‘Mary Stuart’ RSR Body Panels
[ applications – 911, 930 ]
Zuffenhaus was pleased to meet and visit with our newest friend from Germany this morning: Mr. Stark surveyed the shop for a longtime friend and classic Porsche racer; both are Mary Stuart RSR enthusiasts and are patiently awaiting the first production run of bodywork for special projects back home! Look for an announcement about availability in upcoming months, and we look forward to visiting with our newest friends on our next occasion overseas!
Just some quick shots of installation work on the Mary Stuart project: You’ve seen the rear quarter panel and flare (shown here from a couple of angles) – and the front is turning out very impressive as well! This is about how much sheet metal is removed when installing this front flare: And the same for the rear: Nice.
A milestone has been passed on the MSRSR. FINALLY, off comes the Close Encounters inspired construction! Like a carefully constructed Easter egg, the temporary Mary Stuart body work is cracked open and removed from the 911 underneath. The carbon body work, having been completed and deemed suitable for installation (understatement – these panels are extraordinary!) is replacing the mocked-up body panels on the 911 shell. The panels in question: First, the fenders are removed: A flange is left around the perimeter of the panel – this will be the bonding surface for attaching the carbon panel. The flange shown is …
As you certainly are aware (if you’ve called or emailed the shop in the last few days), we’re in Orlando at the PRI show. As usual, our trip down was not without consequence, and we were able to view local wildlife up close during our travel: I saved the Bott’s Dot. (See it poking around inside the RS splitter?) We’re attending few seminars, cornering some if our vendors, exploring new methods of car building, and being available to answer questions about our own products, when needed. Since Racing is in PRI, there is more than a little Porsche content at …
Today’s Mary Stuart update – post composites shop inspection: The initial surfacing work on one of the rear quarters has been completed! And, only FOUR areas need to be addressed prior to mold making. This is almost unheard of in our world (and makes our day around here!) You might notice the pen marks in the photos. You’ll likely observe the extremely pleasing curves and shapes of the historic Mary Stuart RSR prototype body. And here is the carbonmeister himself, working his magic (literally, it would seem…) More to come as this project develops!
Work continues on the Mary Stuart project @ Zuffenhaus. Technology is useful, but at the end of the day the hand (and eye) must be involved. This is the final handwork – contouring the quarter panel positive plugs, checking the shape where they will interface with the metal body, and correcting digital attempts to replicate flowing shape. Shortly, these plugs will be used to create molds to form the composite body panels.
A quick image from today, showing Mary and her right hand rear quarter panel plug, in the shop for visual checking/verification of the shape/details before final handwork.