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VIDEO: Jenson Button’s Rare Porsche For Sale…but it’s no ordinary 911

If you’re the sort of person who gets unfeasibly excited and lightly feverish when presented with a classic, mint condition old-school sportscar previously owned by someone very cool and very famous, then, frankly, you’re our sort of person.

And thus, today is a good day for you, because a Porsche 911 previously owned by Top GearMagazine’s Man of the Year (2011) Jenson Button is up for sale.

Formula One ace Jenson Button is selling his classic Porsche 911 – for a staggering £210,000. The Somerset-born star owns a string of supercars made by Ferrari, McLaren and Bugatti.

But his 1973 Carrera RS is considered the ‘holy grail’ of 911 models and is highly sought after by collectors.

Porsche wanted to race the 911 but was required to build 500 ‘homologation’ models which could be driven legally on roads beforehand.

So they launched the Carrera RS – with Button’s sports car the first Porsche which wealthy businessmen could drive to work in during the week and thrash around a racetrack at the weekend. It was a stiffer, lighter, more powerful 911 fitted with a 2.7-litre engine developing 210bhp.

A huge demand meant Porsche ended up building 1,590 models, with Jenson’s 1,280 off the production line.

And it’s no ordinary Porsche 911.

It is a 1973 2.7 Carrera RS.

This very fact should send a shiver of fizz right through to your extremities. Don’t forget, it’s the car Porsche had to homologate in order to go racing back in the 1970s.

They had to build a minimum of 500, but actually churned out 1590 because of the demand.

Compared to the standard 911, the 2.7 Carrera RS models featured stiffer suspension, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and arches and, of course,

……that fabulous ‘duck-tail’ rear spoiler.

The engine was a 2.7-litre flat-sixer producing 210bhp and became the fastest road-going car in Germany of its day.

0-60mph took just under six seconds and flat out, the RS would top 152mph.

Jenson picked up this ultimate collectors’ Porsche just two years ago, number 1280 of the 1590 model run, which has covered just 25,000 miles.

It reportedly spent most of its life in Italy, owned early in its life by Mario Angiolini, founder of the ‘Jolly Club’ Italian racing team.

So you can imagine that being a rare 2.7 Carrera RS, in black, previously owned by the 2009 Formula One world champion and all-round top bloke, would command a significant premium over its lowly siblings.

You’d be right.

This particular Porsche is on the market for £209,850.

Fancy it?

It’s a bargain at a little over 330K USD!

 

SOURCE: Top Gear

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Autos & Vehicles, Jenson Button, Porsche

 

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Porsche Museum New Special Exhibition “911 Identity” – Tradition meets Innovation

Rare motor racing variants such as the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Safari” will also be on show.

Starting Today: New Special Exhibition “911 Identity” in the Porsche Museum

Stuttgart. For more than four decades, the Porsche 911 has been deemed an automotive icon and the very epitome of the sports car. That means that the launch of the new Type 991 is an important event for the Porsche Museum Stuttgart as well.

As a curtain raiser for 2012, the new generation is being welcomed as part of a major special exhibition from 31 January to 20 May, 2012 under the banner “911 Identity”.

The automotive retrospective of the special exhibition is rounded off by documents from the company archive that have never previously been on public display.

More than 700,000 911s have been produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen since it was unveiled in 1963. The recipe for its success is its uniqueness, because the 911 combines apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance or design and functionality like no other car.

The special exhibition also showcases wheel rims from 1963 to the present day.

No wonder that each of the now seven 911 generations has written its very own success story.

As a curtain raiser for 2012, the new generation of the 911 is being displayed as part of a major special exhibition from 31 January to 20 May, 2012 under the banner “911 Identity”.

As a result, the Porsche Museum is exhibiting all the 911 generations, from the “original 911” to the new Type 991 – against the backdrop of the prevailing mood of the relevant decade or year in which the sports car icon came to market.

The Porsche Museum offers one hour themed guided tours through the special exhibition.

Rare motor racing variants such as the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Safari” or Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will also be on show. In addition, to unique technical exhibits and cutaway models from Weissach, the visitor will also get to see one of the new 911 generation “Erlkings”, before being able to slide behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 Carrera at the end of the special exhibition.

