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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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Nürburgring Long Distance Championship
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Friends of Steve McQueen car Show June 4th, 2011 – Chad McQueen remembers…


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.

Chad McQueen and Ron Harris
Chad and Ron

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:



General Information,Map & Schedule


– 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.

Peter Thiel Headshot
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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

May. 26, 2011 – by ERIC WEDDLE


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

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.


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.


“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.

Source: MarketWatch

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FRS Athletes / Motor Sports / Patrick Long

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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