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Jingle Bells Jingle Bells…Oh, what fun it is to drive a Porsche Panamera Turbo Sleigh!

http://www.youtube.com/v/GGhb8UhDKew?fs=1&hl=en_US Dashing through the snow…..in a 500 hp @ 6,000 rpm open Panamera Turbo Sleigh…..o’er the fields we go, drifting all the way…….exhaust notes ringing, making spirits bright….Oh what fun it is to drive a Panamera Turbo Sleigh tonight !…Oh Jingle bells, Jingle bells…Jingle 188 mph all the way.

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Oh what fun it is to laugh and sing in a Porsche turbo sleigh…..dashing through the snowdrifts in a big white cloud of snow………with a V8 twin-turbo engine ….HO HO HO a way we go! Oh, what fun it is to drive a Porsche Turbo Panamera Sleigh.

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……WISHING YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

 

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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Jingle Bells Jingle Bells…Oh, what fun it is to drive a Porsche Panamera Turbo Sleigh!

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells…Oh, what fun it is to drive a Porsche Panamera Turbo Sleigh!

Dashing through the snow…..in a 500 hp @ 6,000 rpm open Panamera Turbo Sleigh…..o’er the fields we go, drifting all the way…….exhaust notes ringing, making spirits bright….Oh what fun it is to drive a Panamera Turbo Sleigh tonight !…Oh Jingle bells, Jingle bells…Jingle 188 mph all the way.

Oh what fun it is to laugh and sing in a Porsche turbo sleigh…..dashing through the snowdrifts in a big white cloud of snow………with a V8 twin-turbo engine ….HO HO HO a way we go! Oh, what fun it is to drive a Porsche Turbo Panamera Sleigh

……WISHING YOU HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

Better be good boys and girls….Cause Santa’s comin’ soon in his Porsche Panamera sleigh!

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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PORSCHE HYBRID TEAM TAKES DOUBLE HONOURS AT PROFESSIONAL MOTORSPORT WORLD EXPO AWARDS 2010

PORSCHE HYBRID TEAM TAKES DOUBLE HONOURS AT PROFESSIONAL MOTORSPORT WORLD EXPO AWARDS 2010

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The pace of leading-edge technological development in motorsport has once again been recognized by the prestigious Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards, with Porsche’s innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid project scooping double honours at a ceremony in Cologne, Germany on Tuesday 16 November.

In the awards, which are given annually as part of the industry showcase, Professional MotorSport World Expo, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid was named “Vehicle Development of the Year”, while team leader,

Dr Daniel Armbruster, was named “Design Engineer of the Year”, for his work on the project.

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Road Atlanta, ALMS  Petit Le Mans Oct 2, 2010 – Porscheplatz
Vehicle Development of the Year

Winner: Porsche GT3 R Hybrid


Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid has raced with success throughout the 2010 season: in November it was the fastest GT car of all in the ILMC race at Zhuhai in China. For Awards judge Charles Armstrong-Wilson, this car “changed public perceptions about hybrids by introducing fresh technology to a new area of motorsport, and showing how it could be incorporated into a race vehicle that has much in common with a road car.”

“We spent a lot of time working to make this unique and innovative concept work,” said Dr Daniel Armbruster, project manager, Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid. “This car is our race laboratory. We learnt a lot about this new technology at the Nürburgring 24h; we then made some big steps forward between then and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the 1,000km race in Zhuhai. There, the 911 GT3 R proved both its speed and efficiency: It was the fastest GT car in the race, lapping the second-fastest one three times, and it made one fewer pitstop compared to all the other GT cars.”

The judges said Porsche: “changed public perceptions about hybrids by introducing fresh technology to a new area of motorsport and showing how it could be incorporated into a race vehicle that has much in common with a road car. Rather than learning to live with the compromises [of] a hybrid system, Armbruster and his team found ways to derive unexpected benefits from the installation.”

Armbruster commented:

“Porsche is proud to receive these awards. We worked hard to make this unique and innovative concept work. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is our race laboratory – we learned much about this new technology at the Nürburgring 24 Hours; then made some big steps forward on the way to the 1,000km race in Zhuhai.”

Design Engineer of the Year

Winner: Dr Daniel Armbruster – Porsche Motorsport

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Dr Daniel Armbruster led the Porsche Motorsport development team behind the firm’s first hybrid racing car. The Awards jury was hugely impressed by such an innovative project. Said one member of the panel, “Rather than learning to live with the compromises from incorporating a hybrid system, Armbruster and his team found ways to derive unexpected benefits from the installation.

There was also praise for Porsche’s use of the Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) KERS technology,

which the judges described as

“a correct and innovative move to finally demonstrate this expensive development from Formula 1 in the wider sport.”

