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Porsche Calendar 2015 “Monochrome Purity” – a passion for Porsche all year round

 The Porsche Calendar 2015 “Monochrome Purity” Cover


The Porsche Calendar 2015 “Monochrome Purity” Cover

Porsche Calendar 2015 available now
“Monochrome Purity” – a passion for Porsche all year round

Stuttgart. Porsche has been synonymous with legendary sports cars for over 60 years. The Porsche Calendar has been a faithful companion to the brand and a coveted collector’s item since 1954. The first calendar published was a “Christophorus” edition in honour of the Porsche magazine.

The Porsche Calendar 1954 February

The Porsche Calendar 1954 February


The new Porsche Calendar 2015 measures 59 cm by 55.5 cm and promises exceptional Porsche moments all year round. The calendar embodies passion for the sports cars from Zuffenhausen with this year’s theme, “Monochrome Purity”.

The Porsche Calendar 1954 Cover

The Porsche Calendar 1954 Cover

Each image depicts a new world – inspired by the unique design of Porsche sports cars. The minimalist background ensures that the vehicles take centre stage. Each shot features a landscape that mirrors the vehicle’s paint finish to give a harmonious overall composition.

The Porsche Calendar 2015 “Monochrome Purity” February

The Porsche Calendar 2015 “Monochrome Purity” February


The official Porsche Calendar is traditionally supplied with an exclusive 40-mm collector’s medal. This year’s medal is embossed on the front with the calendar title “Monochrome Purity” and the year, and the Porsche 919 Hybrid is on the reverse. The Porsche Calendar, complete with medal, costs EUR 39 and is available now in Porsche Centres worldwide or online atwww.porsche.com/shop.

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VIDEO: Porsche 918 Spyder Test Drive by Faster Magazine on backroads near Stuttgart

Awesome #Porsche 918 Spyder Test Drive !
Our friend, editor in chief Jakub Rejlek @Faster magazine pushed the Porsche 918 Spyder hard on some backroads near Stuttgart. CHECK it out!
Love the DRIFTING at 1:30 – and be sure to TURN YOUR VOLUME UP and experience what it’s like behind the wheel.
Enjoy! And thank you Jakub Rejlek!

 

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Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Unique brand experience with brand stories, virtual test drive and design competition

Unusual presentation in the sound lab: Visitors can take a virtual ride and become acquainted with the (real!) icon 911 in the city, in the mountains or on the racetrack.

Unusual presentation in the sound lab: Visitors can take a virtual ride and become acquainted with the (real!) icon 911 in the city, in the mountains or on the racetrack.

Stuttgart/New York. With the theme “The Sound of Porsche: Stories of the Brand” Porsche has created a completely new, interactive brand experience with its first stop in New York City for three weeks. The sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart has opened an exclusive pop-up store in the style of a modern music store in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District and invites visitors to discover Porsche and its fascinating sports cars in various ways. The store opening was celebrated on 15 September 2014 – moderated by fashion icon Angela Simmons and with guests including Porsche works drivers Brendon Hartley and Patrick Long, as well as actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey, who has been a firm part of the Porsche motorsport family since 2013 with his team Dempsey Racing.

The Sound of Porsche: The German sports car manufacturer has created a completely new interactive brand experience with an exclusive temporary pop-up store in the style of a modern music store in New York's trendy Meatpacking District.

The Sound of Porsche: The German sports car manufacturer has created a completely new interactive brand experience with an exclusive temporary pop-up store in the style of a modern music store in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District.

“The new marketing format enables us to connect with young and young-at-heart visitors in an appealing way. We are helping these people to better understand the brand through unusual stories”, says Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, explaining the idea behind this temporary happening.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

This interactive brand experience enables visitors to explore the technical top performance and stylish design of Porsche in depth. Bernhard Maier: “It is an innovative way of telling and experiencing the story of our

.Stories of the Brand: Downtown Manhattan visitors of the music store can discover the story of the Porsche brand and its fascinating sports cars in various ways.

Stories of the Brand: Downtown Manhattan visitors of the music store can discover the story of the Porsche brand and its fascinating sports cars in various ways.

Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche North America, is also convinced by the unusual way of presenting the brand: “The pop-up store supplements existing marketing activities in a new way. It will further increase awareness for our brand in close cooperation with the local Porsche centres.”

Communications space: in the design corner friends of the brand can sketch what they associate with the Sound of Porsche. The works of art can be uploaded to social networks via #soundofporsche.

