Rennline Prototype Lab | Mini Cooper Skid Plate

Last Friday (2/23/18) Rennline engineer Dave and lead fabricator Gene teamed up with Robert Mohns from Massachusetts to design, manufacture, prototype, and install a finished skid plate for his Mini Cooper F-Series. We plan to have these available to pre-order at Rennline.com by March 1st!

Robert’s Mini F-Series waiting for its new skid plate

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Rennline engineer Dave designing the new skid plate in SolidWorks

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Next it’s off to the water jet where the ski plate will be cut

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Dave and Gene carefully bend the skid plate to ensure proper fitment

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The finished product

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Time for install!

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The finished product – installed and ready to go!

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Huge thanks to Robert for bringing in his car to help make this possible!

Project 50 Shades Of Grey

After searching for several months for that perfect backdate project car, we came across a 1975 Carrera that had been converted to a Slantnose by a SoCal dealership in the late 80’s. Being a California car, this chassis was rust free and a great starting point for what was to come. In addition to the rust free chassis the car also had the entire drivetrain from a 79 930. After a few more questions we learned the car had been serviced by our friends at Poudre Sports Cars in Denver, Colorado. A phone call yielded the details; the engine had been built two years prior and the parts list included JE pistons, LN cylinders, ARP head studs, topped with a K27 Turbo. Between the chassis and engine build we settled on this car as being the perfect candidate for our project and had the car dropped back off at Poudre Sports Cars so that it could be shipped over to us in Vermont.

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View More Photos Here: “Project 50 Shades Of Grey

Our project was a slantnose 911 before we got it

That famous slantnose front end

Upon arrival at the Rennline shop, we spent some time sorting a few small issues and putting some miles on the engine to ensure everything was running correctly and up to snuff. Thanks to Poudre’s top notch work, this was a short process and within no time the car was shedding its sheet metal in preparation for a complete restoration. A full array of early body panels were sourced and the slantnose parts were removed in preparation for the long hood conversion.

Removing the front end and all the slant nose body work

The beginning of adding backdate bodywork

We are never ones to miss the opportunity to develop fresh parts for the Rennline catalog, and this project was the perfect chance to so some applied product development. First up was an RSR Style Strut brace which features dimple-died strut tower reinforcements to all but eliminate flex between the strut towers and caused by the forces transferred though the shocks themselves to the top mounts. Next up we jigged the new long hood on one of our water jets and wrote a CNC program to cut a hole for our new Center Hood Gas Filler. This piece is machined from billet aluminum right here in Vermont and is the perfect compliment to this or any 911 project.

RSR style weld in strut tower bar

Getting ready for paint with lots of bodywork

Using the water jet to cut a hole for our billet gas cap

 

With the extensive amount of body work needed for the backdate, we employed a hydraulic rotisserie that was custom built by one of our close friends with assistance from our CNC tooling centers. As anyone who has restored a car can tell you, removing factory undercoating is one of the worst tasks. This was made worlds easier with the rotisserie, and we tapped our catalog for some of Wurth’s OEM quality SKS Stoneguard to coat the entire under body. This included the engine bay and entire floor which was body-matched after the Wurth products were applied.

911 on a rotisserie getting undercoat applied

Custom metal work to add large rear fender flares

Next up was the rolling gear- the suspension was all in decent shape, but a combination of old rubber and the fact that we can never leave well enough alone meant that a complete overhaul was in store. The entire suspension and steering systems were stripped down bare nuts and bolts status, and every last nut, washer and bracket were media blasted and sent for OEM equilivant yellow Zinc plating. Since Aluminum can’t be zinc plated, and those parts weren’t coated from the factory anyway they were media blasted and clear coated both to maintain the clean look of the raw aluminum and to make cleaning easier in the future.

Zinc plated parts look like brand new

With all the suspension looking brand new, we threw the book at it: Rennline HD parts everywhere, including de-cambered ball joints for increased camber, strut mounts, trailing arm bushings, spring plate bushings, and control arm bushings to name a few. With their rubber construction and higher than factory durometer composition these parts are perfect for significantly increasing the handling capabilities of these old cars without drawbacks associated with typical aftermarket bushings.

