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New Porsche 911 RSR successfully concludes test drives – Season preparations on the finish straight

Test drive Porsche 911 RSR

Test drive Porsche 911 RSR

Press Release

21/02/2013

Test drive Porsche 911 RSR

Stuttgart. The development of the new Porsche 911 RSR based on the current generation 991 model is nearly complete. On the Sebring International Raceway in Florida/USA the GTE race car from Weissach completed another successful test on Thursday.

The successor to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be run exclusively by the Porsche AG Team Manthey works squad at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).The vehicle celebrates its race debut on April 14 at the WEC season-opener in Silverstone. 

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Sharing driving duties at Sebring were Porsche works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria) and Patrick Pilet (France). Lietz contests the WEC including Le Mans with Marc Lieb (Germany) at the wheel of the 911 RSR with the starting number 92. Patrick Pilet joins forces with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) in the number 91 vehicle.

At the first two WEC rounds in Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps as well as at Le Mans, they receive backup from their factory pilot colleagues Romain Dumas (France/No. 92) and Timo Bernhard (Germany/No.91).

“We are very pleased with how the testing has gone so far,” said Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “Our goal is to be well prepared for the challenges of the very strong GTE class in the WEC and at Le Mans. The circuit in Sebring is very well suited to put a new vehicle through some demanding trials.

For this reason, a test in Sebring is a very good rehearsal for one of the toughest races of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Until the season kicks off in Silverstone, we will conduct some final tests on other race tracks so that our new 911 RSR is well and truly ready for the World Endurance Championship season.”

 

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database

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Porsche 911 – Double driving fun even in snow and ice

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Press Release 15/02/2013

911 Carrera is the ideal vehicle in all weather conditions

Double driving fun with the Porsche 911 – even in snow and ice

 

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Stuttgart. Like no other vehicle, the 911 unites such seeming contradictions as sportiness and everyday usability, having stood for sheer driving pleasure for 50 years now – and not just when the sky is blue and the sun is shining but also in winter driving conditions. Against this backdrop, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that there are numerous Porsche customers in regions in which winter is the rule during most of the year.

The northernmost Porsche Centre in the world, for instance, is located in Tromso, Norway: there are loyal 911 drivers even at the Arctic Circle. In fact, in Norway alone, there are four more Porsche Centres; in Sweden are six and in Finland are three Porsche Centres available to customers.

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

Many 911 customers enjoy driving in snow and ice also in Alpine countries like Switzerland: vehicle sales have been growing there year after year. Alongside the Cayenne, the sports car icon is the most successful model in Switzerland. Last year alone, 656 vehicles were delivered to customers there. And the 911 is popular in Switzerland not only as a coupé. Cabriolets accounted for 42% of the 911 sports cars delivered in 2012.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

No wonder: Even in cold temperatures, the driver of a 911 Carrera Cabriolet enjoys a climate comfort coming closer to that of a coupé than ever before. Thus, for instance, the external material is lined in its entirety by an insulating mat. The lateral parts are also completely covered with material so no technical components are visible any more when the top is closed.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

The 911 with all-wheel drive, in particular, is ideal for driving in winter. The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) translates the great driving-performance potential optimally in all weather conditions. Within a split second, the optimum power distribution between front and rear axle can be controlled via a multi-plate clutch. Depending on the driving situation, this means more driving stability, a more agile handling and outstanding traction even on slippery road surfaces.

In short: Even more driving fun with more safety, especially on snow and icy roads. Because that’s where the premium on traction really shows its stuff.

911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4

This makes the 911 the ideal vehicle for all seasons:

“For me, the Carrera with all-wheel drive is the perfect everyday car. Thanks to its technology, it is safe for active driving on ice and snow; on the other hand, it always offers the self-assurance of a thoroughbred sports car.

Owing to its excellent all-round visibility and the storage space behind the front seats, the car is very suitable for the city and for shopping as well,” says Walter Röhrl, twice holder of the rally world championship.

Porsche enthusiasts can also satisfy their curiosity about the advantages of the 911 Carrera by selecting from the various courses and sessions of Porsche Driving Experience: At two training sites in Finland’s far north 1,350 drivers will have the opportunity to test the Porsche 911 at first hand in extreme weather conditions this winter. Beginners and advanced drivers will have the chance to expand their driving skills under the guidance of Porsche instructors and learn to control their car even better in three training steps that build on one another.

Porsche Driving Experience in Finland


Porsche Driving Experience in Finland

On snowbound tracks and ice lakes at temperatures up to minus 30° Celsius. The rear-focused design of the all-wheel drive, typical for Porsche, offers optimal support. You will find the dates and other information on all winter offers of Porsche Driving Experience on the Internet at: http://www.porsche.de/driving-experience-winter/.

SOURCE: Porsche AG Medai Database

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Press Release: World Premiere TECHART for 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART Automobildesign presents its personalisation program for Porsche 911 Carrera 4 models. In line with this premiere the new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes as well as the TECHART Noselift front axle lift system make their debuts.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

As a tribute to the Porsche models of the 1970s TECHART shows its interpretation of the 400 hp Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in legendary Emerald Green colour to public at 83rd Geneva International Motor Show from March 5 to 17 2013.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

Design. 
The new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes replaces Porsche’s standard exhaust system and gives the car a more aggressive and sporty look, which reminds of RSR models.

TECHART Noselift System

TECHART Noselift System

Controlled by the sport button at centre console the acoustic performance of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S becomes clearly more sonorous and throaty. The exhaust system is also drivable in closed condition. As sole manufacturer TECHART currently offers this valve-controlled exhaust system with double centre tailpipes for all Porsche 911 Carrera S models.

TECHART Noselift System

TECHART Noselift System

Also available: TECHART sport end mufflers Racing and sport exhaust system with valve control in combination with double flow TECHART Sport Tailpipes. Both systems are recognizable by black chromed or polished TECHART Sport Tailpipes in typical double-oval design. TECHART Sport Tailpipes are also available for the standard exhaust system of Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S, as well as for the Porsche sport exhaust system of all current 911 Carrera models.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

By pressing a button at centre console the TECHART Noselift System enables 60 mm more ground clearance at front spoiler by raising the vehicle level. System can be activated when stationary and during the ride. Above 60 km/h the vehicle lowers again automatically. Due to the hydraulic unit’s compact construction boot capacity remains the same.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

At speed of 140 km/h the two-piece TECHART Front Spoiler I with integrated splitter reduces lift on front axle of the Porsche 911 Carrera models by 5 kg. At same speed the TECHART Rear Spoiler II (out of three versions in total), in combination with the TECHART Diffuser, generates additional 17.5 kg down force at the vehicle’s rear. Up to top speed this figure increases to 76 kg. Two Aero Wings, integrated into the front air inlet vents lend the 911 Carrera models a dynamic shaft outline. TECHART Side Skirts as well as trims for headlights and side mirrors set visual highlights all-around.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

For Porsche 911 models TECHART offers the TECHART Formula 5-spoke light alloy wheel in 20- and 21-inch sizes, as well as the TECHART Formula III 5-twin spoke forged light alloy wheel. A weight advantage of up to 15 % compared to a cast wheel and thus a reduction in unsprung mass contributes directly to an increase in driving dynamics. Beside standard and individual colours, the TECHART Formula III forged wheel is also available in new bi-colour design and burnished glossy smooth finish.

