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VIDEO: Early 1960s Porsche Factory Tour Showing All Facets of the Construction of the 356 – Made by Hand

VIDEO: Early 1960s Porsche Factory Tour Showing All Facets of the Construction of the 356 – Made by Hand

Ever wonder what Porsche 356Bs looked like coming together in Stuttgart? Here is some excellent factory footage showing various stages of manufacturing the little sports cars.

MADE BY HAND: A nice  five part video series from the 1960s takes you through the entire build process of the famed German sports car.  If you aren’t into metal work details, it might be worth it to skip ahead to video II. But the remaining four videos are definitely worth watching…enjoy!

This series is an official documentary showcasing the production of the Porsche 356 one of the most beautiful pieces of automotive designs ever produced.

According to the YouTube caption the documentary was filmed at Zuffenhausen in the early 1960s. The Super 90 engine is discussed and putting all those things together suggests these are 356Bs that are being built.

The film has been split into five parts and runs for around 40 minutes. However it is well worth the investment in time to watch all the clips. If you do you will be rewarded with some fascinating footage of old skool production techniques.

Porsche employed a stringent quality control regime and seeing how laborious that was is a real eye opener. In today’s era of highly automated production manual checking like that would not be cost effective. The three-man transmission installation technique shown in Part 4 is also, thankfully, a technique now consigned to the history books.

There are five long videos below, so sit back, relax and enjoy! Or come back later to watch the 5 part series when you have some time to kill.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Mark Visser Rides JAWS at Night! | Mark Visser | International Big Wave Surfer

Mark Visser Rides JAWS at Night! | Mark Visser | International Big Wave Surfer

Mark Visser Rides JAWS at Night! | Mark Visser | International Big Wave Surfer.

Professional surfer Mark Visser rode 30-foot waves at night.

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Mark Visser is a Big Wave Surfer.

Mark Visser is an international, professional big-wave rider. His job consists of hunting down and riding some of the biggest waves on the planet. Mark is an extraordinary athlete, one of the fittest surfers in the game and can hold his breath underwater for over six minutes. He has had several waves entered into the XXL awards for biggest wave ridden in only his first year of big wave competition. Mark finished in the top 10 in both the APT tow-in tour event in Chile and the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Paddle In event in the USA. Mark placed as a runner up in the 2008/2009 Oakley ASL Big Wave Awards and once again in 2009/2010.

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Mark maintains a constant strive to remain at the peak of his field constantly testing his limits in surfing, fitness and adventure.

NAME: Mark Visser

SPORT: Big Wave Surfing

INFLUENCES: Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and anyone who has done more than what is required of them.

FAVORITE PLACES TO SURF: Teahupoo, Fiji, Hawaii

GOALS: To have done things that no one thought were possible

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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Fortrus Sports
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NEW VIDEO:Porsche 918 RSR – Racing Laboratory With Even Higher-Performance Hybrid Drive

NEW VIDEO:Porsche 918 RSR – Racing Laboratory With Even Higher-Performance Hybrid Drive

At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche debuted their latest concept, the Porsche 918 RSR. Taking proven technology from the race-track with the GT3 R Hybrid, the 918 RSR utilized a flywheel energy recovery system for added power and traction. The 918 RSR is a coupe unlike the 918 Spyder Hybrid Concept from last year, providing additional strength and rigidity.

World premiere in Detroit: mid-engine coupé as a technology test bed

 

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is continuing to extend its performance and high efficiency competence via intensive development work in the field of hybrid technology. With the Porsche 918 RSR, the manufacturer of sporty premium vehicles is presenting a high-end synthesis of 2010’s successful hybrid concepts. The two-seater mid-engine coupé 918 RSR clearly reveals what happens when the technology fitted in the 911 GT3 R hybrid and the design of the 918 Spyder are transferred to a modern, innovative super sports car.

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With its highly-efficient flywheel accumulator, the 911 GT3 R hybrid racing car proved to be an attention magnet during competition racing on the Nuerburgring Nordschleife circuit, during the American Le Mans Series races (ALMS) in Road Atlanta/USA and the ILMC run in China’s Zhuhai. It demonstrated its massive performance potential under realistic motor racing conditions against top competitors. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid, referred to internally as the “Race Lab” actually surpassed the high expectations of Porsche Motorsport. Competitiveness, high reliability and exemplary fuel efficiency combined with top performance under-scored the Porsche technicians’ basic idea of generating additional power in an intelligent manner. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid obtains its additional power from its own vehicle dynamics when braking. Porsche is now transplanting this technology into the mid-engine coupé 918 RSR, the motor sports version of the 918 Spyder concept car.