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Below are a few pictures of #Project50ShadesOfGrey as it began to take shape outside of the Rennline factory. After years of working on such a big project it’s nice to finally see things coming together. We can’t wait to see how the final build turns out! Follow us @Rennline on Instagram to see updates of the car as the build comes to an end.

 

Our project leaving the Rennline shop for the paint shop

The first glimpse of our now gray 911 back in the shop from paint

It’s now February of 2018 and #Project50ShadesOfGrey is finally done and we are so excited to share the final photos with you guys. What better time to release the build than right after the release of the newest 50 Shades of Grey movie. If you have any questions about the build, or the Rennline products used in the build, send us an email at orders@rennline.com. Cheers!

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Thank You for 10K Instagram Followers Giveaway

We appreciate all the love and support you guys have been giving us over the years!

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We appreciate all the love and support you guys have been giving us over the years!

Between the Instagram messages, emails, and phone calls, we get to meet a lot of you and hear about your builds, and we’re happy to be a part of the process! #LetUsEarnYourBusiness

As a thank you for helping us reach our goal of 10K Instagram followers, we’re giving away one $100 GIFT CARD*!

All you have to do to enter is:

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Rennline Pedal Kit DIY – E46 M3

Rennline’s rubber grip aluminum pedal covers are the ultimate interior upgrade for any performance automobile. No other pedal on the market gives you the flexibility of adding and removing throttle extensions to fine tune your individual ergonomic preference. Rennline has taken this pedal design to the next level by utilizing rubber grips that can easily be replaced if needed. Each pedal set comes with 8 replacement rubber grips or can be purchased separately at any time. Rennline pedal sets are constructed of anodized aircraft grade aluminum and all stainless steel hardware.

Big thanks to our friends Bryan and Josh for bringing us this awesome DIY video of the Rennline 3 Series Pedal Kit getting installed in an E46 M3. Shoutout to Bryan (@shadesbro) for for providing the car and buying the best pedal pedal set on the market. Also, we would like to thank Josh (@therealswiper) for the amazing product photos and video.

Be sure to check out his YouTube page: ‘Joshua Walling‘ for more awesome install videos!

Click HERE to see if we make a pedal set for your make/model.

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For the very first time, Rennline will be giving away FIVE $100 GIFT CARDS as we countdown the last five days ’till Christmas
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December 20th – 24th we are giving away a $100 Gift Card each day. That’s FIVE $100 Gift Cards!

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The House Built for Porsches

The House Built for Porsches.

A San Diego collector and his New York architect have built a sleek living monument to their shared obsession: the Porsche. In this home, even the garage has a spectacular view.

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Most people think of the garage as a mundane necessity. Very few would consider it as important as the house itself, but Joerg Ineichen, a family therapist in San Diego and a collector of vintage Porsches, had a compelling reason for thinking just that. He likes to drive what he collects—fast, sporty cars—and “the idea of having them close is very special,” says Ineichen. To realize this idea, he turned to an architect who really got his obsession.

“I’ve always wanted to design a little house with a big garage,” Steven Harris says of the two-story home he created for Ineichen. At 2,500 square feet, it’s modest by today’s standards, though the garages (yes, that’s plural) are anything but; they, too, total 2,500 square feet. The project was particularly close to the New York–based architect’s heart because, like Ineichen, he’s a collector of vintage Porsches. He has about 30, stashed in cities from Denver to Dubrovnik. “I don’t like renting cars,” he says, only half in jest. Harris has driven a 50-year-old Porsche in a Beijing-to-Paris rally, and he recently drove a 356 coupe from Rio to Patagonia. Not surprisingly, it was at a car show that he met Ineichen, an encounter that ultimately produced this auto-centric house.

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In addition to the usual streetfront garage, which houses Ineichen’s “everyday” wheels (a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and a 2006 Jeep Wrangler), a much larger garage one level below the house (reached from the street by a car elevator) acts as a kind of secret storeroom for his collection of pulse-stirring Porsches, including a blue 1957 Speedster, a 1992 964 RS in an eye-popping Rubystone red, and a silver 2004 Carrera GT. This garage— which has a back wall dotted with round windows that offer both copious daylight and a view of the city beyond—is as sleek as the house that sits above it and, for that matter, the classic cars within it.