TECHART Carrera Seats

TECHART Carrera Seats

Interior.
The TECHART in-house manufactory transfers the prestigious exterior colour of the Carrera 4S with precise craftsmanship into the vehicle’s interior. Whether door sills and back rests for black-leathered sport seats Plus in Emerald Green or door panels in black leather and green decorative stitching, all vehicle details take up the colour theme consistently. As it is for the ergonomically shaped TECHART 3-spokes sport steering wheel. Covered by black leather and Alcantara with green stitching, as well as integrated TECHART paddle shifters in black matt finish with green symbols, it forms a visual symbiosis with black and green TECHART Dials for instruments and Sport Chrono.

Source: Techart Media Press

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Autos & Vehicles, Porsche, Techart

 

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UPDATE: Tribute to Porsche 911 editor and writer Bruce Anderson RIP (May 27th, 1938 – Feb. 9th, 2013)

 “Bruce Anderson’s Celebration of Life”

Bruce  Anderson’s family and friends are trying to get a better idea

of the number of folks planning on attending Bruce’s Celebration of Life.

If you would like to attend please RSVP below.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Bruce Anderson 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Canepa Group, Inc.

4900 Scotts Valley Drive

Scotts Valley, CA 95066 

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Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson (photo by  Leonard Turner)

it’s interesting to look back over the years to see resources and individuals that continued to be the authority on the brand and it’s enhancement. One of these individuals is Bruce Anderson, a legend in the world of all things Porsche.

(May 27th, 1938 – Feb. 9th, 2013)

Bruce Anderson and me at Rennsport IV, Laguna Seca, Mazda raceway, Monterey, California the weekend of October 14 – 16, 2011

Bruce Anderson and me at Rennsport IV, Laguna Seca, Mazda Raceway, Monterey, California the weekend of                                        October 14 – 16, 2011 – photo by Dede Seward

Bruce Anderson, the guru, the GOD of the Porsche 911 has passed away today in the early morning  on Feb 9th, 2013. Known for his 911 Handbooks and as the Excellence Porsche Magazine Freelance Tech Editor/Writer and Partner/General Manager at Garretson Enterprises, Campbell, California during 1976 to 1988.

This is a my tribute to Bruce Anderson. He will be truly missed by the Porsche community, however his writings will live on forever for Porsche owners, enthusiasts, and fans worldwide. Rest in Peace Bruce! Will miss you very much.

Celebration of  Bruce’s Life

A “Celebration of Life” is planned by his wife Stephanie on May 12, 2013 (the day after the ALMS race at Laguna Seca, Monterey) at Bruce Canepa’s shop in Scotts Valley, CA. The event is tentatively scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is open to all who knew Bruce and wish to remember him. If you plan on attending, please contact Stephanie to let her know by emailing her @ (stephani@mac.com) to have an accurate head count.

PORSCHE 935 – Moby and the Warhorse Gang

PORSCHE 935 – Moby and the Warhorse Gang, the award-winning story of the 935 as seen through the eyes of the highly successful Porsche shop Garretson Enterprises. The 935s they prepared won Sebring 3 times in a row, the Daytona 24, the IMSA Championship, and the World Endurance Driver’s Championship. Made with the cooperation of the Porsche Archive, and co-written by team member/Porsche guru Bruce Anderson, the production has been digitally re-mastered in 2009, and is now available on DVD at http://www.SmartRacingProducts.com. Porsche fans will appreciate the almost 4 hours of this well-produced video!

911 PORSCHE PERFORMANCE HANDBOOK: ( from Bruce Anderson’s Blogspot )

Third edition of Porsche 911 Performance Handbook: Readers, thanks for your help with corrections from the second edition, I think you will like the third edition it is bigger at 304 pages, better, with more up to date thinking (things change) and a lot of color photos. The iconic Porsche Porsche 911 is that rarity–a world class performance car that can still be improved.

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The Porsche 911 Performance Handbook focuses on 1963 thru 1998 Porsche 911 model years. It covers a brief history of the model, a very useful buyer’s guide, then projects and enhancements you can undertake on your prized Porsche. Everything from rebuilding and modifying the power plant in your 911 to tuning your suspension.

Here are the main sections:

  • Porsche 911 Performance History
  • Buying a Used 911
  • 911 Engine Development
  • Engine Rebuild Fundamentals
  • Engine Performance Modifications
  • Suspension, Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
  • Transmission

This book shows that anyone with the tools and a modicum of skills how to make this great car even better with performance-enhancing tricks and techniques ranging from the subtle to extreme.

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Focusing solely on the air cooled 911s produced from 1963 through 1998, this third edition of the Porsche 911 Performance Handbook provides clearly illustrated, easy to follow instructions for making modifications to all working parts of the air cooled 911s, from engine and transmission to suspension, brakes, wheels and tires and more.

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Detailed appendices list production numbers, tune-up specifications, preventive maintenance, carburetor and fuel injection adjusting procedures and oil changing procedures.

ABOUT BRUCE 

www.911handbook.com
for all of Bruce’s Porsche stuff!

My qualifications include extensive “Hands On” experience with Porsches. Here are some specifics: owned and operated a successful Porsche Repair business for ten years; Porsche appraiser for over fifteen years; National Technical Chairman of Porsche Club of America from 1981 through 2001 –and am currently the PCA Senior Technical Advisor.

Bruce pictured with blue and whte cap on the  far right at Dry Lake. Source: Bruce Anderson 911 Porsche Blog

Bruce pictured with blue and whte cap on the far right at Dry Lake. Source: Bruce Anderson 911 Porsche Blog

My Porsche related writing experience includes: Excellence Magazine’s Technical Editor since 1987, Flat 6 Magazine and Talon Pointe, both French magazines; the Porsche Post and 911 & Porsche World, both British magazines; The 911 & Porsche Magazine, a Japanese magazine;Christophorus, the Porsche factory magazine; and Porsche Panorama, Porsche Club of America’s monthly publication.

I have authored additional Porsche related articles published both here and abroad. The second edition of my book on Porsche 911′s, Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, was released in December 1996.

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I have been working on Porsches since 1962; 911′s since 1966. In the winter of 1966-67 some friends and I bought a half a dozen engines that were badly damaged in a shipwreck off the Azores. New 911′s were being transported by sea, the ship was rammed by another, the hold flooded, the cars broke loose and the bodies were unsalvageable. But we were able to buy the engines. We tore those engines down, resurrected them and installed them in 911′s that were in need of an engine for one reason or another and also converted a couple of 912′s to 911′s.

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911 engines. I was able to put my education into play as a member of a winning race team. We won the prestigious Porsche Cup, Porsche Team Cup, IMSA GTR, GT, and GTO championships along with the FIA World endurance championship. My education continues today as I help others learn about these great cars via my technical articles and books; by offering instruction through our Porsche training courses started in 1986; and by giving technical presentation lectures on Porsches and the 911 engines.

As Technical Advisor, Porsche Club of America, and Technical Editor,Excellence Magazine, I write an ongoing technical Q&A column as well as feature articles for these publications. Excellence Magazine also publishes my series of ongoing articles entitled “Porsche Market Report”.

