Well, well, well... it looks like somebody found the loophole in his own game this year. This might look like a 993 Porsche, but it’s actually a bespoke recreation by Gunther Werks. This is GT Spirit’s model of their 400R, a completely reimagined Porsche. I might be cheating twice here, I recently posted this car to DriveTribe so for those of you who haven’t seen it over there already: Why aren’t you following me on DT?
While most of the world is infatuated with Singer commissions and Emory Outlaws, I’ve gravitated towards Gunther Werks’ cars. They all start with a fully restored 993 body and chassis. Then they add Gunther Werks’ naturally aspirated 4.0L flat six which churns out 431 horsepower and 312 lb/ft of twist. The interior is fitted with alcantara, aluminum, and carbon fibre components, rivaling the most expensive supercars in the world. The body is widened a full 6" to accommodate some really fat meats: 8.5" in the front and 11.5" in the back! Each car is specifically commissioned by their clients, and unfortunately only of which 25 will be built.
This right here was my most anticipated model car of 2019. GT Spirit had announced that their 400R model would be released in April of this year, based on the initial Solar Red 400R concept car. Personally, this car is my favorite of the Gunther Werks portfolio. The simply stated red paint looks right at home on a 993, and this one has the GT2 style rear wing! I pre-ordered this guy without hesitation, adding it to my growing collection of GT Spirit models.
As usual, we have a great quality piece from GT Spirit. Their paintwork is top notch, the plastic film used for the glass of the car is a little thicker and more rigid than other resin models, and the brake detail behind the massive GW wheels looks incredible. I seriously have zero complaints about this model. The only things that can top this are the custom 1/10 scale models Gunther Werks gifts to their clients when they take delivery of their commissions.
The headlamps on this model have got to be some of the best I have ever seen within my collection. This car looks so amazing, you resin-haters get over the fact that none of the parts open real quick. GT Spirit also released this model in black as a market exclusive, but I’m curious to see if this leads to more models of specific Gunther Werk’s commissions.
In closing, a Gunther Werks pairing with GT Spirit is a winning combination. You can’t deny that this reimagined Porsche is a work of art, and GT Spirit absolutely nailed it in 1:18 scale. I was lucky enough to see GW’s exposed carbon commission at Amelia Island this past spring, but with only twenty five builds oslated, this red model will be the only one I get to see on a regular basis.
Oh right, I promised prizes for this year’s LaLD Car Week.
1:18 winner - A 1:18 MotorMax Pagani Zonda C12 in blue!
1:43 winner - A 1:43 BMW Next100 Concept Car!
1:64 winner - A 1:64 Greenlight Ford GT courtesy of KPS Hobbies!
Best of Show winner gets a 1:18 Maisto Porsche 911 Speedster, LaLD stickers, and an LaLD jammer case.