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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, René Rast hits the jackpot in Monte Carlo/Monaco

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 3 at the Formula 1 race in Monte Carlo/Monaco

René Rast hits the jackpot in the Principality

René Rast (winner)

Stuttgart. When the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup took off into the most prestigious race of the year in Monte Carlo, the world-famous Casino was still closed.

René Rast (winner)

But still René Rast found his luck. In the picture postcard setting of the Principality on the Cote d’Azur, the German won round three of the world’s fastest international one-make series on Sunday at the wheel of VELTINS Lechner Racing’s 911 GT3 Cup. With this, he repeated his triumph of last year.

The race in the glamour world of the rich and beautiful is a unique challenge. The narrow street circuit is unforgiving of mistakes. Run-off zones are virtually non-existent, instead there are walls and crash barriers. Full concentration is needed from start to finish – this is the only way to get through the twisty labyrinth between luxury apartment blocks and high class boutiques safely.

To finish the 16 laps sticking to the ideal line is gruelling work. Drivers change gears 34 times per lap, that’s about every 2.8 seconds. Ex-Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet once compared driving through the maze of streets to “flying a helicopter in the living room”. No one is immune to the fascination of this race.

Driving in Monaco, say the pilots unanimously, is a fabulous experience. To win in Monaco is a dream.

2nd place Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 4.392 seconds, 1st place René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 26:05.841 minutes 3rd place Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, +9.273

On Sunday, René Rast fulfilled this dream for the second straight time. And hit the jackpot: Fastest in free practice, pole position, race winner and fastest race lap – with this, the reigning champion announced his comeback to the title fight impressively. Putting in a cracking start and following up with a solid drive at the highest level, he held off an attack from arch rival Nick Tandy.

The Konrad Motorsport pilot from Great Britain again had to settle for second place at round three, but with this performance snatched the points’ lead to rank first overall ahead of his compatriot Sean Edwards. Driving for the Abu Dhabi by tolimit squad, Edwards, resident of Monaco and winner of Barcelona, saw the chequered flag in third place.


Jeroen Bleekemolen’s hopes of being the first Supercup pilot to win three races in Monaco were dashed this season. The Dutchman of Abu Dhabi by tolimit yielded fourth. Behind the double Supercup champion came Kuba Giermaziak from Poland.

In the cockpit of VERVA Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he took up the race from third on the grid, only to make a mistake in the first lap while accelerating out of the famous St. Devote and was unable to regain his lost positions over the rest of the race. Still, he was the leader of a group of pursuers with Sebastiaan Bleekemolen and Norbert Siedler.

Driving for Team Bleekemolen, the Dutchman clinched sixth place, his best so far this season, while the Austrian competing for VELTINS Lechner Racing finished in seventh. Scoring his first top-ten result this season was Italy’s Alessandro Zampedri (Team Bleekemolen) in eighth, with Poland’s Robert Lukas (Hermes Attempto Racing) in ninth ahead of Supercup returnee Matt Halliday (MRS Team PZ Aschaffenburg) from New Zealand, 2009 winner of the BBS rookie classification.

Kévin Estre from France did not see the flag. After a strong start to the season, the ball in the race roulette of Monte Carlo rolled the wrong way for the newcomer and he retired early on in the race after an accident.

René Rast (winner): “What a great race. The boys in my team put a fabulous car on the track for me today. Thanks guys. I was able to pull away in the first laps and drove consistently fast times right to the flag. It feels really good to climb to the top of the podium again. We can keep doing this. Now we’ll continue the hard work and I’m already looking forward to the race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.”

Nick Tandy (second): “Second place and leader of the championship – not bad. As far as I’m concerned I can be second at every race as long as I can take home the title at the end. This is the first time I’ve led the series. René drove a great race, unbelievably precise, just millimetres away from the crash barriers. It was impressive. We were both faster than the rest today and that makes me optimistic.”


Sean Edwards (third): “A good start is decisive in Monaco. I got away well, but then I shifted to second gear too early and lost contact with the others. Still, third in Monaco is a great result. René was much quicker than all of us. I could match Nick’s times but he was too far ahead for me to have any real chance at second place.”

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Race result
1. René Rast (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, 26:05.841 minutes
2. Nick Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 4.392 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, +9.273
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 13.516
5. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), VERVA Racing Team, + 24.582
6. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 24.885

Drivers’ standings after 3 of 9 races*
1. Nick Tandy (GB), 54 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 52
3. René Rast (D), 43
4. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), 37
5. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 36
6. Christian Engelhart (D), 34

* It has yet to be decided if and when there will be a replacement for the cancelled Formula 1 race in Bahrain with two rounds of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.

Round 4 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 25 June as part of the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

SOURCE: Porsche AG

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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid celebrates historic 1st VICTORY at the Nurburgring May 28th, 2011

Basis for the first victory was certainly the lower consumption of the hybrid compared to the other cars.

At the fourth round of the VLN, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid celebrate the first victory – only two stops as the key to success

Less recharge, drive longer: this is the recipe for success of the enhanced Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid.

With version 2.0, Porsche works driver Richard Lietz, Marco Holzer and Patrick Long drove in the fourth round of the Endurance Championship for the first victory of the hybrid race car from Weissach.

While almost all direct competitors stopped three times to refuel in the pits, the hybrid with just two stops, was victory and checkered flag for the Porsche hybrid.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with  Manthey Porsche and works driver Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Lucas Luhr Manthey-pilot also came with two stops and made the Porsche double victory perfectly.

The second race of the 911 GT3 R hybrid in the Endurance Championship in 2011 is the successful completion of the intensive preparation for the 24-hour race Nürburgring 25-26. June.

“We are using the technical specifications of the vehicle and the reliability of the hybrid system extremely satisfied,” says Porsche head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen.

“We have over the competition a pit stop saving and go with less energy input from the outside similarly fast lap times. This is what we mean by Porsche Intelligent Performance. I am particularly pleased that even the 911 GT3 RSR by Manthey Racing the known efficiency of the Porsche 911 models could prove, and was number two. “

The focus of the development of the Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid was clearly on the increase in efficiency. For this, the vehicle weight was reduced from 1,350 kg to 1,300, which even the hybrid components are involved. Their weight was reduced by 20 percent by direct optimization. The general hybrid layout was taken from the 2010 model.

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The power used in the portal axle two electric motors has been increased from every 60 to 75 kilowatts. Overall, the pilot of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 seconds, an additional capacity of around 200 horsepower, which corresponds to a lap on the Nordschleife of an additional conventional capacity of approximately 23 kW (32 hp). The electric power is automatically supplied as programmed when the accelerator pedal.

In addition, the pilot, the hybrid-electric auxiliary power to retrieve it manually, for example when overtaking. While the portal axle drives the front wheels, was the 4.0-liter, now 465 hp six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers its power to the rear axle, cut back in power, and optimized in terms of fuel consumption.

“We ran like clockwork with hybrid penalty,” said Marco Holzer.

“The key to success was now near the low fuel consumption and reliable technology that all drivers were on a uniformly high level of the road and have made no mistakes,” added teammate Richard Lietz.

A trouble-free race also went to the yellow-green Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of the Manthey team.

With seven seconds behind occupied Lieb, Luhr and Dumas in second place.

“This was an almost perfect race. Unfortunately, our 911 GT3 R, the cockpit I’ve shared with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, roughly by a competitor of the runway bowled,” said double starter Marc Lieb..

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Friends of Steve McQueen car Show June 4th, 2011 – Chad McQueen remembers…

THE FRIENDS OF STEVE MCQUEEN CAR SHOW SHIFTS INTO OVERDRIVE

Celebrating Le Mans

Seven days before the official start of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, automotive enthusiasts will gather in Chino Hills, California, to celebrate the historic race and the one person most responsible for driving the event into America’s consciousness during the 1970’s . . . Steve McQueen.

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The fourth staging of the Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show will take place on June 4th on the campus of the Boys Republic in Chino Hills, California.

Co-chaired by Ron Harris and retired race car driver and producer Chad McQueen, the event will celebrate Le Mans with a unique display of cars representative of the historic race during McQueen’s era. With the help of auto-designer Freeman Thomas, auto-collector and inventor Peter Dunkel, and automotive fine artist Nicolas Hunziker, the 200-acre campus will be transformed to recreate an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1971 film; combining memorabilia, art and photography together with automobiles, motorcycles and off-road vehicles that evoke the memory of Steve McQueen. Read more >>> HERE

Chad McQueen remembers his first race

Chad McQueen: On the set of Le Mans

The Boys Republicis located at 1907 Boys Republic Drive in Chino Hills, CA, 91709.

Gates open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011.

General admission is $10; children 12 and under are free.

All proceeds benefit the Boys Republic, a private, non-profit community serving at-risk teens in Southern California.

