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Porsche works Continues Commitment in the USA – 2016 motorsport season

 Porsche 911 RSR also 2016 in the USA Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy


Porsche 911 RSR also 2016 in the USA
Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy

Stuttgart. Porsche returns to contest the highest league of US sports car racing in 2016.

The Porsche North America works squad will campaign two 911 RSR at the eleven rounds

of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (2015 silent The Tudor United Sportscar Championship),

the most important sports car race series in the USA and Canada.

Porsche 911 RSR ie 2016 in the USA Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Porsche North America: Joerg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber

Porsche 911 RSR ie 2016 in the USA Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Porsche North America: Joerg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber

The season gets underway with the 24 Hours of Daytona on 30/31 January.

In the 2014 Tudor United Sportscar Championship, Porsche Claimed all three GT titles for the first time.

Porsche 911 RSR ie 2016 in the USA  Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Joerg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber

Porsche 911 RSR ie 2016 in the USA Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche North America: Joerg Bergmeister, Earl Bamber

Scoring overall victory at Petit Le Mans, the first in the history of this championship for a GT vehicle against

Significantly more powerful and lighter sports prototypes, the German manufacturer succeeded in its

title defense at the final round of the 2015 season last Saturday on the storied Road Atlanta racetrack.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport

“The USA is the most important sports car market for Porsche,” says Porsche Head of Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

“We take on the challenge of defending the titles we won this year in the 2016 season and continue to trust the excellent work done by our Race Team Porsche North America.”

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Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Porsche

 

Supervisory Board of Porsche AG appoints Detlev von Platen Head of Sales and Marketing

Detlev von Platen (51) who will be a member of the Porsche Executive Board for Sales and Marketing

Detlev von Platen (51) who will be a member of the Porsche Executive Board for Sales and Marketing

Press Release 30/09/2015

Oliver Blume is new Chairman of the Executive Board

Stuttgart. At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG appointed Dr. Oliver Blume (47) the Chairman of the Executive Board of the sports car manufacturer effective October 1, 2015. Blume succeeds Matthias Müller (62), who was appointed by the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG to be the new Chairman of the Board of Management of the Wolfsburg-based group. It has been exactly five years since Müller left Volkswagen to become the CEO of Porsche AG. Since the beginning of 2013, Blume has been a member of the Porsche Executive Board responsible for Production and Logistics.

Dr. Oliver Blume

Dr. Oliver Blume

Another new appointee is Detlev von Platen (51) who will be a member of the Porsche Executive Board for Sales and Marketing. Von Platen comes to Zuffenhausen from the USA where he was Head of Porsche Cars North America for just over seven years. The new Head of Sales will assume his new post on November 1, 2015.

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Detlev von Platen

On the same date, his predecessor, Bernhard Maier (55), will be reassigned from Zuffenhausen to Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic where he will assume the position of Chairman of the Board of Management of Škoda.

The Supervisory Board appointed the Executive Board Member for Finance, Lutz Meschke (49), as the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board. The previous Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board was Thomas Edig, who is leaving the company at the end of September to take a position as Board Member for Human Resources at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand.

Lutz Meschke

Lutz Meschke

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, is especially pleased to see that

“our new member of the Executive Board and new Chairman of the Board come from within the company. Porsche not only has a highly motivated workforce, but also has a very large number of exceptionally qualified managers,” stressed Dr. Porsche. Moreover, appointing people from within the company emphasises the family aspect of the Porsche culture.
Dr. Porsche thanked the departing Chairman of the Executive Board Matthias Müller for achieving a unique balance during his five years of service.

Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, reappointed the Chairman of the Executive Board, Matthias Müller, for further five years

“Under Matthias Müller, Porsche introduced ground-breaking new products,” said Dr. Porsche, mentioning the 918 Spyder supercar and the compact SUV Macan in particular. “The first-second finish at the legendary Le Mans racetrack with our 919 Hybrid technology platform was the icing on the cake,” is how Dr. Porsche expressed his great respect.

Furthermore, during the Müller era the sports car manufacturer experienced economic gains that most would not have predicted five years ago. “Porsche practically doubled its unit sales, revenue and workforce size over this time period,” said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and he avowed this an accomplishment that is certainly unequalled in German industry.