From the tradition established by classic Porsche long-distance race cars such as the 908 long-tail coupé (1969) and the 917 short-tail coupé (1971), the Porsche designers created a link to the postmodernism of the “form follows function” philosophy. In the 918 RSR, the lines’ elegant flow is dominated by muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes and a pulpit-like cockpit. A visible fan wheel between the ram air intake tubes and a rear spoiler with RS Spyder dimensions additionally emphasize the racing laboratory function. The new “liquid metal chrome blue” color which has been created underscores the sculptured curves of the forms, whilst the typical Porsche hybrid orange color on brake calipers and the body’s longitudinal stripes lends remarkable touches.

 

Motor racing technology also dominates within the particularly light, torsionally stiff carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque. The V8 engine is a further development of the direct injection engine from the successful RS Spyder race car and now offers an output of precisely 563 hp at 10,300 rpm in the 918 RSR. The electric motors on the two front wheels each contribute 75 kW, i.e. a total of 150 kW, to the peak drive power of exactly 767 hp. This additional power, which is generated during braking, is stored in an optimized flywheel accumulator. In the 918 RSR, the two electric motors offer a torque vectoring function with variable torque distribution to the front axle. This additionally increases agility and improves steering response. Mounted upstream of the rear axle, the mid-engine is integrated with a racing transmission also based on the RS Spyder race car. This further developed six-speed constant-mesh transmission with longitudinally mounted shafts and straight-toothed spur gears is operated using two shift paddles behind the racing steering wheel. The vehicle’s functional equipment underscores its puristic motor racing character. Whether it be the characteristic doors which open obliquely upwards, the air intake in the roof between the wing doors, the quick-action locks on the front and rear CFRP lids, the two roof-mounted aerials for pit radio and telemetry, the RS Spyder-like small, lateral front flics or the air splitters beneath the front lip or no-profile racing slicks on 19″ wheels with central locking, the vehicle can be clearly recognized as an experimental racing laboratory. In contrast to the 918 Spyder concept car, unadorned racing atmosphere predominates in the interior of the 918 RSR. The figure-hugging bucket seat’s brown leather covering cites the history of the gentleman driver; the gear flashes on the racing steering wheel and a recuperation display on the steering column in front of the display screen supply the pilot with information. Instead of the futuristic, ergonomically avant-garde centre console with touch-sensitive user interface from the 918 Spyder concept car, the 918 RSR’s cockpit is split by a minimalistic console with rocker switches. Instead of a second seat, the flywheel accumulator is positioned to the right of the console. This flywheel accumulator is an electric motor whose rotor rotates at up to 36,000 rpm to store rotation energy. Charging occurs when the two electric motors on the front axle reverse their function during braking processes and operate as generators. At the push of a button, the pilot is able to call up the energy stored in the charged flywheel accumulator and use it during acceleration or overtaking maneuvers. The flywheel is braked electromagnetically in this case in order to additionally supply up to 2 x 75 kW, i.e. a total of 150 kW, from its kinetic energy to the two electric motors on the front axle. This additional power is available for around eight seconds when the system is fully charged. In the successful 911 GT3 R Hybrid, this additional power can also be used as a consumption aid depending on the racing situation, e.g. to delay pit stops or reduce the fuel tank volume and therefore the weight of the vehicle. With the new 918 RSR racing laboratory, Porsche is now elevating this motor racing hybrid concept to an experimental level. In the 918 RSR, “Porsche Intelligent Performance” equates to research into methods for further sustainable efficiency improvement under the intensified conditions of the race track, lap times, pit stops and reliability — a metier in which Porsche has been demonstrating its success for over 60 years. Finally, the starting number, 22, pays homage to the anniversary of a further triumph. Back in the days when overall victories in Le Mans were not yet an entirely routine matter within the Porsche racing department, the pilots Dr. Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep were the first to cross the finishing line in 1971’s 24-hour classic. The distance record set by their Porsche 917 short-tail coupé — 5335.313 kilometers (3315.21 miles) at an average speed of 222.304 km/h (138.13 mph) — did not remain unbeaten for an eternity, but for exactly 39 years until 2010. At the time, the 917 in the Martini colors was also an experiment and far ahead of its time: a magnesium space frame set new standards in Porsche’s lightweight construction domain.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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VIDEO:Top of the list – Porsche To Unveil New Model at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

VIDEO:Top of the list – Porsche To Unveil New Model at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

“We’ll have something spectacular to show there,” Hans- Gerd Bode, a spokesman at the Stuttgart-based carmaker, said in an interview today. “You’ll have to wait and be surprised.”

