I’ve been waiting patiently for AUTOart to expand their Porsche marque, especially the older platforms like the 930, 964, and 993. Much has gone on deaf ears it seems, though AUTOart would rather support composite scale models featuring the likes of the Nissan Juke Type R with sealed bonnet than a proven winner from Porsche. There is little light at the end of the quarter mile strip, AUTOart’s recent release of the 1:18 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Wangan Midnight “Blackbird”.
The model is in fact a replica of a tuned Porsche based on a Japanese animation series called Wangan Midnight. I’m no authority on the shows history or claim to be a fan either, what I like is automobiles and I like the looks of this one much.
From the exterior view the model is absolutely sinister; all Black is the theme here. The only thing that shines is the chrome around the BBS wheels and yellow fogs up front. Paint is beautifully applied to a mirror like finish. The stance is very low, to the point where the rubber is nearly touching the fenders, and camber is definitely on par with the JDM crowd. Remember folks this model is based on a fantasy tuned Porsche; stock won’t cut it, wining is everything!
The Blackbird is made with diecast metal and plastic parts, it also features access to the internals and interior – rare these days. Fit and finish of the model is executed well, shutlines and panel gaps are seriously tight. I’m sure the Black exterior helps. Some exterior elements that change the car from the standard Porsche 911 (930) are as follows:
– Front aero bumper/integrated yellow fogs
– Rear aero bumper
– Rear side air intake duct with a slit
– Aftermarket door mirrors
– Vehicle height Lowdown
– Race type three-piece wide wheels and thick sport tire
– Large-diameter cross-drilled brake rotor
– Animation specific rear number plate
– Large oil cooler (in the front air intake)
– Large inter-cooler and big turbo
– Dedicated dual muffler and exhaust pipe
The no nonsense front fascia is mated to a very large oil cooler – all is nicely detailed. Storage area is accessible and features updated hinge work and full flocking.
Rear features custom bumper with unique driver side dual exhaust. Notice the rear is fully de-badged. Large upper spoiler is fully perforated; it looks like there could be a metal grille underneath, truly authentic in appearance. Not strut support for the hatch but operation is flawless.
Any good racer is as good as the motor modifications, the Blackbird performance is enhanced with massive inter-cooler and large turbo. Take my word for it the turbo is visible from the bottom side. My bad for forgetting to snap a pic! Overall the fit and finish doesn’t look too shabby either.
Wheels are BBS, though execution is good it isn’t AUTOart’s best work. The rims are mated to massive cross-drilled rotors and calipers. Jeez they squeezed as much brake power as possible here. I like it!
Inside the interior is nicely appointed. There is full carpeting throughout, though the seat-harness is made of plastic instead of fabric. Seats and steering wheel have neat textured look and feel. The Blackbird differs from the standard 930 platform with a host of tweaks, they include:
– Roll bar
– Full bucket seat
– 4-point seat belt
– Updated steering wheel
– 340km/h full scale speedometer
– Updated center console (instrument & switches)
– Boost meter & Boost switch
On the whole the AUTOart Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Wangan Midnight “Blackbird” is a very decent piece. The animation connection added no weight in my buying decision, I’m sure other feel the same. Up the ante with a tuned diecast version and I’m sold. There definitely is a few shortcomings that I believe were driven to keep costs down, true a shame. On the flip side the model is different, not your typical Porsche, and we can’t forget the awesome cool factor either. Enjoy the pics!