Uwe Hück, Chairman of the Group Works Council of Porsche:

“Ever since 2010, Matthias Müller has been the ‘turbocharger’, the driving force for great advances at Porsche. He embodies our Porsche DNA. We are not happy to see him go. But his successor, Oliver Blume, is no budding manager; rather he is in full bloom. He has the right drive technology in him, and he is a Porsche person through and through. What I value in him is his down-to-earth nature, his social-mindedness and the way in which he enthuses and rouses our colleagues. He has a big heart and he is one of us.

And I think that appointing a Production person to the top position is a strong statement. I am certain that Oliver Blume is the right choice for successfully continuing and further developing what we have built up together with Matthias Müller. If we want to follow through on our planned projects and assure our future, we need continuity.”

Oliver Blume will take the helm in Zuffenhausen in an exciting time. Porsche is investing over 1.1 billion euros in its current production sites over the next five years. For instance, a new engine plant and a new body manufacturing plant will be built at the company’s main business site. The assembly line in Zuffenhausen will also be extended.

In the future, not only will all 911 and Boxster cars come off the assembly line here, but also Cayman models starting in summer 2016. As the board member for Production and Logistics, Blume himself oversaw the extensive preliminary groundwork for this and also the setup of the shop for handcrafting the 918 Spyder and further expansion of the Leipzig plant for the Macan and full production of the Panamera. That is also why Dr. Porsche has expressed his confidence that “we have found the best possible successor for Matthias Müller considering his exceptionally high professional competence and pronounced teamwork skills.”

In upcoming weeks, a decision will be made on the successor to Blume as the Board Member responsible for Production.

Dr. Porsche also expressed his thanks to departing member of the board Bernhard Maier:

Bernhard Maier

“In 14 years, Mr Maier advanced the professionalism of the entire sales organisation and systematically drove the company’s international growth – first as CEO of Porsche Germany and then, starting in 2010, as Board Member for Sales and Marketing. Under his leadership, brand value was boosted significantly, and his high level of commitment helped Porsche to attain top customer satisfaction ratings. This has sustainably increased the brand’s appeal,” explained Dr. Porsche.

Maier took Porsche Sales to new dimensions with the successful market launches of the Panamera and the compact Macan SUV – which led to significant increases in sales and workforce figures.

According to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, his successor, Detlev von Platen, has the greatest possible experience for seamlessly continuing the success of his predecessor. Under von Platen’s leadership in the USA, for example, he succeeded in nearly doubling the number of new vehicle deliveries from around 26,000 when he assumed his post in 2008 to the current level in this business year.

The crowning achievement of his time in the USA was the opening of the new headquarters of Porsche Cars North America this spring in Atlanta, which includes a Customer Experience Center with its own circuit track.

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Video: Porsche Sport Driving School, Improve your skills on one of the fastest tracks in the world.

Date: 14.09.–15.09.2015

at Silverstone Circuit

the home of British motorsport.

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Training Level: Master. Two day course for advanced participants.

Training overview:

  • Course duration: two days

  • Prior training level: Performance

  • Vehicle: own vehicle or Porsche hire car

  • Training venue: racetrack

  • Training objectives: optimising the skills required in motor racing

  • Next level up: Master RS and special courses

Training content:

  • Following the racing line quickly and independently

  • Developing alternative racing lines

  • Individual laps with one-to-one coaching

  • Video-based driving style assessment (depending on training venue)

  • Influence of chassis and tyres on road-going vehicles

  • Overtaking safely on the circuit

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More information about our trainings plus dates and prices can be found online at www.porsche.com/sportdrivingschool

Porsche Sport Driving School

Operator: _wige EVENT gmbh

Stammheimer Straße 31

70435 Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0) 711 911-23364

Fax: +49 (0) 711 911-23277

E-Mail: info@porschesportdrivingschool.de

Link Website:

https://drivingexperience.porsche.com/en/sport-driving-school/events-and-services/training-levels-onroad/master/silverstone

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Porsche

 

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US customers vote Porsche most popular vehicle brand

J.D. Power: Stuttgart sports car manufacturer in first place for the eleventh time in succession

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Westlake Village/Stuttgart. Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Porsche enjoys an outstanding reputation with its US customers. This is confirmed by the 20th edition of the renowned ‘Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout’ (APEAL) study produced by US market research institute J.D. Power.