For car registration, sponsorship opportunities, vendor space or media information call (909) 627-0017 or visit: www.FriendsOfSteveMcQueen.com.

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FUNDS RAISED FOR BOYS REPUBLIC

– 2008 – $26,101
– 2009 – $18,086
– 2010 – $34,827
– 2011 – $

Source: Friends of Steve McQueen website

 
 

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Steve McQueen “Le Mans” Blu-ray delivers stunning video & great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Race on out and pick up this unique and exciting motion picture.

A race car driver returns to competition a year after an accident leaves him badly injured. As he prepares to face his chief rival in the famous Le Mans race, he also begins a new romance with the wife of a driver who died in the same accident that nearly killed him.

A scene from “LE MANS” may explain the need of race drivers to challenge the force of speed. In the film McQueen says:

“A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, that’s life. Anything that happens before or after, is just waiting.”

Le Mans pulls onto Blu-ray with an oftentimes striking 1080p high definition transfer.

Once the film moves past a stretch of rough and soft imagery that occupies the same space as the opening titles, Paramount’s Blu-ray cleans up beautifully. A hint of softness remains in a few places, but as a general rule the image is sharp and detailing is strong.

Whether good-looking facial surfaces, the subtle texture of McQueen’s suede jacket that he wears at the beginning of the film, or the stitching and general wear-and-tear of the white racing uniforms decorated with sponsor and flag patches, this Blu-ray reveals all of the critical details that enhance the quality of the presentation.

A layer of film grain is retained over the image, suggesting the absence of debilitating noise reduction and providing a quality film-like texture. Colors are bold and beautiful in that 1970s-era look, while both blacks and flesh tones are pleasantly natural in appearance.

There are a handful of pops and speckles and stray vertical lines, but the image is far more often than not clean and pristine. Blocking, banding, and the like are non-factors. This is an incredibly strong transfer and a borderline reference-quality presentation for a title from its era.

Le Mans zooms onto Blu-ray with a satisfying and energetic DTS-HD MA 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Despite the film’s age, Paramount’s 7.1 presentation is utilized extensively, with strong, natural surround elements playing a large part in bringing Le Mans to life.

Music delivery is quite good, airy and open at first, floating through the soundstage with ease and accompanied by plenty of surround support. Subsequent tracks also feature a robust low end and continue to play with fine spacing and back-channel assistance. The warning alarm plays with a wonderful crispness at the top of the high end, and opposite are explosions and crashes that play with a solid rumble low.

The pre-race loudspeaker announcements are sometimes a little hard to hear and play more as a secondary background element, but more pronounced proclamations throughout the movie are played with a true-to-life room-filling energy and clarity. Of course, the true highlight of the track is the sound of the racing automobiles.

This 7.1 track spits out the sound of revving engines and the speedy raw power of cars zipping down the racetrack with an amazing level of control that vibrates and zooms and puts the listener in the middle of the action. Absolute clarity seems slightly lacking, but there’s no denying the sheer intensity of every up-close racing sequence.

What little dialogue there is is suitably clear. Le Mans might be untraditional insofar as its lack of excessive dialogue, but this 7.1 loss less track is nevertheless a wonderful addition to the Blu-ray presentation.

For more about Le Mans and the Le Mans Blu-ray release, see the Le Mans Blu-ray Review

Starring: Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Alfred Bell
Director: Lee H. Katzin

On June 4, The Friends Of Steve McQueen car show will feature a LeMans theme to benefit Boy’s Republic, the school Steve McQueen went to as a young boy and credits with turning his life around. A number of racing cars from the 1970’s, including cars featured in the film will be present. Learn more about the event at The Friends Of Steve McQueen Website.

Le Mans Blu-ray is historical in its own way as the one that really hurt Steve McQueen financially and emotionally, but the movie itself is quite an adventure to watch and to get an idea of how the Le Mans race took place.

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Porsche 924S: Student gets $100,000 Thiel fellowship to leave Purdue University for Silicon Valley, California

Jim Danielson and Sean Kleinschmidt spent the summer before their freshman year at Purdue University turning a Porsche with a blown engine into an electric-powered vehicle, displayed here at the 2009 Green Week car show. (Purdue News Service photo/Mark Simons)
Jim Danielson and Sean Kleinschmidt spent the summer before their freshman year at Purdue University turning a Porsche1987 924S with a blown engine into an electric-powered vehicle, displayed here at the 2009 Green Week car show. (Purdue News Service photo/Mark Simons)

Peter Thiel Gives Whiz Kids $100K To Quit College, Start Businesses

Jim Danielson is being paid to drop out of Purdue University.

This month the electrical and computer engineering major finished his sophomore year in West Lafayette and got an offer he couldn’t turn down.

Wednesday, Danielson was named as one of the first recipients of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship.The program is the brainchild of Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and venture capitalist for Facebook.

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Thiel is giving 24 entrepreneurs age 20 or younger $100,000 grants so they can leave their university, move to Silicon Valley in California and spend the next two years developing their own businesses.

One climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Another started college in third grade. Another opened a business at age 9. And yet another scored 5580 on the SATs (on a total of 5 tests, but still).

Now they’re all getting two years of mentoring from a network of tech and entrepreneurial experts and $100,000 to start a business. The benefactor? PayPal founder, early Facebook investor, and Stanford’s least favorite alumnus, Peter Thiel.

To read more about the Thiel Foundation and each of the 24 dropouts, head over to Fast Company >>

Jim Danielson is working on building a more powerful and efficient motor for electric vehicles. He has already electrified a Porsche 1987 924S, including power electronics of his own design. He is currently co-launching Makt Systems LLC, a start-up to commercialize his research and design. Before becoming a Fellow, Jim co-founded the Electric Vehicle Club at Purdue and was president of Purdue Innovations, the university’s entrepreneurship club.

For Danielson that means creating a more powerful and efficient motor for electric vehicles.”I had this idea for the motor, but I did not have the funding to go through with it and I didn’t have the connections to really start a business,” Danielson said Thursday morning from his home in Arlington Heights, Ill., outside Chicago.They bought the Porsche for $500, then sold parts from it that they didn’t need for about the same amount. They spent about $6,000 on the conversion.

“One of the other reasons I thought the Thiel Fellowship was a good idea to drop out of school for a few years and forgo my degree, is that the electric vehicle industry is a fast-changing marketplace.

“I feel if I had waited two years to finish my degree and start a business without funding, I would lose the opportunity to make an impact in the industry.”The idea for applying to the Thiel Fellowship was planted in Danielson by his mother.” I had a heard about it from a friend and I told Jim about it,” Kim Danielson said. “But I told him, we would want you to be in school, not do something like this.”Kim Danielson said she expected her son to finish college and find a job — just as his three other siblings have done or are in the process of doing.

But Jim Danielson quietly applied for the fellowship, at age 19, and only told his parents after receiving a call he was a finalist. Overall, more than 400 people applied from 20 countries for the Thiel Fellowships”I would be lying as a parent, if I said we did not have concerns about his leaving school for two years,” she said.

But after researching Thiel and the fellowship, Kim Danielson and her husband realized it was the perfect fit for Jim.”You know how people think about doing things but don’t because we see the barriers,” she said. “Jim doesn’t see the barriers; he sees the possibilities.”Danielson became interested in electric motors in high school through involvement in the BattleBots robot competitions.

After high school Danielson electrified a Porsche 1987 924S with fellow Purdue student Sean Kleinschmidt .”I never was interested in gasoline cars,” he said. “I didn’t mess around with cars growing up, I messed around with electronics.

“Once on campus, Danielson co-founded the Electric Vehicle Club at Purdue and was president of Purdue Innovations, the university’s entrepreneurship club. Sunday Danielson will head to Mountain View, Calif. to start the program. But he will return to Purdue in the fall to take one class — electric motor design.”I will be simultaneously working on my project for the majority of the day,” he said.

In January he will move back to Silicon Valley and leave Purdue.Through the fellowship Danielson will work with mentors in the electric vehicle industry and have access to technology, labs and professionals that are not available at the West Lafayette campus.His goal is to create an electric motor for electric vehicles that is more efficient and cheaper to produce than current models. Much of the interest around the fellowship has focused on its creator, Thiel, who has raised eyebrows with his criticism of higher education in America and the debt associated with getting a modern college degree.

Danielson and Thiel were featured Friday on CNN’s American Morning program. During the program, Thiel said students taking part in the program were not dropping out of school. He called it “stop out,” since they can return to classes later. “Every moment in history happens only once.

So these technologies and inventions, there is a right time and right place for them,” Thiel told CNN. “If the Facebook people has stayed in college for another two years, they may not have started Facebook.”

Recipients get $100,000, total, over two years

SOURCE: Journal and Courier and JCOnline.com.