In addition, to unique technical cutaway models from Weissach, the visitor will also get to see one of the new 911 generation “Erlkings”.

The special exhibition also showcases steering wheels and wheel rims from 1963 to the present day. Finally, the automotive retrospective is rounded off by documents from the company archive that have never previously been on public display.

Special Offers for Visitors

As part of the “911 Identity” special exhibition, the Porsche Museum is also expanding its guided tour offering. 911 fans can brush up their knowledge of the sports car icon during an one hour themed guided tour – after first registering with the visitor service using the e-mail address info.museum@porsche.de.

The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is eight euro for adults, reduced admission is four euro. Children up to the age of 14 years are free provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Further information, including the special guided tours, is available online at http://www.porsche.com/museum.

 

SOURCE: Communication Porsche AG Media Database
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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Triple victory for Porsche in strongest GT field in history at Daytona 24 Hours, USA

 

 GT Podium

Press Release

29/01/2012

Magnus Racing, (l.-r.): Rene Rast, Richard Lietz, Andy Lally, John Potter

Stuttgart. The 24 hour race in Daytona remains Porsche territory:

At the cliff-hanger 50th anniversary of the long distance classic in Florida/USA, the Zuffenhausen sports car manufacturer celebrated a convincing triple triumph in the GT class against strong opposition from the likes of Audi, BMW, Corvette and Ferrari.

(l.-r.): Andy Lally, John Potter, Richard Lietz, Rene Rast

Victory went to Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (Austria) in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Magnus Racing with teammates René Rast (Germany) as well as Americans Andy Lally and John Potter.

Porsche Factory Pilot Richard Lietz (Austria) – Magnus Racing

Magnus Racing – René Rast (Germany)  

  Magnus Racing – American Andy Lally  

Magnus Racing – American John Potter.

#44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

After a thrilling finale in front of record crowds on the Daytona International Speedway, Lietz saw the flag 9.412 seconds ahead of his factory pilot colleague Wolf Henzler.

#67 TRG Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

The previous year’s winner from Germany shared the cockpit of TRG Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Marc Goossens (Belgium), Spencer Pumpelly (USA) and Steven Bertheau (USA).

Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Marc Goossens (Belgium),                                   Steven Bertheau (USA), Factory Pilot Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly (USA)

Scoring third place was Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) with Americans Hurley Haywood, Leh Keen and Andrew Davis in the legendary starting number 59 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by the Daytona-winning squad Brumos Racing.

Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) with Americans Hurley Haywood,           Leh Keen and Andrew Davis – Brumos Racing Team

Today we all witnessed why Daytona is one of the world’s most fascinating races,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG.

“For me that was a 24 hour sprint. The front-runners were incredibly close right to the flag. I’m very pleased to see that we had virtually no technical problems with our cars and the teams and drivers did such a magnificent job under difficult conditions.

Congratulations and well done to you all.”

Joerg Bergmiester, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Wolf Henzler, Richard Lietz – Porsche Factory Pilots

Porsche’s head of motorsport, Hartmut Kristen, commented after this latest success:

“The 50th running of this classic was unbelievably exciting. For much of the time, there were ten GT cars in one lap. The spectators were again treated to some fantastic motorsport. And it’s great of course to celebrate an impressive victory in front of such spectacular crowds. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup again brilliantly underlined its outstanding reliability at this extremely difficult race.”

With its latest win, Porsche has now scored 22 overall and 74 class wins, making it the most successful manufacturer in the history of this race.

The anniversary race of the endurance classic in Florida, at which the new Porsche 911 ran as the safety car, was stronger than ever before. In the GT class alone, 45 cars lined up to start.

“To beat so many great drivers, the crème de la crème of GT pilots, is simply awesome,” said the winner Richard Lietz.

“Winning this race for Porsche is a highlight of my career, comparable only to my two victories in Le Mans.”

His teammate René Rast, the two-time champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, to whom Porsche gave the chance to compete at Daytona in recognition of his excellent performance last season, said:

“Everything ran smoothly. We didn’t experience a single technical problem. That was only the second 24 hour race of my career and undoubtedly the toughest. During one of my stints I spent three and a half hours at the wheel. That was incredibly exhausting.”