Communications space: in the design corner friends of the brand can sketch what they associate with the Sound of Porsche. The works of art can be uploaded to social networks via #soundofporsche.

The event space is divided into three areas and comprises a Sound Lab, Media Stations and a Design Corner. The Sound Lab is all about the cult car Porsche 911*. The 911 is a prime example of design, innovation, quality and perfection, and the film “From Draft to Drift – The Porsche 911″ conveys this particularly clearly to visitors.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

In addition, visitors can take a virtual ride and become acquainted with the 911 through sound and visualisation. They can choose between the sound backdrop of a city, a rural setting in a drive through the mountains or a race on the Nürburgring racetrack.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

The Media Stations allow visitors to experience 16 specially produced stories all about the brand. The visual highlights include the contributions “Electrifying Performance” and “One of Us” with Porsche racing drivers Mark Webber and Patrick Dempsey.

For young and young-at-heart fans: The media stations allow 16 specially produced stories all about Porsche; participants among others are actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey (left) as well as Guy Newmark - The Million-Mile Porsche 356 Daily Driver.

For young and young-at-heart fans:
The media stations allow 16 specially produced stories all about Porsche; participants among others are actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey (left) as well as Guy Newmark – The Million-Mile Porsche 356 Daily Driver.

Further contributions of interest to Porsche enthusiasts include “Porsche Exclusive – The Most Personal Car” and “A Porsche goes to Hollywood” with cartoon film star Sally Carrera.

First stop New York (until October 5): The Sound of Porsche will later also be shown in London and Shanghai.

First stop New York (until October 5): The Sound of Porsche will later also be shown in London and Shanghai.

Last but not least the Design Corner features a communications space where visitors can sketch what they associate with the Sound of Porsche. The works of art can be uploaded to social networks via #soundofporsche. The visitor with the best design will win a trip to Stuttgart.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche is cooperating with two partners for the Sound of Porsche. The Sound Lab is equipped by Bose and the entire furnishings are supplied by Walter Knoll.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

The Sound of Porsche (446 West 14th Street) is open to the general public every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time from 16 September to 5 October. New York is the first stop for The Sound of Porsche. The brand presentation will later also be shown in London and Shanghai.

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

Porsche opens pop-up store with Sound Lab in New York hot spot

* Porsche model range 911: combined fuel consumption 12.4 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 289 – 194 g/km; efficiency class: G, F

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Video: Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion V to be held October 2015

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The world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers come back to Monterey for an encore

ATLANTA, Oct. 9, 2014 — Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will again take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.

Porsche announces Rennsport Reunion V to be held October 2015

Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well those who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races. The three-day program of on-track competition will be complemented by a Concours d’Elegance, which is open to invited race participants, and special activities celebrating each of the six decades of legendary Porsche racecars.

This incomparable event has been held about every three years. After staging the first three rounds in the East, with the inaugural at Lime Rock Park in 2001, Rennsport Reunion IV moved west in 2011, tapping into a vast array of west coast car aficionados and Porsche enthusiasts. “While the Rennsport name from the beginning has become a staple fixture for international collectors and racers, choosing the Monterey Peninsula opened up this one-of-a-kind gathering to the many Porsche fans in California and beyond who were previously unable to attend,” said Detlev von Platen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Cars North America. “Approximately 40,000 spectators for the weekend, and a record number of race cars and participants, proved that our decision to come here was correct.”

“After that truly rare gathering of significant Porsche racecars on the West Coast in 2011, we can expect an even larger number of fans of the Stuttgart sports car icon to attend next year,” predicted Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We are proud that Porsche will come back to our track where it has a long racing tradition, and my team and I look forward to help making this the best Rennsport Reunion ever.”

Porsche Rennsport Reunion V will assemble a wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble mid-engine 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties, through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties, to the highly successful 911 GT3 RSR and RS Spyder of the last decade. Special tribute will be paid to the car that embodies Porsche’s return to the top of sports car racing. The 919 LMP1 Prototype is the guarantee that Porsche motorsports – and Rennsport Reunion – have a successful future.

During Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV, approximately 1,300 Porsche Club of America (PCA) member-owned Porsche models from the past 66 years helped fill the show fields, race classes, and parking lots of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For the upcoming fifth rendition, the PCA, celebrating its 60th year in 2015, will once again play an integral role, capping their year-long celebration.