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Patrick Long, Porsche Factory Driver…Advice: Drive like a race-car driver this summer

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Long-distance road trips aren’t so different from endurance car races

By Jennifer Waters, MarketWatch

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — If you’re planning a long-distance driving trip this summer, take some advice from Patrick Long, Le Mans race-car driver and official Porsche factory driver: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, maintain proper posture and stability, and stay focused.

“Being well-rested is as important for performance on the race track as it is for safety on the road,” said the endurance racing champion who has three American Le Mans GT2 championships under his belt, as well as other GT2/GT wins that include 20 other ALMs and 10 other major sports-car wins. He’s also won three major Daytona Prototype racing-car events.


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Patrick Long

Though the speed is far greater on a racetrack — Long pushes 205 mph when racing, compared with 65-70 mph on the highways — he said the basics of driving are the same. That’s true whether it’s a 24-hour Le Mans circuit or a three-day road trip from Naples, Fla., to Los Angeles that he and his girlfriend took in April to get to the Long Beach Grand Prix.

“You have to be responsible behind the wheel and completely focused on the task,” said Long, who has driven in seven 24-hour Le Mans, seven 12-hour Sebring, eight Petit Le Mans, seven Rolex 24s at Daytona and four 24-hour Spa races.

On their roadtrip, the two got early-morning starts, changed places about every three hours, grazed on fruits and vegetables, kept well-hydrated and got plenty of sleep through 20-minute power naps and early bedtimes.

“It’s amazing that at the end of a 14-hour drive where you’re switching driving every three hours you can still feel great,” he said. “You need to take breaks — both in the race car and on the road.”

During endurance races, he usually drives three hours on, three hours off. On breaks, he catches 45- to 60-minute naps, eats well-balanced foods and even exercises.

Here are his tips for long-distance driving that you can use this summer:

Stay hydrated

Long wears four layers of fire-protection clothing when he’s racing and that creates an enormous amount of heat and sweat. “I have to continually hydrate to stay ahead,” he said. He pushes a button that dispenses water and electrolytes into his mouth when he’s racing, but keeps bottled water and natural-fruit energy drinks nearby when he’s driving long distances.

“Keeping the electrolytes and water flowing through our systems is imperative for staying ahead of the sweating in a race,” he said.

Here’s another reason to stay hydrated: It could save you from leg cramps, which are almost always connected to dehydration and are hard to get rid of. “It takes so long to recover from any little bit of dehydration,” he said.

How do you know when you’re well-hydrated? You can monitor it by the color of your urine, which should be a champagne shade, he said. Some vitamins like B complex, however, will affect color.

Stability

Keep your spine straight during long-distance driving and keep your lower back secure in the seat.

On the racetrack, at triple-digit speeds, the centrifugal force is pulling the driver’s body in many directions. As a result, Long is nearly immovable in a race car with two straps across his hips, two between his legs and two over his shoulders. He’s belted in as snug as he can pull the five-point pinch.


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Patrick Long races in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Fla., January, 2011.

“All of that is to fit you in as tight as you can possibly be pinned while still being able to breathe,” he said. “I’m in a stationary position for the whole time.”

Body position

Keep your body at a 75- to 80-degree angle in the seat, using the back of the seat as your cushion, not a pillow or rolled-up sweater. Don’t lean way back or to your right or left.

“I oftentimes try to make sure that I’m right up against the back of the seat,” he said. “Otherwise, you’ll find yourself slouching a lot.”

Keep your hands in the 10-2 position you learned in driving school at an arm’s length distance with a slight bend in your arms.

Long keeps the heel of his right foot flush with the bottom of the accelerator pedal and the seat far enough away from the wheel so that his knees are not touching the wheel. “It’s important to have some support under your hamstrings from the seat to prevent low-back pain,” he said.

Focus

“We learn in intense sports psychology that the mind can only process one thought at a time,” he said. Though he communicates with his racing team through speakers in his helmet and the car, he said he keeps his concentration on the road.

“When you’re talking or looking down for whatever might be happening in the race car, you’re giving up a little bit of time and concentration,” he said. “At 200 mph, you only need a fraction of a second in lost concentration for something to happen.”

The same is true on long-distance road trips. “You’ve got to keep the distractions away, whether it’s your GPS or adjusting your air conditioning,” he said. “You have to drive with awareness.”

Jennifer Waters is a MarketWatch reporter, based in Chicago.

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Patrick Long is among the most talented American sportscar racing drivers of his generation.  A two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three-time American Le Mans Series Driver’s Champion, Long has been racing for Porsche since 2003.  Long was snapped up by Porsche after an early career of karting and Formula Car racing across Europe.  Since joining Porsche, he’s become the youngest-ever American to take class victories at the four “classic” endurance races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans – and notably raced for Team Penske in the 2008 season.

Born and raised in Southern California and fluent in five languages (English, Spanish, German, Italian, French), Patrick has lived internationally and raced professionally since age 16.  Despite having lived throughout Europe from an early age, he’s never lost his enthusiasm for the SoCal lifestyle, and continues to surf, ride motocross bikes, cross-train on his road and mountain bikes and escape to his family’s Mexican surf shack to vacation.

One of the perks of Patrick’s job with Porsche is the ability to train with and be monitored by the team of doctors who works with Germany’s Olympic teams.  A fitness fanatic, Patrick uses FRS products, his favorite flavor is Orange, to stay hydrated and sharp during both long training sessions and in preparation for endurance racing – more often than not in a car with a cockpit temperature exceeding 120 degrees.

 
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Porsche 911 Turbo S China 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Nr.01/10

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Porsche entered the Chinese market in 2001 and in this one decade they’ve been present there they enjoyed an enormous success. So they announced a celebratory edition of the 911 on this occasion.

It is the Porsche 911 Turbo S China 10th Anniversary Edition which as you might have already guessed is limited to 10 units, each sporting a numbered plaque.

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The Turbo S 3.8-liter flat-six makes 530 hp and sends them to all four wheels via a PDK gearbox. So the technicalities are similar to other Turbo S models. But the visual features set it apart.

The China edition is finished in a a special Gold Bronze Metallic garnished with carbon and high gloss bits. It even comes with Fuchs 19-inch  wheels borrowed from the 911 Sport Classic special edition. The car also has a factory-fitted aero kit with bigger front spoiler and rear wing. A pretty unique 911 then.

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But then it has hefty price tag of nearly 550,000 USD! That’s most likely due to the Chinese tax on imported cars, because a 911 wouldn’t cost that much no matter how special it is.

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What’s so special? The new Porsche 911 10th Anniversary Edition China is characterized by a particular body for the golden color, topped by the front cover of carbon fiber (the same material is also a rear spoiler, fixed and clearly visible on the door of the sports coupe) and the rims 19-inch alloy Classic Sport (mostly blacks, with a drawing rather than vintage flavor).

Inside the cabin of the new Porsche 911 10th Anniversary Edition China, the manufacturer has installed the steering wheel Sport Design, Alcantara, sports sessions, the decorative insert Carbon fiber badge, and exclusive special version.

There was a VIP Preview in Shanghai on 20 April, where thе Porsche 911 “10 Year Anniversary Edition” was launched on 20 – 22 May at thе Porsche National 10 year anniversary event.

Owners of thе 911 “10 Year Anniversary Edition” will receive a replica sculpture with each owner’s name personally engraved on thе base plate.

“The Porsche 911 series is well recognised as thе most iconic Porsche model line.

Beyond greeting thе 10th birthday of Porsche in China, an important milestone in Porsche history, thе Porsche 911 ‘10 Year Anniversary Edition’ is anothеr endorsement to commemorate 25 years of Porsche Exclusive creations, all offering thе highest level of personalisation service,” said, Mr. Helmut Broeker, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche China.

The new Porsche 911 “10 Year Anniversary Edition” will be available at Porsche Centres across Mainland China from this June2011.

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Ten Years of Faith: Porsche Commemorates a Decade in Mainland ChinaAnniversary year honours outstanding growth in China market

Shanghai. Porsche China celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2011, looking back on a decade in which it has made history, broken records and led the automotive industry in bringing sports cars that are ‘Made in Faith’ to the Porsche enthusiasts of China. Since the opening of Porsche Centre Beijing Central in 2001, China has grown to become the second largest market for Porsche worldwide, achieving stunning growth over the past decade: from 27 cars sold in 2002, to 13,856 in 2010 in Mainland China.