But the cars, of course, are not the whole story. Ineichen wanted a house where he could entertain friends and family, and where he could take advantage of San Diego’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. From the street, all you see is a stucco wall, spanning the width of the lot, punctuated by a simple entrance gate. The house (with the larger garage beneath it) sits at the back of the property, separated from the gate by a garden that has a 75-foot lap pool along one side. “You have to walk through the garden to get to the house, so you can’t help but see it,” says Harris, who designed it as an outdoor living space. Ineichen eats breakfast and dinner outdoors beneath one of two catalpa trees, and his home office overlooks the pool, in which he swims regularly—sometimes with his dogs, a Weimaraner and a pit bull.

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The front door is meant to blend invisibly into the house’s stucco exterior, but when it’s open, you can see from the street right through the house to the city and the blue Pacific beyond. Streamlined aluminum louvers wrap around the second floor, ensuring privacy without blocking sunlight.

Inside, the living room, dining room, and open kitchen make up one large space that gets full benefit of the view out the back of the house. Each of the three bedrooms upstairs has its own bathroom and is small but comfortable.

“The house had to be understated. It’s my Swiss roots,” says Ineichen, who was raised in Lucerne and came to the U. S. 20 years ago. He wanted the living areas to seem spacious without being big, and modern but warm. The interiors were designed by Lucien Rees Roberts, who runs his own interior- and landscape-design firm in tandem with Harris’s business (the two are married). David Kelly, a partner in Rees Roberts’s firm, designed the garden. Ineichen was so in tune with Rees Roberts’s vision that the only change he made to the designer’s midcentury-modern-accented contemporary scheme, which included a cool color palette and a vintage Italian chandelier above the dining table, was to request a deeper sofa in the living room.

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Harris’s projects range from the personal (such as his renovation of the A. Conger Goodyear House, a modernist landmark on Long Island, for the real estate developer Aby Rosen) to the public (the overhaul of Barneys stores in New York and Beverly Hills). But this was “a relative labor of love,” says the architect, who finally got to design a house in which the garage is the centerpiece, and for a client who shares his particular passion. “Like me,” Harris says of Ineichen, “he has only one car with four doors.”

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Written by Pilar Viladas

Photos by Scott Frances

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Manthey Racing Builds World’s Fastest 911 GT3 RS

At the Essen Motor Show, Manthey-Racing already presented a very special vehicle to visitors on the Preview Day on Friday. The company from Meuspath in Rhineland-Palatinate has developed a sports car with the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR, which will be in long-distance racing from next year is used. At the traditional 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, Manthey-Racing impressed with its predecessor this year and celebrated a class victory. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which was launched in 2017 for the Porsche one-make cups.

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The “Cup MR” presents itself with a modified aerodynamics package with more total output. Together with the twelve-way adjustable ABS system and the wider wheelbase, this results in a long-distance-capable drivability and increased braking performance. Visually, the vehicle mainly characterizes vents on the fenders as well as in the bonnet and xenon headlights with programmable LED spots. A variety of elements such as front bumper, bonnet, fenders, side skirts or engine cover and rear wing are also made of the extremely lightweight carbon fiber fabric carbon. These changes make the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup MR ideal for use on the long haul. Equipped with a 4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine and state-of-the-art racing technology, the vehicle has an output of 485 hp. Optionally, Manthey-Racing offers long-range accessories such as Endurance Harness or Air Conditioning.

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The new vehicle of Manthey-Racing GmbH will be exhibited at the Essen Motor Show from 2 to 10 December. Staff members of the company will be informing visitors in Hall 3, booth A101, about the innovations in the new racing car. Manthey Racing also presents ready-to-race products such as boxing gear or hydration systems for racing. Around 500 exhibitors and over 300,000 expected visitors turn Messe Essen into a Mecca for motorsport fans. The first Essen Motor Show was held in 1968 and developed into the largest European stage for sporty vehicles. This year, the auto show is entering its 50th round. Watch the 911 GT3 Cup MR fastest lap video HERE.

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