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