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.