Porsche Boxster BSR Race Car Build by Patrick Motorsports

May 27, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car

This Porsche 986 Boxster BSR racer was the project build of Patrick Motorsports in Phoenix Arizona, who has been in business for over 23 years specializing in creating Porsche street and track machines. The car featured here was built to compete in the single-marque Boxster Series Racing in the PCA (Porsche Club of America) & the POC (Porsche Owners Club), where all of the cars are mechanically equally matched against each other as a true competition to test a driver’s skill rather than any possible equipment advantage. The SCCA, NASA, & HSR have also adopted the 2.5L Boxster racer into their series with some slight rule changes and amendments. These little Porsche’s can be scene as direct descendants of the original 550 Spyders from the 1950’s, which were legendary light-weight factory racers. Any silly myth that had been floating around of the Boxster not being a true man’s car should hopefully be fully dispelled by now. If not, we strongly recommend continuing this read for a further enlightenment. …


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Ferrari F40 LM/GTE Restoration of Epic Proportions

May 26, 2016 in Build In Progress / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop

Here is an epic tale of the restoration and continuing evolution of Ferrari F40 serial number 84326, as told by it’s owner Tim on Ferrarichat.com. The thread is linked at the bottom of this page, although you need to be a member of their site to view the pictures. Therefore, we have attached 98% of them here for you, along with a brief synopsis of some of the work that is going on in the current, on-going 66 page (and counting) thread. Thus far, we have never attached so many pictures to any other of our features here but we found it very difficult to pass over any of them. Each one is filled with such amazing detailed craftsmanship that we would only feel like we were cheating our audience if the majority of them were not attached.
For once we do not find any complaints or suggestions as to how we would have gone about anything differently. As mere mortals ourselves, the best that we could do is gawk at the glorious photos in awe and make crude grunting noises of approval. Follow along with us in pure F40 bliss below…

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VIDEO: Tracktest Rings Out Porsche Carrera RSR

May 24, 2016 in German / Race Car / Video

Even though we don’t understand a word of German other than “Porsche” and “RSR” in this video titled “Tracktest Porsche 911 Carrera RSR: Eine Soundorgie sondergleichen” , we can’t stop watching this monster being wrung out within an inch of it’s life repeatedly. It’s unreal, an absolute must-watch:

Factory Photos

May 23, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / English / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage and current factory photos. We always enjoy seeing cars in their manufacturing phases or during their restorations and modifications. That is ultimately the reason for this site’s existence, so what could be more fitting than having them all together and categorized here in their own section? Until then,please enjoy the few photos we actually have gathered up so far on the following page and if you have something interesting to include, please put a link to them in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us at [email protected] for us to include and update here. Help us make this into a new category booming with an assortment of factory and shop pictures of all types of vehicles from all different time periods, OEM or aftermarket.

1956 Ferrari Factory 1

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Exploded Parts View Pictures

May 20, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / General Discussion / Home Garage Build / Italian / Japanese / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We have come across a great segment on http://www.build-threads.com/ which features photos of car,  (a) plane and motorcycle parts laid out for expanded views before their builds. We would like to build upon (see what we did there?) this base and create a new section on this site that will be dedicated to the subject and linked on the front page. If you know of any, then please by all means send them to us at [email protected], or include a link to them in the “Comments” section on the following page. Credit will be received and the universe will be a better place because of it. We thank you, in advance.
Here’s a 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Engine in all of it’s glory:
2012 Chevy ZL1-Powertrain-8-Cylinder-LSA

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Restoration

May 19, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop

This 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by the crew at Pete’s Custom Coachbuilding in Northeast Ohio. We ran across their website and it’s collection of the car’s restoration photos before actually finding it’s feature on AlfaBB.com, linked at the bottom of this page. We were happy to discover it because we were just about to run it with no story just because we liked their work so much, as there is no history on their site of the car, at all. Just shows you how much of suckers we are for these cars. Must be an Italian thing, as everything they do from their art to their fashion, cars and food evokes passion, and it’s an extremely strong gravitational pull. This Alfa is no different, so hold on…

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1982 BMW 528e Powered by an S52 M3 Engine: Full Resto/Mod

May 18, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build

This 1982 BMW 528e is the subject of a full resto/mod on https://sites.google.com/site/straightsixbimmers/ . The project started originally with a plan to find an e28 and build it up with an engine swap into an interesting daily driver, something with a little “pizzazz”, shall we say? We understand, as we are big fans of early BMW’s with their large green houses and sporty designs, a huge improvement over today’s Bangle-ized incarnations, in our opinion. In other words, we like what this venture is all about and wonder if in 30 years from now today’s BMW designs will have the same type of following…