This series reflects on the market value of various Porsche models. Additionally, I sit on the Advisory Board of N.A.D.A. Exotic, Collectible and Special Interest Cars.

lse Nädele Porsche Club Coordinator and Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance judges left to right Dennis Frick, Bruce Anderson, Dale Miller, Mark Smedley, Weldon Scrogham, and Kirby Hollis. Source: Bruce Anderson's Blogspot

lse Nädele Porsche Club Coordinator and Pebble Beach Concours de Elegance judges left to right Dennis Frick, Bruce Anderson, Dale Miller, Mark Smedley, Weldon Scrogham, and Kirby Hollis. Source: Bruce Anderson’s Blogspot

Many articles I have written deal not only with Porsche technical information, but on all aspects of interest to Porsche enthusiasts including coverage of events such as the annual Porsche Parade, Speedsterfest, La Carrera Panamericana, Daytona and Le Mans races.

Source: Bruce Anderson

 

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VIDEO “Panamera Drive” Song by DNAC – Porsche Sound Voyage

Is it possible to create a song made of original sounds form the Porsche Panamera?

Yes…..

In Porsches Sound Voyage competition, users were able to create their own song with a Facebook application and let their song be voted by the community. The winner of this contest recently came to Germany to record his winner song in a sound studio.

Listen to the song “Panamera Drive” by “DNAC”, the winner of Porsche Sound Voyage contest.
Video: Porsche World Debut
Music: by DNAC contest winner

In the making

Creating music with the sound of a Porsche Panamera

Listen and download the song “Panamera Drive” by DNAC here: http://www.porsche.com/international/multimedia/panamera-soundvoyage/

Source: Porsche Panamera Sound Voyage 

 

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50 Years of the Porsche 911, a sports car celebrates a special anniversary

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50 Years of the Porsche 911

 

Stuttgart. For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand.

Porsche 911 S 2.7 Coupé, 1974

Porsche 911 S 2.7 Coupé, 1974

Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.”

Type 911 T8, 1964, Prototype 901-1

Type 911 T8, 1964, Prototype 901-1

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche’s 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

How Porsche celebrates the anniversary
For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013. There will be a wide variety of anniversary events, starting with the “Retro Classics” automobile show in Stuttgart.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

From 7 to 10 March the Porsche Museum will ring in the anniversary year with four special exhibits, an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7. This chassis by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The company is also sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage nine-eleven will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach CA, Shanghai, Goodwood UK, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car’s progress at http://www.porsche.com/follow-911 (end of February).

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The Porsche Museum is celebrating “50 years of the Porsche 911” from 4 June through 29 September 2013, with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the nine-eleven.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8, 2005

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8, 2005

In the spring the museum’s own publishing house, Edition Porsche-Museum, will publish an anniversary edition entitled “911×911.”

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet, 1990; (first: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet; second: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Targa; third: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Coupé)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet, 1990; (first: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet; second: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Targa; third: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Coupé)

The generations
The First 911 (1963) – Birth of a Legend
As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963 as the 901, and renamed the 911 for its market launch in 1964. Its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 210 hp. If you wanted to take things a little slower, starting in 1965 you could also opt for the four-cylinder Porsche 912. In 1966 Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world’s first ever safety cabriolet.

The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 litres (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world’s first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupé, August 1972, test logo

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupé, August 1972, test logo

The G-Series (1973) – The Second Generation
Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated headrests. One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-litre 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique. The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3. At 300 hp it was the best in its class. In 1983 the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; with a 3.2 litre 231 hp engine, it became a favourite collectors’ item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the fifties.

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.8 Coupé, 2005

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.8 Coupé, 2005

The 964 (1988) – Classic Modern
Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964). After fifteen years of production the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85 percent new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle. Its air-cooled 3.6 litre boxer engine delivered 250 hp. Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, Tiptronic, power steering, and airbags, and rode on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension. A revolutionary member of the new 911 line right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, starting in 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo. Initially powered by the proven 3.3 litre boxer engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 360 hp 3.6 litre power plant. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are particularly in demand among collectors.

The 993 (1993) – The Last Air-Cooled Models
The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver. The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to polyellipsoid headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminium chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emission stock automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminium wheels, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports car purist who cherished the thrill of high speeds. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. But the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé, 1986

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé, 1986

The 996 (1997) – Water-Cooled
The 996, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new automobile. This comprehensively redesigned generation was the first to be driven by a water-cooled boxer engine. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads it achieved 300 hp and broke new ground in terms of reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The exterior design was a reinterpretation of the 911′s classic line, but with a lower drag coefficient (cW) of 0.30. The lines of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with Porsche’s successful Boxster model. Its most obvious exterior feature were the headlights with integrated turn signals, at first controversial but later copied by many other manufacturers. On the inside, drivers experienced an entirely new cockpit. Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first car equipped with ceramic brakes as standard, was marketed as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the fall of 2000.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.4 Coupé, 1998

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.4 Coupé, 1998

The 997 (2004) – Classicism and Modernity
In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate blinkers in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. It was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 litre boxer engine that turned out out 325 hp while the new 3.8 litre engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 4 3.4 Coupé, 1999

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 4 3.4 Coupé, 1999

The 991 (2011) – Refined by Experience 
This car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the class benchmark for decades, the new 911 generation raised performance and efficiency to new levels. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tyres and an ergonomically optimized interior – it all adds up to an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance – even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the smaller 3.4 litre displacement in the Carrera basic model (yet developing 5 hp more than the 997/II), and to its hybrid steel/aluminium construction, which significantly reduces curb weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the world’s first seven-gear manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard for automobile design. It is the best 911 of all time – until the next generation.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.6 Coupé, 1994

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.6 Coupé, 1994

Source: Porsche AG Media Database,

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Video: Porsches SEEN by the EYES of a flying DRONE at the Porsche Museum

A SNEAK Preview “teaser” of the LATEST upcoming ONLINE video inside the Porsche Museum.

 on Vimeo

Yes, it is flying Drones doing the film making of the Porsche mother ship!

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Christopher Kippenberger executive producer of RampTV ramp Auto.Kultur.Magazin teams up with prestigious German car magazine “Ramp.de” to coordinate and over see content creation. Something NEW and exciting with DRONE film making .

SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH DRONE FILMMAKING

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Filmmakers are increasingly turning to camera-equipped drones to film aerial shots. Here, a German expert gives us the 400-foot view of a new mode of movie making.

Berlin-based filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger believes that quadrocopters–cheap, inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles–are the future of sports film. Kippenberger’s firm, Kippenberger Racing, specializes in aerial photography of auto races and of cars in general for outside clients. The company’s business model is simple: Aerial filmmaking via helicopters is expensive, but aerial filmmaking via drone is cheap.

One of Kippenberger’s latest videos, produced in collaboration witheGarage, takes a look inside Germany’s child go-kart subculture. While conventional cameras were used for the on-the-ground portions of the video, a UAV was used for the awe-inspiring aerial race segments. Continue reading more here

Yes, this is just a “teaser” on what is coming. Stay Tuned for More!! Be Prepared!

and I know you will like it!

On March 7th “Ramp.de” is launching its new website.