In the gripping final phase, Wolf Henzler again pulled out all stops, but the leading Richard Lietz managed to stave him off to the flag.

Porsche Factory Pilot – Wolf Henzler

“He was just too quick today,” Henzler stated. “But to climb the podium again after my win last year is a huge success for me.”

With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Brumos Racing, which took off into the race from pole position, Marc Lieb pitted shortly before the flag for a ‘splash and dash’ refuelling stop.

Porsche Factory Pilot – Marc Lieb

Despite having led the race for long distances up until this point, he was unable to rejoin the fight for victory.

“We experienced a bit of bad luck towards the end with our race strategy,” he said. “But although I was rather disappointed initially, it’s still a great team effort to come third against such an incredibly strong GT field.”

Andrew Davis, Leh Keen and Marc Lieb – Brumos Racing

Turning the fastest race lap of the entire GT field, Porsche factory pilot Marco Holzer (Germany) turned heads at the classic on the Daytona International Speedway.

Porsche Factory Pilot – Marco Holzer

Alex Job Racing #23

He didn’t, however, manage to reach the flag.

“Everything was running beautifully with our car until the retirement,” he commented.

“But we had a bit of bad luck under the yellow flag. Three times we came in to refuel just before a caution phase and lost laps because of it. That’s rough.”

Lady Luck wasn’t with Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) either.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Flying Lizard Motorsports

With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Flying Lizard Motorsports, which they shared with American Seth Neiman and Mike Rockenfeller (Switzerland), they were holding their own with the front-runners early on, but fell back and had to settle for 15th place at the flag.

Bergmeister/Long/Neiman/Rockenfeller (D/USA/USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

“Early on in the race we were running in the top three,” said Patrick Long. “Our pace was very fast.

But Seth’s collision with a Daytona prototype put us out of serious contention.”

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Flying Lizard Motorsports

GT class

1. Lietz/Lally/Rast/Potter (A/USA/D/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 727 laps

2. Henzler/Bleekemolen/Bertheau/Goossens/Pumpelly (D/NL/USA/B/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 727 laps

3. Lieb/Haywood/Davis/Keen (D/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 726 laps

4. Edwards/Bremer/Liddell (USA/DK/GB), Camaro GT.R, 726 laps

5. Beretta/Bertolini/Vilander (MC/I/SF), Ferrari 458, 726 laps

6. Franchitti/Bomarito/Hinchcliffe/Tremblay (GB/USA/CAN/USA), Mazda RX-8, 722 laps

7. Pilet/Farnbacher/Keating/Simonsen (F/D/USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 721 laps

11. Armindo/Curtis/Lewis/Sofronas/Willsey (F/USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 713 laps

14. Avenatti/Faieta/Poordad/Sweedler/Wagner (USA/USA/USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 707 laps

15. Bergmeister/Long/Neiman/Rockenfeller (D/USA/USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 706 laps

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SOURCE:  Porsche AG Media Database

Communication Porsche AG Motorsportpress

 

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Porsche starts from pole position @ Daytona 24 Hours, USA

(l.-r.): Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb, Marco Holzer, Patrick Pilet, Wolf Henzler, Richard Lietz

Press Release

26/01/2012

Daytona 24 Hours, USA

Porsche starts from pole position

Stuttgart. Setting the fastest time in qualifying, Porsche pilot Andrew Davis (USA) secured pole position in the strongly-supported GT class at the Daytona 24 Hours.

Porsche pilot Andrew Davis (USA) secured pole position

For the 50th anniversary of the long-distance classic in Florida/USA, he shares the cockpit of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by the winning Brumos Racing squad with Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) and American Hurley Haywood. With five overall wins and six class victories, Haywood is the most successful pilot in the history of this race. On board the car with the legendary starting number 59 is Leh Keen (USA) as the fourth driver.

“The Brumos team managed to get me out on the track before any of the others. With a field of 46 cars, this would normally be a huge advantage,” said Andrew Davis, who relegated Jeff Segal (USA) in the Ferrari to the second grid spot. “But my first lap wasn’t so good. I actually set the top time towards the end of the session. My Porsche was prepared perfectly.”