Porsche 911 GT3RS 4.2L Pumpkin Build

May 17, 2016 in Build In Progress / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

Happy Halloween! When better than today to post a story about an orange, pumpkin-looking Porsche 997 GT3RS being built into a 4.2 liter track monster? Champion Motorsports in Florida is the shop who is responsible for this track day build thread, who you may remember from a feature we did not long ago about a Turbo S being transformed into the ultimate RSR street/track car. They have done quite a few 997 Turbo engine builds, but this time they have turned their attention to a naturally aspirated GT3RS owned by 6speedonline.com forum member “Ranger”. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this brute savage overtaking Cup cars on the straights like a possessed pumpkin as it’s sound alone is unbelievable, if nothing else. Trick-or-treaters will be scouring for cover when they hear this evil jack-o-lantern come-to-life barreling towards them, taking shelter and ducking into any shallow hallow near by in fear of what lurks in the deep recesses of it’s darkened heart…
Ok ok, not to worry, that will be our last and only attempt at Halloween humor so please continue on the next page without concern to cheesy amusement, we promise…

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1975 Porsche Carrera Turbo Restoration by CPR

May 13, 2016 in Build In Progress / German / Restoration Shop

This 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo is in it’s final stages of a rotisserie restoration back to stock specification by CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. These master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years, restoring some of the most significant 356 and 911 models in the world into absolute show winning examples. We have featured one of their other Porsche renovations here in the past and we plan to do more in the near future.
The first year of production for Porsche’s new forced-fed 3 liter, 234 hp, wide body beast was 1975 and back then they were referred to as “Carrera Turbos” on their rear deck badging. That lasted until the 1978 model year when they just took on just the “Turbo” script and their title came to be known simply as the 930.
In any case, we are not here to discuss this Porsche Turbo’s label, we are here to showcase it’s exquisite renovation, so let’s get on with the relevant information now in the form of copious amounts of pictures of it during it’s transformation, shall we?…

Building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Engine

May 12, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Factory Tour / Race Car

Since we are on the subject of COPO Chevrolet’s in our last feature, we couldn’t imagine a better time than now to throw some high octane fuel onto the Chevy/Ford fire with an inside look at the building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet engine. The article is far too technically advanced for us, but we were able to decipher that only 50 editions are produced per year and for 2013, 47 supercharged engines were built alongside 3 naturally aspirated versions. Enjoy the article linked on the next page, then back to our regular planned programming with car builds, modifications and restorations.

8 dressed

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Build Your Own COPO Camaro On-Line

May 11, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Factory Tour / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

Here’s a great link to Chevrolet’s on-line Performance catalog, where every part and component imaginable is available to build or modify your very own bitchin ‘Maro, including a bare Body-In-White COPO shell. We could spend hours on that site sorting out which parts to gather for the ultimate street or track builds and in fact, we just did exactly that. Enjoy looking through all of the different possibilities of Chevrolet performance parts with everything from suspension kits for your street car to full crate engines for your quarter mile drag racer. All models and years included. Then be sure to watch the 2012 Motor Trend video tour of GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. Expect lots of smokey burnouts and please make our COPO a black 427 with massive Hoosier drag slicks, just like the one above…

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2011 Ford Mustang GT NASA Race Car Build + Video

May 10, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Italian / Race Car / Video

Alrighty now, what we have here is a proper build thread: the 17 day metamorphosis of a stock 2011 Ford Mustang GT into a race car for use in the NASA American Iron series. The thread was started by forum member “FlimFlam” on www.VAdriven.com to document his shop’s step by step transformation of the car. Performance Autosport’s scheme was to pluck a factory GT 5.0 straight off of the showroom floor, slightly modify it with bolts ons and campaign it in the race series, leaving it’s small block 302 cubic inch, 4 valve V8 engine 100% stock to prove Ford’s reliability. We are not entirely sure of why they felt it was their obligation to prove this themselves, but we’ll just go ahead and run with it because we like where their heads are at. The concept of being able to buy a car from your local dealership, gut it, cage it, install some coilovers and race brakes, and then throw it into the heat of battle just works for us. We are thinking that their decision to keep the engine unmodified was most likely based on their AI class’s rules and regulations more than any quest to prove the stock engine’s reliability, but none-the-less we are down with the whole idea so here it is in all of it’s glory…