The WHP electromechanical composite flywheel was considered runaway winner as “Powertrain Innovation of the Year”.

Ian Foley, managing director of WHP commented:

“2010 has been a breakthrough year for Williams Hybrid Power, with the success of the program with Porsche Motorsport demonstrating that our flywheel technology is robust in the harshest of racing environments.”

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Powertrain Innovation of the Year

Winner: Williams Hybrid Power – Flywheel KERS


Future applications for Williams Hybrid Power’s (WHP) electromechanical composite flywheel could include anything from Formula 1 cars to buses or rapid transit systems. Awards judge David Tremayne, from Grand Prix + [plus], commented, “KERS is a valuable accessory that F1 is revisiting for 2011. The flywheel solution has always seemed the most logical and ‘green’ to me, and Williams’ system, though as yet unraced in the big league, is seminal.”

Accepting the award at the presentation in Cologne, Ian Foley, managing director of WHP commented, “2010 has been a breakthrough year for Williams Hybrid Power, with the success of the programme with Porsche Motorsport demonstrating that our flywheel technology is robust in the harshest of racing environments. This is an excellent example of how motorsport can accelerate the development of new technologies, enabling WHP to get our product to market in the shortest timeframe.”

For more information on all the 2010 Awards winners, please visit: http://www.professionalmotorsport-expo.com/winners_10.php

[Source: Professional MotorSport Expo]

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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2012 PORSCHE CAYMAN R – R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy

2012 PORSCHE CAYMAN R – R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy

Porsche has unveiled today at the Los Angeles auto show the new Porsche Cayman R and has also released the first video of the new model.

Images of the 2012 Porsche Cayman R

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Go to START LIVE BROADCAST to listen to the Porsche press conference broadcast live from the Los Angeles Auto Show starting 7:55 p.m. German Time. Porsche plans to live stream the introduction at 10:55 am PST or 1:55 EST.  Enjoy the entertainment brought to you by Porsche !

The Porsche Cayman R is powered by a supped up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 330 hp (243 kW). The Porsche Cayman R has a DIN unladen weight of just 1,295 kilograms (2855 lb). The engine of the Porsche Cayman R may be coupled with either a standard manual gearbox or the trick PDK transmission. The company says its engineers have worked hard to improve the power-to-weight ratio in the case of the Porsche Cayman R. The manual gearbox version has 3.9 kilograms (8.6 lb) per horsepower while the PDK has 4.0 kilograms (8.8 lb) per horsepower.

Equipped with the 6-speed gearbox, the Porsche Cayman R needs 5 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and with the PDK requires 4.9 seconds for reaching the same speed. If you equip your Porsche Cayman R with the Sport Chrono package, the same sprint times are reduced to 4.7 seconds. the top speed of the Porsche Cayman R is rated at 282 km/h (175 mph) with the manual and at 280 km/h (174 mph) with the PDK.
The Porsche Cayman R features a 20 mm lowered ride height, a distinctive fixed rear spoiler, new alloy wheels, black-framed headlights and black exterior mirrors.

The Porsche Cayman R price starts at 69,830 EUR and the new model will go on sale in February 2011.

Porsche Press Release: World debuts in Los Angeles: Cayman R – the new top-of-the-range model for the mid-engine coupe Lightweight car with exceptionally sporting ambitions.

Stuttgart. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars: R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy. The new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise. 55 kilograms (121 lb) lighter and with ten horsepower more than the Cayman S, the new mid-engine coupe from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is designed for spectacular road behavior. With its specially adapted sports chassis, it provides an even more precise driving experience than the Cayman S. The Cayman R makes its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new mid-engine coupe is powered by a tuned-up 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine developing 330 hp (243 kW). In the standard configuration it transmits its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox that propels the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.0 seconds. Or there is the option of the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) that reduces its acceleration time to 4.9 seconds. For even more impressive sprinting performance, the Cayman R can be supplied with one of the optional Sport Chrono packages, taking it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The new mid-engine coupe is capable of a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph) with manual gearbox, or 280 km/h (174 mph) with PDK. Its NEDC fuel consumption is 9.7 l/100 km (29.12 mpg imp.) with six-speed gearbox and 9.3 l/100 km (30.37 mpg imp.) with PDK.