Future details will be published on Porsche’s press website (www.press.porsche.com) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s website (http:// www.mazdaraceway.com), as they become available.

Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online atwww.mazdaraceway.com.

About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. PCNA employs approximately 270 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 66-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

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Unique in the world: three plug-in hybrid models from Porsche celebrates world premiere in Paris

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid celebrates world premiere in Paris

Stuttgart. The new Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid  celebrates its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on October 2nd, 2014. It is the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment and it now sets the standards among luxury all-wheel-drive vehicles.

At the same time, it makes Porsche the leading manufacturer of plug-in hybrid cars.

Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid  and the 918 Spyder  it is the only brand to offer three plug-in models.

 918 Spyder


918 Spyder

Besides the Cayenne S E-Hybrid Porsche is also presenting updated models of the Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel and Cayenne S Diesel in Paris.

Their main features are increased efficiency, even more precise handling, a more streamlined design and even more extensive standard equipment.

Cayenne S

Cayenne S

Cayenne Turbo

Cayenne Turbo

Thanks to plug-in hybrid technology the Cayenne S E-Hybrid has a fuel economy of only 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of a mere 79 grams per kilometre. These are top values overall, especially for an all-wheel-drive car. Market reaction to the models with the advanced drive concept was accordingly positive: In the first eight months of 2014, Porsche delivered a total of 16,698 units of the Panamera of which 1,513 were Panamera S E-Hybrid models – a share of nine per cent. Porsche is also expecting very high sales figures for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

Panamera S E-Hybrid

Panamera S E-Hybrid

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be presented to the world public for the first time at the Porsche press conference in Hall 4 on October 2 at 9.35 am (CEST).

The conference will be broadcast live on the web (www.porsche.com/paris) and by satellite. Show débuts will also be celebrated by the Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel, Cayenne S and the flagship model, the Cayenne Turbo.

Satellite data for the live broadcast of the press conference:

Europe / Middle East – live HD Feed
Time: 09:35am-09:50am CEST / 07:35am-07:50am GMT
Live feed to start at apprx. 06:30am GMT
Satellite: EUT 10A
Transponder (digital): Tp: F5_1.5M Slot: 7-8-9-10-11-12
Downlink Frequency: 12.685,830 MHz
Polarisation: X
Video Std: 1080i/50 Hz PAL
Audio Channels: Ch 1: original German show mix
Ch 2: English commentary guide
Modulation: DVB-S2 / 8 PSK
Symbol rate: 7.2000 Msymb/s
FEC: 3/4
MPEG: 4:2:0 / MPEG4
Encryption: No encryption
Europe / Middle East – live SD Feed
Time: 09:35am-09:50am CEST / 07:35am-07:50am GMT
Live feed to start at apprx. 06:30am GMT
Satellite: EUT 10A
Transponder (digital): Tp: F5_1.5M Slot: 13-14-15-16-17-18
Downlink Frequency: 12.694,830 MHz
Polarisation: X
Video Std: 625 PAL / 16:9
Audio Channels: Ch 1: original German show mix
Ch 2: English commentary guide
Modulation: DVB S / QPSK
Channel rate: 6.6665 Msymb/s
FEC: 7/8
MPEG: 4:2:2 / MPEG2
Encryption: No encryption
USA / Canada / South America – live HD Feed
Time: 03:35am-03:50am EST / 07:35am-07:50am GMT
Live feed to start at apprx. 02:30am EST
Satellite: Intelsat 805
Transponder (digital): 24/24, Slot EF
Downlink Frequency: 4.004,000 MHz
Polarisation: X
Video Std: 1080i/60Hz in NTSC
Audio Channels: Ch 1: original German show mix
Ch 2: English commentary guide
Modulation: DVB-S2 / 8 PSK
Symbol rate: 14.4000 Msymb/s
FEC: 3/4
MPEG: 4:2:2 / MPEG2
Encryption: No encryption
USA / Canada / South America – live SD Feed
Time: 03:35am-03:50am EST / 07:35am-07:50am GMT
Live feed to start at apprx. 02:30am EST
Satellite: Intelsat 805
Transponder (digital): 24/24, Slot A
Downlink Frequency: 3.963,500 MHz
Polarisation: X
Video Std: NTSC 16:9
Audio Channels: Ch 1: original German show mix
Ch 2: English commentary guide
Modulation: DVB S / QPSK
Channel Rate: 6.6665 Msymb/s
FEC: 7/8
MPEG: 4:2:2 / MPEG2
Encryption: No encryption
South-Africa – live SD Feed
Time: 07:35am-07:50am GMT
Live feed to start at apprx. 06:30am GMT
Satellite: NSS 7
Transponder (digital): EUH4/SAH4, Channel 9/1
Downlink Frequency: 11.184,500 MHz
Polarisation: X
Video Std: 625 PAL / 16:9
Audio Channels: Ch 1: original German show mix
Ch 2: English commentary guide
Modulation: DVB S / QPSK
Channel Rate: 6.6665 Msymb/S
FEC: 7/8
MPEG: 4:2:2 / MPEG2
Encryption: No encryption