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Ferrari P4/P5 Competizione Build

May 9, 2016 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Italian / Race Car / Video

Here at CarBuildIndex, we are easily infatuated by street legal race cars. Show us the build of a car that can win some races and still legally wear a license plate at the same time and we get giddy like school children on a sugar rush. Sometimes we even clap. In the good ‘ol days, it was much more common for a race car to be capable of being driven to the track, raced in an international competition such as Sebring or LeMans (if either of those just so happened to be your local track), and then driven home. Today such a proposal would be preposterous, although there is always an exception to the rule. This time that rule was graciously broken by Jim Glickenhaus for the sole intention of being able to do just that…have a modern, street driven race car that was just dicing it up with the big boys in 24 hour endurance competition and then drive it in stop and go traffic to run a few errands around town mere moments or days later. And this is how he did it…


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1969 Corvette Pro Street Build

May 6, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Race Car

This 1969 Corvette is the subject of a build thread on pro-touring.com by it’s owner, forum member “vette427-sbc”. We really like the road racer approach he is taking with the current build-in-progress, and the whole Jersey, Bruce Springstein, American good ‘ol boy home garage project feel of it all. It turns out he has had the car since he was 16, which just adds to general overall theme that the thread already has going on but there is no mention whether that was just last week or somewhere in the last century. We are guessing it falls somewhere in the middle based on, well, actually, based on what? The “mature” theme or vibe of the build? We are talking about a ‘Vette project build here, after all, with all the fixin’s to make any age of adult act like a juvenile delinquent. That would include a Chevy 350 V8 mated to a Pontiac GTO 6 speed transmission, a full roll cage, 17″ Torque Thrust’s and some of the trickest road race suspension, brake and engine parts available to make it capable of handling lap after lap of heavyweight abuse. Taking that into consideration, chances are that we need to use that term in a relative sense of which we personally hope to never find out the actual true meaning of it, ourselves.

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VIDEO: Quick Jaguar XJ Factory Build

May 5, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Tour / Video

Patrick Gosling brings us this short but mesmerizing 1 minute look at the factory build of a Jaguar XJ through seamless video and time lapse.  We enjoyed his look at the rebuild of a McLaren Formula 1 car a few features back, and particularly like that his shoots are both quick and entertaining. It just so happens that he was at the Jaguar factory while shooting the build of Jay Leno’s Jag XJ from start to finish for http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/, so while there he shot this video, as well. We don’t want the read here to take longer than the actual video itself, so without further a-do, pull up a chair, stand or momentarily crouch and enjoy the following…

Jaguar XJ production line from Patrick Gosling on Vimeo.

2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S to Street RSR Build

May 4, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This wild beast started out innocently enough as a stock 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S before it was swooped off of the showroom floor and made the subject of a custom build by Florida’s own Champion Porsche. We like the theme that is going on here, as it seems to be 997 RSR-bodies-on-street-cars-day here at CarBuildIndex.com. They both have come out of the Sunshine State which is home to some of the most serious Porsche shops in the country, including  Brumos, Orbit Racing and Gunnar for the vintage stuff, to name a few. This example retains the stock car’s automatic PDK transmission, full leather interior and all wheel drive, which were all key ingredients to their goal of producing the ultimate road-going RSR race car with all of the comfort and safety required for everyday driving. If you like what you are seeing so far, just hold on because it only gets better…

VIDEO SERIES: 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS to RSR Specs

May 3, 2016 in German / Race Car / Video

This 2011 Porsche 997 GT3RS was the subject of a build to RSR specs by Orbit Racing in a 4 part video series attached on the following page. Members of Porsche forums are quick to spot the carbon fiber bodywork out as more likely “R” spec, but still factory supplied and stunning, none-the-less. The South Florida shop kept the 435 horsepower 3.8 liter flat 6 from the street car and upgraded it with a re-tuned ECU and an RSR exhaust. Kevlar inner wheel liners and custom carbon fiber fabrication were necessary to adapt the racing body work to the street car’s body structure, and then installed a fully modified suspension to back up it’s competition looks. It’s full interior was left intact with the addition of a roll bar, as this was built with the intention as being a dual purpose street/track car. The final results look nothing less than something that rolled straight out of the factory Motorsports department. Enjoy the following build videos for all of the juicy details.

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