The sports car maker’s illustrious legacy has been built with faith in its ability to meet the needs of the world’s most dynamic automotive market. By becoming an official subsidiary of Porsche AG in 2008, Porsche marked the beginning of a new era in its China history. The new subsidiary allowed Porsche greater flexibility to successfully satisfy the demands of the Chinese market. To date, the company has opened 31 Porsche Centres in China, with September 2010 seeing Porsche China open its first directly-operated Porsche Centre at Shanghai Pudong. This flagship facility is now a vital component of future Porsche operations in China, setting a benchmark for innovative new strategies and initiatives and making Porsche China even more responsive to the needs of customers.

Further landmark events are scheduled for 2011, as Porsche China continues its programme of expansion with grand opening ceremonies at Porsche Centres Taizhou, Zhengzhou, Haikou and Chengdu Airport. As a symbol of its phenomenal growth over the last decade, Porsche China welcomed its 50,000th customer this year, demonstrating the rising popularity of the marque as it moves forward into a second decade in the China market.

Mr. Bernhard Maier, Vice President Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG said, “The achievements of Porsche in Mainland China have been a significant factor in the success of Porsche across the world in the last ten years. With an on-going commitment to this market, we will continue to expand our network of Porsche Centres, bringing our Chinese customers ultimate sports cars that are instilled with Porsche DNA and provide the standards of performance, style and agility that are derived from Porsche Intelligent Performance.”

Throughout its first decade in China, Porsche has nurtured an automotive culture that values intelligent sports car engineering. Since Porsche first thrilled crowds at Auto Shanghai 2005 with the Carrera GT super sports car, Chinese enthusiasts have enjoyed yet more magnificent model premieres from the RS Spyder at Auto Shanghai 2007 and the Cayenne Turbo S at Auto China 2008 in Beijing. The World Premiere of the Porsche Panamera in 2009 – notably held on the 94th Floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centre – also underlined the great faith that Porsche has invested in the China market. More recently, Chinese crowds were treated to a glimpse of the mid-engine 918 Spyder at Auto China 2010 and the innovative new racing lab, the 918 RSR, at this year’s Auto Shanghai.

In supporting this enthusiasm for its unique sports cars, Porsche China has welcomed events that celebrate the faith of Porsche in its past, present and future. From 2002, the Porsche World Roadshow has toured China, proving to fans nationwide that there is no more exciting way to experience Porsche than on the racetrack. This sentiment is undoubtedly supported by the aspiring racers and customers that have made the Porsche Sport Driving School so hugely popular. Enthusiasts have also had a chance to take their passion for Porsche on the road with the Porsche Drive to Excellence. A fully comprehensive range of driving activities has been provided by Fascination Porsche since 2009, with a selection of famous sports cars from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart and current model lines bringing unforgettable driving experiences to cities across China.

With popular acclaim has come significant praise, as China’s best automotive publications have continued to recognise the brilliance of Porsche Intelligent Performance. Close to 70 awards have been bestowed on the Porsche range, including ‘Best Imported Sports Car’ for the 911 Carrera from Auto Magazine, Auto World Magazine’s ‘People’s Choice Award’ for the Cayenne SUV and the title of ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ from Orient Auto for the Panamera. Porsche has also been honoured with the ultimate accolade from Auto Motor und Sport for two consecutive years, as ‘Best Sport Brand’ in 2010 and ‘Best Brand’ in 2011.

Highlighting its legendary racing history, Porsche has continued to bring the excitement of motor sports to new audiences in China. From 2001, the marque has triumphed throughout Asia, bringing its unique motorsport legacy to events from the Transsyberia Rally of 2008 to the Intercontinental Le Mans Series at Zhuhai in 2010. Since roaring off the grid in 2003, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) has become China’s most popular one-make series, contesting rounds each year on racetracks across China. The success of the series has proved inspirational to Chinese teams, with PCCA legends such as Darryl O’Young and Christian Menzel taking to the track alongside mainland Chinese racers such as Wang Jianwei and Rose Tan with the support of thousands of Chinese fans. The success of teams from Mainland China, such as Team Jebsen, Team StarChase, Team BetterLife, Team Kangshun and Team C&D, point to a bright future for the series, which has now been under the management of Porsche China since January 2011.

As Porsche celebrates the many milestones of its first decade in China, it continues to demonstrate its commitment to China’s social development through the ‘Empowering the Future’ initiative. Conceived after Porsche contributed an initial RMB 5 million in the aftermath of the Wenchuan earthquake of 2008, the collaboration with UNICEF has supplied educational resources and training to schools that were affected by the natural disaster. Through direct donations and fund raising programmes such as the ‘Empowering the Future’ Art Contest with Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Porsche has now contributed more than RMB 10.2 million and four modified Cayennes to the initiative, improving the lives of over 55,000 students in 260 schools throughout the region and affirming the strength of its confidence in China’s future.

In tribute to a first decade of achievement for Porsche China, customers, media and Porsche representatives from across the country were invited to the Grand Hyatt Beijing on May 20- 22 for an evening of gala celebrations. Guest of honour Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE and grandson of company founder Ferdinand Porsche, was joined by Mr. Bernhard Maier, Vice President Sales and Marketing Porsche AG, in addressing the VIP audience. Both expressed their excitement at the success of Porsche China while underlining the continued importance of this market to worldwide Porsche operations. Renowned singer Na Ying also joined the event, presented by celebrity hosts Tsai Kang Yong and Wang Youjia.

The ten year anniversary celebration was complemented by the third annual Fascination Porsche event at Beijing Goldenport Circuit from May 21-22, as invited guests enjoyed a dazzling array of Porsche sports cars and activities within an authentic motor sport setting. Arriving from all corners of the world, the event features a showcase of some of the most famous cars in the history of Porsche. The award-winning line-up of Museum cars included championship racers such as the Porsche RS Spyder and Porsche 935, and models such as the Porsche 356 Speedster. Attendees were also treated to the sight of the Porsche 917 KH – originally sponsored by mineral oil producer Gulf and winner of classic races such as Daytona and Le Mans. Throughout the Fascination Porsche event, a range of track driving activities brought Porsche Intelligent Performance to life behind the wheel of contemporary models such the Boxster S, Cayman S and Panamera.

Mr. Helmut Broeker, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche China, said, “For the tenth anniversary of Porsche China, I am proud of the many milestones we have achieved so far. The successful expansion of our Porsche Centre network has brought flawless and consistent service closer to our customers across China. As a result of these great efforts, we welcomed the 50,000th Porsche customer in this market this year. With this growing community of Porsche enthusiasts, Porsche has been credited with bringing sports car culture to this emerging market. I would like to offer my thanks to our Porsche Centre dealers, customers, partners and media friends who have made this past decade a triumph. Together we have shared in China’s great prosperity, and together we look forward to many more decades of outstanding accomplishment for Porsche in China.”

5/23/2011

SOURCE: Porsche Centre Zhengzhou

 
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In Event of RAPTURE/Judgement Day…this PORSCHE will be unmanned/Official Pace car May 21st…!!

[San Francisco] SFGate.com In Alameda Blog – By now you’ve probably heard the news — or seen the billboards and painted vans. According to one Oakland minister, this Saturday at 6 pm local time, the world is going to end. Read more: here…..

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It’s pretty dire stuff, and by all accounts a lot of people, mostly with a fundamentalist Christian affinity, are at pains to make sure they are not left behind. The most visible evidence of this comes from people who have spent considerable sums of their personal fortunes to spread the message on placards, cars, billboards and every other form of mass communication they can think of — or afford — in hope of saving some straggling souls.

One person, has been warning Christians and heathens alike by driving around in a painted Porsche with Rapture messages.

“In case of Rapture, this Porsche will be unmanned, a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’ …driver will be unarmed, unlegged, unheaded, untorsoed…”

Now, how do the rest of us divide up the spoils left behind?

ok, I got dibs on….first the entire contents of the Porsche Museum, Versailles and the British Museum. Along with the Smithsonian and the Getty.

I further request the tracks at the Nürburgring and 24 Heures du Mans be at my disposal.

But the rest is all for you guys.

Source: Porschepurist.com and  @ reddit.com

The official pacecar of the May 21st rapture

24 Hours Of Lemons

24 hour lemons car. http://imgur.com/a/CVcNQ

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Porsche: Robust Growth April Global Deliveries Up 53% On Year

Strong growth in April: Porsche reports a 53 per cent surge in customer deliveries Cayenne sales double and Panamera wins over even more buyers world-wide

FRANKFURT (Dow Jones)–German sportscar manufacturer Porsche Automobil Holding SE (PAH3.XE) said Tuesday its April global vehicle deliveries surged 53% on the year.

MAIN FACTS:

-In April 2011, customer deliveries rose to 11,741 vehicles world-wide.

-During the first four months of 2011, deliveries jumped nearly 32% from the year-earlier period.

-The new generation of the sporty Cayenne off-roader was the main driver of sales.

-With 19,175 deliveries from January to April, sales of this model have virtually doubled compared to the same period in the previous year.

