2018 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – Total Surface Protection Package
It would be fair to say that when it comes to model options, Porsche has a comprehensive range, from track-eating monsters to more comfortable and practical iterations. However, for many looking for that Porsche driver’s smile, the sweet spot comes in the form of the 911 GTS, a sports car tuned to deliver thrilling performance without shaking loose teeth.
On first appearance, the 911 GTS may look relatively unremarkable, particularly when compared with some others in the range, such as the GT3 with its track focused rear spoiler. However, don’t be fooled! The GTS is all about performance, it simply doesn’t shout about it – that is until the ‘noisy’ button is engaged! The performance stems from a 3-litre engine configured in Porsche’s signature flat-six arrangement and fitted with larger-sized twin turbo chargers, producing 450bhp and 550Nm torque. The wide-body rear end, fully 1.6 inches wider than standard 911 models, combined with a half-inch drop in its rotational centre of gravity provides a wonderfully balanced car that handles beautifully. Relatively light weight, the GTS moves from a standing start to 62mph in 4.1 seconds – from the 7-speed manual gear box which it comes with as standard. Granted, the PDK transmission is 0.4 seconds faster, being a more efficient method of shifting through the gears but there are few who would argue the manual version isn’t more fun!
It sounds good too, with whistles, pops and crackles to be found when desired: simply select your drive mode from the options of from Normal,’ ‘Sport,’ ‘Sport+’ and ‘Individual’ to suit the conditions and away you go. For late night driving, Normal mode activates the exhaust’s integrated silencer and the engine response becomes less aggressive whilst happily, for longer distance journeys, the suspension softens noticeably.
As always, Porsche has added some nice touches, with centre-lock wheels a nod to their motorsport pedigree. GTS decals sit proudly on the doors and various black satin appliqués finish a subtly aggressive look, fitting for a car with a top speed of 193 miles per hour. Safe to say, the new 911 GTS is understated but fun – and very fast!
The owner of this Guards Red GTS is a long-standing customer of UF Studio and a true Porsche enthusiast. Having bought the car for his wife, he arrived at UF’s Brands Hatch Studio with an enormous smile on his face. Used to the PDK transmission on his own Porsche, he’d been enjoying putting a manual 911 through its paces!
Booked in to have the paint and wheels protected, the glass was also to be given a hydrophobic coating to combat the British weather. First, the registration plates were removed so the area behind could be properly cleaned and protected. Next, a trolley jack was used to raise each corner of the car, increasing the space between tyre and body, allowing for thorough cleaning under the wheel arch. Bilt-Hamber Surfex HD was applied using a Kwazar Orion Super Pro+ Pump-Up Sprayer, the 40cm fibreglass lance fitting easily up into the cavity to ensure comprehensive coverage. Surfex HD removes general dirt along with greasy residues often found in the arches.
Although the GTS has carbon ceramic brakes, to ensure that iron contamination from passing cars or during transportation was removed, Gtechniq W6 Iron Fallout Remover was applied to the bottom panels, wheels and calipers, allowed to dwell and rinsed off. Then, Valet Pro Bilberry Wheel Cleaner was sprayed on to the wheels to work on any remaining contamination.
After rinsing Bilberry away, the wheels were washed with the aid of Wheel Woolies, long-handled brushes with microfibre heads that get into the corners of the rims and reach through the spokes to clean the rear of the wheel.
The wheels were then jet washed and rinsed clean.
Then, Surfex HD was sprayed over the whole car to address any greasy residue or transportation wax, which if left would interfere with the ceramic coating’s bond with the clear coat. After a further rinse, Ultimate Snow Foam was applied through a Kranzle-adapted foam lance attached to a Kranzle K-1152 pressure washer. The foam clings to even vertical surfaces, lifting larger particles of dirt and grit away from the paint’s surface. The whole solution is then rinsed carrying potentially harmful contamination away before a wash mitt comes into contact with the paintwork. This helps prevent swirls being introduced to the clear coat during the main wash.
The GTS was carefully washed, keeping Wash and Rinse water separate in a process known as the Two Bucket Method. After loading the wash mitt with soapy water from the Wash Bucket, a section of the car was cleaned. The dirty mitt was rinsed in the Rinse Bucket and rubbed across a Grit Guard, releasing particles into the water. After wringing the mitt out, it was then reloaded with soapy wash solution and the process repeated until the car was completely clean. This method helps prevent the reintroduction of dirt particles to the panels, reducing the chances of micro scratching the paintwork.
