FANCY FLUID

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Old and made by Porsche? Ev­ery­body wants a piece, in­clud­ing Porsche it­self. Air-cooled cars re­ally are all the rage. In re­sponse, Porsche is get­ting heav­ily into clas­sics, in­clud­ing spe­cial­ist ser­vice cen­tres to look af­ter its back cat­a­logue of cars and cus­tomers. You can now also buy of­fi­cial Porsche brake fluid which Porsche says is spe­cially for­mu­lated for clas­sic mod­els. The fluid is suit­able for ev­ery­thing from a 356, 914 and 944 to a 928, 911 G/F bod­ies, the newer 964 and 993 bod­ies, the 986 Boxster and even the 959 and Car­rera GT su­per­cars. Cyn­ics might won­der just how you go about 'spe­cially' for­mu­lat­ing a sin­gle fluid for such a dis­parate range of cars. But it comes in nice Porsche-branded tins, so what the heck. Avail­able for around £20 or $20 plus taxes and ship­ping from var­i­ous re­tail­ers in­clud­ing de­sign911.co.uk in the UK and stod­dard.com State­side.

Gtech­niq, it is said, is the largest man­u­fac­turer of high-end paint pro­tec­tion prod­ucts. Cer­tainly, it's known for its hard-wear­ing ce­ramic coat­ings. Now Gtech­niq has come up with a new hy­dropho­bic for­mula for car fab­ric pro­tec­tion. Gtech­niq says the new for­mula is even more hy­dropho­bic than its pre­de­ces­sor. I1 Smart Fab­ric V2 leaves no rem­nants of a spillage and mois­ture is said to sim­ply fall off a coated sur­face. Lab­o­ra­tory test­ing re­veals that I1 V2 re­pels wa­ter to the high­est stan­dard set by the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Tex­tile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) – ISO 5. It can be used to pre­vent soak­ing, swelling or rot­ting on any fab­ric and is op­tion­ally avail­able with added Bio­cote an­timi­cro­bial tech­nol­ogy which kills 99.9% of bac­te­ria. I1 Smart Fab­ric V2 is avail­able now from gtech­niq.com in 250ml bot­tles for £11.99. Way back in 1963, 356 afi­ciona­dos viewed the ar­riv­iste new 911 with sus­pi­cion if not con­tempt. Since then, pretty much ev­ery ma­jor up­date of Porsche's most iconic model has put noses out of joint, be that the ad­di­tion of im­pact bumpers, wa­ter cool­ing, elec­tric steer­ing as­sist and lat­terly com­pul­sory tur­bocharg­ing. You could say, there­fore, that the Boxster and Cay­man pair­ing have fi­nally come of age with the 718 up­date. Af­ter all, the un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous de­fen­es­tra­tion of the nat­u­rally aspirated flat six in favour of a tur­bocharged flat four has un­leashed an aw­fully fa­mil­iar wail­ing and gnash­ing of teeth. On the other hand, Porsche has re­cently an­nounced that sales of the 718 are up for 2017 at around 25,000 units. Some­body sure likes 'em. If you in­deed do, why not grab this de­tailed 1:43 scale model from porsche.com for £65?

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