-In Europe, April customer deliveries were up nearly 31% on the year.

-Frankfurt Bureau, Dow Jones Newswires; 49-69-29725-500

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has made a good start in the spring:in April 2011, the sports car manufacturer showed an increase in customer deliveries to 11,741 vehicles world-wide.

This is a strong gain of 52.8 per cent over the same period in the previous year. Looking back on the first four months of the current financial year 2011, deliveries have jumped 31.5 per cent overall.

The main driving force behind this is the new generation of the sporty Cayenne off-roader. With 19,175 deliveries from January to April, sales of this model have virtually doubled compared to the same period in the previous year.

Bernhard Maier, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing, sees this as confirmation of the company‘s strategy:

“Every Porsche is the sportiest model in its segment. Our customers world-wide love the combination of performance and efficiency, such as in the new Panamera S Hybrid or 911 GT3 RS 4.0.”

Porsche has posted robust growth in all key sales regions. North America (USA and Canada), saw growth of 77.1 per cent in April, which is 3,495 vehicles more than the same month of the previous year. Of this, 3,172 vehicles (+ 81.5 %) were sold in the USA, which is traditionally the number 1 marketplace for Porsche.

In Europe, Porsche has reported a gain of 30.6 per cent in the fourth month of the year: exactly 3,896 more sporty vehicles were sold than in April 2010. In Germany, sales grew by 1,523 vehicles (+ 19.5 %). In Asia and in the rest of the world, sales rose by 56.5 per cent to 4,029 vehicles. China, now Porsche’s second most important market, reported continued growth; with 2,316 Porsche vehicles delivered, sales were up 48.8 per cent compared to April 2010.

The overall results for all four model series clearly reflect the positive development made by Porsche in the past month: 5,998 Cayenne models were sold, almost double the figure of the same month last year.

The Panamera as well, up 14.9 per cent with unit sales of 2,212, accounts for a significant share of Porsche’s success. In the sports car segment, the 911 almost matched the previous year’s level with 2,225 vehicles delivered (- 2.9%). Sales of Boxster series were down 8.7 per cent at 1,306 units. 762 vehicles were accounted for by the Boxster and 544 units by the Cayman.

PORSCHE AG April 2011 January to April 2011
2011 2010 Diff. in % 2011 2010 Diff. in %
World 11,741 7,684 52.8 38,303 29,135 31.5
Europe 3,896 2,983 30.6 12,967 9,782 32.6
Germany 1,523 1,275 19.5 5,002 3,238 54.5
North America 3,495 1,973 77.1 11,024 7,570 45.6
USA 3,172 1,748 81.5 10,179 6,971 46.0
Asia/Rest of the World 4,029 2,575 56.5 13,333 11,152 19.6
China 2,316 1,556 48.8 7,464 6,696 11.5

Source: Porsche Press Database

 

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Porsche New top model with all-wheel drive and 408 hp (300 kW) Porsche just added a number: 4.

911 Carrera 4 GTS Carrera 4 GTS available as Coupé and Cabriolet with top-of-the-range Carrera engine

The 911 Carrera GTS made a clear statement as the most sporty 911 Carrera of all times.

Porsche just added a number: 4.

Discover the new all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 GTS on http://www.porsche.com/microsite/carrera4-gts/germany.aspx

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is widening the top end of its Carrera model line and pairing up each of the two 911 Carrera GTS with an all-wheel drive twin. That means that the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé and Cabriolet will combine the 408 hp (300 kW) top of the range engine of the Carrera GTS family with the intelligent, all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Driving dynamics are not the only source of attraction. Economics are as well.

Thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance the new all-wheel 911s consume no more than the equivalent Carrera 4S version, the Coupé remains at 11.0 l/100 km (25.7 mpg imp.) and the Cabriolet at 11.2 l/100 km (25.2 mpg imp.) respectively based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Moreover both of them boast an even more comprehensive standard equipment package compared with the Carrera 4S models.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS power unit has its origins in the 3.8-litre, six-cylinder
Carrera S engine.

A wholesale revamping of the intake duct added 23 hp (17 kW), taking the power output to 408 hp (300 kW) at 7,300 rpm. The special aspiration system not only improves peak power output but flexibility and power development as well thanks to a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. 320 Newton metres kick in from as low as 1,500 rpm; the six-cylinder engine delivers its rated torque of 420 Nm in the broad engine speed range from 4,200 rpm and 5,600 rpm.

The sports exhaust system fitted as standard ensures a distinctly sporty sound. It invests the new Carrera 4 GTS with an unmistakable acoustic signature and the rear view of its tail pipe with its unique black surface design lends it a unique character.

At full power the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.8 seconds.

 

The Carrera 4 GTS is fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission but the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed is available as an option if desired.

The PDK shaves an additional 0.2 seconds respectively off the acceleration times from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).

In the Carrera 4 GTS as well, PTM all-wheel drive stands for Porsche’s typical driving pleasure with even more driving stability, traction and agile handling.

What’s more, just how single-mindedly the Carrera 4 GTS is designed for driving dynamics is evident from the use of a standard limited-slip differential. This mechanical rear differential lock contributes to the driving dynamics of the electronically controlled all-wheel drive system.

The PTM achieves this by directing the optimal proportion of the engine torque to the front wheels via a multiple-plate clutch.

Visually, the new Carrera 4 GTS models with all-wheel drive differ in points of detail from earlier variants with rear-wheel drive: In addition to the type name on the doors and rear lid, the distinguishing characteristic of all models with all-wheel drive is the additional reflective stripe between the taillights. What the Carrera GTS models have in common is the 911’s wide body, otherwise reserved for the all-wheel version of the 911s, and the rear axle track width that goes with it.

In numerous other details as well the GTS models differ both visually and technically from the other Carrera models. For example, they run on 19 inch RS Spyder wheels in black with central locking and gloss-lathed rim flanges fitted with 305/30 ZR 19 tyres on the rear axle.

Additional visual features include the Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts, also in black. Driver and passenger are accommodated on sports seats.

Typical of the GTS, the emphatically sporty black Alcantara covering on centre panels, steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever, door handles and door storage box lid and extension are offered as standard in addition to a range of leather upholstery options.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé, including country-specific equipment and VAT at 19 per cent, is offered in Germany at a price of 111,956 euro, the Cabriolet costs 122,071 euro. Both models will be on sale in Germany from July 2011.

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Porsche to Build New U.S. Headquarters in Atlanta with Test Track by 2013

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New headquarters will house nearly all U.S. Porsche colleagues under one roof, including a dramatic customer experience center and test track

Porsche just gave Atlanta’s image a bit of a spit polish.

The decision to build a $100 million complex on the grounds of the former Ford assembly plant in Hapeville is not only a glitzy marketing move for the German carmaker, experts said, it is also a shiny endorsement of the city and state.

“This has marquee value,” said Don McEachern, president of North Star Destination Strategies of Nashville, a company that offers advice on reputations to cities. “It speaks volumes about Atlanta. You get the Porsche name and brand. You get the halo effect. It is nothing but good.”

And with Georgia still shakily emerging from a painful recession, Porsche provides more marketing glow for luring other companies to the area.The project will move Porsche’s North American headquarters from Sandy Springs, Ga., a northern suburb of Atlanta.

ATLANTA – May 12, 2011Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) announced it will build a new headquarters in Atlanta, the city it has called home for thirteen years.

The new complex will be located in the Aerotropolis Atlanta development site, near the brand new International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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It will be comprised of modern office facilities for a workforce that will eventually number 400 employees, including a Technical Service and Training Center, as well as a leading-edge Customer Experience Center that will feature a handling road course to show-off the capabilities of Porsches industry-leading vehicles.

A layout of the test track planned for Porsche’s new headquarters in Atlanta. Click on photo.

A layout of the test track planned for Porsche's new headquarters in Atlanta.

Groundbreaking is planned for this fall with the move-in date scheduled for the second half of 2013.

The unparalleled nature of the Porsche ownership experience absolutely deserves an equally unique home. That is what well create with our new headquarters – a concept completely new to the U.S. automotive industry, and one that delivers our brand and product experience to our employees, dealers and customers alike, said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.

Our new American headquarters will allow us to finally bring together all our major sales, after sales and financial services capacities, thus making us an even stronger organization. It also sends a strong message to our dealers and our customers that we believe in the strength of the U.S. market and its future growth, von Platen explained.

At the same time, this decision demonstrates our commitment to the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta to remain a vital part of this vibrant region.

The decision to stay in Atlanta was the result of a thorough, more than one-year long search and evaluation process that spanned metropolitan Atlanta and several out-of-state sites. The new headquarters will not only be home to PCNA, but also to Porsche Financial Services, Inc., and Porsche Business Services, Inc. which are both currently located in Lisle, Illinois. Other Porsche businesses will also be included, building a solid foundation for further expansion of Porsches largest market worldwide.

