Bristol, UK @rob911_ltl @ROB996LTL
Model 996.1 carrera 4 Year 1999 Acquired february 2014
As mentioned last month I was going to put a few hundred miles on the car and then check the coolant again. Much to my dismay the level had dropped, so I parked the car up and hopefully this weekend it will have a pressure test. Hopefully there will be a puddle on the floor, which is an easy fix. If the pressure drops with no puddle this may spell disaster! I am hoping for a visible leak. I will keep you all posted!
This month was the launch of the new Cayenne so, not to miss an opportunity for a car launch, I went along to the Bristol OPC. The new Cayenne is a great improvement over the last model; it has been made a bit more angular rather than rounded, a vast improvement. It was good to see the new head of Porsche UK, Alexander Pollich, in the dealership announcing the launch. For me the highlight wasn’t the Cayenne, but the 919 replica in pride of place in the showroom. It is amazing how small these cars are, a lot smaller than the old Group Cs.
Also interesting is the shift in the move to electric and hybrid. Will we have the same passion for an electric or hybrid 911? The thing for me is the sound, I’m not sure the satisfaction of a flat six can be replaced by an electric car…
This month I have also booked myself on a track day, scheduled in about two months’ time, so as long as my car coolant issue is resolved I will be putting it on track. To date I have not driven this car on track; I have driven a few times at the Silverstone Experience Centre in one of the provided vehicles, I have raced a Corsa at Autocross (UK Autocross, different from American autocross), but I’ve not put my C4 into action on track so I am looking forward to it. Lastly, I have been looking at another 996 this month, not for me but helping a friend out who is thinking of buying. Sadly we walked away as there were too many issues. It is amazing what knowledge I have gained over the last few years, but at least I have put it to use for once. Fingers crossed the coolant issue isn’t a head gasket!