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Porsche will debut a new model.This video might give you a glimpse at what you can expect to see.  Watch the unveiling live, in the webcast from 6:30 AM EST (11:30 AM GMT) at http://www.porsche.com/detroit

Just the Facts:

  • Porsche will roll out a new model in Detroit on January 10, 2011.
  • Other models will make their U.S. debuts at the Detroit show.
  • A live Webcast will enable the public to watch the premieres.

STUTTGART, Germany — Porsche has announced it will unveil an all-new model in a world premiere at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show January 10th. Porsche has an official presence at the Detroit show this year for the first time since 2007.

Porsche has been hinting for some time that its return to the Detroit show would include an impressive debut.

Speculation is that it will be a supercar that could be a version of the 918 Spyder concept that made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show and was recently green-lighted for production a few months later. The German magazine Auto Zeitung reported earlier this month that the car could be the 929, a “no-compromise two-seat supercar” based on the 918 that would slot in above the 911.

First Press Conference at Detroit Auto Show Is World Premiere of New Porsche Concept

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

German Car Company Returns to Motor City with Highly Anticipated Concept Vehicle

ATLANTA, Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

WHAT: In a world premiere, Porsche will take the wraps off a new car that promises to be one of the most intriguing and talked-about debuts at the show.  This marks the automaker’s first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in four years.
WHO: Matthias Muller, President and CEO, Porsche AG,
Wolfgang Durheimer, Board Member, Research and Development, Porsche AG
Bernhard Maier, Board Member in Charge of Sales & Marketing, Porsche AG
Michael Mauer, Head of Design, Porsche AG
Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America
WHEN: 6:30 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2011 

USA/Canada – live feed

06.20 – 07.05 A.M. EST (= 11.20 – 12.05 UTC/GMT)
Live event to start appx 06.30 EST (= 11.30 UTC/GMT)
To be followed by footage at the end of the live part

WHERE: Porsche Stand,
Cobo Hall
1 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan

Satellite broadcast of Porsche Press Conference at North American International Auto Show 2011 from Detroit.

Webcast Link: The press conference will be broadcast live 6:30 a.m., Monday, January 10, 2011 on the Porsche website www.porsche.com/detroit.

Inside Line says: Porsche isn’t saying anything — except to remind the faithful to keep watching.


 
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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Porsche, Porsche 918 Spyder Concept

 

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2011 Cayman Series – N.A.S.A Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series utilizing the Cayman S

2011 Cayman Series – N.A.S.A Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series utilizing the Cayman S

Bodymotion Racing announces 3-car entry for Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series

Bodymotion Racing is pleased to announce their official entry into the 2011 Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) hosted by NASA.

Located in Central New Jersey, Bodymotion has been building and fielding championship-winning Porsches for three decades and they look forward to continuing that tradition in ITC.

The team is set to field two P-1 Cayman S cars and one P2 Cayman S, under the scrutiny of Bodymotion owner and Team Principal Mike Bavaro.  “Intercontinental Trophy Cup is just the kind of semi-pro series needed for those drivers seeking more than club racing without the huge expense of going to professional racing. It will also provide a great launching pad for young drivers seeking to advance their career in sports car racing”, commented Bavaro, a thirty-year race veteran. He continued, “The Bodymotion team looks forward to a competitive season in ITC and our goal is to earn enough podium finishes to score the inaugural ITC Championship for 2011”.

Bodymotion will announce its driver lineup over the coming weeks.

About Bodymotion:

Bodymotion serves the Porsche community with a full service mechanical and auto body facility boasting state of the art equipment, including water base refinish shop, Cellete fixture bench uni-body repair system, electronic diagnostics, in-house dynamometer, fabrication shop, full engine and transmission building, all in house.

Bodymotion Racing has engineered, built, raced and maintained cars in IMSA, Grand American, PCA club racing, SCCA, NASA, and HSR, garnering dozens of wins, podium finishes and several championships along the way. Bodymotion has recently been awarded the vendor rights to the new ITC series for roll cages, ignition column locks, and quick release steering wheel kits. As thirty year members of the Porsche Club of America, Bodymotion offers complete car care from glass to upholstery, from full race cars to street hot rods to service on your daily driver.