We welcome the entire Porsche team to Atlantas newest corporate center, the innovative Aerotropolis complex, said Kasim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta. Porsches decision to reinforce its roots and grow its next-generation U.S. headquarters here is a testament to the vitality and vibrancy of our city and an exciting addition to the many iconic brands that also call Atlanta home.

The Porsche crest will be a perfect welcome sign to greet the hundreds of thousands of visitors and guests that land each day at the worlds busiest airport in Atlanta.

There’s no better place to live, work and play than Georgia, stated Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia. As a 13-year corporate citizen of our great state, Georgia-based Porsche employees already know that once you have Georgia on Your Mind it is impossible to let go. Now we look forward to extending our famous Southern hospitality to the entire Porsche team – and to adding an incredible new destination to Georgia’s list of must-see places.

With over 25,000 cars sold in 2010, PCNA finished last year up 33 percent over the previous year. With its new headquarters, a dedicated, passionate employee and dealer body, and a strong line-up of iconic sports cars, a brand new generation of Cayenne SUVs and the latest addition to the brand, the Panamera Gran Turismo, Porsche is poised for continued success in the United States.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, GA, is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera Gran Turismo. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 196 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. At the core of this success is Porsches proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

SOURCE: Porsche Cars North America, Inc. – Porsche Press USA  

 

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Porsche Names Brian Redman Official Ambassador to Rennsport Reunion IV

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Brian Redman winning the 1970 Targa Florio, with Jo Siffert in a 908/3 – Porsche won the grueling mountain race in Sicily 11 times, more than any other manufacture

British Racing Legend Will Add His Expertise and Energy to the Much Anticipated October Event

ATLANTA, April 13, 2011 – Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) announced the appointment of Brian Redman as Official Ambassador to Rennsport Reunion IV. In his new role Redman will serve as an advisor to PCNA’s organizing team in the months leading up to the October 14 to 16 event and represent the company vis-à-vis race fans and participants in all Rennsport related matters.

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“I can’t think of a more qualified person than Brian to help us realize another successful Rennsport Reunion”, said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.

“Not only was he instrumental in designing and organizing the previous venues, but with his own colorful racing history, not the least with some of our most famous race cars, Brian Redman personifies the spirit and fascination that we want to encourage with this next gathering of Porsche race cars and their designers and drivers”, von Platen added.

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Starting in 1959, Redman’s career has spun more than four decades of racing sports cars as well as Formula 5000 and Formula One. Although making a name for himself as an all-round talent, his biggest triumphs came in racing sport prototypes in the world’s most famous and notorious venues.

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Brian Redman/Porsche 908.3/Nürburgring 1000 Km/1970

From Nürburgring, Spa, Monza, Imola, the Targa Florio, Brands Hatch, Zeltweg, Watkins Glen to Daytona and Sebring, Redman won them all. As a member of 1969 factory team he helped Porsche win the World Manufacturers Championship for the first time in the 908LH and 908/2. He then repeated this feat in 1970 with the 908/3 and awesome 917K.

Redman still drives vintage race cars, organizes and promotes historic automotive events and provides individual and group driving instructions.

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Even now, at age 74, Redman still competes approximately a half-dozen times a year in various Vintage Series events. After more than 50 years of racing, the sport continues to pull him in.[Picture Source: International Motorsports Hall of Fame; Autosports Marketing Assoc.]

A member of the Detroit and Sebring halls of Fame, was inducted into the Talladega Hall of Fame  earlier this year.

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Brian Redman 1971 Porsche 908/3

Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers that drove them to victory, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from October 14 to 16, 2011. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will assemble the wide variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-Fifties through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the Seventies and Eighties to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade.

Special tribute will be paid to the numerous racing versions of the Porsche 911 and their countless victories on the dawn of what will become another milestone of this iconic sports car.

Additional details of the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will be published on Porsche’s press web site (press.porsche.com), and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s web site (www.mazdaraceway.com), as they become available. Ticket information is available by contacting 800-327-7322 or online at www.mazdaraceway.com.

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Entry and Event Schedule – PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION IV 2011

More than 60 years of Porsche racing history will be on display at Rennsport Reunion IV at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October.

classic Porsche race cars from more than 60 years gathered in one place at Rennsport Reunion.

Like in the previous reunions, Rennsport Reunion IV will bring together over 60 years of Porsche racing history from the tiny but nimble Porsche 550 Spyder through the groundbreaking 906 and 908 with their plastic bodies to the mighty 917 with over 1,000 horsepower.

Classic Porsche 550s will take on 550As, 356 GTs and RSKs at the fourth Rennsport Reunion on Oct. 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.–and that’s just one class of Porsches.

PRESS RELEASE: PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION IV STARTS ITS ENGINE

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Groupings, Schedule of Greatest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars Released

More details and a schedule of events are listed below in the press release.

Atlanta, May 13, 2011 – Preparations for Rennsport Reunion IV continue, and Porsche Cars North America and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today released the latest race groupings and schedules for the fourth installment of fourth installment of its historic event, to be held Oct. 14-16, 2011.

This rare occasion will reunite the cars and drivers that together have written Porsche’s motorsports history during the last 60 years on all five continents.

When Porsche Cars North America held the first Rennsport Reunion in the summer of 2001 at Lime Rock Park, it didn’t take long for the participants to realize they were sharing in something extraordinary. Subsequent Rennsports, II and III, were both held at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and built upon the original premise, remarkable racecars reunited with their equally remarkable drivers.

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As in the past three reunions, cars will be grouped by the period in which they raced so that enthusiasts can fully focus on the different motorsports eras with their ever more ferocious machines and increasingly sophisticated technology.

All fans will have full access to both paddocks and track side to view everything from the tiny but nimble Porsche 550 Spyder through the groundbreaking 906 and 908 with their plastic bodies to the mighty 917 with over 1,000hp.

A majority of the hundreds of racecars expected will be made up by the many racing versions of Porsche’s iconic 911 model. From its rather humble beginnings as 911 TR in the mid-1960s this car was for two decades the platform of motorsports legends. Letters and numbers such as RSR, 934 or 935 to GT3 series have stood for proven winners at that time and contributed heavily to the over 30,000 victories that Porsches collected over the past 60 years.

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Eight groups promise a jam-packed, three-day racing program with practice, qualifying and warm-up for each group.

The races will be complemented by an exhibition parade and a Concours on Saturday afternoon.

The weekend will conclude with a guest appearance of the Cayman Interseries and a race of modern 911 Cup cars for the Rennsport Reunion Trophy.

Tentative schedule

Group 1: Gmund Cup
550, 550A, RSK, RS60-61 (4&8 cyl.) 2000 GSGT (Dreikantschaber), Abarth Carrera, 356 GT, and any other 356 with FIA history. Selected 356 history cars.

Group 2: Eifel Trophy
904 (4&6 cyl.), 914/6 GT, 911TR, 911ST, 911 (911 up to 2.5 liter), Lotus/Porsche, Cooper/Porsche (Pooper) etc, Elva/Porsche.
914’s & 911’s must have period racing history

Group 3: Weissach Cup
906, 910, 907, 908, 908/2, 908/3 (8 cyl. & 6 turbo), 909, 917 (normally aspirated and turbocharged)

Group 4: Carrera Trophy
911 (over 2.5 liter), RSR, 3.0 RSR, 2.1 Turbo, 934, 935, 936, 924 GTS, 924 GTR.

Group 5: Stuttgart Cup
956, 962, GT1, WSC, RS Spyder.