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Le Mans 24 Hours / World Endurance Championship – Confirmed Porsche entry for Le Mans

24h Le Mans

24h Le Mans

Organizer confirms Porsche entry for Le Mans

Stuttgart. Porsche AG fields two new 911 RSR based on the 991 model generation at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and in the World Endurance Championship.

Entry for the newly developed vehicles sporting the starting numbers 91 and 92 was confirmed for the GTE class by the organisers ACO and FIA today in Paris.

The factory squad “Porsche AG Team Manthey” will run both 911 RSR race cars.

Contesting the event in the #92 Porsche 911 RSR are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

Marc Lieb

Marc Lieb

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

The pair has already shared a cockpit in last year’s WEC. At the first two rounds of the season in Silverstone (14 April) and Spa (4 May) as well as at the Le Mans 24 hour race (22 June) they will receive reinforcement from their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France).

Works drivers also pilot the number 91 sister car: Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) teams up with Patrick Pilet (France). In Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans the duo are joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).

Jörg Bergmeister

Jörg Bergmeister

Patrick Pilet

Patrick Pilet

Timo Bernhard

Timo Bernhard

Additionally, the customer teams IMSA Performance Matmut and Felbermayr Proton have received a starting place in the WEC and at Le Mans, fielding the predecessor model Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE-Am category.

At the wheel of the IMSA Matmut 911, Raymond Narac (France) shares driving duties with Jean-Karl Vernay (France) who contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with backing from Porsche AG this year. Vernay is the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup France.

Jean-Karl Vernay

Jean-Karl Vernay

The customer team Dempsey Racing-Proton is also delighted with its acceptance to contest the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who is known especially for his role as “McDreamy” in the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, already contested the Le Mans race in 2009 and now climbs back into the cockpit.

Patrick DempseyALMS LAGUNA SECA 2012.USAGE:  Dempsey Racing web site and press material only..Photo:  ©2012 Rick Dole.904.806.0362.radole@earthlink.net

Patrick Dempsey
ALMS LAGUNA SECA 2012.USAGE: Dempsey Racing web site and press material only..Photo: ©2012 Rick Dole.904.806.0362.radole@earthlink.net

“We are very much looking forward to returning to Le Mans with a works team from Porsche for the first time since 1998,” says Porsche Head of Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen.

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport

Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport

“The new 911 RSR performed well in earlier tests and is already proving extremely reliable on the track. Between them, our six pilots have scored eight class wins in Le Mans and have a great deal of experience with different 911 race cars.

And our customer teams in the GTE-Am class are also well prepared for the 2013 season.”

SOURCE:  Porsche Motorsport  - Porsche AG Media Press Database

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Video: Best Porsche finishes fifth in the fuel gamble at Daytona 24 hour

 

 

Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours

Stuttgart. The sprint to the finish of the Daytona 24 hour race turned into a gripping game of fuel poker in the fiercely contested GT class.

(l.-r.): Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas, Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Marc Lieb

(l.-r.): Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Romain Dumas, Patrick Long, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen, Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Marc Lieb

In the last laps, the teams put all their eggs in one basket with their strategies, waived an additional time-consuming fuel stop so that they had a winning chance at the prestigious sports car classic in Florida.

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

For Porsche works driver Richard Lietz this did not work out: Last year’s winner from Austria, who had held the lead position over long stretches in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and was on course for a podium result in the final laps, had to save fuel and was hence unable to utilize the full potential of the car.

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

With his Magnus Racing teammates Nicolas Armindo (France), Andy Lally (USA) and John Potter (USA) he finally finished in fifth – ahead of his works driver colleague Marco Holzer (Germany) who shared driving duties in the Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and Cooper MacNeil (USA).

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Magnus Racing: Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Magnus Racing: Richard Lietz, Nicolas Armindo, Andy Lally, John Potter

The six best placed of the 34 GT vehicles crossed the finish line inside one lap.

“As title defender we had anticipated a better result than fifth of course, still we can be satisfied with our performance,” said Richard Lietz. “Right up until fifteen minutes before the flag everything was running to plan, unfortunately our strategy didn’t quite work. But we didn’t have a choice.

We did everything we could but it wasn’t quite enough.” He led the field with his number 44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup over a total of 43 laps – far more than any of his opponents. Marco Holzer said: “It was a tough race for us.

We managed the distance well despite some problems but had to ease off the throttle in the last laps to save fuel. We took the gamble and didn’t want to refuel at the end. Sadly this plan didn’t quite succeed.”

 

Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours

“That was certainly one of the most exciting 24 hour races,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport.

“Our customer teams were right up there in the fight for victory. Last year we came home with a triple victory, this time others climbed the podium.”

 

The first leader on the Daytona International Speedway was Nick Tandy.

Nick Tandy

Nick Tandy

At his debut race as a Porsche works driver, the Briton from Konrad Motorsport/Orbit snatched the lead from pole position. His perfect start, however, was not a good omen: After about eight laps and many incidents, he had to park his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup trackside with suspension damage.

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

This also proved to be a bitter experience for his teammate Michael Christensen, the Porsche junior from Denmark who contested his first ever 24 hour race.

Klaus Bachler

Klaus Bachler

For the second Porsche junior, however, Daytona yielded success: Austria’s Klaus Bachler, who contests the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this year with Michael Christensen, finished eleventh in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports after putting in a commendable performance.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports: Madison Snow, Melanie Snow, Sascha Maassen Marco Seefried, Klaus Bachler

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports: Madison Snow, Melanie Snow, Sascha Maassen Marco Seefried, Klaus Bachler

“We had a few problems during the night but all in all everything went well,” he commented. “That was my first 24 hour race and I learned a great deal.”

At the wheel of his Porsche Cayman, the 2009 overall winner from America David Donohue won the GX class with his compatriots Nelson Canache, Shane Lewis and Jim Norman.

With this, he earned Porsche, the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race, the 75th class victory in Daytona.

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Jörg Bergmeister

(l.-r.): Richard Lietz, Klaus Bachler, Nick Tandy, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Patrick Long, Michael Christensen, Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Jörg Bergmeister

 

Race result
GT class

1. Albuquerque/Jarvis/Mortara/von Moltke (MEX/GB/MEX/USA), Audi R8, 678 laps
2. Bass/Basseng/Rast/Stippler (USA/D/D/D), Audi R8, 678
3. Wilkens/Assentato/Cosmo/Lazzaro (USA/USA/USA/USA), Ferrari 458, 678
4. Balzan/Frezza/Pier Guidi (I/I/I/), Ferrari 458, 678
5. Lietz/Lally/Armindo/Potter (A/USA/F/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
6. Holzer/Bleekemolen/Faulkner/MacNeil (D/NL/IRL/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 678
10. Farnbacher/Baldwin/Burtin/Ragginger/Renauer (D/USA/USA/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 671
11. Bachler/Maassen/Seefried/Snow/Snow (A/D/D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 668
13. Lieb/Sellers/Davis/Keen (D/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 663

GX class
1. Donohue/Canache/Lewis/Norman (USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche Cayman, 635 laps

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#PORSCHE LAUNCHES “DAYTONA LIVE”, FOLLOW #ROLEX24 UPDATES THIS WEEKEND

During this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona Porsche will launch Daytona Live, an exciting online destination for following race updates.