After the suds were rinsed away, an Aqua Gleam De-ionising Water Filter was attached in-line with a hose, the better to preserve the life of the media inside which neutralises elements in tap water that cause white water spot deposits. Once this step was completed, the GTS was brought into the detailing studio and placed on a hydraulic ramp. This allows detailers easier access to dry all areas of the vehicle including the wheels and arches. A BigBoi BlowR Pro was used to chase the water off the panels. The powerful twin motor blower uses warm filtered air easily be directed into smaller areas via a rubber nozzle, ensuring all moisture is removed from around badges, grille fins and from mirror housings.
Typically, water becomes trapped and can escape in a trickle later. At best, this results in streaks on the paintwork, at worst, if it happens whilst the ceramic coating is curing it can etch the finish. A touchless dryer eliminates this issue completely. Matt Back, UF Studio
The paintwork, now clean and dry, was inspected under high-intensity lighting to reveal any swirls, staining or scratches that would require eliminating prior to the application of the protective coating. Some sanding marks were discovered on the bumper and these were noted on a Vehicle Appraisal Sheet for reference during machine polishing.
It’s not uncommon for new vehicles to require machine polishing, as the preparation techniques at dealerships can result in swirl marks in the clear coat, which require removing prior to the paintwork being sealed. Ideally, we prefer new vehicles to be delivered untouched, with transportation protection films still in place to avoid this issue. – Matt Back, UF Studio
Given sufficient working time, the diminishing abrasives in H8.02 break down to leave a gloss finish. Requiring only minimal refining, a 3M PERFECT-IT III Black Finishing Pad was used with Menzerna Super Finish Plus 3800, a fine grade finishing polish. The paintwork now in ‘as new’ condition, as befitting a new car, Gtechniq Panel Wipe was applied to the surfaces to remove any polishing residues in preparation for the final coating.
Looking to secure the very latest ceramic technology protection for the GTS, the owner specified ENREI, the flagship coating of Kamikaze Collection, a boutique Japanese manufacturer of innovative car care solutions. ENREI is a two-stage system consisting of No.1 Base Coat Primer and No.2 Top Coat. The first coat penetrates the upper surface of the clear coat to form a strong bond whilst presenting enhanced bonding opportunities for the second coat. No.2 Top Coat overlays No.1 Base Coat Primer, forming a strong chemical bond that protects the clear coat from industrial and environmental fallout. Additionally, the chemical bonds form in a dense structure, helping to avoid water spot marks, a common issue with many ceramic coatings. Gloss levels are significantly enhanced and contamination is repelled, making wash maintenance far easier.
ENREI must be applied in tightly controlled environmental conditions, with ambient temperature and humidity within strict parameters to allow the chemical reaction to occur and the coating to cure. The application process has been extensively researched by the Kamikaze Collection team to ensure optimum performance. The process very specific and subsequently ENREI is available exclusively for detailers who have successfully undergone training with Kamikaze Collection and attained a certificate of approval. The Kamikaze Collection Detailer Network consists of around fifty detailers, strategically placed around the UK.
To protect the glass, the windows were cleaned with Nanolex Glass Cleaner and then sealed with Nanolex ULTRA Glass Sealant. The super slick formulation contains SiO2 (silicon dioxide) to provide a hydrophobic barrier, repelling rainwater and waterborne contamination. On treated windscreens, the requirement for using wiper blades is significantly reduced as rain water beads and blows away whilst driving at speeds as low as 25mph. For vehicles such as the GTS where a wiper is absent from the rear window, ULTRA Glass Sealant significantly improves visibility during inclement weather.
The alloy wheels have a satin finish and the associated texture readily encourages dirt to bond and adhere. To combat this, ENREI No.2 Top Coat was applied, providing a super slick surface, impeding the adhesion of contamination.
Gtechniq T2 Tyre Dressing was applied to the tyres to provide a natural finish, perfectly complementing the wheels.
With ENREI fully cured, the gloss and depth of reflection on the Guards Red paintwork really shone through.
Fully protected, the GTS was ready to put a smile on the face of the lucky new owner for many years to come.