Group 6: Cayman Interseries

Group 7: PCA Club Racing
Porsche Club of America race cars

Group 8: Rennsport Reunion Cup – Porsche Cup Cars
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PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION IV 2011 Event Schedule
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For PORSCHE RENNSPORT REUNION IV 2011 Event Schedule pdf click here

FRIDAY, October 15, 2011
7:00 AM Gates Open
7:00 AM – 5 :00 PM Registration : Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:00 AM – 8:20 AM Practice Group 1 – Gmund Cup
8:30 AM – 8:50 AM Practice Group 2 – Eifel Trophy
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM Practice Group 3 – Weissach Cup
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Practice Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Practice Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Practice Group 6 – Cayman Interseries
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Practice Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
11:30 PM – 11:50 PM Practice Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
11:50 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH -VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Qualifying Group 1 – Gmund Cup
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM Qualifying Group 2 – Eifel Trophy
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM Practice Group 3 – Weissach Cup
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Practice Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Practice Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM Practice Group 6 – Cayman Interseries
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM Practice Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
4:30 PM – 4:50 PM Practice Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars

SATURDAY, October 16, 2011
7:00 AM Gates Open
7:00 AM – 5 :00 PM Registration : Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:00 AM -8:15 AM Warm up Group 1 – Gmund Cup
8:25 AM – 8:40 AM Warm up Group 2 – Eifel Trophy
8:50 AM – 9:10 AM Qualifying Group 3 – Weissach Cup
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Qualifying Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
9:50 AM – 10:10 AM Qualifying Group 5 – Stuttgart Cup
10:20 AM – 10:40 AM Qualifying Group 6 – Cayman Interseries
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM Qualifying Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
11:20 AM – 11:50 AM Practice Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
11:50 AM – 1:30 PM LUNCH – VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM RACE Group 1 – GMUND CUP
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM RACE Group 2 – EIFEL TROPHY
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Parade/exhibition of Porsche’s racing history to include significant Porsche racing cars
3:30 PM -6:00 PM Concours on Pit Lane

SUNDAY, October 17, 2011
7:00 AM Gates Open
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration : Embassy Suites, Seaside
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM Warm up Group 7 – PCA Club Racing
8:25 AM – 8:40 AM Warm up Group 4 – Carrera Trophy
8:50 AM – 9:05 AM Warm up Group 5– Stuttgart Cup
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Warm up Group 6 – Cayman Interseries
9:40 AM – 9:55 AM Warm up Group 3 – Weissach Cup
10:05 AM – 10:35 AM Qualifying Group 8 – Rennsport Reunion Cup – 911 Cup Cars
10:45 PM -11:15 PM Race Group 7 – PCA CLUB RACING
11:25 PM – 11:45 AM Race Group 3– WEISSACH CUP
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH – VIP hot laps/Parade Laps
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Race Group 4 – CARRERA TROPHY
1:30 PM – 1:50 PM RACE -911 TROPHY
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM Race Group 5 -STUTTGART CUP
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Race Group 6 – CAYMAN INTERSERIES
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Race Group 8 – RENNSPORT REUNION CUP – 911 CUP CARS

Ticket information is available by contacting (800) 327-7322 or online at Mazda Raceway Porsche_Rennsport_Reunion_IV

Source & Photos: Porsche Press Database  and Mazda Raceway

 

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VIDEOS: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Rally Special – Pure Sound

The best scenes of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS in German Rally Championships.

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Like me, I tend to get a bit excited about Porsche Rallye events. I hope that you do too, and if so, then these videos are for you  The cars are powerful and the drivers are in full control of their incredibly insane machines. They burn up the courses, proving what a Porsche can do when allowed outside of the norm! Rock on!

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Last November I posted … PORSCHE – Pure Engine Sound videos….so if you need more of a fix, just listen to the sweet rumble of Porsche during hill climb competitions, some of the best CLIPS recorded. MUSIC TO MY EARS !

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Pro rally Team: Olaf Dobberkau, Anton Werner and Maik Stölzel

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Enjoy the pure Sound!

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Le Mans Series / Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, round 2 – six hour race starts on Saturday, 7 May 2011

Le Mans Series / Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, round 2 in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Second grid row for Marc Lieb

Marc Lieb (Germany)

Stuttgart. In qualifying for the second round of the Le Mans Series in Spa-Francorchamps, Marc Lieb (Germany) secured the fourth grid spot in the GTE Pro sports car category.

Richard Lietz (Austria)

With this, last year’s winners Lieb and Richard Lietz (Austria) have clinched a good starting position for the 1,000 kilometre race on the challenging circuit in Belgium’s Ardennes region with the 2011 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

In the GTE Am category, in which just one professional race driver may compete per vehicle, Frenchman Nicolas Armindo again clinched pole position in the 2010-spec 911 GT3 RSR.

Marc Lieb (Germany)

“My lap was quite okay and, after the free practice, fourth on the grid is what we had expected,” said Lieb. “A half second gap to the pole-sitter is not a lot on a seven kilometre circuit. Tomorrow’s race will be tough. The opposition is strong and many. But we’ll go flat out and would like to finish on the podium.”

Teammate Lietz commented: “Compared to last year’s car, we didn’t manage to find the perfect set-up for the new 911. We simply don’t have the experience from the first round where through no fault of our own we retired due to the flawed start.”

Taking up tomorrow’s six-hour race from eighth on the grid are the two Porsche works drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France).

Wolf Henzler (Germany)

The professionals from the French IMSA Performance Matmut team were also not particularly satisfied with the set-up of their 911 GT3 RSR. “We tried several things but they turned out to be in the wrong direction,” Henzler concluded. “We feel the same as Marc and Richard, the experience with the 2011 car is missing because of our retirement in Le Castellet. We’re hoping to make up some positions through a good strategy and consistent driving performance.”

Belgium’s race professional Marc Goossens qualified the 911 GT3 RSR fielded by ProSpeed Competition on the tenth grid spot. His teammate, Porsche factory pilot Marco Holzer (Germany), was pleased. “With 60 vehicles on this demanding circuit, the race is going to be challenging.”

Like in Le Castellet, Nicolas Armindo was delighted with his pole position in the GTE Am category. The reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland shares the cockpit of the 911 GT3 RSR – on the technical basis of 2010 – with his compatriot, IMSA Performance team owner, Raymond Narac.

Austria’s Horst Felbermayr Junior posted the sixth fastest time in the GTE Am-911 run by Felbermayr-Proton. He joins forces with Bryce Miller from America. Team owner Christian Ried (Germany) takes up the race from ninth in the class with Nick Hommerson from the Netherlands.

Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard (Germany) was the fastest of the entire field at the wheel of the Audi R18 TDI. Bernhard shares driving duties in the sports prototype with Porsche factory pilot Romain Dumas (France) and former Porsche Junior Mike Rockenfeller.

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The six hour race starts on Saturday, 7 May, at 14.05 hours. Eurosport broadcasts the entire race live. Eurosport 2 televises the Spa round from 14.00 to 17.30 hours, with the free-to-view station showing the last two and a half hours live from 17.30 hrs.

Qualifying result
GTE Pro class
1. Jaime Melo (BR), Ferrari F458 Italia, 2:20.743 minutes
2. Robert Bell (GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.172 seconds
3. Giancarlo Fisichella (I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.343
4. Marc Lieb (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.548
5. Augusto Farfus (BR), BMW M3, + 0.717
8. Wolf Henzler (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.212
10. Marc Goossens (B), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.896

GTE Am class
1. Nicolas Armindo (F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 2:23.007 minutes
2. Marco Cioci (I), Ferrari F430, + 0.262 seconds
3. Phil Quaife (GB), Ferrari F430, + 0.478
6. Horst Felbermayr Jr. (A), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 1.592
9. Christian Ried (D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 3.790

The Le Mans Series

Contested for the first time in 2004, the Le Mans Series (LMS) is open for sports prototypes and GT vehicles. The regulations are based on those of the Le Mans 24 hour race. Five six-hour races are contested this season throughout Europe.

GTE-Pro class: This most popular class amongst car manufacturers (previously known as the GT2 class) is traditionally the best supported: Slightly modified standard sports cars with up to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms.

GTE-Am class: Like the GTE-Pro, but with the 2010-vehicle specifications. Moreover, the regulations stipulate that each vehicle must have one professional driver at the most.

LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a minimum weight of 900 kilograms.

LMP2 class: Sports prototypes with ca. 440 hp, GT-class homologated engines and a 900 kg minimum weight.

FLM class: Prototype brand trophy series for the ORECA FLM 09.

All race cars start together but are classified separately according to the class. Points are only allocated for placings in each class. Championship titles are awarded for drivers, manufacturers and teams in all five classes. Claiming the title in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, Porsche works driver Marc Lieb is the most successful pilot in the series.

IMAGES FROM: Porsche Press Database

SOURCE: PORSCHE AG

 

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LATEST UPDATE MAY 6TH: Clever Porsche Owner Saved the Porsche from Kentucky Flood Waters!!

From the previous post (May 4th) Clever Porsche Owner Saves his Porsche from Kentucky Flood Waters!! …here is the very latest news on the fate of the rare yellow Porsche.

LATEST UPDATE – MAY 6TH, 2011

My very good friends over at Porschepurist.com had a interview this morning with Bill Musselman, the owner of this rare 1992 Porsche American Roadster.

UPDATE May-6-2011: The rumors were wrong! The floating Porsche 964 survived. Read the interview with the owner of the floating Porsche for more pictures and details.