Porsche at 24 Hours of Daytona

Porsche at 24 Hours of Daytona

Daytona Live will capture behind-the-scenes stories from drivers and race teams as well as the conversations from fans at home and at the track as well.

For a chance to have your posts displayed on Daytona Live, include hashtags #Rolex24, #Porsche, or @Porsche when posting to Twitter or Instagram.

The best Tweets, pictures and videos from drivers, fans and the Porsche Motorsport teams will be compiled into one stream at www.porsche.com/daytona so that fans can easily view race updates from any web-enabled device.

  • RACE DATE/TIME:Saturday, January 26, 2013 3:30 PM

  • DURATION:24 Hours 0 Minutes

  • BROADCAST INFO:

        January 26, 3:00PM ET,

    SPEED

    •  January 27, 9:00AM ET, SPEED
  • ENTRIES BY CLASS:

    Daytona Prototype

  • ENTRY LIST >>> here

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Video

Follow Porsche at 24 Hour Daytona 2013 – Why Everyone Wants to Win

“Why Everyone Wants to Race 24 Hour Daytona”

Porsche scored the first 4 positions on the GT grid for the 2013 edition of the 24 Hour race at Daytona. The perfect start to a thrilling race – and a race, everyone wants to win.

First Porsche Video of the Racing Season – to be continued
Event: Grand-Am Series – 24h Daytona – Season 2013

Follow Daytona live on http://www.porsche.com/daytona

 
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Video: Four Porsches on the first four grid spots – Daytona 24 Hours 2013

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Konrad Motorsport/Orbit: Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen, Christian Engelhardt, Lance Willsey


Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Konrad Motorsport/Orbit: Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen, Christian Engelhardt, Lance Willsey

Daytona 24 Hours – Press Release – 24/01/2013
Four Porsche on the first four grid spots

Stuttgart. Good starting position for Porsche at the Daytona 24 hour race: In qualifying for the sports car classic in Florida, Porsche pilots locked out the first four grid spots in a field of 36 vehicles entered in the GT class.

Nick Tandy

Nick Tandy

Pole position went to Nick Tandy in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Konrad Motorsport/Orbit. Daytona marks the first race for the Briton as a Porsche works driver.

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen

One of his teammates is Porsche Junior Michael Christensen (Denmark), who contests his first 24 hour race on Saturday.


“Pole position in Daytona shouldn’t be underestimated, even if the race runs over 24 hours,” said Nick Tandy.

“Starting from the front allows you to avoid getting caught up in any skirmishes and that’s certainly an advantage. Our car ran perfectly and that gives us a good feeling for the race.”


In last year’s winning car with the starting number 44, Andy Lally (USA) set the second quickest qualifying time.

Sharing the cockpit of the Magnus Racing 911 GT3 Cup is Porsche works driver Richard Lietz from Austria.

Richard Lietz

Richard Lietz

Third in qualifying in the fiercely competitive qualifying session on the Daytona International Speedway, in which the eleven top placed cars are all within just one second, went to Sean Edwards (MOMO/NGT) from Great Britain ahead Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long (USA) competing for the Park Place Motorsports squad. 


“We won the race last year. Second on the grid is an excellent starting position to repeat this success,” said Richard Lietz.

Patrick Pilet

Patrick Pilet

Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet (France), one of Sean Edwards’ teammates, was also feeling optimistic.

“Sean did an excellent job. After this great qualifying result we are all looking forward to the race. Our goal is to finish on the podium.”

The Daytona 24 Hours starts on Saturday at 15.30 hrs local time (21.30 hrs CET).

Result GT qualifying

1. Nick Tandy (GB), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:47.631 minutes
2. Andy Lally (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.197 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.376
4. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.506
5. Alessandro Balzan (I), Ferrari 458, + 0.629
6. Felipe Albuquerque (MEX), Audi R8, + 0.651
7. Marco Seefried (D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.688
8. Robin Liddell (GB), Camaro GT.R, + 0.699

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SOURCE: Daytona 24 Hours – Porsche Media Press Database
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 — at Daytona International Speedway.

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In North America, the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race sets the standard for sports car performance and longevity. Traditionally, the 24 hour race on the Daytona International Speedway is the first highlight of the motorsport season and year after year attracts the best pilots from all kinds of race series worldwide to the ‘Sunshine State’ of the USA.

Porsche has collected 72 class and 22 overall wins in the race’s 49-year history, making Porsche the most successful manufacturer in the history of the race. In recent years, Porsche cars have made up almost one-half of the overall entry list at Daytona.

The race
The endurance classic, which kicks off the Grand-Am Series season, started out in 1962 as a three-hour race. At 1,250 miles in 1964, the race grew to double the distance of the classic 1,000 kilometer races of Spa, Monza and the Nürburgring. The maiden 24-hour event in Daytona took place in 1966. Taking their places on the winner’s list are Formula 1 champions like Phil Hill and Mario Andretti as well as legendary Porsche pilots like Hans Herrmann, Rolf Stommelen, Hurley Haywood and Bob Wollek.

The circuit
The Daytona International Speedway is one of the world’s most famous racetracks. The 24-hour race is contested on the 3.56-mile track combination of oval with banked corner and the infield. The circuit is also the venue for the famed NASCAR Daytona 500 race with more than 250,000 spectators annually.

 

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PORSCHE: First Mother-Son Duo Enter Rolex 24 – Wright Motorsports and Snow Racing Combine Forces for Strong Entry at Daytona

First Mother-Son Duo Enter Rolex 24

;Grand-Am Rolex Series photos by Brian Cleary

Driver Line-up Includes Race’s First Mother-Son Duo

BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 12 — Wright Motorsports of Batavia, Ohio and Snow Racing of Pleasant Grove, Utah, have combined forces for a history-making entry in the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 24-27.

The entry marks the first time a mother and son will compete in this storied race, as Melanie Snow and her 17-year-old son Madison are two of five drivers of the Wright Motorsports/Snow Racing Porsche GT3 Cup No. 62 sponsored by Universal Industrial Sales (UIS) and Bilstein Shocks. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, UIS is among the largest suppliers of overhead sign structures and fabricated highway products in the country.

 

Melanie Snow

The other three drivers in the very strong line-up are Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium; Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria, who has been competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup; and top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36. He’ll compete in two 24-hour races this month, as he is driving a Porsche 911 in the 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome at press time.

Grand-Am Rolex Series photos by Brian Cleary

Wright Motorsports/Snow Racing’s white, red and black Porsche is currently one of 36 entries in the Grand Touring (GT) class for the Rolex 24.

Both Melanie and Madison Snow are making their first Rolex 24 starts, although they have extensive experience in other series. Along with her husband, Martin Snow, and another driver, Patrick Huisman, Melanie Snow was part of the winning GTS entry at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in 1999 in a Porsche 911 Turbo.

Madison and Melanie Snow Professional racing drivers  Photo source: autoblog.com

Madison and Melanie Snow Professional racing drivers
Photo source: autoblog.com

Madison Snow, of Lehi, Utah, started racing at the age of 4 in karts.

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He finished second overall last year in the top class of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama with three victories in a car prepped by Wright Motorsports. When he clinched that series’ Gold Cup championship in 2011 when he was 15 he became the youngest Porsche one-make Cup champion in history.