The main aim during the design of the Cayman R was to improve the two-seater even further in its performance, driving dynamics and agility through consistent weight reduction. With a DIN unladen weight of just 1,295 kilograms (2855 lb) the Porsche engineers were able to reduce the power-to-weight ratio of the coupe with standard manual gearbox to 3.9 kilograms (8.6 lb) per horsepower, with the PDK version weighing 4.0 kilograms (8.8 lb) per horsepower. The largest savings were achieved through the use of lightweight components and doing without convenience equipment. As for the 911 GT3/GT3 RS and Boxster Spyder, an optional lithium-ion lightweight construction battery is also available. In addition, the top model in the mid-engine coupe is equipped with the lightest 19 inch wheels the entire Porsche range can offer. The complete rim set weighs less than 40 kilograms.

The Cayman R’s purpose and purist character can be seen at first glance. The extended silhouette of the bodywork, which has been lowered by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) compared to the Cayman S, combined with the distinctive fixed rear spoiler, the high-quality silver-painted wheels and numerous sporting highlights on both the interior and exterior, ensures an individual appearance. The black-framed headlights, black exterior mirrors and the “PORSCHE” lettering on the side – in contrasting black or silver, depending on the body color – take design cues from classic Porsche racing cars.

Precisely this lettering was the trademark of the first Porsche with the “R” designation, the 911 R of 1967. It was created for racing sport use in a small series of 19 cars. The “R” was a prototype based on the standard coupe with a 210 horsepower Carrera 6 engine and, thanks to its many plastic components and extremely sparse equipment, weighed only 830 kilograms (1830 lb).

The new Porsche Cayman R will go on sale from February 2011. The price in Germany will be EUR 69,830 inclusive of 19 percent VAT and country-specific equipment items.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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JANIS JOPLIN’S psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

JANIS JOPLIN’S psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet

Janis Joplin‘s famous psychedelic Porsche returned to its erstwhile Marin home, making a rare local appearance at the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, Sunday, May 16th, 2010.

In September 1968, the budding rock star paid a Beverly Hills auto dealer $3,500 for the three-year-old sports car. When she bought it, the Porsche was a factory-painted “oyster white.” For a flamboyant singer who wore rose-colored glasses and feather boas, that wouldn’t do. So she got roadie Dave Richards to paint it with swirling psychedelic images, including Mount Tamalpais on one fender and a portrait of her with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, on another.

The singer’s 1965 Porsche 356c Cabriolet, which she bought when she was living in Larkspur, is usually enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. It came to Marin from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where it was on loan.

“They used regular house paint,” Michael Joplin recalled. “They were just playing around, saying, ‘Hey, let’s make an art car.’ They were having a lot of fun. It was a convertible, and she would drive it around with the top down. People would leave notes for her on it.”

Beneath her carefree image and gaudy facade, though, Joplin was a troubled soul. And in October 1970, she was found dead of a drug overdose in a Los Angeles hotel room. Michael, 10 years younger, was devastated. “I wanted to be just like her,” he said.

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Marin Sonoma Concours May 16th, 2010

 

After her death, the Porsche ended up in the hands of her manager, Albert Grossman, who lived in Bearsville, N.Y., and let visiting rock musicians drive it when they were in town.

In 1973, the car was returned to the Joplin family.

“It was trashed,” Michael recalled. It had been sitting in a garage for a long time and it wasn’t driveable. I pushed it down the road to a guy who worked on VWs and he got it running.

My sister Laura and I drove it for the next 20 years.”

During that time, the psychedelic paint job was fading as fast as Joplin’s stardom.

“I would drive along and big chips of paint would fly off,” Michael remembered. “It was an old car, and it started falling apart. It always needed something, and we needed to repair it. After much anguish, we decided to take the paint off to save the car.”

It’s hard to imagine now, but a decade after her death, the memory of the electrifying singer of “Piece of My Heart” and “Ball and Chain” was fading fast in the public consciousness.

“Her fame was waning, and the car became more valuable as an antique Porsche than as Janis Jopin’s car,” Michael said. “Ten years after her death she was an old star. It took a while for her to achieve iconic status.”

It was only when the family produced the play “Love, Janis,” that they decided to have the old Porsche restored. In 1994, it was repainted in all its hippie-era glory.

“We were opening the play in Denver, and we thought it would be cool to put the car in the lobby,” Michael recalled. “So we had the Denver Center Theater Company’s paint shop re-create the design from the hundreds of photographs we had. After that, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called, saying, ‘Oh, my God, we have to have that car.'”

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The Spirit of Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 Lives On

For Porsche, 1965 was the last model year for the 356 and was denoted with a C when it was introduced in 1964, replacing the 356B.  The 356C which  featured disc brakes as well as an option for the most powerful pushrod engine Porsche had ever produced, the 95 hp (71 kW) “SC.” 356 production peaked at 14,151 cars in 1964, the year that its successor, the new 911, was introduced to the US market (it was introduced slightly earlier in Europe). The company continued to sell the 356C in North America through 1965 as demand for the model remained quite strong in the early days of the 911. The last ten 356’s (cabriolets) were assembled for the Dutch police force in March 1966 as 1965 models.