Contact on site: Benjamin Kern, 0049-179-1008034

1) Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: Combined fuel consumption: 3.4 l/100 km; combined electrical energy consumption: 20.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 79 g/km; efficiency class: A+.

2) Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: Combined fuel consumption: 3.1 l/100 km; combined electrical energy consumption: 16.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 71 g/km; efficiency class: A+.

3) Porsche 918 Spyder: Combined fuel consumption 3.1–3.0 l/100 km; combined electrical energy consumption: 12.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 72–70 g/km; efficiency class: A+.

4) Cayenne model range: Combined fuel consumption: 11.5–6.6 l/100 km; overland: 8.9–6.0 l/100 km; urban: 15.9–7.6 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 267–173 g/km; efficiency class: E–B.

5) Panamera model range: Combined fuel consumption: 10.7–6.4 l/100 km; overland: 7.8–5.6 l/100 km; urban: 15.7–7.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 249–169; efficiency class: F–B.

Paris Motorshow 2014

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid - Paris Motorshow 2014

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Cayenne S E-Hybrid on October 2, 2014 at 9:35 am CET.

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Best grip thanks to modern tyres – even for classic Porsche cars

New tyre approval lists published following extensive tests with classic Porsche models

Stuttgart. Drivers of classic Porsche sports cars can now find the new lists with all tyres approved by Porsche for download on the Porsche Classic website. These tyre approval lists represent the results of extensive tests over several weeks carried out by the Porsche tyre experts this summer. They used classic Porsche sports cars and modern classics such as a 356, a 911 Carrera G model, a 911 Turbo (930) and a first generation Porsche Boxster (986) for these tests.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356, 911 Carrera G-Modell, first generation Boxster

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356, 911 Carrera G-Modell, first generation Boxster

Such tests take place on a regular basis to test and approve newly developed tyres for classic Porsche cars. The approval is also documented by the so-called N marking on the tyre flank.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

Porsche is the only manufacturer that performs such an extensive service for older models, ranging from those 356 models that are over 50 years old, through all the 911 generations and the transaxle models 924/944/968 and 928, right up to the first Boxster (986). This is justifiable as around two thirds of all Porsche sports cars ever built are still driving more or less regularly on our roads.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

With these tyre tests for classic sports cars, Porsche ensures that these older models also profit from the progress made in tyre development and can take advantage of the modern tyres that are tailored to meet their requirements. This benefits driving behaviour and driving safety with regards to grip on wet roads and shorter braking distances.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

The latest lists with the new tyres added this year can be downloaded from the Internet using this link:

http://www.porsche.com/germany/accessoriesandservices/classic/galleryanddownloads/downloads/

Continue reading the following pages to find out how these tyre tests take place and what else need to be considered with respect to tyres for classic Porsche sports cars.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Porsche tests new tyres for sports cars up to 65 years old
As around two thirds of all Porsche models ever built are still in driving condition, Porsche takes a lot of effort to look after these older models. You can see this from the format that is used for the tyre approval for older models: Currently, there are 183 recommendations, just for the right summer tyres, for those models built between 1949 and 2005. Another 126 recommendations apply to winter tyres.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: modern tyres preserve driving pleasure and driving safety

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: modern tyres preserve driving pleasure and driving safety

All these approvals are usually updated every two years through ongoing tests. The reason for all this effort is obvious: As the manufacturer, Porsche cannot abandon owners with regards to the right tyre types, because many owners are still lovingly taking care of and driving their Porsche models that reach back into the fifties and sixties. Independent tyre businesses, if faced with a 1963 Porsche 356 and tyre format 185/70 R 15, would for instance probably use those tyre types that are generally available for the remaining VW Beetle population and the various Transporter models.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: extensive testing by Porsche tyre experts