Although he won’t be the youngest driver ever to compete in the Rolex 24, at press time he’s the youngest driver entered in this year’s race, according to Grand-Am officials.

Maassen has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice and both the Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans four times. He was the ALMS GT champion twice and he has also won the ALMS LMP2 championship and the FIA GT championship. He is also an instructor for Porsche, and one of his students is Bachler.

All five drivers participated in the official test for the event Jan. 4-6 at Daytona, where they logged 279 laps around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn road course that also incorporates most of the oval. They were in the top five in half of the eight test sessions, they were only out of the top 10 once, and they topped the charts in Practice 3.

“There were 12 hours of testing available, and we put 11 hours on the car,” said Wright Motorsports owner John Wright, who is participating in this race for the 19th time. He has been on the podium at this event many times in various roles, most recently in 2009 when he was the team owner/manager of the car that finished third in the GT division. Maassen was one of the drivers in that effort.

“The car was strong; we were fast at the test,” Wright said. “All the drivers showed good pace; there isn’t a weak link in our driver line-up, and the team is gelling nicely.

“In addition to UIS and Bilstein, we’d like to thank Porsche Motorsports North America for all their help, especially the guys who work in the engine and parts departments, and the phenomenal track support that they supply,” Wright added. “Running a 24-hour race is a big undertaking, but they make it a lot easier.”

Wright also stressed that it’s a pleasure to work with Martin Snow. “He brings so much experience to the program,” Wright said. “I don’t have to explain how endurance racing works to him. We get right down to business. I hope together we can make this Rolex 24 a winning performance.”

Wright Motorsports is coming off a sensational season in which its drivers finished first, second and third in the driver point standings and it won the team championship and Rookie of the Year award in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama. The team won 11 of the 15 races and had 27 podium finishes and 12 poles in that series last year with a driver line-up that included both rookies and veterans, just like it will have at the Rolex 24.

“We enjoy combining veterans with rookies,” Wright noted. “We pride ourselves on our driver development program. It fits our business model well, and it’s a way for us to help mold the sport’s future.”

The No. 62 will be on the track for the first practice session of the event at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Another practice session at 1:15 that day precedes qualifying at 4:10 p.m. and a night practice session at 6 p.m. There is a final practice session at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 before the 24-hour enduro begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

SPEED will provide live coverage of the Rolex 24 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, Jan. 26 and continuing at 9 a.m. Eastern time on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Live timing and scoring will be offered on the series’ website at grand-am.com. Additional information on Wright Motorsports can be found on the team’s website at wrightmotorsports.com, its Facebook page and through Twitter. Snow Racing’s website is at snow-ahead.com.

 

Driver pre-race quotes, in alphabetical order, follow:

Klaus Bachler:

“I am really looking forward to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. It is my first 24-hour race and my first race in the United States. Last week we had three good test days, and I think we will have a good car for the race. I feel good about the team and my teammates. Wright Motorsports is really professional. I can’t wait for the race!”

Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria

Porsche junior driver Klaus Bachler, 21, of Unzmarkt, Austria

Sascha Maassen:

“I am looking forward to the start of the 2013 racing season. John Wright and I have already had some success at the Rolex 24, finishing on the podium. And I’m also looking forward to working with the Snow family. I raced with Martin a few years ago at Daytona and I coached Melanie and Madison in 2011 at some IMSA Cup events. Another thing I’m looking forward to is racing with Klaus Bachler, the Porsche junior driver, whom I am normally coaching in Europe. Together with Marco Seefried, we have a very strong line-up.”

Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium

Porsche veteran Sascha Maassen, 43, of Lontzen, Belgium

Marco Seefried:

(Quote translated from his website, as he was racing in Dubai at press time): “The 24 Hours of Daytona is one of the world’s most important endurance races. The first time I drove at Daytona was during the test. We reeled off a comprehensive program with our Porsche 911 GT3 at the test. Our driver line-up is very balanced, which in a long-distance race is a great advantage. During the night practice I was able to set the third-fastest lap in the GT class. It was a great result against very strong competition. I’m happy to be racing after the long winter break, and I’m looking forward to competing at Daytona very much.”

 

Top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36

Top Porsche driver and instructor Marco Seefried of Wemding, Germany, 36

Madison Snow:

“The test went much better than I expected. I had assumed we would have a few fast people, but I didn’t think that everyone on our team would be this fast.

“The thing that surprises me is how well we all get along together. After the sessions when we went over the car and how it felt, I was surprised that we all felt the same thing. I’ve heard stories of teams when drivers all have different styles and so it is hard to set up the car for everyone, but we all get along and drive so similarly that it makes it much easier.

“I can’t wait for the race because I know we have such a good driver line-up and that we can win the race. I feel like we are the best team there because we get along so well with each other — drivers and crew. That is the difference from us to everyone else out there. This race will be really good for all of us. It’s the first 24-hour race for my mom and me so I really hope we are able to come out on top together.”

Melanie Snow:

“Wow, what a fun test at Daytona! I am really excited to be racing there. This will be my first 24 Hours of Daytona race. Having been there many times before, supporting Martin, I know the feeling of excitement that is spread throughout the track. I was never able to race at Daytona before, as when I had other opportunities I was pregnant or had a baby with me.

Finally, I get to race it, and what makes it so special is that I get to race it with Madison. My first time at Daytona with Martin, Madison was with me and he was just 6 weeks old. Now he is racing it with me; how time flies!

“Sascha, Marco and Klaus are such a great asset to our team. We have a wonderful dynamic and work so well together. Wright Motorsports has prepared our UIS Porsche and they have done an amazing job. The car was flawless at the test and we had some really good times. Between our drivers and our hard-working crew we have the best team! I can’t wait to get back to the track and get the race started!”

About Wright Motorsports:

Wright Motorsports is the premier Porsche tuning facility in Ohio and a multi-series, international racing team known for superb car preparation, expert race strategy and driver development. Located in Batavia, near Cincinnati, it is owned and directed by John Wright, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician. As a crew chief Wright has played a key role in winning seven driver and six team championships in World Challenge, IMSA (ALMS) and the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

John Wright, owner & director of Wright Motorsports, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician

John Wright, owner & director of Wright Motorsports, a certified Porsche factory-trained technician

In 2013 Wright Motorsports will defend its 2012 driver and team championship and field multiple entries in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge; service its customers who compete in other series and club-racing events, and provide race car-quality preparation for its customers’ high-performance street cars. For more information see WrightMotorsports.com on the Internet and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

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UPDATE: Ultra-Rare Porsche 959 Prototype “SOLD” AT Barrett-Jackson Auction

1986 Porsche 959 Prototype at Barrett-Jackson sees gavel fall at $440,000  When the gavel finally fell, bidding had reached $400,000, plus a 10-percent buyer’s fee.

VIDEO HERE>> http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/19/1986-porsche-959-prototype-at-barrett-jackson-sees-gavel-fall-at/

One of the original factory cars used by engineers to develop the groundbreaking 1980s supercar will be crossing the block in Scottsdale.