Janis Joplin’s unmistakable 1965 Porsche, which boasts a wowzer psychedelic flower-power paint job that’s a swirl of day-glo flowers, star-sign symbols, cartoon butterfly’s and even a ‘portrait’ of her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. It’s like a moving mural. The artwork is really emblematic of the psychedelic era. Plus, she didn’t just store it — it was one of her prized possessions, so she drove it around all the time.If it was parked on a street in San Francisco somewhere, you knew she couldn’t be too far away.”

“Oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
My friends all drive porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends.
Oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz” ~ Janis Joplin ~

Official Website http://www.officialjanis.com/

 

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Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Warpaint: The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

Go Faster by Sven Voelker gives deep insight into racing-car graphic design

You’d never guess it, but these big toys for big boys were at the height of their design.
Mechanics and team members – adorned racecars with all of those flashy stripes, logos, numbers and colors prevalent race today.
A whip-fast lesson in competitive “WAR PAINT”, visual anarchy and car designs.
They were to LOOK dangerous and be the WINNER.
This video provides a very interesting look at the design of racing cars in 70s. The graphics on these cars are incredible — very minimal and nothing at all like the logo-plastered cars of NASCAR.

Go Faster is a book by a German university professor, Sven Voelker giving the clear insight into the glory of racing-car graphic design.

This book makes car fans familiar with the fact that most of the racing cars like Porsche and Ferrari were given looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by chance.

Go Faster –The Graphic Design of Racing Cars

by Sven Voelker

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Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created. In the book, each colorful racing car is featured next to a blank, white model.
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Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster shows its readers exactly how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
The neutral models also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.

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Stripes, numbers, colors, and logos – the graphic visual look of a racecar has to stand out from all the others as they go zooming by.
Most people don’t know that racing cars from the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, and Lotus were given their looks not by marketing strategists or designers, but by pure chance.
Go Faster is a collection of over one hundred examples of racecar design that documents the carefree anarchy in which they were created.
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In the book, colorful racing cars are featured next to blank, white models.
Thanks to this juxtaposition, Go Faster not only takes its readers on a breakneck ride through images of racing history, but also shows them exactly how the graphics modulate the look of the vehicle.
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The neutral models in the book also give readers ample opportunity to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.
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The time and effort invested in the look of racecars is strangely out of balance compared to that used to shape the bodywork or engineer the technology present in the car.
But perhaps it is precisely this amateur quality, this anarchy and randomness that results in the irresistible attraction that racing cars and their graphics have on us.
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There are, of course, countless books on racing cars, but Go Faster is the first to focus on the graphic design of these machines.
This makes the book an ideal gift for anyone interested in racing and high speeds.Sven Voelker
http://www.svenvoelker.com/Sven_Voelker.html
is a car enthusiast and graphic designer in Berlin.
He is responsible for the global corporate design of the Suzuki Motor Corporation and other clients.

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This book with 144 pages and 21 × 26cm format was release on January 2010 and is priced at $ 40, 00. The book is the collection of more than hundred examples on race car design, documenting the carefree anarchy which these vehicles were created in.

At the same time, the book not only gives the readers a chance to know how graphics modulate the look of the vehicle but also the opportunities to imagine their own possibilities for graphic design in motor sports.

Go Faster gives meticulous attention to minutest details and discusses how the numbers, stripes, logos and colours in vehicle are not a willy nilly affair but purposefully placed by the designer team. Well, this book comes out to be a perfect gift for the racing nerds and car freaks.

While the go-faster stripe is a classic design element of the racing car, the look of these vehicles is rarely created by a designer. Sven Voelker looks at the unexplored area of fast and furious graphic art in the new book,…….

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Go Faster…

The Graphic Design of Racing Cars
Release Date:
January 2010
ISBN:
978-3-89955-279-9
Authors:
Sven Voelker
http://www.svenvoelker.com/Sven_Voelker.html
Language:
English
Features:
144 Pages, full color, hardcover
Format:
21 × 26 cm
 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Autos & Vehicles

 

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PORSCHE – Pure Engine Sound

PORSCHE – Pure Engine Sound

Just a few words: TURN UP your SPEAKERS, and listen to this sweet rumble of Porsche during hill climb competitions, some of the best CLIPS recorded. MUSIC TO MY EARS !

Best scenes of the Porsches in German Rally Championships. Enjoy the pure sound of the GT3.

Porsche GT3 Rallye Action Sound and Drift Pur Dobberkau/Koenig best of 2008-2009

Best Of Porsche GT3 2009 from Germany.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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