TodayOctober 23, 2021

Gunther Werks 400R Concept and Apollo 13

Apollo 13 is my all-time favorite movie. I have watched that show over 100 times and have it on DVD, VHS, and on my desktop. My entire body is frozen in time while I wait for the guys to come through the black hole with no communication. That’s four minutes standing by; Odyssey, this is Houston do you read me? Hello Houston, this is Odyssey, it’s good to see you again. I text my husband the three little words; they made it. He texts back, you’re watching Apollo 13 again?

It’s not just Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell, but all the guys wearing the white vests that I feel for; they are as much a part of the movie, and the event, as the guys in the spaceship. In real life, there is one guy, the Pad Leader, that has been with each of the astronauts through time. His name is Gunther Wendt. Even in the movie, Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell gives a nod to Gunther, saying, “I wonder where Gunther went.”

The best 911 ever built, the Porsche 993

Gunther Werks is a new company that debuted the 400 R at Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week. Gunther Werks is a nod of appreciation to the pad leaders of the world, the guys that make the program work. Peter Nam, CEO of Gunther Werks, talks about the 400R concept as a nod to NASA, what they imagined a Porsche 993 GT3 RS would be like if you had access to modern engineering, and NASA knowledge. The 993 is gutted to the chassis, aviation carpeting, a carbon fiber body, ending in a rear air-intake that is a nod to a fighter engine. The silhouette is wrapped in a Carmine Red paint that creates an icon remastered.

Gunther Werks essentially created a 911 GT3 RS for the 993 chassis with what they thought an original air-cooled 1995-1998 Porsche 911 should be.

Only twenty-five 400R concepts will be made

As with all bespoke and boutique companies, there will be a limited edition for the discerning few individuals who want to own a 400R. Your 400R will be entirely one of a kind. You will select your vehicle interior’s materials, accent colors, and finishes.

Gunther Werks will create an interior that bridges the gap between modern and classic design, between earth and the heavens. When your 400R is ready, luxuriate in the coach-built interiors of natural grain leather, artfully engineered gauges, and modern multimedia technology.

It can’t fly, but it’s the next best thing, and you’ll still need to be a Steely-eyed Missile Man.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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