Only two examples of Porsche 959 factory prototypes are in running condition. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Only two examples of Porsche 959 factory prototypes are in running condition. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The 42nd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction takes place Jan 13-20 at WestWorld, with 39 hours of live coverage on SPEED. For more information about the January event, see Barrett-Jackson.com.

SPEED Live Stream Hours

Fri. Jan. 18, 12-10pm
Sat. Jan. 19, 12-10pm
Sun. Jan. 20, 12-4pm

All times Mountain

LIVE Streaming: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/livestream/

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

 One of two running prototypes and one of only four survivors. The Porsche 959 is one of the greatest sports cars ever to be assembled and touch the black asphalt which covers the roads on which the 959 is an undisputed champion.

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The 959 is one of if not the greatest Porsche ever assembled and is just as rare as its title as a world class sports car.

In October of 1983, Porsche A.G. announced they will produce 200 Street Version 959s and will sell them to the lucky 200 new owners who are on the Porsche’s VIP list. For three years Porsche engineers studied and worked on the 959s prototypes and designs.

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The street version of the 959 debuted at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show as a 1986 model, these were pre-production model carrying the Porsche 930 Turbo chassis numbers.

In 1985, Helmut Bott, head of the 959 development, had taken 29 of 1986 model 930 Turbo chassis from the Porsche factory to turn them into the 959 pre-production prototypes and these were called Code F, N and V. These 29 prototypes were the latest prototypes and they were used for various final tests, media coverage, crush tests and road tests.

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

The Porsche 959 is one of the most memorable super sports cars of the 1980s. (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

This car is one of the 7 V-series prototypes and it was used as the chassis, ABS development car which was seen at the famous high speed testing facilities like Nardo, Italy and Minerva, France.

Sadly most of the 29 prototype 959s were destroyed and scrapped by the Porsche factory after the 959 project had ended, this particular prototype became one of only four surviving and also one of only two running prototypes in existence still wearing its original pre-production Dunlops with its original prototype light weight wheels.

All production 959s were delivered with Bridgestone RE71s with production type wheels. With Porsche factory no-longer releasing any prototype automobiles to the public, this is a very rare chance in owning a prototype Porsche. Not only is it a prototype Porsche, it doesn’t get any better than owning the 959 prototype.

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**BUYER EXPRESSLY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THIS VEHICLE IS A PROTOTYPE AND IS NOT CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAWS, RULES OR REGULATIONS OR FOR REGISTRATION FOR DRIVING ON PUBLIC ROADS.**

1986 PORSCHE 959 PROTOTYPE

Detailed Information
Lot Number: 5011
Auction: SCOTTSDALE 2013
Status: AVAILABLE
Sale Type: RESERVE
Price: 
Year: 1986
Make: PORSCHE
Model: 959
Style: PROTOTYPE
VIN: WPOZZZ93ZFS010067

 
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Porsche Leipzig: on the limit as a co-pilot

Drama? Action? Thriller….on the limit as a co-pilotPorsche

 

Have you ever wanted to experience the limits of a Porsche with a professional driving instructor on the track? Then Porsche Leipzig might have the right offers for you. Follow the link to find more information on the Co-Pilot offers:http://www.porsche-leipzig.com/en/leipzigangebote/leipzigcopilot/default.aspx

 

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VIDEO: Porsche Painting by Nicolas Hunziker Happy New Year! All the best in 2013!

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Nicolas Hunziker Automotive Fine Art

Directed by Heather Norwood

Music by POND5.com / Magnetic

Nicolas is a well known Porsche artist licensed by Porsche, you can also visit his website too @http://nicolashunziker.com/ for more automotive goodness, CHECK it out! I have a COOL Gulf jacket from him.

Happy Shopping! Good way to start out the New Year!

Either click on the link above or the picture below to take you to Nicolas Hunziker’s website.

Very cool new t-shirt designed by Nicolas Hunziker, featuring 1971 Monza... - NHAFA-1G

 

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Dedeporsches.com Blog 2012 in Review Presented By WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys

prepared a 2012 annual report for Dedeporsches.com Blog.

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Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 [actually the stats say 401,295] times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Dedeporsches blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Your 2012 year in blogging.png2The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 3,490 views.The most popular post that day was: Porsche Project: Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for porschejanis joplin porsche,angelique kerbermatthew drendel, and sabine lisicki.

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com

  2. geenstijl.nl

  3. darkroastedblend.com

  4. reddit.com

  5. twitter.com

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That’s 191 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Germany & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

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These are just a few of the posts that got the most views in 2012.

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PORSCHE GT3 CUP CHALLENGE COMES TO THE BENELUX 2013

All recent 911 GT3 Cup cars in one championship, six events in 2013

The 2013 racing season will bring the

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux

An initiative of Prospeed Competition and GT3.nl, with the support of national importers.

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GRÂCE-HOLLOGNE –The 2013 racing season will bring the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to the Benelux. This Challenge is an officially supported Porsche racing platform for drivers, teams and fans in the Benelux market.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created in a joint effort with D’Ieteren Porsche Import (Belgium), Pon Porsche Import (The Netherlands) and the Luxembourg Porsche importer Autosdistribution Losch.

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The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will be the twentieth member of a family that encompasses the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and various Porsche Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenges representing the Porsche racing DNA throughout the world…

 

Leading the way will be the second generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car. This 450bhp race car, based on the road going 911 GT3 RS, will instantly make the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux the fastest one-make Cup in the Benelux.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will also welcome the first generation of the 997-based 911 GT3 Cup car and optionally the 996-based 911 GT3 Cup car, bringing together all recent generations of modern Porsche Cup racing in one championship.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is will run several classes. The Pro-Class will see two people take the wheel of a car in the proven Pro-Am structure, joining gentleman drivers with (semi-) professional drivers, creating synergies for both.

In the Am- and Club-Class, running the first generation 997 Cup and the 996 Cup respectively, cars will be shared by two drivers as well, but only gentleman drivers are allowed.The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is planning six events for its inaugural season and will race on all major circuits in Holland and Belgium.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux is created by ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl, who have a longstanding relationship in racing and both have a background in Porsche dealership organisations. ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl are partners of Porsche Motorsport.

The new Challenge is an excellent opportunity for commercial partners to support participating teams, connecting their brand to the strong values of Porsche and motorsport.

The Challenge will also become an inspiring and useful relationship-marketing platform, bringing the brand closer to prospects and customers through test drives and events around the Challenge.

Jean Heinen, Director D’Ieteren Porsche Import: -

“The return of Porsche to the top category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 reaffirms the importance of motorsport for Porsche. At the same time 2013 will mark 50 years of the 911. It will be a good moment to celebrate the anniversary of this legendary car. As from next year the drivers of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux will help us to communicate it even more thoroughly.”

Ray Uiterwaal, Managing DirectorPon Porsche Import: -

“Motorsport and Porsche have been inseparable since the very first car that was built, and today the racing heritage is still an essential part of the company and her cars.

With the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux we now have our own official platform to bring the Porsche values to our customers and fans, showcasing the level of performance and engineering in our cars, both on and off the racetrack.”


