The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America
Maverick Tech Session Series: Growler Labs Recap By Michael Baynton photos by Bill Orr Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Lord Acton One could wonder if historian Lord Acton’s most famous religious quote (way back in 1887) might have been applicable if he had been inclined to tether a few extra horses to the front of his carriage. Hard to say. But what can be said definitively in 2018 is that some owners of powerful modern Porsches agree that an extra dollop of vehicular corruption is certainly a good thing. On Wednesday evening, September 26, a group of 60+ power-hungry owners descended on Growler Motor Labs in Plano to learn about options for making their Porsches perform above and beyond what the good folks in Stuttgart deem prudent. Focusing primarily on watercooled Porsches (especially those with easily prodded turbo snails under the hood/boot), Growler owner and 8 November tuning expert Chris Fleming clearly laid out the various upgrade paths to deliver safe and reliable power gains. Three primary solutions were discussed: AMS hardware such as intercoolers and piping, COBB Accessport tuning software, and high-end Akrapovic exhaust systems. Distilling very complex engineering principles such as air flow optimization, turbo boost generation, and heat and pressure management into easy-to-understand language is Chris’ forte. He did a terrific job of explaining how various aftermarket components (either individually or as part of a larger system) can improve the overall efficiency and subsequent power delivery of Porsche motors. Parts laid out on a table for examination and a customer 911 on a rack for closer inspection were perfect visual aids for our members to see the complex engineering solutions up close. The ongoing questions and answers really demonstrated the deep engagement between our members and Chris and his team! As always, Growler had staff on hand to answer questions, and their shop space was immaculate and welcoming. Pizza and drinks were provided beforehand, and at the end of the session Growler marketing manager Al Muir generously presented every member in attendance with a “$100 Off” certificate toward the systems that were discussed that evening. What a fabulous bonus to end the evening! Many thanks again to Chris and Al for being such generous hosts, and a special shout-out to the Mav volunteers (Bill, Jimmy, Mike, Derrick) who arrived early to help with parking and set-up. We couldn’t do this without you!
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