For the eleventh time in succession, Porsche occupies first place in the overall rankings and thus continues to be the make of car with the greatest appeal for drivers in the USA.

In the APPEAL vehicle rankings the Macan – represented in the study for the first time this year – goes straight in at number one in the ‘Compact Premium SUV’ segment.

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The sporty SUV Cayenne also enjoys great popularity among US customers and in the ‘Midsize Premium SUV’ segment takes top position for what is already the fifth time in a row.

Cayenne

Cayenne

The Cayman too gained the most points in its class, taking the ‘Highest Ranked Apeal’ award in the ‘Compact Premium Sporty Car’ category.

Last month, Porsche drivers in the USA had already voted the Porsche brand into first place in the ‘Initial Quality Study’. The excellent results from both studies reflect the currently positive trend in the US market. In the course of the year to date, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer has supplied over 30,000 vehicles to customers in the USA, thus achieving an increase of 13 per cent compared to January to June 2014.

The APPEAL study determines the appeal of vehicles in the North American market. It annually surveys around 84,000 new car owners with vehicles that were licensed between November and February.

In total, it reviews 77 features in ten categories. In addition to driving performance and design, other aspects taken into account include comfort and suitability for everyday use.

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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Porsche Museum

 

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Porsche 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR are coming to the “ring” FIA World Endurance Championship WEC, Nürburgring Test Drives

Press Release 21/07/2015
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Stuttgart. On Monday and Tuesday next week (27-28 July) Porsche will prepare for the fourth round of the FIA World Championship (WEC). Following its victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Porsche 919 Hybrid will be driven for the first time on the Nürburgring. In action on the renowned German racetrack will be one of the innovative prototypes which, by combining a two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with brake and exhaust heat recovery systems recuperations, produces a combined power of about 1000bhp.

On Monday Timo Bernhard (34, Germany) and Romain Dumas (37, France) will share the testing duties at the wheel of the Le Mans prototype, for Tuesday Dumas and Marc Lieb (35, Germany) are scheduled to be in the car. The main focus of the test sessions is on preparations for the six-hour race at the Nürburgring on 30 August, as well as generally for the second half of the season with races in Austin (USA), Fuji (Japan), Shanghai (China) and Sakhir (Bahrain).

The Nürburgring-based Porsche Team Manthey will also use the testing opportunity at the “ring”. The team will test the GTE-Pro-class 911 RSR. Furthermore the Dempsey Proton Racing team, with race driver and actor Patrick Dempsey (49, USA) at the wheel, will also be testing the RSR. In Le Mans Dempsey, alongside Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (33, USA) and Marco Seefried (39, Germany), finished the race in second place in the GTE-AM class, which was the best result of his career so far.

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The test days at the Nürburgring, which will also be attended by many other WEC teams apart from Porsche, are of a lot of interest for fans as well as journalists.

On both days spectators will be allowed free access to the T3 grandstand. On Tuesday members of the press are welcome in the paddock, but must apply in advance for accreditation. Patrick Dempsey, Timo Bernhard and Andreas Seidl, Director Race Operations LMP1 for Porsche, will take part in the WEC press conference on Tuesday, at 12:00 in the business lounge (segment 1) next to the grandstand.

“After the overwhelming one-two result in Le Mans we are very exited to finally be able to present the Porsche 919 on the racetrack in front or our home fans,” explained Fritz Enzinger, Head of Department, LMP1. “Our main goal obviously will be to thoroughly prepare for the six-hour race at the Nürburgring. This season’s last European round once more promises a fascinating race with the likelihood of a very close finish. From now on we are concentrating on winning the world championship and we are doing this thanks to a lot of support from our fans.”

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Video: Porsche Sport Driving School in Leipzig, …You win races in your head.

Date: 15.08.–16.08.2015

at Porsche in Leipzig

our FIA-certified on-road circuit,

which is modelled on famous sections from racetracks around the world.

