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Porsche 928 May Come Back As Porsche 929

Most of us remember the Porsche 928, one of only four front-engined coupes and Zuffenhausen’s first ever mass-produced V8 car.

Porsche 928 Period Photos – 1992 Advertising Poster

It was left in the pages of history just before the death of the 968, the last of the front-engined Porsches for the 1990s. Now, it’s pegged for revival and scheduled for a 2014/2015 release.

Rumored to be badged the 929, sources high within Porsche have said that this new model will give Porsche a chance to participate in an influx of sales involving cars such as the Aston Martin DB9, Bentley Continental GT, and the Ferrari California.

Porsche Consulting screenshot, Porsche Panamera coupe 928 design sketch

As part of the circulating idea, the 929 will possibly be made in two variants: coupe and soft-top convertible. If Porsche were to produce the 929, it would be based on the preexisting Panamera platform. However, whether that would be a feasible option is up for question.

Porsche-929-A-new-two-door-front-engined-Porsche-coupé

“At the moment, derivatives of the Panamera are not planned for the first generation,” said the inside source. “We hope to add them to the second generation, provided we can find necessary capacity.”

Porsche earlier announced that it will be investing some big bucks to increase production in its Leizpig plant, where the controversial Cayenne SUV is made. This implies that Porsche may very well have the ability to produce the 929 and opens up opportunity for the Panamera to be produced in Leizpig due to the plant’s expansion. That said, the new Volkswagen Tiguan-based Cajun compact-SUV can be made along side the Tiguan at VW’s Hannover plant, which ultimately can lead to the Panamera platform’s expansion and in turn, the 929.

“We have ideas to extend the Panamera line-up, including other body derivatives — a shooting brake, for example,” the source finished.

– By: PhilcUK –  according to Autocar, who broke the story.

Source: AutoCar

 

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Porsche Carrera Motors Hot-Air Ballooning

Whether it’s an exhilarating Porsche driving experience or a unforgettable hot air balloon ride. Picture yourself floating serenely over the magnificent countryside with nothing but the occasional blast of the Carrera Motors Hot-Air Balloon. You cannot refuse some things in life, and a thrilling hot air balloon ride is one among such things..

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A few facts
The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon is the largest (12.000 m³) balloon in Belgium and number three in the world. The balloon type is a Cameron Z-425 and carries pilot plus 19 (nineteen) passengers. It will be operated by Atlantic Ballooning.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

Manufacturer Cameroon Balloons, Ltd.
Balloon type Cameron Z-425
N° of passengers 19 + pilot
Immatriculation 00-BYR
Build year 2004
Basket size (LxW) 425 x 165 cm

Cameron Balloons
Cameron Balloons is based at Bedminster, Bristol (UK), is the best-selling brand of hot-air balloon in the world. Whether for recreational fun, competition, advertising, passenger ride operations, or special-shape balloons, Cameron knows more about ballooning ― and how to use balloons for sport, marketing, advertising, and commercial purposes ― than anyone in the industry.

Cameron is also the proud builder of the “Breitling Orbiter III”, the first balloon to fly around the world ― and the “Spirit of Freedom”, the first solo round-the-world balloon flight. The world’s best pilots have chosen Cameron Balloons. They were used to break the world absolute distance and duration records and have continued in the same vein since. This is real evidence of performance. More info at www.cameronballoons.com.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

Atlantic Ballooning
Atlantic Ballooning is a full-time and friendly hot-air ballooning company, with 15 years of experience, specialized in personalized balloon flights operated by Koen Audenaert en Marc Steyaert. They are both members of Profballoon, de “Belgian Professional Balloon Pilot Association”.

For large groups (> 19 persons) or corporate flights, they can fly more balloons side by side, creating good photo opportunities. Atlantic Ballooning is an authorized hot-air balloon flight company and the sales office is open usually 7 days a week for general inquiries and flight bookings. If you would like to make a booking for a balloon flight please contact by at info@ballonvaren.be or visit www.ballonvaren.be.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

Hot-air balloon flight gift vouchers make exciting gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. You can choose a flight date as a surprise for someone or give them an ‘open’ gift voucher and let them choose their own date.

Prices
The total cost is 125 Euro/pp (Monday-Thursday) and 135 Euro/pp (Friday-Sunday), including the flight, insurance coverage, champagne and a personal gift and certificate.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

The experience of flying
If you actually need to get somewhere, a hot-air balloon is a fairly impractical vehicle. You can’t really steer it, and it only travels as fast as the wind blows. But if you simply want to enjoy the experience of flying, there’s nothing quite like it. Many people describe flying in a hot-air balloon as one of the most serene, enjoyable activities they’ve ever experienced.

Practical
Flights are scheduled twice a day, every day throughout the year. But hot-air ballooning is an outdoor activity which relies entirely upon light winds and good weather conditions. Your safety and pleasure is our primary concern and this means flying only in good weather conditions, so be patient. Atlantic Ballooning flies from several sites in Belgium, our main launch site is just a 5-10 mins drive from Ghent.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

Allow 4 hours for the round trip and please note that ballooning is a treat to be savored not rushed. Each flight is different and timings vary. Flight duration is approximately 1 hour, during which you are free to take photographs or just relax and enjoy the adventure. No special clothing is required, just dress as if you are going for a walk in the countryside. Good stout shoes are recommended as the balloon may well land in a farmers field.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

  • The arrival time is 1 to 1 1/2 hours before take off. We fly at the beginning and end of the day when the air is stable, thermal activity caused by the sun heating the ground causes instability during the day.

  • A flight briefing will be given covering the days meteorological report, expected flight path, approaching the balloons and expected time of arrival back. A separate briefing will be given by the pilots prior to take off advising safe conduct during the flight.

  • Guests will be invited to assist with inflating the balloons, this usually takes about 30 mins.

  • Once we have landed you are welcome to help the crew pack up the balloon and equipment, before we have a celebratory glass of champagne and return to the launch site.

    The champagne incidentally, is part of the tradition of ballooning, the historical story is that the Montgolfière brothers, the first balloonists, used to give the peasants champagne when they landed to show that the balloon was of human origin and not piloted by devils or extra terrestrial beings.

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

and …  Don’t forget to bring your camera and several times the film as you’d expect to use!

Carrera Motors Porsche Centre

Carrera Motors Porsche Centre
Kortrijksesteenweg 11
9830 Sint-Martens-Latem (Belgium)

T  +32 (0)9 282 24 22
F  +32 (0)9 282 24 74
E  porsche[at]carreramotors.be

The Carrera Motors hot-air balloon

Photos & Source: Porsche Carrera Motors – Belgium

 

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