Michael Dreiser, Manager international One-Make Series, Dr.Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG
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“The worldwide Porsche one-make series provide a stable platform for all involved parties: drivers, teams, sponsors and partners. We at Porsche Motorsport are delighted that this new GT3 Cup Challenge will take off in 2013 in the Benelux countries and would like to thank the ProSpeed Competition and GT3.nl for their commitment as well as D’Ieteren Porsche Import an Pon Porsche Import for their strong support. Let’s all look forward to thrilling races.”

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Prospeed Competition organizers and GT3.nl chose to cut monobrand’s fastest Benelux 450 hp of the 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 II. But first, the first generation 997 and 996 are also welcome to complete the grid. There will be three categories (Pro and Am Club, depending on the level of drivers and cars) and the schedule includes six races on circuits Belgian and Dutch.

 

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Benelux is a union of states comprising three neighbouring countries in northwestern EuropeBelgium, the Netherlands andLuxembourg. The union’s name is formed from joining the first two or three letters of each country’s name – Belgium Netherlands Luxembourg – and was first used to name the customs agreement that initiated the union (signed in 1944).[2] It is now used in a more general way to refer to the geographic, economic and cultural grouping of the three countries.

In 1951, these countries joined West Germany, France, and Italy to form the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of theEuropean Economic Community (EEC) and today’s European Union (EU).

The main institutions of the Union are the Committee of Ministers, the Parliament, the Council of the Union, the Court of Justice, the Secretariat-General, the Organization for Intellectual Property.

The Benelux Secretary-General is located in Brussels. It is the central administrative pillar of the Benelux Economic Union. It handles the secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Economic Union and the various committees and working parties. Moreover, it ensures the registry of the Benelux Court of Justice.

 

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Norway’s North Cape in a Classic Porsche 911: A true winter wonderland…with Classic Driver Frank Strothe

teaser52uk_1Norway‘s North Cape is one of the most northerly points in Europe. When the time was right, Classic Driver Frank Strothe checked the battery and alternator of his 1966 Porsche 911 (shod with studded winter tyres), stuffed a sleeping bag and other essentials under the ‘bonnet’ and set off.

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The Idea

I’ve always wanted to go to the ‘Nordkapp’, writes Frank Strothe. I’ve been before, in the summer, but there was no challenge in it. So for years I’ve pondered a winter expedition; driving in the snow is more fun, especially in a classic car that relies on your driving skill to keep it on the road, rather than a host of electronic safety measures.

In Finnmark – Norway’s northernmost county – mothers use run-of-the-mill hatchbacks to take their children to school in -40deg temperatures.

Village of Skarsvåg, municipality of Nordkapp,...

Village of Skarsvåg, municipality of Nordkapp, Finnmark, Norway Español: Skarsvåg, municipio de la comuna de Nordkapp, en Finnmark, Noruega Deutsch: Das Dorf Skarsvåg in der Gemeinde Nordkapp, Finnmark, Norwegen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So to make the trip worthwhile I needed a slightly more adventurous ride: what better choice than an original, unrestored Porsche 911?

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I was given various tips on how to make sure the first leg of my journey wasn’t to be my last. Recommended equipment included a portable heater, a satellite phone, auxiliary fuel tank, additional lights and a crash course in basic mechanics.

Perhaps a little naively, I ignored them all. I wanted a ‘pure’ experience, so I checked the battery and alternator, fitted spiked winter tyres and packed a sleeping bag and tent into the front luggage compartment. No more messing around, it was time to get going.

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The Trip

I trailered the 911 from Germany with – what else? – a modern Land Rover Discovery. From Kramfors onwards I left my fate to the old Porsche, which I drove to Rovaniemi for the first night. Next day, the goal was to reach Ivalo where my reward would be a session at the Porsche Driving Experience, to drive some of my car’s descendents on a frozen lake. It was very impressive, but, when dusk settled, I was glad to return to the wheel of my classic 911.

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The next morning, I attempted to make the short trip from the old fishing village of Gjesvær to the North Cape. However, progress was halted by an oversight in my journey planning. Due to crossing a time zone, and the ban on covering the last few kilometres to the Cape alone, I had to wait an hour to join a twice-daily convoy.

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Our cavalcade was a rather small one as it turned out. Led by a listless snowplough, it was just a BMW X6 with Russian plates and my 911 bringing up the rear – probably one of the most diverse trio of vehicles I’ll ever belong to. Since it was so deserted that day, I had ample time to photograph the car next to The Globe, the North Cape’s landmark monument.

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During one refuelling stop, I noticed the tyre pressures were a little low. I corrected them and went on my way, only to spin the car while pulling out of the petrol station (much to the amusement of a bus full of German tourists). I made my getaway, ego somewhat damaged, and again began to enjoy the sprawling, empty road ahead. By this point I had covered over 2,000km in snowy and icy conditions and had become accustomed to them, happily wagging the 911’s tail through corners.

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Unfortunately, another dramatic spin soon left us both in deep snow, the 911 truly beached. It turned out that the air pressure gauge at the petrol station was wrongly calibrated: each tyre had been overinflated, so the spikes were no longer effective on the ballooning tyres. A friendly group of Norwegians came to my rescue – but not before the return of the holidaying Germans who had another chuckle at my expense.

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Apart from that, and a spell where the alternator threw a wobbly for a few hours, the 911 was very well behaved. It even played saviour when I returned to the Land Rover at the end of the trip, as the Discovery’s battery had drained away. In total, I travelled 6,000km in six days, and pretty well loved every minute.

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Car & Equipment

1966 Porsche 911 SWB, with the carburettor trumpets partially taped-over to prevent them icing up. The only other modifications were the studded winter tyres. The car is unrestored and totally original.

Be careful. You should always carry enough in the car to survive a night outside at -40deg: an Arctic sleeping bag, a tent (or, at a push, you could sleep in the car), a down jacket, thermal trousers, thick gloves, a hat and plenty of food.

I didn’t, but you should really take snow chains for emergencies. Fill up whenever the tank is half full. The 911′s heater will not work properly below -20deg. So, while driving, I wore ski pants, a Polar anorak, thick mittens, a hat, and hiking boots. And still froze.

All the windows were frozen solid, too, apart from the windscreen. But in such a deserted land, it’s only necessary to look ahead…

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911 and the Aurora Borealis

Source: Classic Driver 

Related Links

We congratulate Frank Strothe of Pure Classics on the completion of his North Cape tour in his classic Porsche 911. For his current dealer stock, visit the Classic Driver Marketplace

Around 650 classic and modern Porsches can also be found for sale in the Marketplace

Photos and Text:  Frank Strothe

 

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☆PORSCHE GREETINGS ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013☆

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☆☀☆Warmest thoughts and best wishes☆☀☆
☆☀☆For a Happy New Year☆☀☆
☆☀☆May health, peace, love and prosperity☆☀☆
☆☀☆Follow you always☆☀☆
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May you always find new roads to travel; new horizons to explore; new dreams to call your own.

 

Pelican Forums/TRE Motorsports So Cal New Year’s 2012 Meet & Drive

with Magnus Walker

See you on the road! Happy New Year!

LIFE is simple. EAT. SLEEP. Drive ……..a PORSCHE

 

New Years Day … NorCal East Bay – Picture Video
Its that time of year, to get up early and welcome the New Year in correctly …
Great people .. Great cars, Great California weather …

and a New Years Drive 2012

 

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