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Master RSR

Have you already developed excellent vehicle control at the Porsche Sport Driving School? Do you now feel confident on the racetrack? Are you experienced in the use of lateral and longitudinal acceleration in our road-going cars? Then you are ready for the next challenge.

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You can now look forward to taking the next step towards the world of motorsport hand in hand with the Porsche Sport Driving School. Our Master RSR training focuses on how to drive safely in Porsche race cars. The number of participants is limited exclusively to just 12 people.

Training takes place in the six Porsche 991 GT3 Cup vehicles provided – each one with the individual support of a Porsche instructor experienced in racing and a factory-trained Porsche mechanic.

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Over the course of the two training days, your instructor and a Porsche works driver will teach you the basic techniques of driving Porsche race cars. After you have become acquainted with the vehicle controls and your new surroundings, you will begin with exercises on effective braking – with or without ABS. Your instructor will help you to find the optimum brake balance. Other aspects covered on the course include how to shift gear correctly and identify the racing line. Particular emphasis is placed on optimum, yet steady acceleration out of bends – without traction control – and controlling and minimising unwanted load-changing reactions – without PSM.

Special attention is also given to safe overtaking manoeuvres and performing ‘standing’ and ‘flying’ starts. When driving laps, you should be able to find the optimum line over the entire course. In addition to the 991 GT3 Cup vehicles, participants are also provided with the latest generation 911 GT3 or 911 GT3 RS models for individual warm-up exercises.

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One-to-one feedback on the development of your driving skills is provided by your Porsche instructor – for this, your performance is recorded during the various stints on the circuit using assessment drives or video and data analysis. Naturally, slick tyres are used to ensure optimum performance. Rain tyres may also be used, depending on the weather. In addition to developing your driving skills, we also focus on providing you with detailed information about the vehicle, as well as the equipment required during circuit driving.

 

More information about our trainings plus dates and prices can be found online at: www.porsche.com/sportdrivingschool

Porsche Sport Driving School

Operator: _wige EVENT gmbh

Stammheimer Straße 31

70435 Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0) 711 911-23364

Fax: +49 (0) 711 911-23277

E-Mail: info@porschesportdrivingschool.de

Link Website:

https://drivingexperience.porsche.com/en/sport-driving-school/events-and-services/training-levels-onroad/master-rsr/porsche-leipzig

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Porsche

 

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Video: Porsche Sport Driving School, Hone your skills at the ‘Green Hell’ Nürburgring

Date: 05.08.–06.08.2015

at the Nürburgring, Nordschleife

a superlative racing venue, guaranteeing maximum motoring pleasure.

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Training Level: Master. Two day course for advanced participants.

Prior training level: Performance

Training content:

  • Following the racing line quickly and independently

  • Developing alternative racing lines

  • Individual laps with one-to-one coaching

  • Influence of chassis and tyres on road-going vehicles

  • Overtaking safely on the circuit

Included in the programme: a Porsche works driver, and our instructors, all of whom are experienced in racing. Participation in high-performance vehicles is not essential, but highly recommended.

You are already an accomplished driver, so we don’t need to cover the basics. Instead, we can focus on showing you how to drive more independently and quickly find your way around the track without the aid of cones and instructors. Naturally, this also includes identifying and following the racing line. You’ll also discover how this can be developed still further.

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You’ll also have plenty of time out on the track to put what you’ve learned into practice and continue to improve your skills – you’ll even receive one-to-one guidance on some laps of the circuit.

In addition, a workshop covering both theoretical and practical aspects will teach you all you need to know about the chassis and tyres to enable you to transfer the power of your vehicle to the road in the most efficient way.

More information about our trainings plus dates and prices can be found online at: www.porsche.com/sportdrivingschool

Porsche Sport Driving School

Operator: _wige EVENT gmbh

Stammheimer Straße 31

70435 Stuttgart

Tel.: +49 (0) 711 911-23364

Fax: +49 (0) 711 911-23277

E-Mail: info@porschesportdrivingschool.de

Link Website:

https://drivingexperience.porsche.com/en/sport-driving-school/events-and-services/training-levels-onroad/master/nuerburgring-nordschleife

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Porsche

 

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