With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by Magnus Racing, Andy Lally (USA) turned the third quickest lap.

Magnus Racing, Andy Lally (USA)

His teammates for the race are Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (Austria), John Potter (USA) as well as René Rast (Germany), the two-time champion of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long (USA)

Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long (USA), who shares driving duties with his works driver colleague Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) as well as Seth Neiman (USA) and Mike Rockenfeller (Switzerland) in Flying Lizard Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, posted the fourth quickest time.

Seventh fastest was Porsche works driver Marco Holzer (Germany).

Porsche works driver Marco Holzer (Germany)

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Alex Job Racing: Marco Holzer, Cooper MacNeil, Butch Leitzinger, Emmanuel Collard

“We changed a couple of things on the car before the qualifying and that paid off,” said the teammate of Emmanuel Collard (France), Butch Leitzinger (USA) and Cooper MacNeil (USA).

“I had to overtake two cars during my fastest lap and that cost several tenths of seconds. Still, we have a good starting position for the race. We’ve worked very hard on the car following our tests and I’m certain that we’ll do well over the distance.”

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The 24 hour race starts on Saturday at 15.30 hours local time (21.30 hrs CET). 

Result GT Qualifying 

1. Andrew Davis (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 1:49.342 minutes

2. Jeff Segal (USA), Ferrari 458, + 0.015 seconds

3. Andy Lally (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.046

4. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.208

5. Gianmaria Bruni (I), Ferrari 458, + 0.319

6. Wayne Nonnamaker (USA), Mazda RX-8, + 0.358

7. Marco Holzer (D), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, + 0.424

9. Martin Ragginger (A), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 0.549

10. Bryce Miller (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 0.702

SOURCE: Porsche AG Media Database Communication Porsche AG Motorsportpress

 

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Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup strongly represented at Daytona: Five Supercup pilots contest the 24 hour classic

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup strongly represented at Daytona

Five Supercup pilots contest the 24 hour classic 

Stuttgart. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is strongly represented at the 24 hour race in Daytona. Five drivers from the world’s fastest international one-make race series tackle the spring classic in Florida/USA with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

In recognition of their outstanding performances last season, Porsche AG has given the double Supercup champion René Rast (Germany) and Frenchman Kévin Estre as “Rookie of the Year” the chance to participate in the 50th anniversary running of the legendary sports car race on the Daytona International Speedway.

“René and Kévin displayed extraordinary prowess during the 2011 season,” says Jonas Krauss, Head of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

“So with support from Porsche, they have earned the chance to prove themselves in the fiercely-contested GT class of this long distance classic against very strong competition.”

 

Other pilots from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Daytona are Britain’s Sean Edwards and Nick Tandy as well as Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands.

Sean Edwards (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Deutschland 2011

Nick Tandy (GB) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Spanien 2011

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

On the way to his second title after 2010, René Rast celebrated five victories last year, including races on the storied Grand Prix circuits of Spa and Silverstone.

René Rast (D) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Türkei 2011

Moreover, the German won the Porsche Carrera World Cup on the famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

“For me, Daytona is a real highlight to kick off the new season,” says Rast about his Daytona campaign with Magnus Racing.

“It’s not every day a race driver gets the chance to contest such a prestigious 24 hour race with Porsche backup. This is really something very special.”

Kévin Estre was not only the most successful Supercup newcomer by far in 2011 – he also secured his first victory in this intensely competitive one-make series in the Royal Park of Monza. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup has run as support to the Formula 1 World Championship since 1993.

Estre is excited about his debut in Daytona with TRG Racing.

“I thank Porsche for this unique chance,” he says. “I’ll do my best to justify their trust and to represent the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup well.”

Kevin Estre (F) – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2011

 

 

SOURCE:  Porsche AG Media Press Database

 

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For the second year in a row Pedro Rodriguez and Porsche are victorious at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Rodriguez co-drove with Jackie Oliver.
Photo By Nigel Smuckatelli

 
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 24 hours of Daytona,Bruce Canepa’s mighty #PORSCHE 917K will be returning to the famous event next week. Back in 1970 the Gulf Porsche 917-015 won the endurance race by a stunning 45 laps! 
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