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: extensive testing by Porsche tyre experts

However, special tyre approvals for new Porsche models already applied in the past, and these were practically always based on special development steps by the tyre manufacturer and specifically designed for Porsche. Selecting a new set of tyres for a 356 model on the basis of “only size matters” would therefore essentially be a mistake. The beautiful vintage car would not be radically unfit to drive in most cases, but the original skill of such a car for a safe road stance and playful handling would be pretty much left at the road side. Maybe not when dry, but fairly probably when the road was wet. Such incorrect choices are why Porsche has carried out the latest tyre tests.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Oldsters can be dashing too
To avoid dramatic errors, new tyre models are tested and processed for approval for all the older car models. The Porsche Museum and Porsche Classic are always delighted to open up their fleets and send the cars out onto the test track. In this way, robust test drives take place on the test grounds of Contidrom near Hanover using those Porsche models that already have a few decades tucked under their elegantly designed bonnets. Porsche Classic adopts the recommendations of the tyre test specialists who, particularly in the case of Dieter Röscheisen, can look back over a few dozen years of tyre testing experience. He therefore stands on a level playing field with his classic format test cars and is usually just as fast when on the go.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

Because tyre testing also means driving at the limit in a controlled manner. The disciplines of dry and wet handling are of paramount interest, while brake testing and aquaplaning tests round off the test program. The entire test program is aimed at precisely measuring how the tyres behave up to the limits. Every facet of behaviour, from the initial steering movement to the exit of the bend, is precisely analysed and logged for each set of tyres in the test. The car turning cleanly into the bend is just the first step towards approval. Well-controlled behaviour under high transverse acceleration is obligatory, and exiting bends must be mastered without any discontinuous loss of road adherence.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

A harmonious performance is paramount
The tests always comprise several rounds on the test track, which is rich in curves, and precisely determined lap times are used for comparative purposes. A tyre must deliver performance at its limits in a predictable and balanced manner to obtain a good evaluation. The same applies understandably to the front and rear axles as this is only way to get good marks and the prospect of approval for the historic vehicle series.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

The marking that turns tyres in a historically valuable dimension into Porsche tyres is therefore a type of quality seal: Those tyre models recommended by Porsche bear the mark “N” on the tyre flank, always in combination with a number (N0, N1, N2, etc.). This “N” has for decades been the hallmark for the special tyre designs developed for Porsche. Naturally, it would have been nice at the time to be able to select “P” or “Po” for Porsche. But the international development of the tyre standards led to N being chosen as the unmistakable mark for the selected approval by Porsche and that is how it stands today. The experts all know, the “N” belongs to Porsche when it comes to tyres.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

The corresponding number after the “N” is solely used to differentiate the approval series. Example: The first version of a tyre with the dimension 195/65 R 15 was approved with the mark N0 for the applicable Carrera series in the seventies. When a new series of the same tyre, manufacture and type is designed and approved for production as replacement parts, the tyre is assigned the next higher auxiliary number – in this case 1 – to differentiate it from the previous series.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Turbo (1983)

Keyword tyre ageing
This particularly critical aspect was also tested during the latest test series in summer 2014. This effect mainly plays a role when a vehicle with a long history is only rarely driven and spends more time standing than driving. The tyres visibly become more brittle, the traction and level of grip decrease. The word “undriveable” may not apply directly if such a tyre is just over five years old. But the capability for a smooth driving style, which may have characterised it at one point, decreases steadily with increasing age in all cases. If you take a look at the so-called DOT number on the tyre flank, you can quickly determine how old the tyre actually is. The number accompanying the letters DOT is always a four digit number, specifying the production week and year of the tyre, i.e. 1302 for week 13 in year 2002.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

During the 2014 test program, tyre-testing expert Dieter Röscheisen evaluated a twelve year old tyre as very critical, particularly regarding wet handling: “The tyre was tested on a 1988 930 Turbo. This twelve year old tyre offers very little traction, particularly when wet, with correspondingly weak braking performance and is therefore extremely tricky to drive, especially in vehicles without ABS, due to the high blocking tendency of the front wheels. It initially steers very sluggishly into curves. This leads to an uncomfortable understeer, which is atypical for the basic setup of the Porsche. At some point during the curve, it usually suddenly develops some traction which in turn makes the rear act uneasily. The driving behaviour of the standard Porsche 930 is really affected by this and requires an expert hand, particularly in the wet, to prevent abrupt breakaways. It is difficult to impossible to drive quickly in a clean line.”