More information on Bodymotion and their ITC build please visit: www.bodymotion.com

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About  Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC)

The Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) is a new growing and expanding series with the vision of providing not just another racing venue but a clear and defined path for the new and upcoming talents from a variety of racers from both karting and club racing into a semi-professional series.  In addition to providing a development path to professional racing ITC will be NASA’s first nationally touring semi-professional series.

ITC will provide a structure to assist the development of a driver and team not only on the track but off also.  ITC will have the staff and partners in place to help teams and drivers foster business partners and develop marketing strategies for this new and ever changing economy.

RaceFansTV.com  to Broadcast all ITC Series Events in 2011

Indianapolis, Indiana – (2010.12.21) The intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) is pleased to announce they have received an early Christmas present and have reached an agreement with RaceFansTV.com to broadcast all sixteen races from the Series’ eight events throughout the 2011 racing season. This agreement is a major step toward developing a media and marketing strategy that will benefit race teams and drivers as well as series and team sponsors.

 

ITC Series Principal Doug Livingtson recently commented on the need for a broadcast partner.

“As a new series focused on driver development, we needed a platform that would give teams, and especially young drivers, a means of exposing their talents while providing support for their sponsors. RaceFansTV provides the ideal platform with the added benefit that it is global in nature which ideal for those drivers looking to reach international markets.”

“The Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series is an exciting new initiative for motorsport fans in that it combines great cars on challenging tracks in a manner that is very accessable by the fans.” said RaceFanTV’s Managing Director Chuck Ehredt. “RaceFansTV is proud to broadcast the races to our worldwide audience via the www.racefanstv.com platform to increase exposure for the competitors and sponsors, as well as allow enthusiasts around the world to follow the championship.¨

Ehredt continued, ¨RaceFansTV will regularly schedule the Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series races on the Sport Car Channel for free to our worldwide audience, or allow subscribers to access all the race programs On Demand throughout the coming season. ITC will be announcing it’s 2011 racing schedule shortly and will coordinate with RaceFansTV to include broadcast schedules on the ITC web site so that fans never miss a race.

“We are excited to have RaceFansTV on board” ,said ITC’s Livingston. “We can’t wait for the season to get started and have plenty of racing action for our fans to watch.”

About  RaceFansTV.com

 RaceFansTV was created in honor of the hundreds of thousands of people who have devoted their lives to motorsports, as well as the millions who remain impassioned by the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the constant rush of competition.The goal is be the primary destination for Race Fans of all types to be entertained and obtain greater knowledge in an engaging, interactive, and family-friendly way. This will be achieved through a highly collaborative environment where members, suppliers, sponsors, and associates interact freely to maintain the most comprehensive source of knowledge and video content in the motorsport world.

www.racefantstv.com

About  Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC)

The Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series (ITC) is a new growing and expanding series with the vision of providing not just another racing venue but a clear and defined path for the new and upcoming talents from a variety of racers from both karting and club racing into a semi-professional series.  In addition to providing a development path to professional racing ITC will be NASA’s first nationally touring semi-professional series.

ITC will provide a structure to assist the development of a driver and team not only on the track but off also.  ITC will have the staff and partners in place to help teams and drivers foster business partners and develop marketing strategies for this new and ever changing economy.

www.trophycupracing.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/IntercontinentalTrophyCup

Media/PR Contact:

Chris Jameson
Level Ten Communications
T: 416.284.4932
 
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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in Porsche Cayman S, RaceFansTV.com

 

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RACING …SUPER SLOW MOTION EYE CANDY AT IT’S BEST!

RACING …SUPER SLOW MOTION EYE CANDY AT IT’S BEST!

The speed, the excitement, the competition, the danger, just everything. “Racing is Life”….

It is difficuilt to find good super slow motion footage from races, but when they are shown they’re awesome. Things are happening too fast in the motor racing world that sometimes you need to see the whole action in slow motion.

These slow motion video’s are Mattzel89‘s way to describe the awesomeness of racing, and I think every petrolhead on this planet will thank him for this great video. This video is the third of the Racing in Slow Motion series, you can see the first two parts below, they are worth your time too.

Slow Motion 3

Just know this is a long and slow video, if you’re not prepared to sit through 8 minutes of slow motion, move on. This is for the motorsports fans. A stunning collection of 3 video’s that captures racing in a way that we usually don’t get to see it in the fine details..

Slow Motion 2

Racing is often so fast paced that the human eye misses details…..

Slow Motion 1

“super slow motion” videos for an incredible look at the details the human eye can miss …

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