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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.

Photo by: Dede Seward
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

sponsored by Hewland Engineering


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.”

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid, powertrain

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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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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