We Interview the “Floating Porsche” Owner and Learn its Fate

With the storm over and the water receding, life is slowly returning to normal. “The water has dropped drastically, it’s dropped 12 feet,” said Bill. The 964 is now back safe in the garage and sits next to Bill’s 2011 Porsche Carrera S. Having survived two floods (the house flooded once before in 1997) and 20 years under one roof and one owner it’s pretty safe to say this very collectible Porsche is a survivor.

porsche being rolled onto uninflated bladder before river floods

Photo credits: Porschepurist.com

I must say what a awesome job hunting down the owner of this Porsche by Porschepurist.com and an interview with fantastic photos too!

What a Great Story!!

Porschepurist.com is also on FACEBOOK

Photo credits: Porschepurist.com
PorschePurist.com is the web’s foremost destination for Porsche owners and automotive enthusiasts interested in the cars, products and lifestyle associated with the Porsche brand.
 

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PORSCHE VIDEO: Cayman S Black Edition with more power and comprehensive equipment package

Press Release 06/05/2011

Exclusive special edition of the Porsche mid-engine coupé

Cayman S Black Edition with more power and comprehensive equipment package

Stuttgart. The next step up from the Cayman S is known as the Cayman S Black Edition: Starting in July 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is bringing the mid-engine coupé to market in a special edition limited to 500 units boasting even better performance and especially lavish equipment specification.

The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder boxer engine with power output increased by 10 hp (7 kW) to 330 hp (243 kW) at 7,400 rpm (an additional 200 rpm). The maximum torque remains unchanged at 370 Newton metres at 4,750 rpm.

The extra power feeds directly through into the performance of the all black two-seater. The acceleration times from nought to 100 km/h (62 mph) are improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-gear manual transmission and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) respectively. A mere 4.8 seconds are required if the Launch Control is activated on the Sport Chrono package, available as an option.

The Cayman S Black Edition’s top speed is two kilometres per hour (1.24 mph) faster than that of the Cayman S – 279 km/h (173 mph) with the manual transmission and 277 km/h (172 mph) with the PDK respectively.

The Cayman S Black Edition is not just more sportily agile in terms of its longitudinal dynamics but laterally as well. Among other factors, this is attributable to the Boxster Spyder wheels in black, which with a diameter of 19 inches are not just one inch bigger than the standard Cayman S wheels but are also half an inch wider than the optional 19 inch wheels on the Cayman S. The tyre sizes fitted are 235/35 ZR 19s on the front axle and 265/35 ZR 19s on the rear axle.


With its comprehensive and particularly high-quality equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition also caters for exceedingly exacting demands. For example, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights are just as much part of the basic specification as are automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor. Driver and front seat passenger sit on black partial leather seats with Porsche crest on the headrests; climate control ensures a comfortable temperature. The driver pilots the Cayman Black Edition by means of a Sport Design steering wheel, the cruise control makes driving at constant speed a more comfortable and economical experience.

The colour scheme of the limited edition sports coupé is consistent to the smallest detail: the dashboard trim is black as are the gear lever/selector trim and the instrument dials in the instrument cluster.

The door entry guards emblazoned with the lettering “Black Edition” are made of stainless steel; the glove compartment lid bears the badge proclaiming the limited edition status.

Equipped with Sound Package Plus, the Cayman S Black Edition’s infotainment systems are controlled via Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

This also includes, for example, the navigation module and universal audio interface (AUX, USB, iPod). Mobile phone integration is already enabled. In all, the Cayman S Black Edition features the Porsche Comfort, Infotainment and Design packages, offering a price reduction into the bargain.

With country-specific equipment, the Cayman S Black Edition costs 67,807 euro in Germany including VAT.

SOURCE: PORSCHE AG DATABASE

 

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Clever Porsche Owner Saves his Porsche from Kentucky Flood Waters!!

The owner of what appears to be a rare “Fly Yellow” colored 964 Porsche 911 saved his car from the flood waters encroaching his or her property near Louisville, Kentucky.

This owner has their Priorities right !!

A Porsche sports car sat high and dry in rising flood waters as it floated on a cushion tethered to a home along the Ohio River in Oldham County, near Louisville, April 26, 2011. (PHOTO CREDITS:  AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Pat McDonogh) PAT MCDONOGH | ASSOCIATED PRESS ….Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/26/1720246/flooding-storms-in-kentucky.html#ixzz1LPiaYzaK

I posted these photos on my Facebook page earlier, after I read the latest news on the Kentucky Flooding.  I was hoping to find more information from my fellow Porsche friends.

Is this a...Porsche Club of America  member in Louisville Kentucky? Sure would like to know who the owner could be. I am sure something will be said about this at PCA National Headquarters. I did hear some rumors who the owner might be…but not confirmed yet.

Don’t think the owners had time to drive it anywhere, and I think that’s the garage door behind the car?….this Porsche owner definitely was prepared and outsmarted the flood waters…..That is some creative thinking!

If it’s the area I’m thinking of, the water probably came up too high for him to drive it away before he realized he needed to do something with it. Looks like a inflatable Boat lift he used by Air-Dock. Works in any water depth. ……………………………………..  Whatever floats your boat!  VERSATILE    *    SIMPLE    *    AFFORDABLE

The guy is the ultimate Boy Scout…..!!!
What would you do if your PORSCHE was trapped and about to be washed away?

Leave your comment’s below………..

I would definitely vote for the “Porsche Enthusiast of the Year” award!!!

UPDATE May-4-2011 9:06 PM: According to the local PCA chatboard, where this Porsche is located, the owners efforts, while heroic, didn’t save this Porsche. We’re waiting to hear back from the owner or someone close to them to verify, but that’s what’s being reported on the PCA chat service. We really hope it’s not true…

UPDATE May-6-2011: The rumors were wrong! The floating Porsche 964 survived. Read the interview with the owner of the floating Porsche for more pictures and details.

We Interview the “Floating Porsche” Owner and Learn its Fate


 

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PORSCHE: “125 years of the car” birthday procession kicks off on the Porscheplatz

 Summer 2011: Germany celebrates cars

Automobilsommer 2011

Germany – birthplace of the inventors of the automobile and home to chief brands in the four wheels market, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche, of course – is celebrating the 125° anniversary of this mean of transportation with a series of events in several cities. The hub of celebrations will be the region of Baden-Württemberg and its capital, Stuttgart.

FOR PORSCHE: “125 years of the car” birthday procession kicks off on the Porscheplatz

Porsche classic cars on the streets of Stuttgart

Stuttgart. On Sunday 8 May 2011, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will be teaming up with Mercedes-Benz and Audi, two other car brands also based in Baden-Württemberg, to stage a car procession through Stuttgart. 125 vehicles, contemporary witnesses all, will bring the history of the three carmakers to life – in some cases with well-known drivers at the wheel.

The Zuffenhausen sports car manufacturer will be putting 45 current and historic vehicles from more than six decades of Porsche history on the start line.

The “125 years of the car” procession will get under way at 11.00 a.m. at the Porsche museum, which will be offering visitors free admission on the day.

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, will head the birthday procession in a Porsche 911 Turbo S – together with his Mercedes-Benz and Audi opposite numbers.

Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE, will be driving the first Porsche prototype, the Type 356 “No. 1”, developed by his father Ferry Porsche in 1948.


Ferry Porsche with the Porsche Type 356 “Nr. 1”

Current and former Porsche AG works and racing drivers will also be taking part in the drive through the town. For example, racing legend Hans Hermann will be piloting the Porsche 917 KH on the streets of Stuttgart, the same car he and Richard Attwood drove in the 1970 Le Mans 24 Hours when they won the first ever overall victory for the Zuffenhausen company.

Le Mans winner car 917 KH with Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood.

The three times winning Porsche 908/03 Spyder is being withdrawn from the Porsche museum’s exhibition for Porsche works driver Marc Lieb.

Porsche 908/03 Spyder – 970 2997cc 350PS

Finally, the 612 hp (450 kW) Carrera GT high performance sports car, once limited to 1,270 units, will be driven by double world rally champion Walter Röhrl.

In addition to a “police presence”, the car procession will also give an outing to the Swabian sense of humour. Stuttgart “Tatort” (Crime Scene Investigation) Inspector Richy Müller will be switching on the blue lights on the Porsche 356 C Cabriolet. In the Sixties, this classic car was used by the Württemberg motorway police.

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And cabaret artist Christof Sonntag will be behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Targa (Type 964).

The destination of the procession that will start at Zuffenhausen’s Porscheplatz is the Schlossplatz in the centre of Stuttgart. Here there will be an opportunity on Sunday afternoon to admire all the participating vehicles at close quarters.

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Porsche will also be showcasing itself on the Schlossplatz as part of an innovation exhibition true to its “Porsche Intelligent Performance” philosophy: more power with lower consumption, increased efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Three modern day Porsche vehicles await the visitor there, providing an impressive demonstration of alternative driveline technologies: the Porsche Boxster E, the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid and the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

SOURCE: PORSCHE AG DATABASE

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