Design

New tech allows Porsche to give 911 buyers the ultimate personalization option

The technique is only available on the Porsche 911.

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You could say you're putting your truest stamp on it. Porsche has designed a direct printing method for graphic elements on their vehicles that allows customers to have a personalized bonnet straight from the manufacturer. Porsche is first offering the innovation by advertising that they can put your fingerprint on the hood of the car.

Via a service available through Porsche Centers, clients are connected with consultants at the Exclusive Manufaktur in Zuffenhausen. The consultants complete the entire process from conception to printing and delivery.

Porsche fingerprint design The fingerprint-like design ensures that each model is unique.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

"Individuality is very important for Porsche customers. And no design can be more personal than your own fingerprint," said Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualization and Classic. "Porsche is a pioneer in personalisation and has developed the direct printing method together with partners. We're especially proud of having developed a completely new product offering based on new technologies. A key factor in this was the different disciplines working together in the project team."

The process was developed in a "technology cell" at Porsche's paint shop in the Zuffenhausen training center. There, new hardware and software, as well as paint blends and the manufacturing process were tested. The process ensured a quality and hardiness that is superior to film application, according to Porsche.

To apply, a direct printing technique is used. It is logistically similar to inkjet printing and uses a print head to apply paint and three-dimensional products without overspray.

"The ability to control the nozzles individually permits targeted application of every paint droplet," explains Christian Will, Vice President Production Development at Porsche AG. "The complexity is due to the necessity of harmonizing three technologies: robot technology (control, sensors, programming), application technology (print head, graphic handling) and paint technology (application process, paint)."

Porsche fingerprint design hood technology Porsche's unique technology functions similarly to an inkjet printer.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

If a buyer opts for the special design, which will set them back 7,500 euros (including VAT) in Germany, their 911 is completed by the plant then transferred to the technology cell where the hood is removed. The customer's biometric data is processed securely and then a proof is made of the design, approved by the owner, then integrated into a printed graphic that is applied to the hood. A clear coat is added then the bonnet is reinstalled and delivery commences.

To order this unique process on your 911, contact your local Porsche dealership.

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When it was new in 2005, this Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Kompressor was merely a traditional G-Wagon with a hand-built, supercharged AMG 5.5-liter V8 under the hood, a boxy body, and a rigid frame that only those that scoot around L.A.'s smooth streets could love.

But then someone (read: not the current owner) had an idea.: 6x6 it. So, Squared Customs did.

The now six-wheeled utility vehicle has an extensive list of modifications. Its exterior is finished in a Designo Magno Matte Gray paint job and accented by carbon fiber fenders, snorkel, and hood scoop. There's also full differential locks, portal axles, forged wheels, and fresh exterior lighting. The bed is made of composite decking.

2005 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG 6x6: 6x6 conversion, plus many other modifications

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The ute's dimensions match a traditional 6x6 from the manufacturer.

The original engine, which produces 469 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, and five-speed automatic transmission have not been altered. It also has its original Brabus bi-xenon black headlights.

The upgraded interior features black quilted leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim. It also has a 5.0-inch infotainment touch screen, navigation, a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, power-adjustable front and rear seats with memory, heated front and rear seats, automatic climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, and SmartKey.

The model is currently up for sale on Cars & Bids. With six days left in the auction, the bids are up to $47,000 at the time of publication.

The seller, out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, reports that despite its 15-year age, the ute only has 97,800 miles on the odometer. It comes with two keys and an owners manual.

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The new limited edition model is track-focused.

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Honda's latest iteration of the Civic Type R has set a new track record for front-wheel drive cars at the Suzuka circuit. The Nagoya, Japan track is 3.6 miles long and features a figure-eight design.

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition posted a time of 2 minutes 23.993 seconds. That's good, but not as good as an F1 car. Lewis Hamilton holds the pole record at the track clocking in at 1:27.319 in his F1 weekender. In 2005, Kimi Räikkönen set the lap record in a McLaren MP4-20, registering a time of 1:31.540.

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition The Honda was piloted by Takuya Izawa.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Super GT Series racer Takuya Izawa piloted the Type R Limited Edition around the track in February using a development car built to final European specs with no modifications or performance enhancements

"The Type R Limited Edition reflects Honda's dedication to refining the essence and driving pleasure of Type R as a sports car and exceeding the expectations of our customers," said Civic Type R Project Leader Hideki Kakinuma. "The engineering team and I embraced a racing spirit that has been passed down for generations, and it's this strong passion that's driving the evolution of the Civic Type R towards becoming the ideal sports car. Now the "advanced" Type R that I envisioned at the beginning of this development is a reality and I am overwhelmed by the result and how our efforts have been rewarded."

The Type R Limited Edition features all the updates the 2020 Honda Civic Type R received plus, it has been modified including the addition of forged aluminum BBS wheels, specially tuning the dampers, and recalibrating the steering for better control and feedback. The wheels alone are an 18-pound weight reduction. An additional 28 pounds of weight has been saved by reducing the amount of sound deadening insulation in the car.

The Type R Limited Edition is limited in paint jobs to just one: Phoenix Yellow. It also has a black gloss roof, outside mirror cabs, and intake vent on the hood. The Civic badge on the rear hatch is dark chrome.

All models feature an individually numbered serial plate denoting the vehicle's original country of sale.Each Limited Edition model has same 2.0-liter turbo-four under the hood that puts out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It also has a six-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. Drivers can opt for Comfort, Sport, or +R drive modes.

Manufacturer's Suggested Pricing for the 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition will be made available closer to its launch.

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