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: first generation Boxster (1996)

A completely different tone is struck in the test evaluation results regarding a new 185/70 R 15 tyre for the 1963 Porsche 356. The original words on the evaluation sheet: “This set leaves a very good overall impression, even on the 356 with the smallest 5.0 J x 15 rims. A lot of grip is present and the balance is good. Over and understeering tendency is low and the grip breakaway is not too abrupt. This makes the rear a bit more agile overall. One can drive fast and precisely, with a very safe feeling at all times. The tyre offers a high safety reserve and has no particular weak points.”

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Just as an aside, this vintage Porsche, a 356 Super 90 model from the museum collection, is probably equipped with slightly better tyres today and drives with more balanced driving characteristics than when it was built 51 years ago in 1963.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 356 B 1600 Super 90 (1963)

Approximately 300 tyres to choose from
The afore-mentioned and other new tyre qualities of tested and approved designs and matches are listed in detail on the Porsche Classic homepage. There are approximately 300 approved summer and winter tyres available for Porsche sports cars built between 1949 and 2005. There maybe five to seven recommendations available for certain models, depending on the rim sizes.
This is because not every new tyre developed and matched with a current model was continued to be manufactured for decades after the period during which it was produced as original equipment. Some types were simply discontinued, others are modified due to new regulations regarding the rubber compound recipes. This is, for instance, the case if specific chemical compounds used in tyre production are changed when more modern components come onto the market offering better grip and, simultaneously, less rolling resistance. The tyre manufacturers cannot let such developments pass them by.

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Tyre tests for classic Porsche cars: 911 Carrera G-Modell (1975)

Simply mounting the tyres of subsequent evolutionary stages without testing onto rims of older vehicles has not been successful in practice. There have been cases within the broad field of historic vehicles where the car has become almost uncontrollable when driving at the limits after it had been equipped with unspecified tyres. Really disastrous driving behaviour is not necessarily the immediate result. However, in the majority of cases, significantly unbalanced behaviour during steering and handling resulted. A particularly negative problem is when a tyre performs poorly under wet conditions. Just like all other drivers, the driver of an older Porsche cannot choose the weather on the roads being travelled upon.

This is just one of the reasons why the new developments for older vehicles by the tyre industry are subjected to the Porsche test program. In numerous cases this leads to a cooperation in the further development of specific tyre types, often leading to highly commendable test evaluations for the various tyre types. The “N” mark on the flank unifies them all as tested and approved.

One of the manufacturer’s tasks here is also to maintain a suitable stock: Tyres for models from the sixties and seventies are – due to the lack of demand – no longer manufactured in continuous mass production. Instead, a new series is produced from time to time when required. If suitably stored (cool and dark), the tyres only age slowly and slightly. This ensures that the quality is maintained, even after a few years. Porsche Classic only recommends those tyre types that performed well in the test procedures.

Preventing ageing: Store tyres like good wine
A tyre starts to lose suppleness and grip after about five years. It does not, of course, become abruptly undriveable, but starts to appreciably lose balance over subsequent years. However, the effects of ageing can be slowed down if storage is implemented with care – in a similar manner to good wine: Tyres age less rapidly if stored in the dark at lower temperatures. If you can afford it and have the necessary space to do so, store a fresh set of tyres for your forthcoming pleasure tours in your cool cellar and park your vintage Porsche in the garage on a set of – maybe well worn – “standing tyres”.

If you don’t want to or cannot change the tyres so frequently, you should pay attention to the following tips. Because, if the vehicle stands for too long in one place without greatly increased tyre pressure, so-called “flat spots” occur. It is therefore common practice to raise the air pressure up to the maximum permissible pressure for the rims, which is usually 4.5 bar, when storing cars. So-called tyre shoes or tyre pillows, obtainable from accessory dealers, are also useful in this case. These are concave supports made of rubber, plastic or wood placed under the wheels so that the car is parked with all four wheels in the hollows. The concave form distributes the tyre contact area over a significantly larger area and prevents the tyre from becoming square during the standing time due to flat spots.

Porsche therefore ensures, through their regular tyre tests for Porsche classic cars and modern classics, that driving pleasure and driving safety are not diminished, even in older models.

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